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Bulova 1938 Doug Corrigan

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Cresent Moon

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NOS Flexo Crystal



Additional Information

Doug Corrigan Model from Bulova   10AE 17Jewel Movement 1938 (Crescent Moon Symbol)   Stepped Case with Extension Lug Bezel (Missing Extension Lugs / Tan Strap)   NOS Flexo Crystal   Dial in "Unrestored" Condition   Gold Hands   Case Back serial# 9011504   10K Rolled Gold Plate Bulova USA Case   Notes: 10AE Movement Oiled and Cleaned and checked for Accuracy, Case and Extension Bezel (2 parts) Cleaned and Polished. Dial remains in Unrestored Condition. New Old Stock "Flexo" Mineral Crystal (12.95) installed. Crown and Stem checked and polished. NOS Hirsch "Tornado" Leather Strap (44.95) installed.  
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Club 5000Panel Member
Posted April 20, 2017 - 11:06am

Ah the ol' Wrong Way Corrigan.  I love this watch.

I'd say your spot on, though due to the case serial I think your at a 1939 production date.  The case serial number beginning #9 indicates the last number of the decade in Bulova's this early.  So... '38 movement married in a '39 case.  This was very common and well within our exceptable range of an original watch.

JEV1A's picture
Posted April 20, 2017 - 11:11am

Got it, CASE 1939! The AE Movement is (Cresent Moon) 1938.. thank you JEV1A

JEV1A's picture
Posted April 20, 2017 - 11:09am

Doug Corrigan Model Ad

Doug Corrigan was a low budget Flyer and everyone in the day found it amazing his (900.00) plane would even fly let alone make the "Wrong Way" Trans Atlantic" Crossing. His story was reported as a guy without major sponsorship and a sort of a junkyard dog that became a hero to the everyman.

I think and this is total speculative is that Bulova Execs and Engineers decided to design a Low Cost highly Unusual Model named after "Wrong Way Corrigan". There is no other Bulova Designed Stepped Case like the Corrigan. The double bezel and Lug Extended Strap is like finding old parts in a junk yard and coming up with a beautiful Timepiece for the cost $29.75 that every man could afford! 

I can't back any of this theory up.. but as a aspiring Watchmaker and working on Corrigan's maybe I can make the case that this Model is made up of Bulova's old Spare Parts. 

Its a thought anyway.. JEV1A - "Time & Again" NAWCC Business Member



Geoff Baker
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Posted April 21, 2017 - 4:59am

1939 Doug Corrigan

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Posted April 21, 2017 - 12:41pm

39 Doug Corrigan, nice work restoring it.

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Posted April 22, 2017 - 2:06am

Thanks so much.. I was challenged with that 2 piece Bezel and to replace the Crystal. Luckily I found a Flexo Doug Corrigan clear crystal to replace. I just finished so the Movement is still being timed but so far running about half a minute or so in either direction in a 24 hours period.

Of course I wish I had the Extended Lugs with a Tan Strap as was original to the watch. I thought about making extenders per current Doug Corrigan discussion but I really don't have the tools to accomplish that.

Overall a very interesting watch indeed. JEV1A