Bulova 1961 Skyclipper

Submitted by Pete Jacob on June 21, 2021 - 9:19pm
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Hello, can you help me identify this?  Back- F317038 MI -  anti magnetic - shock resistant = 10 kt RG Plate - self winding - water proof

Thank you very much   =  -Pete Jacob

Front - F317038 MI
Back - F317038 MI
Pete Jacob
Posted June 21, 2021 - 9:21pm

thank you

Posted June 21, 2021 - 10:29pm

Welcome and thanks for sharing this beauty.

 I can't tell from photos for sure if it's white or yellow; which would determine the variant as "AW" or "BW"

Following ad and text Per the 1961 Linebook.



This one is pretty exciting! It is not only a first for the database; it's also a previously unidentified model name! Congrats!

1961 Skyclipper. (variant to be determined by confirmation of case color.)

Posted June 22, 2021 - 6:25am

Looks yellow gold, but could be wrong.

1961 Bulova Skyclipper "AW"

Posted June 22, 2021 - 8:40am

In reply to by Pete Jacob

Thanks for the clarification. Bulova named all their watches up until the mid to late 1970's. No apparent link to aviation besides the name. It's a "stylin" dress watch. :o) Based on white gold plate;

1961 Skyclipper "BW" it is.

Pete Jacob
Posted June 22, 2021 - 12:57pm

thank you very much! 

Kathy L.
Posted June 22, 2021 - 4:59pm

1961 Bulova Skyclipper "BW"

Posted June 22, 2021 - 10:09pm

I agree on the 1961 Bulova Skyclipper "BW".   Regarding your question about the purpose of the watch.  In 1960's there was no more admired profession than Pilots and Stewardesses.  Also Sky Clipper was a name of the larger airliners of the day.   To associate a watch to aviation was guaranteed to sell watches.   That being said, the function of the watch had nothing to do with aviation.  I would classify it as a "Sport (waterproof) Dress Watch" marketed under an aviation theme.

Posted May 21, 2023 - 5:23am

Updating the model name to "Sky Clipper"