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Bulova 1920 Rubaiyat

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Rubiayat with updated bracelet. Great condition for its age.

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Bulova watch
1920 Bulova watch
1920 Bulova watch
bobbee's picture
Posted June 27, 2014 - 9:18am


We have seen early ladies watches in  Wadsworth cases, Rubaiyat mvmnts. with case serial starting with a "3" that appears to be earlier than the posted watch, others with a "2" case serial and many more with a "1" and "0". We have some that use several brand's movements. There is much to learn about serial numbers in particular.

We cannot ignore Lisa's Rubaiyat and Lady/Hudson Maxim models, nor her methods of dating, which seems to be very accurate to me. Combined with the knowledge we have here, these watches and the accumulated information in different sites and threads really ought to be amalgamated to provide a clearer and more thorough insight to the early branding/production/dating of these wonderful historical almost-antiques.


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William Smith
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Posted June 27, 2014 - 12:07pm

Yea there's Lisa's info and I think an NAWCC forum on Early American Wrist Watches...or something close to that.  I haven't checked NAWCC lately, but reviewed Lisa's method and it sure suggests some strong patterns for dating these early models.  Between Lisa's many examples and the ones we have on sight we have a decent sample size to play with...and more is better!

bobbee's picture
Posted June 27, 2014 - 12:12pm

Is this forum open to non-members?

I am a member on the wristwatch forum at the NAWCC site, but it is extremely quiet on there.

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William Smith
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Posted June 27, 2014 - 12:24pm

I think non-members can read but not post.  I also may have the name completly wrong...but the just was a discussion about early US wrist/trench/strap watches.  I'll check my bookmarks, or one can search text w/i various forums or discussions.

I love that Geo Davidson trench watch ad from Lisa's timeline.  It's a 1918 ad, and it says something like "trench watches similar to those supplied by J Bulova, Switzerland, and used at the front line since the beginnign of the war".  So this strongly suggests that Bulova was doing "this" before 1918. 

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Reverend Rob
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Posted June 27, 2014 - 10:29am

Bulova utilized ebauches from P. Droz, Favre, FHF, Fleurier, ETA, A. Schild, Aurore-Villeret, Felsa, Glycine, Unitas, Liengme, Valjoux, Sonceboz, Peseux, Recta, Frey, Michel, LePhare, Venus and Junghans. 

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Posted June 27, 2014 - 11:28am

Thanks Rob.

You forgot Tissot and Etienne.