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Bulova 1937 American Clipper

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Hello everyone.

This is my first post and I want to thank all of the members here for producing such an informative and valuable website. I have found it fascinating reading!

I own two Bulovas, the first I purchased a few years ago, a 1970 Accutron but this post is about my most recent purchase!

From reading here I think I have a 1937 American Clipper. I purchased it from a seller on ebay in Canada for $100. I received it just before Christmas but unfortunately it was not working. I sent it back to the seller and he gave it a full service and even added in a gold filled expansion bracelet all at no extra cost. He reports that after servicing it the watch is keeping within a minute a day which I think excellent for such an old watch. 

I got it back in the mail today and this being Canada and cold I am waiting a few hours for it to get to room temperature before winding it.
I would love your thoughts on this watch and if indeed it is an American Clipper!

The dial is the yellow one and has patina but to be honest I rather like it and the watch is very easy to read so I will keep it as is.

The case is 10k rolled gold plate and has just a couple of wear through points on the back edge tips, otherwise it looks in great shape and the filigre work on the bezel edges is beautifully sharp. Looks like acanthas leaves to me.

It came on a used strap that has been trimed but I found a lovely mans lenght genuine crocodile strap in dark brown on ebay that is on its way as I type and think it will match the watch perfectly, great price as well!

Thanks so much in advance, I have fallen in love with this watch and am so glad he was able to fix it and get it working. I intened to wear this watch on a regular basis.

Here are some images, the movement and case inside are ones taken by the seller, the others mine!

Thanks so much again, all the best.

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Posted January 6, 2014 - 9:49am

The first numeral of the Case serial number indicates a manufacture Date of 1938.

Posted January 6, 2014 - 10:42pm

Thanks so much Geoff. I will post another picture in the straps section tomorrow when the light is better. I got a lovely dark brown genuine croc strap at a great price for it. It was a little large so I have trimmed it and it looks lovely on the watch.

I really have fallen in love with this one. I love the patina of the dial, it gives it a rich colour from a distance and it is keeping excellent time!