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Bulova 1957 Ocean Clipper

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Greetings all - my first post here.  Attached is a pic of my Bulova - one of a few that I have.  I received this watch about 6 years ago in a box of junkers that I bought as I needed a stem from a Wyler.  I ended up having a love hate relationship with it, as it would often stop - so I would forget about it, and on and on and back and forth.  Then, one day, I gave it *one* more chance, and I've been wearing it ever since - never stops, even after my wife accidentally washed my pants with it in my pocket.  Regrettably, I can not seem to get into the case.  I've pushed on the crystal, gently attempted prying, and well, it runs well, so I just haven't wanted to mess with it any more than I have.  After spending lots and lots of time looking at old adverts and other pictures here, there - and everywhere, as well as relevant threads on this site and others, I've come to the idea that this particular Bulova is either a Sea Clipper, or Ocean Clipper.  I assume the movement type would likely give further evidence, but I am hopeful perhaps someone can chime in on which of the two it may be based on the picture.  I realize this watch looks like it's been kicked under the seat of a U-Haul truck the last 30 years, but - well, I just happen to really like it.  

On the back case, it is waterproof, antimagnetic, self winding, shock resistant, stainless steel case.  There is no gold or yellow.  The numbers on the dial are raised - and the markers are distinctive.  The hands look to be luminescent in part.  There is a serial number on the outer back case as well, which I *think* is not relative to anything - unless what I've read about those numbers is incorrect.  It is number 214380.

Any help/ideas - would be most greatly welcomed.  





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Posted March 5, 2014 - 1:32am

I should also add - that the band is not original to the watch.  The watch arrived in a box of others without a band.  And yes, I plan on having it serviced soon - I realize it would be the most appropriate thing to do, since it has given me my money's worth and then some.  Thanks again -  

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Posted March 5, 2014 - 5:56am
Posted March 5, 2014 - 11:41am

I am very much inclined to agree with you, and always thought that, until I noticed the ads for the ocean clipper, of which I do not know what difference there could possibly be between the two.  Thank you!

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Posted March 5, 2014 - 3:55pm

This may sound silly but the 'OCEAN CLIPPER' may be named so on account of the 'handsome combintion leather and stainless steel expansion band', I can note no other differences.

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Posted March 5, 2014 - 5:46pm

Ohh - very well possible.  The ad I posted is from 1957.  It appears that the Ocean Clipper, was only so named/created in 1957 and no other year.  Thanks again for taking a look see at it all - I appreciate it very much.  

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Posted March 5, 2014 - 5:49pm

Would agree with Sea Clipper. As Fifth says the Ocean Clipper may be named so because of the addition of the 'handsome' band.

Posted March 5, 2014 - 10:36pm

Thank you - I appreciate your time with this.  

Posted March 6, 2014 - 11:43am

I think just so as to make it clear for myself - and anyone else who comes across this - is that an Ocean Clipper and a Sea Clipper, are likely the same exact watch - and that barring an original wristband or labeled box, identifying a watch as one or the other, is not really possible.  That is to say, that in the case of my beat up watch, it will always really be a unknown. It could be Ocean, it could be Sea.  I really appreciate the time that you gave in looking into identifying my watch - and the ideas presented.  Very helpful -

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Posted March 7, 2014 - 1:10am

Good logic on really being "unknown" if the ID is based on a band/strap which is not present  on subject watch.  We have come across this "issue" before, and I agree it's either "both" or "either" or Unknown between the two.  Wish we could do better with ID.  We have discussed having two model names for an ID in the past, but it didn't fly.  
I'd be happy calling this a "Ocean Clipper/Sea Clipper" if we had such an ID.  

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Posted March 6, 2014 - 2:33pm

Do We see the 'SEA CLIPPER' anywhere prior to 1959?, if not the odds are the subject Watch is the 'OCEAN CLIPPER', which according to the ad images is the same Watch as the 'SEA CLIPPER'.