Bulova 1939 American Clipper "B"

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Variant: 
B
Manufacture Year: 
1939
Movement Symbol: 
Cresent Moon
Movement Model: 
10AE
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
9516258
Case shape: 
Stepped
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

One of my favourites.  The rear is engraved with the name "Garlen Fearnot" whilst the crystal is a lovely emerald green colour.  One of my Clipper collection.

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1938 Bulova American Clipper A
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jabs
Posted January 1, 2016 - 10:26am

Panel Member

American Clipper, year of manufacture will be 1939 (case number)

Bulova Watch

Geoff Baker
Posted January 1, 2016 - 11:35am

Club 5000Panel Member

OK, FOUR in a row! Collecting Clippers are ye? Quite the fleet......

(another) American Clipper

mybulova_admin
Posted January 1, 2016 - 10:46pm

Club 5000Panel Member

 

I always wondered if the coloured crystal were an original option at time of purchase or a later addition.

American Clipper "B" for me.

 

jabs
Posted January 2, 2016 - 11:27am

Panel Member

bobgpw or admin fix the manufacture year to 1939

bobgpw
Posted January 2, 2016 - 5:35pm

Changed the year as requested to 1939.  Just as a point of order, do we go by case year or movement year for dating the watch?

I'll wager that the crystal was an option taken during purchase, especially if the engraving was done at the same time.  I bought the watch because of the crystal colour and the engraving.  To me, owning the watch is about a connection with the past owner(s) and even the people that made it. I love opening up the case backs and seeing those personal engravings, it shows just how treasured these items were.

It never ceases to amaze me that with a little coaxing, these watches can be brought back to life relatively easily.

 

Geoff Baker
Posted January 3, 2016 - 8:41am

Club 5000Panel Member

It's common to find watches and cases dated a year apart. In reality they could be only days apart considering the 'last week of December/first week of January' scenario. In these examples we will generally go with the newest of the two. To answer your question, we go by either one or the other, defaulting to the younger of the two. There are also movement date codes that were used twice. For those examples we can generally determine which is correct by judging the style of the case.