So we might need to extend our date range back anoher year. Currently the site has watches dating from 1917 to 1979, with the earlist year option being 1916.
Well today I bring to you what I believe might just be the first pre-1917 watch we have seen on myBulova.
I present the 1915 American Maid. The older sister of the 1918 American Maid. Note the mistruck leading '2', same as the 1918 example.
The reason I'm dating this watch to 1915, is based on 2 factors:
- The second number of the case serial number being '5'. Other American Standard Watch Case Company cases of the ladies kind start with either a 27x, 28x or 29x, with the general belief these indicate 1917, 1918 and 1919.
- The enamel dial with red 12. This would be the first of it's kind this early.
Another factor which I feel also adds to the earlier date is the presence of a MAXIM SWISS movment. I'm still searching for information on this branding, but do find it interesting that there might be a connection to the Hudson Maxim line of watches (which included the Lady Maxim).
We have evidence that bulova did register the American Maid, and the other 1918 example has all the hallmarks of a Rubaiyat/Bulova watch to indicate that the name American Maid was something Bulova produced in the very early days of them selling watches.
I'd love to know everyone throughts, and if the 1915 is a valid year. We've long held the belief that 1916 was the first year Bulova started marketing watches and this watch may just be evidence of that.