Bulova 1938 American Clipper

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Cresent Moon
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16.31mm x 25.60
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I am a little conflicted over the ID on this one.  All of the other Clipper models have even numbers only where this one has all 12.

The minute track looks correct and the seconds track as well.

I just viewed a 1937 Commander with the white face and this now seems to be what this watch is only with a black face. 


Is it possible that this is a Clipper case with a commander face?  Looking closer at the two cases there are more tiers on my case than the commander case.

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FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted August 19, 2012 - 10:47am

We've now seen the 'CLIPPER' style Dial advertised in a 'MINUTE MAN' Case.

adDated 1939.

* Based on this information I'm going to say unseen  'AMERICAN CLIPPER' variant.

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William Smith
Posted August 19, 2012 - 3:27pm

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american clipper unknown variant

bobbee's picture
Posted October 24, 2012 - 1:49pm

Agreed, AC unknown variant.

Posted October 24, 2012 - 3:09pm

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I have an ad showing the American Clipper C with a black dial but it utilizes numerals and hashmarks like the Minute Man above. Not an exact match but I'd bet we're looking at a C variant.

American Clipper for sure, need another ad to confirm the dial and variant designation.

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 3:22pm

AC, unknown variant

Posted February 21, 2013 - 9:52pm

AC unknown variant

airborne's picture
Posted September 20, 2013 - 1:46pm

Agree AC unknown variant.


I have the same watch with the same dial but my dial is white.

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 20, 2013 - 3:19pm

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American Clipper.

Black is the most common colour for a re-dial. If a watch of this age doesn't have some serious patina on the dial and markers, there is a strong possibility it was refinished. The older re-fins are less accurate than they are now, so this is also a giveaway. 

I think it's quite likely this is a re-dial, but the AC designation fits.

Posted September 20, 2013 - 4:08pm

I am sure that the dial is an aftermarket replacement.

Usually the genuine Bulova dials had raised applied numvers, but this one is simply painted on.

But good to see the dialog pick up again this long after the original posting.