Unknown vintage watch, The Maximus Lever 1930s.

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    Unknown vintage watch, The Maximus Lever 1930s.

    I recently acquired an unknown vintage watch, I googled but I didnt find any information regarding the watch, all I know is the brand, its a Swiss Made and 15J. According to the seller the watch works fine, cosmetically is in OK condition despite its circa. Ive included 2 pics of the watch, if you have info please chime in. Cheers
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    Re: Unknown vintage watch, The Maximus Lever 1930s.

    According to Mikrolisk, Maximus was a Waltham brand:

    http://www.mikrolisk.de/show.php/280/letter_M

    Nice looking watch. Love the dial.

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    Re: Unknown vintage watch, The Maximus Lever 1930s.

    Thanks Marrrick, I also stumbled upon the same information but Waltham is USA's while the movement says its Swiss Made and thats where I got confused Maybe they had manufacturers based in Swiss?
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    Re: Unknown vintage watch, The Maximus Lever 1930s.

    Possibly they imported Swiss movements. Having posted the link, I can't see the 3 letter code that US firms have on imported movements (WXO would be Waltham).

    Its also possible that there is no connection whatsoever - your watch may have been a short-lived Australian watch enterprise, or a private label. Possibly someone will know - but I have quite a few watches with untraceable brand names (e.g Skiff, Oisa, Thoro).
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    Re: Unknown vintage watch, The Maximus Lever 1930s.

    Definitely no connection to Waltham; this watch looks 20's or 30's, and Waltham didn't dabble in Swiss until the 50's.
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    Re: Unknown vintage watch, The Maximus Lever 1930s.

    Ive just received the watch yesterday.I could not get the movement out of the back case (a latch that i missed), however the front casing came off easily. Ive done some research on eBay and I found that the vintage Rolexs are very similar in appearance and almost the same in mechanical wise. I also believe the movement is a hunter movement.

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Vintage-ROLEX...item4aa1744224

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/VINTAGE-MENS-...item4aa1745ff4
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    Re: Unknown vintage watch, The Maximus Lever 1930s.

    The movement looks like an A. Schild which was used in many boutique brands of that time.
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    Re: Unknown vintage watch, The Maximus Lever 1930s.

    I will watch this and hope you get an answer, I have a Maximus Lever too, I think it is older still, the dial is sterling silver and most elaborately decorated, I searched for it to take a pickie but alas I could not find it- I have put it away somewhere believeing it to be something special. I did find some watches I have been looking for though- I might post a phot of one of them.

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    Re: Unknown vintage watch, The Maximus Lever 1930s.

    Quote Originally Posted by can't find the time View Post
    I will watch this and hope you get an answer, I have a Maximus Lever too, I think it is older still, the dial is sterling silver and most elaborately decorated, I searched for it to take a pickie but alas I could not find it- I have put it away somewhere believeing it to be something special. I did find some watches I have been looking for though- I might post a phot of one of them.
    I have a little lady watch with the old U.S. Maximus 0 size 29mm. 1920?
    A waltham reference will show the smaller movement 3/0 also old called Jewel and a few were named Maximus. The rarest Maximus, but not like the Swiss 15j shown. Both the 0 and 3/0 movnts.in early Waltham ww look like this photo and are 19j. Might be like the lost silver Australian.
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    Re: Unknown vintage watch, The Maximus Lever 1930s.

    I managed to take out the movement and on the bridge it says:

    15 JEWELS, 5 ADJST and SWISS MADE

    On the back casing it says;

    Lavina Rolled Gold Guaranteed 10 years.

    If this is really adjusted 5 positions then it must a high grade movement, though I still dont know much about the company



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