Bulova 1969 Golden Clipper

Submitted by DeluxeRaccoon on April 8, 2019 - 9:54pm
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Another eBay watch. Not so lucky on this one, definitely needs to be serviced. Won't run for more than a couple minutes at a time. Rotor is loose and noisy. Hey, you can't always get lucky, right?It's not in terrible shape though, I've seen worse.

I believe it to be a Golden Clipper "A" variant. 17 jewel 11ANAC movement. Stainless steel hexagonal case. It came with an expansion band when I purchased it, but I've since switched it to an alligator grain that looks similar to the one in the original advert. I'm a bit surprised this watch didn't come with a metal band when new. I love the look of the crosshair dial with the whale logo and the bright red seconds hand that really makes it stand out. Should be a really nice watch once it's running properly. 

[field_year-1969] Bulova Golden Clipper
[field_year-1969] Bulova Golden Clipper Caseback
[field_year-1969] Bulova Golden Clipper 11ANAC Movement
[field_year-1969] Bulova Golden Clipper 11ANAC Movement
[field_year-1969] Bulova Golden Clipper
Bulova Watch advert
Posted April 9, 2019 - 7:22am

I think you are right, Golden Clipper 'A' looks to be correct. This case was a popular one, as it also came in yellow and had a few dial color options. Nice example.

Geoff Baker
Posted April 9, 2019 - 7:37am

Very nice indeed,

1969 Bulova Gloden Clipper A

Posted April 9, 2019 - 10:45am

1969 Bulova Gloden Clipper "A"

Astronaut M2
Posted April 13, 2019 - 12:40pm

Seems to be no doubt about it and it's in great shape !

Posted April 13, 2019 - 4:48pm

1969 Golden Clipper "A"

Posted July 24, 2019 - 12:00pm

Update: So far no luck with getting this watch working properly. I may try another jeweler when their watchmaker comes back from vacation, but I'm also going to begin searching for a replacement movement.

Posted August 21, 2019 - 2:59pm

Update: Well, all of a sudden the watch is working with no issues other than a noisy rotor. Runs smoothly and surprisingly very accurately. I'm kind of beside myself. The watch seemed to be running worse when it came back from the watchmaker (that I no longer use), a few days later I decided to take it out again, gave it a quick shake and it just... started running. Very odd. Something I noticed though is that it seems to have a higher beat rate than most of my other vintage watches. It looks more like 6 beats per second. I haven't been able to find much information on the 11ANAC unfortunely, and don't know if this is normal. Well, looks like I'll be taking this to my new jeweler/watchmaker and having the crystal replaced and case rebrushed to look like new.