Bulova 1920 Rubaiyat

Submitted by mybulova_admin on September 14, 2018 - 10:13pm
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Here is a beautiful piece that I'm currently restoring. Part of the movement was very rusted, but is now well on her way to running again.

What I love about this watch is:

  • Those roman numerals
  • 14K solid gold case (approx 6 grams)
  • The very low serial number (lowest number starting with 1xxx we have in the database)
  • The dual stamped movement - Rubaiyat & Marc Favre


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Posted September 15, 2018 - 11:43am

Man, that's a real beauty!  Stephen and Rob, well done on the research. This one is way out of my comfort zone, but based on  your research and movement stamping, I will go with Rubaiyat as well.

Posted September 15, 2018 - 10:34pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Thanks Bob, this period really is my favourate as it offers some of Bulova's nicest watches made (IMO) and is also a period we know the least about, making the job of searching for snippets of info all the more fun and rewarding.

Kathy L.
Posted September 15, 2018 - 11:56am

What a beauty, great history.

Reverend Rob
Posted September 15, 2018 - 12:23pm

I'm only seeing the one initial, am I missing something?

Is the initial itself meant to be two letters, if viewed from different angles? It could be C and F or C and J? There's nobody in the family with those initials...Except maybe Julia?

Posted September 15, 2018 - 8:27pm

Just to clarify that the movement shown with the script engravement is not from the subject watch but a Lady Maxim movement I have. I've seen only a few of these with the engraving. It's posted here as a correlation to the movement in the subject watch.

What two letters do you see and what can they stand for?

Why is the letter (if that is what it is) enclosed by " " but not in the usual way, instead we have one at the top and the other at the bottom?

Does it suggest that the script should be read from two different angles?

Here the script is shown from both angles.

 Lady Maxim movement

Anyone want to hazzard a guess who they refer to?

It has been said that this person made a number of movements and had them hand engraved as a sort of signature.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 16, 2018 - 7:01am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

I posit that it's a "C", my reasoning is that the apostrophes would be pointed on the bottom not the top. My GUESS is that it's a signature by the maker.

Posted September 16, 2018 - 10:20pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

hmmm, could be a scripted "C".

We have A and B movement (AII, BII) so it's possible it's a C variant.

Posted September 15, 2018 - 11:55pm

Another movement sporting a dual Bulova / Favre stamp.

Note the simple BULOVA stamp as opposed to BULOVA W.Co

Case serial is 1007597

Bulova + Marc Favre movement

Reverend Rob
Posted September 16, 2018 - 3:10am

I'm not sure about the initials thing, I have seen this before. Here is an example of the same type of quotation marks on another Rubaiyat, but this time, clearly a 'B'. The ebauche in this case is also clearly identifiable as P. Droz. 

Posted September 16, 2018 - 7:13am

Interesting. I forgot about that one.  I would say that the "B" later became the BII...maybe.

Why 'B'?

I wonder if there is a connection bewteen the "B" and the other script.