Bulova 1921 Lady Maxim

11/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.55
Manufacture Year: 
1922
Movement Model: 
A.A.I.
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
6153
Case Serial No.: 
2321
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
American Standard
Gender: 
Ladies
Additional Information: 

 Recently acquired this one... a real Mystery! 1924 is a guess. Movement is 8 1/2 lignes, case is 18K non-Bulova. I found a post on NAWCC site about a similar Lady Maxim (no photo). The case was 14K gold filled, but had the same manufacturer's stamp. Is this a BULOVA, or was it made for another company by BULOVA??

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J. Bulova Company. Makers of the Famous Lady Maxim and Rubaiyat Watches.

 

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Daca102090
Posted January 24, 2012 - 11:11am

I can verify that the very early movements did not have date codes.  Just last week I picked up a lot of movements for possible spare parts - I will post pics in the next couple of days. 

There were two very early Bulova movements, both marked Bulova, neither with date codes of any kind and only one with a serial number.   Both of these appear to have been for the womens watches as the dials are still attached.

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timerestoration
Posted January 24, 2012 - 8:09am

 Oh...sorry. My winning bid was based, in part, on the stated weight of the case... which was exaggerated, to say the least.

Geoff Baker
Posted January 24, 2012 - 3:45pm

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Gosh, I've never heard of such a thing ! An exaggeration on an auction listing? You mean they're not all SUPER RARE,ONE OF A KIND, ONLY ONE EVER LISTED OR SEEN ON EBAY,24K,ART DECO,CURVEX??

- I expect the movement was weighed in the case, I see that all the time.

Thanks Jeff

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timerestoration
Posted January 27, 2012 - 6:18pm

Maybe worth mentioning... maybe not.

I just came across a 1929 WESTFIELD with a WESTFIELD 10B Movement, a WESTFIELD Case, and a Dial that says TROJAN

 

 

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William Smith
Posted September 5, 2012 - 1:03am

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Aside....I have one of these Bulova Westfield Trojan's in a box somewhere, and a Westfield Trojan ad.  I've been meaning to dig 'em out...

NOVA
Posted January 27, 2012 - 6:26pm

I would say that argues for the "Lady Maxim" being an off-shoot, like the Westfield, since that's our only other example where the model name is on the dial.

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Posted January 27, 2012 - 6:29pm

au contraire.

Westfield produced a Model named the Trojan, so it's one for the 'it's a Bulova Camp'

NOVA
Posted January 27, 2012 - 6:34pm

I never said it wasn't a Bulova, so I disagree with where you draw sides.  The Westfield was also made by Bulova.  I just think that, like the Westfield, this one does not meet the criteria for inclusion on this site.  The Westfields have always been excluded.  We have traditionally included watches with Bulova signed dials, movements, and cases.  Period.

Now we have more evidence equating this watch to the Westfields.  Like the Westfield Trojan Jeff found, this one has the model name on the dial, not Bulova.

NOVA
Posted January 27, 2012 - 6:51pm

You may also be interested in knowing that Bob also has a watch with "Lady Maxim" on the dial.  It does not have a Bulova movement or case.  That's part of why he felt strongly that this watch is not an actual Bulova. . .

. . . in addition to there being no ad to support it and no evidence that Bulova ever put the model name on their mainstream watch dials.

NOVA
Posted January 29, 2012 - 8:15am

I just ran across this on a sales site.  Unusual numbering look familiar?

No Bulova or model name on the dial, not a characteristic Bulova case.

Early Bulova, or . . . ?