Bulova 1971 Golden Clipper "AB"

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.01
Variant: 
AB
Manufacture Year: 
1971
Movement Model: 
11AOACB
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
J485244
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

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Andersok
Posted June 4, 2014 - 7:13am

Panel Member

Consider the Golden Clipper 'O' for this watch based on this ad from 1971. It has the matching white whale and lighter color hands; white/black day/date, automatic, similar lugs...whereas the 'AB' has black hands, black whale

diablo_2308
Posted June 3, 2014 - 6:31pm

Ok that is understandable but mine looks identical to the other ad with the 1971 clipper so it was basically just a different watch all around correct

Geoff Baker
Posted June 4, 2014 - 6:11am

Club 5000Panel Member

Yes, probably a different model OR a different variant of the same (Golden Clipper) model. A different model will have a different name, a variant would be Golden Clipper "A", or "B". The color of the whale, to Ken's point above is probably just contrast, white being easier to see on some dials and black on others.

diablo_2308
Posted June 4, 2014 - 8:02am

Im hoping to be able to get some pics uploaded today. Im having some issues with taking the back off, anyone know the easiest way to do this?

Geoff Baker
Posted June 5, 2014 - 5:22am

Club 5000Panel Member

There is a special tool. Any watchmaker could do it for you ( or you could buy the tool )

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William Smith
Posted June 4, 2014 - 2:39pm

Club 5000Panel Member

I gotta get out my Bulova model lists from near this period.  Again, I look for how many times a second letter in a variant corelates to a change in dial color (in model examples with same case and other features).  I'm %99 positive this will not be an "AB", but like I said earlier, perhaps an non-confirmed "AB" better discribes this watch than "Generic Golden Clipper" w/o any variant.  I am changing my vote from two ticks tentative to one tick unconfirmed.  That way it is still listed as an AB but indicates I don't think I/We will be able to confirm that ever..,

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bobbee
Posted June 9, 2014 - 3:48pm

I think maybe it looks like the "O" in Ken's new ad...

two ticks as this is still a "GC".