Bulova 1921 Lady Maxim

Submitted by drkatherine1 on March 12, 2011 - 5:37pm
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Watch Description

 I have tried to identify my little watch to no avail.  I have looked at the back of the movement until the back of my eyes are blury. I know most likely it is not worth much and I don't know if it is worth taking and having it gone over to made run but I sure love the look of it. Can you please help me.

Thank you,


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Posted March 12, 2011 - 5:51pm

I wouldn't underestimate the value of this Watch as it appears to be in very good condition.

Hinged American Standard Case, rarely seen and original Fuseaux style Hands - Mid 1920's is a good guess.

Can You make out the movement model number? it may help narrow the age range possibilities and will appear in a rectangle.

Posted March 12, 2011 - 11:33pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

 Hello FifthAvenueRest,

I got out my magnifying glass and under a bright light I was able to find a 10 in a rectangle.   On the movement this is what I found; 15 jewels Bulova W. Co AAI 3 adjustments swiss.  There is another small symbol that is very faint and no matter how hard I stare I can't make it out.  I hope this is enough for you to help.  Again thank you so much.


Posted April 16, 2011 - 3:04am

In the prior discussion did We determine the movement to be the 10AA ?


Posted April 16, 2011 - 3:10am

The movement is a AAI not 10AA which puts it about 1922/23.

Katherine, can you please add a photo of the movement of possible.

Also, does the watch wind? If not and it seems fully wound, does the balance wheel swing at all when you swivel the watch?

William Smith
Posted September 23, 2012 - 12:32pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Admin are you sure about the AAI vs other movement possibilities?  Owner mentions a 10 in a rectangle.

Posted September 23, 2012 - 2:31am

Another early one to ponder over. Possibly 1921 from the case SN. Also has the Bulova W. Co. stamp.

William Smith
Posted September 23, 2012 - 3:43pm

drkatherine1 PM'ed me, and has some updated photos they will be providing.  Thanks DrKatherine1 !

EDIT:  She emailed saying "I just found my loop and was looking at the movement and found the number 10 inscribed inside a box.  However it is not shaped like a square box because it is narrower at the top.  Then across the movement is printed AAI.  I can't get a close enough photo of it with my iPhone". 

Is there such a thing as a 10AAI movement?  I don't see one in the movement database. There's a 10AA and a 10AI in this time period.

Posted September 25, 2012 - 7:11am

Ask her to put the loupe up against the camera lens on her I-Phone, and it will take better close-up pictures, Will.

Posted September 25, 2012 - 4:48pm

The 10 and AAI more than likely be in different spots on the movement. We often see that little trapezoid shape with a number on the main plate of a watch.

William Smith
Posted September 25, 2012 - 5:56pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

I'm emailing the watch owner some representative movement pictures from that period.  She can let me know which on most closely resembles her movement. Thanks DrKatherine! I think it's gonna be a 10AAI.