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Bulova 1970 Clipper "F"

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1970 Bulova Date King with Whale Symbol.

Case and Back:  Stainless Steel

Band: Stainless Steel

Movement: 17 jewels Auto - 11ANACD
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bobbee's picture
Posted October 14, 2012 - 8:56am

Peter, in your medley of watches named the Date King, all were named by the owners, back in the days when you named your own watch and it stayed, like it or not. In my opinion, only one was correctly ID'd as a Date King, and that was gold plated and matched the ad it is next to, the rest are best guesses if you ask me, and several may be the President in the ad i posted.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted October 14, 2012 - 7:53am

I think we're going to find the King is manually wound. No 100% positive confirmation as of yet but indications are pointing in that direction.

To Date all ads of this era for Watches named King, Sea King, are Waterproof with manually wound Movements whereas all ads for Clippers are Waterproof Automatics.

P.S. Golden Clipper would have a Gold Caseback.

bobbee's picture
Posted October 14, 2012 - 8:10am

Are we sure about the case back being gold plated? This ad from 1972 has the Golden Clipper "G", centre left, and the description makes no mention, in fact it states "all stainless steel".

BTW, centre right, the info says Bulova Clipper "Y", but the dial says it is a Sea King!

Posted October 14, 2012 - 8:35am

The Golden Clipper name refers to the Gold plated movement (1970 ad), not the case, as bobbee pointed out, the whale is just a symbol for waterproof and shows up on many Bulova named watches in the late 60's early 70's ad's.

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William Smith
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Posted October 14, 2012 - 4:00pm

Subject watch movement is at least "gold colored".  Kinda looks like "anodized gold color".  Is this the Gold plated movement?

bobbee's picture
Posted October 14, 2012 - 8:42am

As an aside, in panel PM's, and in other threads, Fifth (Mark) has made references to Accutron being a sub-division of Bulova, just like Caravelle. If one reads the very bottom line,the above ad seems to bear this out.

bobbee's picture
Posted October 14, 2012 - 4:09pm

Well, 17 jewels, automatic gold plated.
I now think Golden Clipper.

Posted October 23, 2012 - 10:37am

3. unknown: Will, Geoff, Fifth.

4. Golden Clipper: OldTicker, Admin, JP, Bobbee. 

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Reverend Rob
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Posted October 23, 2012 - 11:32am

A clipper of some kind? Arggh.

I'm going to have to go with unknown for the time being. 

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 1:46pm