Bulova 1937 -Non-Conforming

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17.7mm x 25.7mm
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1937 American Clipper

Case 36.5 x 25.

B-10k rgp inc. snap back

New crystal Had to custom fit - OR (CMH-525)

Runs ,keeps good time

Not sure of the movement belonging to this watch.


Not For Sale
1937 Bulova American Clipper
1937 Bulova watch
1937 Bulova watch
1937 Bulova watch
1937 Bulova watch
Posted September 16, 2016 - 9:30am

Club 5000Panel Member

I'm inclined to agree with the Am Clipper ID, but I will say something seems "off" on the case scrolling? Might just be picture angles.

Posted September 16, 2016 - 11:31pm

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Not sure myself if its an American Clipper. They typically had a number/dash dial and as Plains says the case engraving looks different. Might be a 'Crockett' or a 'Commander', but that has 15 jewels.

My investigation continues.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 19, 2016 - 5:37am

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I'm inclined to an American Clipper ID. The dial and the hands are not matching though. It seems as if the numbers on the dial should be applied, not painted?  I don't really see it as Commander from the period and the Crockett is different in the case engraving out to the lugs.

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Posted September 19, 2016 - 7:44am

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The engraved case does appear to be one that was used for the American Clipper:

However, the dial does not match the style used for these models. Black was an option for the AC line, but I could find none that had a full numeral dial.

Mention of crystal CMH525 would have correct dimensions for the AC case: 25.7x16.7 (not 17.7 width stated by owner).


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Posted September 19, 2016 - 9:38am

I re measured the crystal and it is 16.7

,  my mistake

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Posted September 19, 2016 - 9:50am

I've had questions on the authenticity of the watch. 

The dial seems as if it was a really poor redial job,  the numbers are more of a copper color than a gold.

Something is just not right with this watch....

The case will not snap shut tight also.

too many doubts going on with this one.


Geoff Baker
Posted September 24, 2016 - 5:47am

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Panel Members? Sounds like a couple tentative Americn Clipper ( Jerin, Ken & Geoff)

Any other takers?

Posted September 24, 2016 - 7:07am

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I'm against an American Clipper purely because of the dial. I've not been able to find any reference advert that shows anything other than the typical number/index dial combo.

I agree that the case matches that of an American Clipper, but the dial puts this into either the 'Unknown' or 'Non-conforming" category for me.

Posted September 24, 2016 - 7:37am

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AC tentative

Posted September 30, 2016 - 5:13am

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The hands also suggest that this beauty has had some work done. Perhaps the black dial would help determine the original model.