Bulova 1921 Lady Maxim

Submitted by Kathy L. on December 17, 2018 - 10:06pm
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I wanted an early model and picked this up.  It is in pretty good shape for the age and is running.  I think it might be a Lady Maxim but I am not sure on that or the date.  I can not find any serial # on the movement or a movement model.  

Inside the case reads American Standard, has the globe, Warranted 25 years, 14K gold filled, monogram quality, (serial #) 1005313.  The outside of the case is polished, no signature or info.  The band looks like a replacement from the 30's.

The movement is signed Bulova W. Co, "A" A, 15 jewels, 3 adj, Swiss, O.Burki.  I do not see a date stamp, model (unless it is "A"A) or serial #.

Looking forward to any info you might have on these early models.



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Kathy L.
Posted December 17, 2018 - 10:07pm

Kathy L.
Posted December 17, 2018 - 10:47pm

This is the closest ad I could find.  Maybe the bottom one for $35 but the image quality isn't very good so it is hard to say.

Reverend Rob
Posted December 17, 2018 - 11:59pm

Burki might be a jeweller's name, I find no info about this anywhere.

Posted December 18, 2018 - 12:23pm

In reply to by Kathy L.

This may be an extraordinary coincidence, but I googled "Burki Bulova" and got TWO hits on the mybulova site  in the PDF Files 1951 and 1953 Annual Reports, that I couldn't get to open.

Oscar Burki appears to be mentioned by name in the documents.

Also hit this site for Arde Burki (born May 1924) , son of Oscar Burki and a Bulova executive. Interesting he shared the same first name as a Bulova as well.

Adolph "Arde" Bulova 1887 - 1958



Ancestry.com - 1940 Census

Osca (SP?) Burki

49, born abt 1891




Home in 1940

116/54 Newbury Street
New York,
Queens, New York

Household Members


Osca Burki



Trida Burki



Rene Burki



Arde Burki



Kathy L.
Posted December 18, 2018 - 4:33pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Oh yes I saw those files too but couldn't open them either.  Interesting on the census, that sounds like it could fit.

Posted December 18, 2018 - 3:41am

1922 Lady Maxim.

I thought co-signed movements normally showed the original manufacture of the watch movement that Bulova purchased it from. Could be totally wrong, but I've seen many examples of these early movements co-signed with a samll handful of names.

The movement model stamp is interesting but not out of the norm for these movements.

Perhaps this went from an "A" model to a "AA" model as Bulova were expanding their movement range and suppliers or ihouse movements. The AA may be the pre-coursor to the AI, then the AII and then the 10A.

A lovely watch all the same. I've choose 1922 as this is when we see most (if not all) Lady Maxim's advertised.

Kathy L.
Posted December 18, 2018 - 10:08am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Thank you for the info.  I had no clue what year to put in but knew it an earlier model.  

Posted December 18, 2018 - 5:14am

1922 Lady Maxim is good choice

Posted December 18, 2018 - 11:31am

Very cool watch; love to see these very early ones appear. I agree with Stephen's   "A" - "AA" model thoughts. That is most likely the movement model and needs to be added to the Db of movements.

1922 Lady Maxim works for me.