Bulova 1973 Clipper

Submitted by llattuca on January 19, 2018 - 10:38pm
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Both case back and movement (rotor) are marked N3

It has a date function/window

It is an automatic.

Any ideas what model it is?


1973 Bulova Clipper watch
1973 Bulova watch
1973 Bulova watch
1973 Bulova watch
Geoff Baker
Posted January 20, 2018 - 7:34am

Hi Larry - I just don't see anything to match this one with.

For now - 1973 Bulova Unknown

Posted January 20, 2018 - 8:19pm

1971 Ad found that might suggest a model. 10K RGP is a match, but ad does not mention Stainless Steel back. Hands appear differentv also.

1971 Bulova watch advert

I also think we have a Date King advert to somewhere....looking now.

Posted January 20, 2018 - 8:56pm

1968 Date King model similar, but again with different hands.

1968 Bulova advert Date King

1968 Bulova Date King watch

Posted January 20, 2018 - 8:59pm

Oh and then there is the 1969 Sea King again.

1969 Bulova Sea King advert

Posted January 20, 2018 - 9:02pm

And a 30 jewel Date King with matching hands.

Bulova Date King watch advert.

Posted January 20, 2018 - 9:19pm

Looking trough the ads. Date King's are listed as 'Waterproof' and the Sea King's as 'Water Resistant'

Subject watch has 'Water Resitant' on the back case. 

Posted January 23, 2018 - 7:40am

The matching Date King ads only go through 1968, and around that time the use of Waterproof was being regulated more and the use of water resistant came in to use. I think we can rule out Date King.

Here are some considerations: the Sea King DV, as noted above, and with different hands; the Clipper, which appears to have the same hands.

I'm leaning towards the Clipper based on hands and year of ad being close to year of watch.

Posted January 23, 2018 - 7:47pm

Based on hands and ad dates, I'll agree with Ken. Clipper.

Posted January 25, 2018 - 11:12pm

I'm in two minds about it being a Clipper as they 'usually' didn't have a celendatr function, but in 1973 we do see them with a Day & Date feature.

Plus the 1972 Clipper advert above may not be correct.

Posted January 25, 2018 - 11:47pm

llattuca, any color photos of your watch?