Bulova 1937 American Clipper "F"

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 9:52pm

It looks like its time to put this one to bed...

Here is the summery that I have so far and am thrilled that I get to post it! : )

Admin   AC "F" (Tentative) ?

Geoff   Generic AC

Shawn   Generic AC

Jay   AC "F"

Mark   Generic AC

Greg   AC "F"

Jerin   AC "F"

Will   AC "F"

Rev Rob   No Comment

I know that others have also commented on this watch that may be consider for panel membership, for now until Admin decides and makes it official, I am only using the panel members as of current.

This has been a very good discussion and as Shawn said in another posted watch..."The way mybulova should work"

Unless somebody else has other comments or concerns, it looks like its up to you Admin.

Posted July 14, 2012 - 3:18am

Club 5000Panel Member

Thanks OT for the summary.
Remember this can always be updated if and when we find an advert showing an engraved AC with a leather band and different variant.

Nothing on mybulova is set in stone.

Posted September 4, 2012 - 2:29pm

AC F" from me.

Posted September 5, 2012 - 12:55pm

Dear Panel,

I'm very impressed by this thorough discussion.

It's marvelous to see how a bunch of strangers somewhere on the Net is talking about my watch!

I learn a lot at this site for which I'm greatfull and so I did an modest donation.

Hoping to learn a lot more, I send you my best greetings from Amsterdam.


Posted September 6, 2012 - 8:17am

Club 5000Panel Member

Thank you once again for your very kind donation. It's these donations that really in the end help us all learn the truth by way of being able to purchase the vintage adverts that answer soo many questions.

Thank you!

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Posted September 5, 2012 - 1:30pm

Thanks for those kind words,Wim.
Glad you enjoy the site, and get collecting and submitting more!

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Posted September 5, 2012 - 3:05pm

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This is a great American Clipper "F" variant.  The only ad we have for the engraved case w/ white dial is "F" variant, so mount doesn't matter unless we find another ad indicating this combo is diff variant on leather vs bracelet.  Lot's of variants listed in Bulova model lists, just too few ads and info to indicate what constitutes the unique variant/model ID # designations. 
Glad your enjoying, learning and supporting the site!

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Posted September 6, 2012 - 9:03am

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Exactly.  There is no evidence to confirm that this could be anything else than an American Clipper "F". 



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Posted September 6, 2012 - 7:51am

Simply because the Watch Case is engraved is no basis for the 'F' variant designation.

If We look at the 'MINUTE MAN', 'RITE-ANGLE' and others of the same era, even the 'AMERICAN CLIPPER' itself We see the variant designations in some instances are based on the mount alone.

The fact is We don't have an ad showing the engraved Case 'AMERICAN CLIPPER' on a Leather strap as the 'F', what We do have is an ad showing the engraved Case 'AMERICAN CLIPPER' on a matching bracelet as the 'F'.

We have the non engraved Case shown on Leather and on a matching bracelet named differently variantwise in the 'AMERICAN CLIPPER' model line of this era, what makes Us think the engraved Case version will be any different?

1 Star as the 'F' if We consider all the evidence to Date.

Posted September 6, 2012 - 8:05am

Panel Member

I'd have to agree with Mark on this one. Confirmed generic, unconfirmed variant.  This little can of worms is pretty much the same as my Rite Angle I just posted. 

I will agree with all of you, it is very difficult to pick up a vintage Bulova with the original mount but we do know that mounts do come into play when getting to the variant designation.