Bulova 1955 Yankee Clipper

Submitted by Wild Bill on
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28.5 mm diameter; looks ordinary to me
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SS, 33.5 mm, interesting 3 6 9 12 gold colored applied numbers, interesting gold-colored textured dial, vertical gold-colored stripes in an circle containing the numbers, minute markers in a ring inside the number ring. Dauphine hands, center sweep, second hand rather short. Your are right, I am not very facile with the description of watches. Date on 17j movement, 10CSC, and inside case back.

Any thoughts gratefully received. Thanks, Bill

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Posted September 22, 2023 - 12:45pm

I've found one very likely match...the Yankee Clipper, which in the mid 50s came in a chrome-type case. I can't tell from the linebook if the dial has those different patterns, but the angular lugs look like a match. Typically, Clipper models would have luminous dial/hands, but the description does not call for that, so that is also a match.

Yankee Clipper

1955 Linebook



Posted September 22, 2023 - 8:33pm

I don't think the dial is a match on this one.  I checked and cannot find a match.  For me this is an unknown.

Posted September 22, 2023 - 10:12pm

I'm comfortable IDing as a Yankee Clipper. I don't think a textured dial would make a great difference.

Wild Bill
Posted September 24, 2023 - 11:27am

Hi. Thank you for your thoughts. I don't think it can be a Yankee Clipper because the bezel is rather different. Of course, I can say this because I have a much better view of it than I gave you, for which I apologize. I have added a photo of the watch in profile which makes it much easier to see. Best, Bill

Geoff Baker
Posted September 24, 2023 - 9:23pm

I think I would tag this one as a Yankee Clipper as well, noting a replacement crown. I like it.

Kathy L.
Posted September 24, 2023 - 9:26pm

I will agree on Yankee Clipper for this one.  Nice watch.

Posted September 25, 2023 - 5:54am

I'm actually thinking that the front bezel ring on this watch is not correct and a replacement. If you look closely it does not seem to match the case shape.

Posted September 25, 2023 - 9:58am

Yankee Clipper for me as well, noting crown and the bezel ring difference. It's possible based on case markings that this one is European market, which may explain the bezel ring as well as textured dial and lack of an identical watch in the US Linebooks.

1955 Yankee Clipper

Wild Bill
Posted September 26, 2023 - 11:11am

Thank you, everybody, I very much appreciate your thoughts . Yankee Clipper it is, perhaps with a tad less certainty than usual. It is certainly a nice watch - in the photo, its grubbiness is very evident, but at an everyday distance, it looks much cleaner and more interesting.

Best, Bill