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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Posted January 29, 2012 - 9:21am

hmmm..........and the plot thickens.

There is just something about the 'LADY MAXIM' script on the Dial of the Watch in question that doesn't seem era.


Waffle anyone?

Posted February 4, 2012 - 8:43pm

Look what else I found, boys and girls!  Same style of numbering as the subject watch, labeled a "Hudson Maxim" on the dial.  Not in a Bulova or American Standard case, but running a Bulova movement.  Mens' counterpart to the "Lady Maxim"?  Legitimate Bulova, or . . . ?

Seems like the way we left this thread, all these models I'm posting would be allowed in the database as "early Bulovas"?  Do we have any evidence that Bristol made cases for Bulova?

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William Smith
Posted July 28, 2015 - 5:57pm

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Several years later, and I still don't think we have "evidence" that Bristol made cases for Bulova, but we sure have lots more info on Lady Maxim, non-Bulova signed Am Std cases, etc.... Lots can change in a couple years, so its good we left this record in the watch database.  

Posted February 4, 2012 - 9:13pm

So............ Since I own this watch, with no intent on sending back to seller because of gold content misrepresentation, and it's obviously "Lady Maxim's" BIG BROTHER, what are the chances I can get it into the database as a Bulova? Anyone care to weigh in?

Posted February 4, 2012 - 9:41pm

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Ok I think this ad will shed some light on this topic.

It's from a 1923 Bulova watch advert that we have in the database. Read the dscription and check out that dial!

Bulova 1923

Posted February 4, 2012 - 9:54pm

OK, it's a pocket watch? Has the Roman numerals and according to the ad is "named" 684. No engraving on the bezel and it doesn't say "Maxim" on the dial at least that I can read? So I'm not sure what this proves?

Are you thinking my watch is a Bulova?

Posted February 4, 2012 - 10:17pm

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Ok on scanning at a higher resolution and looking at the ads under a loop It would appear the dial says BULOVA PHANTOM....so there goes that theory.

1923 Bulova Pocket watch

Posted February 4, 2012 - 10:27pm

Admin. I clearly have read the description, I have clearly read your remarks, but explain to me why is it so hard to understand that in the "early days" to make ends meet all company's sold excess stock to other (in this case, watch) company's, who in turn produced a product using material not manufactured by themselves. It happened all the time, and I've got more than enough examples to prove it.

By you logic, would all movements that clearly are marked "Bulova Watch Co." but also are clearly marked "Favre Watch Co." on the same movement be Bulova or Favre??? You and I both know that Favre was producing watches almost two hundred years before Bulova. 1730 comes to mind, Bulova 1920's.

When all is said and done so to speak, I just can't understand why you and others are so quick to dig your heels into the sand and insist that the Maxim is a True Bulova when contradicting examples are put before you?

Posted September 28, 2012 - 5:32am

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I'm so glad that we did dig our heels in, otherwise this true Bulova watch would have not been recognised as such.

Having an open mind and putting the facts together as we find them are all part of the ongoing research that we do here.

Posted February 4, 2012 - 10:49pm

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If everyone is happy with the notion that early Bulova watches do not belong on this site unless they are clearly stamped Bulova on the dial and movement then I am happy to remove the Lady Maxim from the listing and have all these watches removed from the database.

Could panel mambers and alike please have your say on defining what early Bulova watches we should classifiy as true Bulova watches and therefore include on this site.