Bulova 1937 American Clipper "F"

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FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted July 12, 2012 - 9:34am


 I do not have an ad but the ads do not name all of the variants. - although there are several different examples (?) of the "B" variant in the Watch database.

Given that We do not know what all ("A" "B" "C" "D" "E" "G" ect, ect) of the variants look like IMO the safe ID is as a generic 'AMERICAN CLIPPER' - as the subject Watch does not match the ad for the "F" variant, the ad shows a Watch on a matching bracelet.

database ad Dated 1936 shows 2 variants http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/1936%20AD1.jpg a second ad Dated 1936 shows 2 additional unnamed variants http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-ad-1936-4...

Dial color, Case embellishments, or lack of, and strap are all in play with this particular Model.

bobbee's picture
Posted July 12, 2012 - 10:07am

Above ads show variants without letter designation, so don't count for or against your theory Mark. This will just be a re-hash of the post OT links to. With present data, variant"F" is closest match.

Posted July 12, 2012 - 10:29am

Panel Member

For what it's worth, Clipper B, and Clipper C are ruled out as neither are engraved.

Geoff Baker
Posted July 12, 2012 - 10:54am

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American Clipper - no "F". When (IF) in doubt, go to default, without variant designation.

Posted July 12, 2012 - 11:23am

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Agreed, American Clipper.

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Posted July 12, 2012 - 11:16am

This could help enormously Shawn.  "A"- white dial, plain case, link band. "B"- white dial, plain case, leather band. "C"- black dial, plain case, link band. "D"- black dial, plain case, leather band. "E" white dial, engraved case, leather band. "F"- white dial, engraved case, link band.  Only problem is, why does "E" and "F" not follow the progression of previous designations?

EDIT- On second thoughts, that just confuses matters. I agree with Geoff.

Posted July 12, 2012 - 12:11pm

Is there another engraved American Clipper in the ad database?? The only one that I see is the "F" that has engraving, we have White dial, Black dial, plain case and the engraved case, all with a different variant letter, so until I see PROOF that a strap will change this from a "F" to another letter designation, its still a "F" for me.

Posted July 12, 2012 - 12:52pm

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Yep.. Clipper F


FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted July 12, 2012 - 5:25pm

True, only the ad for the "F" shows an engraved bezel, but We don't have ads showing all of the variants only "B" and "C".

The White Dial with engraved bezel on Leather could be the "A", "D", "E" or "G" ect.

"F" shows a White Dial,  engraved bezel with matching bracelet, based on trends within the model line the engraved bezel on Leather is most likely another variant, one We have yet to see advertised.

'AMERICAN CLIPPER' - variant unknown at this time.

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William Smith
Posted July 13, 2012 - 3:48am

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Following OT's logic and the ads we currently have, there isn't another ad for a clipper that's engraved w this dial designated as anything other than a "F".  So while it doesn't match the ad for F for mount, there exists no ad in database to suggest otherwise.  There is the possibility that an ad may come along indicating this case/dial on leather is a different variant, but IMO we can't ID on what may come along.

Following Marks logic and ads, there is most likely an unknown variant which may come along showing mount makes a difference, and this does give some doubt to variant F designation.

So I'm thinking if it's ID's as an "F", it would be tentative IMO.  If it were ID'ed as a generic AC, it would be confirmed Known.

I still haven't voted....I'm working through all this -and one of those ads showing two of the variants is really hard to read the text.