Bulova 1960 American Eagle "E"

8/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
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Case Serial No.: 
E498451 & E520352
Case shape: 
Crystal Details: 
GS CMF675 26.1mm x 24.4mm
Additional Information: 

1960 Bulova American Eagle's in 10K White and Yellow RGP with Stainless backs. Both have White satin dials with applied markers & hands corresponding to the bezel colors. Both have M0 17J 11AF movements, and have the "hooded" bottom lugs.

I picked these up for a song as non-working watches from a seller that just wanted to sell stuff, all they needed was a bath and lube. I will replace the hands when I can find some, they look good when on the wrist, but the macro setting really picks up the corrosion on them. The straps are Speidel padded genuine leather.

* 8-9-12 edit these to generic American Eagles, it looks like Bulova used the entire alphabet for variants on these!

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Posted November 28, 2011 - 9:55pm

These watches are beautiful,both of them..i really like the white gold...i wish mine was in white..but my American Eagle always gets complements..i didn't know of the other verisons of this model,except for the linen dials...which i am not a fan of...

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Posted November 28, 2011 - 10:26pm

agreed Shawn.

The Gold Case model vs White Case would be another variant.

Can't all be 'E's....


Posted November 28, 2011 - 10:58pm

From the '60-66 crystal catalogs that I have, there is only an American Eagle "E" & model# 1213D listed for this crystal shape. There is an American Eagle "F" listed, but that is a 28.1mm round press fit crystal, so that splashes water on the letter designation theory...and then there is just an American Eagle that takes a CMX ( curved rectangle) crystal (pre 1960?)

I am thinking that the "E" was another model with the customer choice of dial variant installed at purchase (up-sell), and I know that there is the "tang" lugged version out there that you don't see much of, early or later version??

I don't think they made these more than 1 or 2 years, so maybe there is a 1960-62 ad out there that will shed more light??

Posted November 29, 2011 - 12:06am

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Hmmm, now that's very interesting. I do agree with your thoughts on the production years. I've only ever come across 1960 models. Still, I find it strange that they would use the letter "E" designation when we know of 4 different variations. I'm pretty certain there is also a white linen dial as I sold one a while back.

Maybe they used "E" because they had 5 variations? Jeesh, Bulova strikes again with the worm can.

Whatever the case is we can be certain of "American Eagle" for an ID. Yours are pretty sweet BTW.

Posted December 1, 2011 - 1:31am

Your right Shawn, this case style so far is exclusive to 1960, and even admin. has an example of the 4 tang model in there, the top lugs look kind of bent back, but it is White Gold...Lol, maybe it was a 1 year wonder!  White Gold, Yellow Gold, Textured Dials, White, Black dials, different lugs...They sure were busy with this one!

If these are listed as a tentative "E" model, at least they won't be confused with the others, like this 1946 ad.


or this "F" model


Just more mysteries to solve!

Posted December 1, 2011 - 7:00am

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The more we can narrow any ID down the better, but it's always good to at least have a base model to start from.

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William Smith
Posted March 7, 2012 - 5:33pm

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American Eagle "E" based on interchangable crystal details?  two stars.  American Eagle w/o variant letter designation, three stars.  Not voting yet, but after I study further, I would ID as stated.