Bulova 1945 Clipper

Submitted by neetstuf-4-u on October 15, 2020 - 8:39am
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Watch is yellow gold plate with a stainless back. White face with raised gold markers.and black printed seconds track and "Bulova" Case is the same as a Clipper and seems to post date that black lumed face model by a year.The last Clipper ads I find are dated 1945, while the newest one in the Db is 1944. Case s/n dating matches the movement and I don't find this face configuration in any other model, so it's highly unlikely this is a marriage of parts. Raised markers also suggest it's not a refinished Clipper black dial.. Clipper is a 17 jewel, this one is 15. Movement is double stamped with a triangle (1945) over the original circle for 1944.

Is this an unadvertised post war "civilian Clipper" or something else? I don't see another in the database.


Posted October 15, 2020 - 8:48am

1945 Clipper ad.

1945 clipper ad

There is currently one rose gold example (also with 17 J, like the Clipper) in the Db dated 1944, tentatively ID'ed as a Tildon based on crystal specs?

Posted October 15, 2020 - 10:39am

I bid on Ebay for one of these a few months ago and did not win.  It might have been the same watch or another one.  I do not believe this to be a Tilden as it was pointed out this is a Westfield model name.   Certainly looks to be a Clipper variant but the jewel count is wrong so until something corroborates this it is an unknown.

Posted October 15, 2020 - 11:29am

In reply to by JimDon5822

I don't think it's a Tildon either. Just wanted to make note there are possible variants out there. This one was purchased by me as part of a large lot of watches almost a year ago.

Geoff Baker
Posted October 17, 2020 - 9:43pm

Noting a notched dial, indicating redial, I would label this a 1945 Bulova Clipper as the case shape is quite unique (the movement may well be a replacement)

1945 Bulova Clipper (re-dialed in white from black)

Posted October 18, 2020 - 7:30pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Good eye on the notch at 12, Geoff. I had to re-open the watch and look at it w/a magnifying glass....never saw it. I don't think it's a re-dial from black Clipper face, as the black face had painted (lume) markers and subject watch has raised gold. If anything I would suppose it was always a white dial and refinished. I may be wrong. If it is a replaced dial and movement, I can't find a possible donor watch in the database.

Kathy L.
Posted October 19, 2020 - 11:39am

Very nice find!  It looks like a Clipper to me, unique case.  Most of the black dials seem to have come with a white variant version.

1945 Bulova Clipper

Posted October 19, 2020 - 2:08pm

I'm good with the Clipper name.