Bulova 1916 Rubaiyat

Submitted by FifthAvenueRes… on May 7, 2024 - 3:13pm
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Circular case measures  38.5mm lug to lug and 33.5mm around non-inclusive of the crown using calipers.

White porcelein dial shows radium Arabic numerals and radium (Cathedral style?) hands and is unbranded, a sub-seconds dial completely obscures the 6. 

Crown appears to be the original. 

Movement is stamped Rubaiyat W. Co.  Swiss

There are no identifiable datecodes. 

WW1 Kitchener strap is a reproduction.

WW1 Rubaiyat
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Posted May 9, 2024 - 6:17pm

That's weird, when I last looked at the photo of the inside of the case I didn't see the Rubaiyat W.Co stamping.

Would this make the watch a true and complete mens Rubaiyat wristwatch? 

So reading the trademark regsitration a little more, it was Arde Bulova who re-resgistered "American Standard" in 1920 on behalf of the Bulova Watch Company Inc. 

I'm still struggle to understand this difference between incorporated in 1911 and the name change of 1923. Anyone able to explain that for me? 

The 1920 trademark registration does confirm that Joseph, on behalf of J.Bulova Co. had been using it since the August 1 , 1918.

However I'm not sure I can extrapolate from this any Rubaiyat dates. We do know that Rubaiyat was also in use from 1916 onwards, so this watch could technically be dated from that year onwards.

Posted May 10, 2024 - 2:11am

In reply to by mybulova_admin


I re-shot the image of the caseback, the initial pic was illegible. 

Yes, I believe the watch to be a a true and complete Mens Rubaiyat wristwatch.

Posted May 10, 2024 - 2:36am

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

To answer Your question with a question did J. Bulova, the jeweler of 1911 switch to watchmaking exclusively in 1923 as Bulova W. Co ? or was it simply legal wranglings bringing Arde on board. 

The subject watch is a Rubaiyat, model 'UNKNOWN' the date of manufacture is the closest I could come up with, 1916 - 17.   

Posted May 10, 2024 - 3:49am

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

We have shown Joseph Bulovas' relationship to Rubaiyat W. Co with proof positive and Maxim at some level,  somehow. 

We have also shown Arde as being the owner of Hudson W. Co. with proof positive. 

IMO the name change in 1923 from J. Bulova to Bulova W. Co would signal the combining of these 2 companies into one. 

Posted May 10, 2024 - 10:39pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

I'm fairly confident that 1923 saw Bulova move to focus soley on watches and thus the name change.

1923 Bulova Watch Company

Was it that J.Bulova Co was incorporated in 1911, and in 1923 officially morphed into the Bulova Watch Company Inc with a name change?

1968 Bulova $100 stock certificate

Posted May 10, 2024 - 10:27pm

I'm actually leaning very much to this being our first mens Rubaiyat wristwatch and not a Hudson Maxim.

Date wise it's a little tricky, but I have no real issue with dating as early as 1916.

So...1916 Rubaiyat

Posted May 11, 2024 - 2:56pm

I will defer this to the experts.  These early watches are out of my expertise.