Bulova 1938 American Clipper

Submitted by JPutt on
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16.5 x 25.7
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I found several ads on mybulova.com ((https://mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/bulova-  d- 1938- .jpg;https://mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/1940-Bulova-ad-1.jpg) that seem to indicate that this is an American Clipper. The case is marked "B-10K ROLLED GOLD PLATE". The movemet is marked with an Omega although it is hard to see in the picture. The case is 25 mm wide, excluding crown and 36.5 mm long lug to lug. The lug width is 13 mm. The caseback is marked on the narrow, slanted edges, note on the larger case back. The crown is signed. I was wondering what the "B" indicated in the "B-10K ROLLED GOLD PLATE" labeling. Also, I know that watches were smaller in the 1930s and 1940s but I the ads make it look like the American Clipper could be either a mens or ladys watch. Were there two different sizes and if so I wonder which one my watch is. Thank you. Lking forward to your comments.


Caseback showing case material
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Posted October 14, 2021 - 4:38am

I've updated the year to 1938 as per the first number in the case serial number.

Black dial with yellow gold plain case would be a match for the 1938 Bulova American Clipper "C"

Posted October 14, 2021 - 9:07am

1938 American Clipper "C".

Great clean lines and a black dial - love it!

Kathy L.
Posted October 14, 2021 - 10:19am

Fantastic looking watch with that black dial.  The B-10K GOLD PLATE was their gold marking for gold plate on their 1930s case backs, the B is for Bulova presumably.  

1938 Bulova American Clipper "C"

Geoff Baker
Posted October 14, 2021 - 10:02pm

Nice one John -  man's watch for sure. 1938 Bulova American Clipper C 

Posted October 15, 2021 - 1:23am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Thank you all for your comments and help identifying the few watches that I have so far. This is new to me, is fun, interesting and educational. I also collect 1920s and 1930s tenor banjos - my wife likes watch collecting much more:)