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Bulova 1971 Golden Clipper "AB"

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Posted March 8, 2013 - 5:10pm


      GOLDEN CLIPPER "AB", 1971 ad.


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William Smith
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Posted March 8, 2013 - 5:54pm

Other than dial being more "brown", everything else fits.  I'm good with Golden Clipper "AB".
 White whale on darker dial (watch), black whale on lighter dial (in ad)?  No biggie

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Posted March 9, 2013 - 12:35am

Golden Clipper 100%

There looks to have been many variants so I'm in for a tentative "AB"


Posted March 9, 2013 - 1:41am


Geoff Baker
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Posted March 9, 2013 - 5:58am

Yes, GC "AB"

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Posted March 9, 2013 - 2:22pm

Generic GC. Dial doesn't match the ad for the GC "AB".

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William Smith
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Posted March 9, 2013 - 3:04pm

With apparently many (two charactor) variants for GC, there could be a different variant for the brown dial/ white whale.  Looks like they both use the same case, so it may literally come down to this.  I didn't see any other ads showing this case shape (nor other examples in watch database).  It's probably not gonna be the "AB" if/when we get more GC ads, but for now, I'd go tentative on the case shape/ watch being better ID'ed w/ the "AB" ad since there's no evidence to the contrary.

I think that's how I'm voting now....what ad best describes/matches/ID's the watch to date (within reason), vote tentative, and update (or change) if/when another ad comes along...

Having said that, DarHin's corrects though... but is it better to have a tentative AB then a generic for now?

Posted June 2, 2014 - 3:00pm

I have a watch exactly like this but can't seem to make my pics small enough to post on this site. Does anyone have info on this watch to the value to when first sold to value to todays market?

Geoff Baker
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Posted June 3, 2014 - 4:55am

Diablo - from the ad above we see the sell price in 1971 was $95.  The present value of a 1971 dollar (buying power today) is just under $6, so this watch today would cost around $550. Regarding the value of your watch today, we do not appraise watches on the myBulova web site.

Nikon 'View NX 2' software works nicely for resizing and cropping photos. I think it is available a free download.

Posted June 3, 2014 - 2:21pm

Thank you Geoff Baker, does the website allow you to sell watches? Why is there a white whale on his watch but mine has a black whale any reason for that?