Bulova 1938 Corrigan

Submitted by plainsmen on December 11, 2010 - 2:53pm
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Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan

The Corrigan or "Doug Corrigan" .  It falls into the footsteps of the Lindbergh aviator Lone Eagle as a commemoration of a daredevil flyer, Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan.

Douglas Corrigan's hero was Charles Lindbergh.  After applying for permission for a trans-Atlantic flight several times and being denied, Corrigan (of Irish descent) took from from July 17,  1938 from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York with a flight plan filed to return to his home in California.  He later landed at Baldonnel Airport, in Dublin, after a 28-hour, 13-minute flight.

After recieving severe backlash from U.S. flight officials, Corrigan claimed he accidentally flew the wrong way, and stuck with his story.  Thereafter being dubbed "Wrong Way" Corrigan.

 Please see full information on Mr. Corrigan here:  The Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan Story

This 1937-1938 Corrigan is double stamped with the Arrow and the Crescent indicating being made possibly between years or using a 1937 movement in a 1938 watch. 

I'm going to deduct that this is actually a 1938 model becuase of the double stamp shows the 1938 hand stamped in.  

It is quite possible that this watch had a different name before 1938 as I've seen one from 1935, obviously before Mr. Corrigan's feat.

This watch is a 17 Jewel,  and it's 10AE movement runs great. 

It shows a little wear through on the case only in the back in two places.  This particular watch has "Isaac" engraved stylishly on the back case.  The minute hand on the watch is bent slightly causing it to hit the hour hand, I will need to get it fixed.  In fact after looking at the ad, I'm not positive that these hands are correct for the Corrigan and will do a little more research on them.

All in all I believe it hard to beat the Corrigan as the best example of pure "Art Deco"  in the Bulova line.  Check out those sweet lines....

This watch can be found in our 1939 Bulova ad here:

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Stephen Ollman
Posted December 15, 2010 - 11:47pm

Its a modern Quartz!! :-)

Nice try.

Hey look whats on ebay at the moment: 140477768696. Note the dial variant. Asking price $1,050

Bulova Corrigan

Posted December 17, 2010 - 9:28am

In reply to by Stephen Ollman

I formally withdraw My prior offer to trade Hands. Ha!

Posted December 17, 2010 - 8:10am

Couple of points about the watch above:

  •  Check out the hinged section between the lugs and band fitting, this is as shown in the advert and seems to be missing on plains model.
  • Plains model has a step out in the centre of each side (to accomodate the round movent), the above model doesn't as it has the longer and later 7ap movement, can't tell if the advert does or not
  • In my opinion the re-dial is hidious
  • The hour/Minutes hands are gold, sub is black, not right.
  • Note it is 14KSOLID GOLD, which is odd, could the Corrigan be Solid gold and the GF/rgp be another name or vice-versa?  
Posted December 17, 2010 - 9:22am

In reply to by GVP

Yes, I'd mentioned in My prior post that Plainsmans' watch apperars to still have a piece of the swivel band mount, although not in the correct place.

Bob Bruno
Posted December 17, 2010 - 8:36am

GJ, when you said the redial was hidious I thought to myself whats wrong with it. Then when you pointed out the difference in the hour/minute hands and the sub hands I thought wow now theres a guy who knows what to look for. Just wanted to let you know I appreciate a eye for detail. I learned something from you today. Thanks


Posted December 29, 2010 - 12:57pm

 Hey Jerin.

Update the photos with your new hands Bro!

Glad they got there.

Posted December 30, 2010 - 1:39am

In reply to by GVP

Gary's a lifesaver!

The hands indeed got here and my sausage fingers shakily removed the old ones.. and replaced them with the correct hands.

Then snapped some new pics and wallah!  Updated!

Thanks again Gary... sincere appreciation bro!

William Smith
Posted October 11, 2012 - 4:43am

A great watch. A great pilot.  ...but apparently not much of an orator.  A December 1st, 1939 ad from page 4 of "The Casa Grande Dispatch" (Arizona) Newspaper.

Posted March 8, 2013 - 4:50pm

if anyone out there has one of them lug extenders they wish to part with please let me know, any condition , thank you very much.

William Smith
Posted June 8, 2013 - 5:51pm

so some or one of the crystal catalogs also list this model as "Doug Corrigan".  It is "swell"