Bulova 1937 American Clipper

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1937 Bulova "American Clipper" 17J 10AE Movement, Running, Glass crystal with slight chips along edge, Nice Bezel and Case Back, Dial is Good but has a couple scratches, Replacement Crown, Neat old Pigskin Leather Bracelet Band but it needs to be recovered. *Updated with correct model name and matching ad

1937 Bulova American Clipper
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Wayne Hanley
Posted December 8, 2010 - 6:43pm

Your bezel has great definition on the engraving. My 1936 Clipper needs to be restored after looking at yours.


Posted August 2, 2011 - 1:01pm

I would leave this Watch as an 'AMERICAN CLIPPER' Greg, the bracelet is possibly the variant on this one?

I don't see any other difference.

Posted August 2, 2011 - 7:18pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

It looks like the "American Clipper" does not have any engraving on the bezel and the American Clipper "F" does according to the ads

Am I wrong?? 

Posted August 2, 2011 - 8:20pm

'B' is the White Dial with engraved Bezel. 'C' and 'D' are the Black dialed versions. I think variant 'F' is simply adding a bracelet (?)


Posted August 2, 2011 - 8:59pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

I could not find a "B" ad to confirm it, maybe "F" is more of a year thing?

Posted August 2, 2011 - 11:12pm

American Clipper no engraving 1938/39 (has both a cresent moon and shield date mark)

Posted August 7, 2011 - 7:29am

Above would be 'AMERICAN CLIPPER' A variant. B variant would be the engraved bezel model (both sold on a leather strap).

F variant adds the matching bracelet to the engraved version as shown in the ad - I would guess E adds a bracelet to the non engraved version (non engraved bracelet).


I have yet to see a variant based on Year of production Greg.

Posted August 7, 2011 - 1:17pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

How did we arrive at an American Clipper "A" or"B" as an ID? I haven't been able to find any ad's showing one. I do find ad's showing the "American Clipper" and the "C" & "F" models.

Did I miss one??


Posted August 7, 2011 - 9:26pm

If this style engraved Clipper was only releasd as the American Clipper "F", then F it is IMO.

Firth I certainly take your point that the "F" version may have had the matching braclet. Do we know at this stage if there is another white dial Clipper with the same engraving without the matching band?

Posted August 8, 2011 - 8:19am

Bulova named variants in alphabetical order.

(A), (B), (C), (D), (E), (F). and the database currently lists (A) (B) (C) and (F)

The plain bezel version of this Watch is shown in an ad as 'AMERICAN CLIPPER' and appears on a Leather strap. (A) ?

(B) the logical choice for an engraved White dial version on the same leather strap.

(C) Black dialed non-engraved bezel on leather

(D) Black dialed engraved bezel on leather

(E) Plain bezel White dial on a matching bracelet

(F) shows the engraved Bezel with White Dial on a matching bracelet.

G and H variants are also possible by adding bracelets to the Black dialed varieties.