Bulova 1921 Lady Maxim

Submitted by jrplep on January 27, 2012 - 9:39am
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Watch Description

I inherited this watch and would like to know more about it.  There is no indication on the exterior of any maker;  only on the works inside the case did I find "Bulova W. Co   3 adj  15 jewels  SWISS" clearly visible (at the bottom, slightly to the right, in the open case picture). Also, on the works, is engraved "FAVREW Co."  (at the top, slightly to the left, in the same picture).   I found no date code symbol anywhere, so the date of 1924 I entered is pure conjecture.   Can anyone help me?

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Posted January 27, 2012 - 1:08pm

Favre Watch Co / Bulova. - It's an early Ladies piece IMO.

What is hallmarked inside the Caseback?

Posted January 28, 2012 - 4:40am

Pre 1924...possibly 1919-1920.

You say you inherited the watch. Does the watch come with any provenance?

Posted January 28, 2012 - 5:30am


Posted January 28, 2012 - 12:59pm

This belonged to my mother's lifelong best friend who passed away  10 years ago at the age of 78.    It was in a small box of what appeared to be fairly cheap costume jewelry that was given to my wife after her passing.  I could tell this wasn't cheap, but didn't have a lot of interest in it at the time and put it away in a drawer.  I recently rediscovered it, and here I am, trying to find out about it.   All I can say for sure is that I'm pretty sure it had  belonged either to her mother or her aunt, both of whom passed away back in the 60's.

I can't find any hallmark anywhere, either on the works or in the case back.  There's the faintly readable "American Standard Warranted 25 years" above the serial # and that's all that I can find.  Perhaps a jeweler's loupe would help me see things more distinctly but I don't have one.


So, the FAVREW Co. I saw is actually FAVRE  W  Co?


There is a watch quite like this for sale on Ebay right now, and I contacted the seller for any information they might have, and they couldn't help me.  However, theirs clearly has BULOVA on the face, and the works inside are almost a mirror image of the works in this one, which I thought was rather odd.


If this helps anyone get me closer to  more specific ID, and possibly its value, I would appreciate your response very much.  I'm not really interested in selling because of its sentimental value, but........... I suppose it would depend on what it proves to be worth.


Thanks, everyone.


Posted January 28, 2012 - 1:46pm


Yes. - Swiss Watchmakers since the mid 1700's.

American Standard Watch Cases were regularly used by Bulova who eventually purchased the Company.

Posted January 28, 2012 - 7:29pm

We may never know the model name of this watch as Bulova tended to use just simple numbers back then. Other than what you already know about the watch I doubt there is much more to learn. Maybe we may get a vintage advert showing the watch with some additional details.

The style stems from the pocket watch era and by having the lug on the botton could be worn as a wristwatch by attaching possibly a black cord to both ends.

Worth $5 - $1,000,000. Sentimental value = priceless.


William Smith
Posted September 26, 2012 - 5:43pm

Do I see a "globe" above that serial number on the "American Standard Warranted 25 years" case?   ...or is it the reflection of the inside top of the crown?

Posted September 26, 2012 - 11:20pm

I think you answered your own question there,Will! ; )
BTW, I think the Favre Watch Co. is Marc Favre, and not Favre-Leuba who started as Favre in the early 1700's and became Favre-Leuba in 1814.

Posted October 12, 2012 - 10:21am

I cannot see any S. Where is it?

Your link isn't working for some reason, Mark. Just getting the "can't be found" page.

Posted October 12, 2012 - 10:23am

scratch the idea, under magnification it's a scew head.