Skip to main content

Bulova 1969 Golden Clipper "A"

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.



Manufacture Year: 


Movement Model: 


Movement Jewels: 


Movement Serial No.: 


Case Serial No.: 


Case shape: 


Case Manufacturer: 


Additional Information

Stainless steel case, no knowledge of service, refurbishment or replacement of parts. M9 case and N3 movement suggest possible Frankenwatch?

Not For Sale
1969 Golden Clipper A Bulova watch
1969 Bulova watch
1969 Bulova watch
1969 Bulova watch
Posted June 28, 2016 - 1:15pm

Hi there, 

I've come across this Bulova. The case reads M9 but the movement is N3, so I'm not sure if it's all original. The whale on the face leads me to think Sea King or Golden Clipper but I haven't been able to find any with similar dials or cases.

Any help identifying would be appreciated.


Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted June 30, 2016 - 5:09am

Hello stuperdude, welcome to myBulova. Normally we might question a four year spread between case and movement dates but I wouldn't dismiss your watch out of hand. We refer to watches assembled using components from different models as "Non-Conforming" meaning they can't be identified as a particular model. While four years is a stretch, it's still a possibility. I agree that the whale indicates a possible Sea King or Clipper model but I cannot find an exact match.

1969 Bulova Unknown

Posted June 30, 2016 - 6:35am

Thanks, Geoff!

Andersok's picture
Panel Member
Posted June 30, 2016 - 6:30am

Looks as though it matches the Golden Clipper 'A'; here is an ad from 1970:

It's possible that the movement was replaced at a later date, or perhaps the caseback is not original, or some other possibility.

1969 Golden Clipper 'A'

Posted June 30, 2016 - 6:53am

Thanks, Andersok! That certainly looks like a match. I'm pretty sure the crown has been replaced, so a full movement change isn't out of the question.

Panel Member
Posted June 30, 2016 - 8:08am

Agree with Ken - GC "A"

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted July 1, 2016 - 4:24am

Well, I guess I missed THAT ad! Nice match Ken

1969 Golden Clipper A