Bulova 1960 Clipper

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This Yankee Clipper watch is harder to find since it comes with black dial and less were produced. Most Yankee Clipper came with a white/silver dial.

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Posted July 9, 2015 - 9:01am

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I'd say its part of the Clipper family, but I'm not sure its neccessarily part of the Yankee Clipper range. There are a number of different Clipper variants that this could belong to.

I'm at unknown at the moment.

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Posted July 9, 2015 - 12:56pm

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The dial is very similar to the white Yankee Clipper, as well as the Midnight Clipper, but the case does not match and I don't see any reference to a black dial Yankee Clipper. There are black dial models listed in the pricelists for Sea Clippers and Jet Clippers, but I can't find any matches so far. 

Geoff Baker
Posted July 10, 2015 - 7:07am

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Hello again shubaj, another black and gold beauty. The advert below is 1959, the hands are a bit different but I think it looks pretty close, the dial markings, case and the lugs seem to match. I would say this is a Clipper.


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Posted July 10, 2015 - 9:30am

Looks refinished to me, there is some "lapping" of the paint up the sides of the numerals/markers. This can be seen under zoom, looking at the side-on view of the dial.


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William Smith
Posted July 10, 2015 - 3:35pm

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I'm good with Clipper, but hoping I can run down an ad which ID's it further.  No biggie on the black redial, as there may have been a black dial variant anyway.  I saw what appeared to be the "lapping", and black seems to be a very popular color for redials.  I love the black and gold color scheme!

Edit: I think its the other black dial pending review on which I see the lapping.  I'm not seeing it on this one, but my screen is not displaying correctly.

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Posted July 13, 2015 - 10:53am

Thanks for all the info in few days I will add another picture of the dial pulled from the case. I did not recall seeing any paint up the sides of the numerals/markers but my memory fails me at times so I will take a picture and look under a loop to see

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William Smith
Posted July 13, 2015 - 1:05pm

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Sorry I think I threw you a curve ball on the redial.  It was your other watch on which I thought I saw the "lapping", not this one.  

Posted July 14, 2015 - 8:46am

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redial Clipper is my vote

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Reverend Rob
Posted July 14, 2015 - 10:41am

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If it's a re-dial, it's a good one. Black is, after all the most common re-dial colour.

I'm seeing slightly different hour markers on the advert, and that with the hand difference makes me think we have a Clipper, but probably a more specific name than that.


The dial and hands are a dead ringer for Andersok's 1964 Midnight Clipper, which also has a lapping paint effect on the hour markers.


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Posted July 14, 2015 - 5:10pm

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The black paint is definately on the sides of the markers; as far as I know or can tell it has not been re-dialed; there is a small indent at 3:00 but not a sharp cutout notch.

So, does subject watch have a dial from a Midnight Clipper housed in a different case, possibly from another Clipper model? The ad above is Canadian and appears to have some inconsistent prices, it appears to show the $49.50 American Clipper as just the Clipper, but next to it is a $69.50 Royal Clipper which was not available at that price according to the pricelists.

I think it is a Clipper, but which model, and were the dial and case always together?