Bulova 1920 Hudson Maxim

Submitted by plainsmen on April 6, 2013 - 11:09pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Case color
Case Manufacturer
American Standard
Watch Description

Been looking for one of these since you guys were posting them and I finally snagged one!  Sweet etched dial with what looks to be sunflowers.

Would this be a "John M. Ballard" ?

Movement Marked:

Bulova W. Co.

17 Jewel

5 Adjustments


Case Marked:

American Standard

25 Years 

14K Gold Filled

Monogram Quality


Also these are the sellers pictures.  I'll get my own when it gets here.  Will take a bit of work to get it up and ticking... but I'm betting Mike it up to the challenge!

Bulova watch
1920 Bulova watch
1920 Bulova watch
1920 Bulova watch
Posted April 6, 2013 - 11:14pm

I was looking at that one earlier today. Nice.

Posted April 7, 2013 - 12:57am

Another good one Plains. 

Posted April 7, 2013 - 1:01am

Yeah thanks guys.... but what is it? =)

Posted April 7, 2013 - 6:36am

In reply to by plainsmen

It's, it's, it's beyootiful, that's what it is!
This is possibly a HM, but could be older, maybe.
Wonderful engraving and really deep colour.

William Smith
Posted April 7, 2013 - 4:51pm

It's an American Standard case currently housing a circa 1923 or earlier Bulova movement, with an unsigned dial.  That much is almost given.  I have three similar watches, but haven't entered them in DB yet.  Maybe I should do so.  

Posted April 7, 2013 - 5:41pm

Yeah you should Will.  Seriously I dunno how we're going to find out how to date these, but they're obviously part of the whole start.

This one as well as the others look like the ones from the 1920 ad.... anyone have a better copy than the one posted?

Thanks Bobbee.... I think it's going to look great fixed up!

Posted April 8, 2013 - 8:13am

Yet another early 1920s beauty that for now will have to reside in the unknown bucket.

I seriously can't wait for the day that one of us finds a descent advert showing these early pocket watches. A lot of questions will hopefully be answered.

That's got to be your earliest Bulova hasn't Plains? Shouldn't be too hard finding a new hand.

Tentative Hudson Maxim

Bulova Hudson Maxim

Posted April 8, 2013 - 9:43pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Yep... definately my earliest.  I think I'm going to get it refurbed and wear it with my suits.  Should be a fantasic conversation piece.  Not to shabby for $40 eh boys?

William Smith
Posted April 8, 2013 - 5:18pm

Hard to tell which of the various brands of watches is pictured in the ad above. It could be one of the other brands.  I do hope we find clearer ads, and new ads we don't currently have on site. 

Unfortunately, I'm thinking Unknown for now.  Pretty good chance it's a Hudson Maxim, but it could be something else too.