Bulova 1959 Yankee Clipper

Submitted by The Vested One on January 10, 2013 - 10:37pm
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I was recently given this watch by my grandmother. She found it  while cleaning out  a men's dressing cabinet belonging to my great-grandfather. My research says that the L9 emprinted on the back would date the watch to 1959. I am interested in information on this watch as a family airloom.  The back case number is D500885. My research also leads me to believe that I am not qualified to take the back case off to document the movement number. Any help with identification would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted January 10, 2013 - 10:52pm

Lookin like a Clipper to ne but go search the vintage ads on site from 1958 to 1960 ans see what you van find. In the foroum section you can find additional ads in the information sharing foroums.

Posted January 11, 2013 - 3:05am

How about a Yankee Clipper

We have a few adverts that match the design and description.

Posted January 11, 2013 - 5:37am



William Smith
Posted January 11, 2013 - 6:31am

bingo...Yankee Clipper....great family heirloom pioneerkbs....maybe if/when you get it serviced you can report back with the movement model.  Don't know where the circle entry for movement symbol came from?  

The Vested One
Posted January 11, 2013 - 3:30pm

You folks are amazing!! I looked for about 4 hours last weekend to find a similar model to go off of, but had marginal luck. Give it a few hours, and you found an excellent lead. I'm currently looking for a "skilled" jewler to have it serviced. Once I locate one a reasonable distance from my home, I'll definately provide an update. Thank you for taking to time help me in this search.

Posted January 11, 2013 - 3:05pm

Yep.. Yankee.. i've had obe of these... PM me if you can't find a good watchmaker (i'm not a big fan of jewery stores, most times they send stuff out to a watchmaker) I'll hook you up with my guy. Very good and reasonable prices. I send him everything.

The Vested One
Posted December 9, 2016 - 9:17am

I just dropped my Yankee Clipper off at Bulova dealer to be serviced. The self-winding feature finally gave out last week. I'm considering changing the band from metal to leather. Do you think that is a good idea?


Geoff Baker
Posted December 8, 2016 - 5:22am

Total personal preference. One some of my vintage watches I like the look of straps as opposed to a band. I'd go with a strap on this one.....