Bulova 1917 Rubaiyat

Submitted by dhhirsch on November 11, 2015 - 5:52pm
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Watch Description

Bought another Rubaiyat for my wife and thought I'd post it for the database.  Transitional, with the crown at the top.   I'm tentatively putting this down as 1918, but not really sure how you date them. Nice, running watch, with Rubaiyat on the dial, as well as on the movement, so I'm assuming very early... 

1918 Bulova Rubaiyat watch
1917 Bulova watch
1917 Bulova watch
Posted November 12, 2015 - 4:14am

Hi David, your Rubaiyat will be probably from 1917 because (by indications of Lisa´s analysis) :

  • Case signed "American Standard W.C.Co" with no globe or shield
  • Movement signed "Rubaiyat"
  • Dial signed "Rubaiyat" 
  • No movement caliber designation
  • No movement serial number
  • No movement date code
  • Case serial number begins with "2"
  • Case style of pocket watch, typically converted to wear on the wrist; crown at 12 o'clock position
Geoff Baker
Posted November 12, 2015 - 6:44am

Beautiful watch David, I agree with the Rubaiyat ID

William Smith
Posted November 23, 2015 - 3:48am

Nice old Bulova. I''m in w/ Rubaiyat ID.

Posted July 26, 2017 - 9:00am

We are dating these early Rubaiyats based on the second digit in the case serial number. In this case a '7', thus 1917.

We have yet to determine why these early models started with a '2' and the later cases of 1921/22 started with a '1'.

I'm sure that there is an explanation. We have just yet to figure it out.

Posted July 26, 2017 - 1:39pm

Interesting.  I guess that puts it among the earliest in the database...

Posted May 29, 2023 - 7:50am

5th watch from the left.

Early Bulova Ladies watches 1920s