Bulova 1946 American Clipper

Submitted by donegd on February 17, 2015 - 7:31am
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Hi all

I would appreciate help in trying to identify this watch. I have look through the adverts but can't seem to find a match. 

The watch is 26mm dia. excluding lugs and crown. The bezel is 10k rolled gold plated and the back case is stainless steel.  the inside of the case is marked Bulova New York.

The outside is marked with the serial number 6612792 and the name Bulova.

The movement is a 15J 10BC, and is stamped with a square

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William Smith
Posted February 17, 2015 - 1:34pm

We have seen this one  numerous times.  There are several in the database.  Here's another 1946 example.

I've heard this one called the Pan Am, but I think it was only because Gruen had a similar watch named such.  
Shawn had commented he thought this was a boy's watch due to case size, but kinda complex for a "first watch" or boy's watch.

Unknown for now.

Posted February 17, 2015 - 5:32pm

I don't think it is a boys watch as I have had several Bulova watches that were similar in size that were not boys. Unknown for now.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 18, 2015 - 7:47am

I just can't help but thinking that this one has a name somewhere.......there's just too many out there.


Posted February 18, 2015 - 12:15pm

Thanks for your input chaps. I searched all the adds l could before l uploaded it but couldnt find a match. I do like the leather strap on the one in the link W.S. pointed out. I think l will swap the strap on this one.

Posted February 18, 2015 - 1:13pm

Air Warden case,came out around the same time as Gruen's Pan-Am series, lovely watch but no ads.

So frustrating as I've tried every search combination I could think of...


William Smith
Posted February 20, 2015 - 1:59pm

Four panel members are at unknown for this ID.  Anybody else have any suggestions?

Posted February 20, 2015 - 3:16pm

Still unknown after all these years

Posted February 21, 2015 - 10:12am

It does seem strange that bulova didn't advertise this model as it has such a striking dial.

I have swapped the bracelet for brown leather one that matches the colour of the dial. It looks much better now ,lwill upload a new pic shortly.

I have put the second hand back on. It was loose and lying inside the face when l bought thewatch . Since then l have timed the watch against the computer and its keeping time within 3 mins over 24hrs. Not a bad buy  for $15  l think.

Posted February 23, 2015 - 4:21am

 I Think this watch looks far better with a leather strap which matches the dial .

Posted April 11, 2018 - 12:26pm

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