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Bulova 1968 Jet Clipper "AC"

3/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.67

Variant: 

AC

Manufacture Year: 

1968

Movement Model: 

11ALAC

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

F619068

Case shape: 

Round

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

27.20 mm

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

I think this is a Clipper of some kind, and these pics don't do it justice, it is a good looking watch. I don't think it has ever been serviced, there is no indication that anyone has ever opened the case, in fact, it was a bit of a pain to get it open due to age and corrosion. There isn't a mark on the movt anywhere to suggest it has ever been touched, a bit concerning, considering it appears to be well worn.

Bracelet as recieved is a half expansion JB Champion that looks like it might be original?

It will get the full CTR and polish, and I should mention that the  bezel does not have any texture like on some clippers of the same period. It is simply a polished stainless case. 

It is difficult to make out in the pic, but the dial says 'Automatic'. 

 

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Andersok
Panel Member
Posted January 19, 2017 - 12:39pm

Is the dial patterned or linen? It looks alot like the Jet Clipper 'AC'

Band looks to be original also

jabs
Panel Member
Posted January 19, 2017 - 1:37pm

good match Jet Clipper "AC"

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Reverend Rob
Panel Member
Posted January 20, 2017 - 2:51am

The dial is linen. When I re-sized the pics, they lost a lot of resolution.

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted January 20, 2017 - 5:28am

Here is another advert showing the Bulova Jet Clipper 'AC'. Note Clipper says 'Waterproof' like the subject watch.

Bulova Clipper watch advert

There is also the Bulova Sea King 'CB' (I think), that shows the satin dial nicely with a band match.

Sea King is 'Water Resistant'

Bulova Sea King watch advert

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Reverend Rob
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Posted January 20, 2017 - 10:50am

The Clipper ad is almost impossible to read the dial, but the Sea King CB looks like it says 'Self Winding' on the dial, unlike the subject watch. 

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Reverend Rob
Panel Member
Posted January 20, 2017 - 10:53am

The Sea Kings around this time tended to have the Whale on the dial, but not always, unless we have one or two mis- ID'ed. I'm thinking the illustration in both ads (Sea King and first Jet Clipper ad) looks like it was taken from the same source, they look identical.

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted January 20, 2017 - 7:09pm

Yep I'm in for a Bulova Jet Clipper 'AC'

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Reverend Rob
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Posted January 21, 2017 - 1:16am

I'd say Jet Clipper AC, unless the 'Automatic' on the dial negates this possibility.

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted January 21, 2017 - 5:30am

I think the image used in these adverts is exactly the same. It's position differently in each one but it's the same. I'm not sure it says automatic in the ad but both watches are self winders.

I'm going with the crowd but truth is, it could be either watch by my means of reckoning.

Jet Clipper AC