Bulova 1965 Jet Clipper "J"

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Variant: 
J
Manufacture Year: 
1965
Movement Model: 
11ALAC
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
H446032
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1965 Jet Clipper "J" Nice linen "pizza dial" with luminous hands and dots at indices on gold perimeter detail ring. Caseback dated M5, the movement is M4. Overall pretty nice with a few scratches on crystal that I will be addressing shortly. Love the engraving on this one as well as all the face design elements; lots going on here visually. Running and keeping time.

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Kathy L.
Posted August 13, 2018 - 11:59pm

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That is a nice looking watch.  I like the engraving as well.

1965 Jet Clipper "J" 

 

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Reverend Rob
Posted August 14, 2018 - 10:14am

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I haven't seen anything quite like this before, Bob. 

Nice watch!

1965 Jet Clipper 'J' works for me.

jabs
Posted August 14, 2018 - 5:11am

Panel Member

1965 Jet Clipper "J" nice find

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Andersok
Posted August 14, 2018 - 7:39am

Panel Member

It is possible that the 'J' became a different watch by 1965, when most calendar models were Date Kings. The 1964 pricelist has the yellow gold J at $69.95, and it was a different design with calendar. Here are some early 60's ads:

Yours is a pretty neat design; the only other ad I found shows no variant, so J for this one will work for me.

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted August 14, 2018 - 8:23am

Panel Member

If ads show it with a calendar pre-1965, I agree. In 1965 the calendar model JC "J" appears to be discontinued to focus the date function on the Date King line. Jet Clipper "J" lost the date function and gained a different case and dial as well as engraving.  Nice detective work, Ken.

 

Here is another ad dated 1965 showing the JC "J" with engraving and without calendar feature.  There are currently only 2 examples of this (subject watch) design in the Db. One is dated 1965, and the other 1968.

Date King model name seems to appear in 1964, when date window Jet Clipper "J" disappears

 

mybulova_admin
Posted August 18, 2018 - 1:18am

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Bulova Jet Clipper "J" works for me. Preety spot on match to the advert.

Geoff Baker
Posted August 18, 2018 - 8:48am

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I'm a little late to the party but what a cool looking watch, great design here.

Three ticks from me