Bulova 1937 American Clipper

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Black dialed 21 Jewel Ben Hur... ORRRR OR or... an American Clipper with a 21 Jewel movement installed.

The movement however is a 21 Jewel and it's sporting the scrolled dial.




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Posted January 28, 2012 - 3:40pm

I think I have both, I'll pull them and compare the two case sizes and report back later...

Posted January 28, 2012 - 7:00pm

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Well, Since we've seen 3 Clipper variants b, c, and f with 17J movements, I'll go with the 21J Ben Hur, letter designation to be determined.

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Posted January 28, 2012 - 7:16pm

'BEN HUR' has an arched radius to the Vertical bezel opening.


'AMERICAN CLIPPER' has an angular opening.

Not the 'BEN HUR'


Posted January 28, 2012 - 7:27pm

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Well, Slap me up the side of my head. I didn't notice that. Good call Mark, I've been traded to the "Clippers" camp, variant unknown. There is an gap between C and F where this could be. Movement could very well have been upgraded at the point of sale.

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Posted January 28, 2012 - 7:52pm


Movement upgrade at the point of Sale (the jewelers) makes perfect sense. - Hence the datecode matching the Case seriel number.

Posted January 28, 2012 - 8:15pm

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Again the movement may have simply been swapped out for a working1937 21J movement. They did exist you know Fifth.

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution.

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Posted January 28, 2012 - 9:41pm

I know this admin, I find it odd that the Movement Datecode matches the Case.

A movement swap performed by someone who had a 21 Jewel 10 AE the identical Date of the 17 Jewel 10 AE movement removed is a definate possibility.

Posted January 28, 2012 - 10:14pm

Fifth beat me to the pictures, there is a difference at the "Middle Peak", and the bezel & crystal measurments are as follows...


Lug to Lug  36.2mm

Width with out crown  25.3mm

Crystal lenght  25.7mm

Crystal width  16.6mm

Ben Hur:

Lug to Lug  36.9mm

Width with out crown  25.1mm

Crystal length  28.1mm

Crystal width  17.2mm

Check it out Plains, maybe you have something we have not seen yet?? What ever it is... it's NICE!

Posted June 6, 2012 - 5:02pm

I'll ditto that last statement. VERY NICE watch, I want one.


Posted July 17, 2012 - 8:01pm

By golly I figured it out!! It is a yourguss, your guess is as good as mine. Jocularitys