Bulova 1969 Golden Clipper

2/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
1.02
Manufacture Year: 
1969
Movement Model: 
11BLC
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
G234377
Case shape: 
Other
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
29mm "Armored" waterproof type (bezel compressed)
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

All Stainless steel case, with integrated bracelet.  Bracelet has two parts; a banded steel mesh on either side of the watch case, and an scissor-type expansion portion connecting them at the back.  The bracelet ends fit into a cutout in the case, and is sandwhiched between the front bezel and the caseback.  Caseback is screw-on.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted November 5, 2011 - 12:19am

AbslomRob

Never saw one before. Very Unique!

AbslomRob
Posted November 5, 2011 - 11:16am

Nor I.  However, I'm beginning to suspect its one of the many "Golden Clipper" variants

The third one from the left in this 1972 ad has a similar case/band style.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted November 5, 2011 - 12:09pm

Could very well be. Thanks for the tip. First watch in the ad is ID for on of my unknows. Golden Clipper Model No. 12612

 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted November 5, 2011 - 12:50pm

'GOLDEN CLIPPER' has a Caseback held in place with a retaining ring - this Watch Case design is more 'OCEANOGRAPHER'like IMO.

AbslomRob
Posted November 5, 2011 - 4:44pm

All golden clippers?  They seemed to have a quite a variety of case styles.  I have a hard time believing that an "oceanographer" wouldn't have any reference to water resistance.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted November 5, 2011 - 4:47pm

All 'CLIPPERS' of the same era will share the same basic Case design, they are also Automatic.

 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted November 6, 2011 - 12:08pm

'71 333' Oceanographer.

* Subject Watch is possibly missing a rotating Bezel.

IMO

OldTicker
Posted November 6, 2011 - 12:10pm

I would put my money on a "Clipper" of some sort on this one.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted November 6, 2011 - 12:13pm

how much ya got Greg?

Caseback of the Subject and the known 'OCEANOGRAPHER' are identical.

add a rotating Bezel and You have something similar to the Watch shown above.

ad Dated 1968.

AbslomRob
Posted November 6, 2011 - 2:55pm

Problem is, it doesn't have a rotating bezel, or any indication of waterprotection.  So while the case may well be similar to that used for the Oceanographer, you'll have a hard time convincing me that mine is an Oceanographer.  That said, if you're confident that all Clipper submodels of this era had a two-piece caseback, I'll accept that it isn't a Clipper either.  Alas, that puts us back at square one; what IS it?  Possibly some un-named variant composed of excess Oceanographer case stock?