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Bulova 1947 American Clipper

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The BULOVA "AMERICAN CLIPPER," Circa 1947... 17 Jewels, YGF case... Originally priced at $37.50.

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Posted March 10, 2011 - 8:58am

Anyone care to explain the difference between the American Clipper and the Franklin?'s picture
Posted March 10, 2011 - 6:36pm

Hmmm... Not too much, as they're both similarly sized "Tank/Tanque" style squares! (Is that perhaps "square," in Franchois?!) As are several other models, of similar "look" and proportions!


The Franklin has alternating "markers" with numerals, vs. twelve numerals and twelve dots, is it? 

The Franklin lugs are "curved claw," (aka Talon) vs. more angular...

See:  (The '46 "Franklin.")

Also:   (The '48 "Franklin A")

More, later... if perhaps someone finds an IMAGE for comparritive analysis!? (PSYCH!)


:-)  Scott



FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted March 10, 2011 - 7:05pm

Let's not forget the 'BRUNSWICK' varient. - Tag reads 31751 Brunswick 17J.

New old Jeweler stock dated 1949.

 Obvious numeral variant on the Dial (Franklin style), Case looks the same?

Food for thought.

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Posted March 10, 2011 - 7:10pm

Sir Mark,

I think that "Bruns" is a "Frankster," myself!?

I show the following models, taking that size crystals:


Duowind: H, I, K & L, Exeter,   Franklin, Spencer 2 CMS725   RME199 1 MS2345 234   HMX234/1 233
Bryant , Franklin 2 CMS700F   RME199D  1 CMS2345 234   HMX234/1F


:-)  Scott

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted March 10, 2011 - 7:18pm


Ya, Me too - I'm zooooming in on the tag and it seems to read 'FRANKLIN' and not 'BRUNSWICK'.'s picture
Posted March 10, 2011 - 7:28pm

An "awe HA!" moment of elightened realization..." (A Franklin moment... Named after BIG BEN, the US founding father, perhaps?)


:-)  Scott

Posted March 10, 2011 - 7:22pm

Looks like it reads 31751 Franklin "A"  17J in my screen shot's picture
Posted March 10, 2011 - 7:38pm

YUP sir...

'46/7 = Frankie... '48 (to '52?) = Frank "A."


:-)  Scott

Posted March 11, 2011 - 12:49pm

Reading left to right and down. . .

1944 Franklin
1946 Franklin
1947 American Clipper
1948 Franklin
1948 Franklin “A”
1950 Franklin
1950 Franklin