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Bulova 1957 American Clipper

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.7525

Manufacture Year: 

1957

Movement Model: 

Unknown

Movement Jewels: 

17

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

Unknown

Case shape: 

Round

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Crystal Details: 

Unknown

Additional Information

Hi,

I don’t know much about this watch other than it’s from 1957.

Any help IDing this help would be appreciated. 

Thank you. 

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1957 Bulova watch
1957 Bulova watch
mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted October 9, 2018 - 4:14am

Possibly a Bulova Dual-Wind Automatic. Red dial a veariant or a redial....not siure

Bulova watch advert

 

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted October 9, 2018 - 4:15am

1959 was quite possibly renamed as the American Clipper.

1959 Bulova American Clipper

jabs
Panel Member
Posted October 9, 2018 - 4:52am

1957 Bulova Watertite Duo Wind (probably no variant or redial "E")

I agree with the admin about redial

 

 

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted October 9, 2018 - 5:19am

Hello Watchnovice, welcome to myBulova. I don't think Bulova did a red dial so it's likely that at some point yours was refinished to the red it is now. It's quite common to add these rather striking colors to vintage watches, I think yous really looks good. I agree that your watch is the Duo Wind model from 1957. With proper service it should give you years or reliable service. thanks for sharing it.

1957 Bulova Duo Wind (I'm going to leave off the "E" variant because of dial update)

Watchnovice
Posted October 9, 2018 - 6:15am

Thank you so much for all your help. 

The red dial had definitely thrown me, when I was searching for an ID myself. Glad to know it’s because it’s a redial. 

I will be getting it serviced as soon as I can. 

Thanks again!

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Andersok
Panel Member
Posted October 9, 2018 - 7:00am

The Watertite 'E' and American Clipper had almost identical dials, with the applied numerals and the long trilons with the lume dots, and the same hands. The Watertite in the ad above has a stainless steel case with a more curved flowing lug design. The American Clipper used a RGP case w/ SS Back that matches the subject watch. Here is a comparison of the two cases:

I would say that the subject watch is a 1957 American Clipper with a non-original dial color.

-Ken

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted October 9, 2018 - 1:02pm

1957 American Clipper noting non-original refinished dial. Cool watch, the red is quite a statement!

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted October 9, 2018 - 9:04pm

Question from me... DId the Watertite become the American Clipper?

What is the earliest advert we can find for a American Clipper?

It might come down to a year of issue, but I do suspect that it's an AC.

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Andersok
Panel Member
Posted October 10, 2018 - 6:24am

The American Clipper (model 1175) first shows up in the 1958 pricelist, and later changed to model 13263 around 60/61. Model 1175 was also used by the Duo Wind 'C' (which was a non-luminous model). The earliest American Clipper ad for this style I can find is 1958.

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Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted October 10, 2018 - 9:53am

Because of the lugs I am going to say American Clipper noting the possible redial.  I think the red dial is very striking.