Bulova 1921 Lady Maxim

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 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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timerestoration's picture
Posted June 2, 2011 - 2:39pm

 Anyone with a guess as to the date of this watch?

Posted June 2, 2011 - 9:29pm

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I'm going with 1923.

The Lady Mamim I have is the one that is also co-signed by Favre and has no serial number.

This one looks to have all the correct markings for an early 1920s Bulova.

timerestoration's picture
Posted June 2, 2011 - 9:41pm

 So, this could be the correct case even though it is not marked BULOVA?

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted June 3, 2011 - 9:30am


Bulova purchased American Standard, or something like that.

Early Bulova's used American Standard Cases, it is correct.

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Posted June 3, 2011 - 10:49am

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Why didn't Bulova put their name on the dial?  I can understand them possibly sourcing the cases, but I don't think they would leave their name off.   Unless I saw some sort of proof, like a Bulova ad for this watch I would have to say that I cannot call this a Bulova.



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Posted June 3, 2011 - 12:46pm

Good point, wasn't paying attention to the dial.

Posted June 3, 2011 - 10:32pm

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They didn't put their name on the early ladies watchs from what I have seen. Why? Only Bulova know that. Maybe because they were just starting out in the wristwatch game and were not confident enough with their branding.

I've seen enough of these early 1920s ladies watches to say that they are in fact Bulova watches.

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Posted June 4, 2011 - 9:38am

 Thanks for the input! I am sending this one back to the seller. He misrepresented the weight of the gold case.

Posted August 4, 2011 - 7:20pm

Actually they did put their name on the early 20's watches as I just picked up my third marked "Bulova" on the face also marked "AAI" on signed Bulova movement. Case Marked "American Standard" 10K gold filled, also marked "Monogram Quality", 15 jewel, movement serial # 47229. Case serial # 1096844, blue cabachon crown.Best of all bought as non-running, 5 min. after arrival "Running" Better best of all $11.50 :-)

Posted February 5, 2012 - 10:15pm

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 The watch in question well pre-dates the watch you refer to here. Just compare the movement and case serial numbers. I also don't think that the subject watch is 1924 but much earlier, pre 1923/22.

You are most correct in saying they all had Bulova on the dial. However I would add to this, post 1922, as we have no earlier examples anywhere on this site to either confirm or deny that pre 1922 watch always had 'Bulova' stamped on the dial.

Well no examples that is say the watch in question and now the Hudson Maxim. The his and hers set.

Please believe that I am doing this in the spirit of trying to piece together pieces of a puzzel and trying to think outside the box. The common factor here is the Bulova movement. Why do these 2 watches have them?