Bulova 1956 Sea Clipper

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Info on caseback looks to be acid etched, very faint.  Case is a two piece waterproof where the bezel (with lugs) goes over the crystal and caseback.  Movement comes out through the crystal, and has a two-piece stem.

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Posted November 4, 2011 - 6:30pm

The case is around 33mm without crown (side to side) and 40mm lug to lug.  Band is 17mm, and crystal is 28mm (outside diameter)

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Wayne Hanley
Posted November 4, 2011 - 11:50pm


That's about the same measurement of the side-by-side comparison. I think that my 1954 is also Sea Clipper varient.

Shawn, I copied this Sea Clipper varient from one of your eBay auctions awhile back. Good job on the restore on this one. It make mine look a bit shabby.  Looks like a pretty good match to this 1962 Sea Clipper ad. Varient pin-stripe dial, match style lum dots, numbers, batons, hands.

Looks like a 1964 Sea Clipper w varient pin-stripe dial to me. What say you?

Posted November 5, 2011 - 8:51am

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Looks like a pretty close match to me, with the one I sold being Stainless wear free and I can see aloy of wear about your lugs which seem to make them look thinner. Everything else matches so I'd say it's a safe bet to ID it as a Sea Clipper.

Posted November 5, 2011 - 12:08pm

Based on what little I know of Bulova's model naming, I would expect that only the Stainless Steel variants were "Sea Clipper"; the gold one looks more like a "Sun Clipper"

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Wayne Hanley
Posted November 5, 2011 - 1:18pm


Do you per chance have a Sun Clipper ad?


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Posted November 5, 2011 - 1:41pm

'SEA CLIPPER' is advertised as being SS. 'SUN CLIPPER' appears to have a scalloped bezel ala '23'.


Ad in the database Wayne - 1958.