Bulova 1972 Jet Clipper

Submitted by JimDon5822 on October 13, 2021 - 11:13pm
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Here is an interesting one.  It is a yellow gold plated case with gold plated case back with an N2 date code.    The dial is an awesome Rally dial with red checkerboard minute track on a speckle textured dial.   It has applied hour markers with gold hands and a red second hand.  The movement is a 11ANACB based on it is printed on the the Day Wheel but is missing the rotor and needs some parts to run.  Looking for a donor movement if anyone has one.  Based on the 1973 Linebook BAWD0181 page 31 this is a Jet Clipper "F".   This is a first for this model and variant in the MyBulova database and kind of late for this name which was common in the 1960s.

Clipper F
Jet Clipper F
Jet Clipper F
Jet Clipper F
Jet Clipper F
Posted October 14, 2021 - 1:57am

Jet Clipper F looks like a match.

Posted October 14, 2021 - 4:28am

Any pictures of the movement details? I would have expected to see at least some Bulova markings.

Posted October 14, 2021 - 10:43am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

There are no marks on the movement as it is missing the rotor which would have been where the marks were.   The day wheel is marked 11ANACB which is how I ID'd the movement.  

Posted October 14, 2021 - 8:48pm

In reply to by JimDon5822

Thanks Jim, I've just realised that the rotor is missing, which is where all the detail are....sorry.

Posted October 14, 2021 - 7:08am

Good looking design, match to the Jet Clipper "F".

Bulova marking would be on the missing oscillating weight.

Posted October 14, 2021 - 9:11am

1972  Jet Clipper "F".

Great dial, really distinctive. Hopefully you will be able to bring him back to life.

Kathy L.
Posted October 14, 2021 - 10:22am

Awesome dial on this one.

1972 Bulova Jet Clipper "F"

Posted October 16, 2021 - 12:00am

Hmmm now I wonder.... The line book listing was from 1973.   I found the following 1972 Ad from McLeans Magazine in Canada calling this a President.  Makes me wonder if it was called a President in 1972 and by 1973 became the Jet Clipper F.  Thoughts?

Macleans Magazine 1972 December 1


Posted October 16, 2021 - 12:22am

I note the model numbers mentioned: Linebook = 12003-0Y, advert = 12903Y

Linenook would be my preference....anyone have a coin.

Posted October 16, 2021 - 7:07am

Well, this is interesting. Year difference in linebook and ad with different model numbers. Different bands would suggest a different model #, but maybe not. I just ran across a similar same time period band discrepancy on another watch being Citizen "C" . 1971 linebook shows it on an expansion band and a single 1972 ad depicts it on Corfam strap.

There is also the US/Canada different name possibility, but that is questionable. Nov. 1972 (ad dated Dec) was a Presidential election year with Nixon winning by the largest popular vote margin to that point.

There is also the possibility the single ad is incorrect?

Unfortunately we have no 1972 linebook to reference. If a second ad surfaces calling it President in 1972, I'm in. Coin flip for me as well, but I lean towards the linebook for now noting the single Canadian ad.