Bulova 1920 Lady Maxim

7/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.151429
Manufacture Year: 
1920
Movement Model: 
Favre
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
1077515
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
American Standard
Crystal Details: 
19 mm
Gender: 
Ladies
Additional Information: 

Movement Bulova Favre 15JWL 3ADJ without model ID 

Case serial number start "10" mean manufacturing year is 1918 - 1921

Corresponding advert I do´nt found due to age but I think it could be some model in a series of 150

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mybulova_admin
Posted January 24, 2014 - 7:50am

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Where did you read that a case serial number starting with '10' equals 1918?

This would be great information to have if you've found a chart.

We believe that these certainly are from around 1919 to 1921.

Thank you very much for adding. This is probably one of the oldest watches on the site.

jabs
Posted January 24, 2014 - 7:56am

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you're right serial number starting with "10" is from the period 1918-1921, I read in some articles, which describe how to determine the age of Bulova Watches

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Reverend Rob
Posted January 24, 2014 - 8:03am

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Wow. A great piece of Bulova history. The movt is by one of the most long-lived watch companies, the Favre family started production in 1737, and held the company for eight generations, until the quartz crisis. A new Favre-Leuba line debuts this year.

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bobbee
Posted April 12, 2014 - 2:58am

Reverend Rob wrote:

Wow. A great piece of Bulova history. The movt is by one of the most long-lived watch companies, the Favre family started production in 1737, and held the company for eight generations, until the quartz crisis. A new Favre-Leuba line debuts this year.

 

The Favre name seen on some early Bulova watch movements likely belongs to Marc Favre, Biel, SA, and would have been a "neighbour " of Bulova's.

The Favre-Leuba company has been that since 1814, and registered trademarks can be seen under this name: "Favre-Leuba & Co.", from Le Locle SA. since 1882.

Abraham Favre first made watches in 1718, and was officially registered in 1737. 

Information from Mikrolisk, Wikipedia and the NAWCC.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 24, 2014 - 9:47am

admin,

I would agree with the date of manufacture, to the shy side of 1920 and believe the subject will eventually be found to be a 'LADY MAXIM', until such time and unfortunately 'UNKNOWN'.

The American Standard case trademark shown as being in use from August 1 of 1918.

a keeper jabs!

mybulova_admin
Posted January 24, 2014 - 5:40pm

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I agree as it's always been my contention that at the very beginning of Bulova producing watches they partnered with a well known and established movement manufacture, before they had the presence,  budget and experience to go it alone.

I would agree with a tentative Lady Maxim call.

Geoff Baker
Posted January 25, 2014 - 6:31am

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Wow, not sure what to call it but really like it! Wonderful watch.

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William Smith
Posted January 26, 2014 - 1:28am

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At first glance, with all the info, I thought pre1920 and I also thought Lady Mixim. We have seen and debated this model name both with and without the name on the dial.  Great watch.  I'm good with tentative Lady Maxim, but the date.....that's the question for me.

Globe symbol on Am Std case.....may help with year.  Thanks for adding this watch to the site.  It's an old one and a beauty!!!

mybulova_admin
Posted January 28, 2014 - 6:22am

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Similar in style. Looks like 150-B

1920s Bulova advert

Geoff Baker
Posted January 30, 2014 - 5:42am

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The case certainly is close, the dial in the ad doesn't show the pattern engraving like the subject does, but on a watch of this age I'm not sure that's a problem. I would be inclined to go down the   "150-B" road before I would the Lady Maxim.