Bulova 1976 Golden Clipper

Submitted by JimDon5822 on October 5, 2020 - 1:11am
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Here is another unusual one.  It appears to be a Golden Clipper "C" but I am not aware they produced these in 1976.  The case and dial are a dead on match.  It is a stainless steel case with a N6 date code and has presentation engraving from 1979.  ??  The dial is black with red cross hair marks and red accents in 12, 6 and 9 along with a red on white date wheel.   The movement is an 11ANAC also with an N6 date code.  I checked most of the ads and it seems the Golden Clipper only goes to 1973.  Could this be be a legit model that late or a movement and case back swap?     Matches this 1971 Ad below and the 1971 Line Book.  It says it is "temp sold out" so it was clearly a popular model.  I wonder if they continued making this thru 1976 due to this popularity.


1971 Line Book1971 Ad

Golden Clipper C
Golden Clipper C 2
Golden Clipper C 3
Golden Clipper 4
1971 Ad
Posted October 5, 2020 - 7:36am

I'm wondering if the caseback is original, since it states base metal bezel - which should be stainless. It may be that different year parts were brought together to make this watch. Looks like a proper Golden Clipper 'C' with a non-original caseback and movement (or parts of it). The 11ANAC would not be correct; it should be the date version 11ANACD. So, the movement does not appear to have all original parts, perhaps the oscillating weight was changed.

Posted October 5, 2020 - 8:33am

This is certainly a tough call. I'm with Ken; "Base metal bezel" is a red flag that back isn't original to the watch. Same with the movement winding weight ANAC (no date) vs. ANACD (date window).

What takes precedence for ID? If we disregard movement and case back dates, citing likely replacements and based ID on case front, date window movement and face it's a Golden Clipper "C", or perhaps GC no variant citing swapped parts, but how do we date it? Last known year of model production for the "C" ? 

The other option is 1976 non-conforming citing mixture of parts from 2 watches, or 1976 unknown....but it certainly presents as a Clipper "C"

I lean towards calling it a Golden Clipper "C" if we can come to consensus on dating it.

Geoff Baker
Posted October 5, 2020 - 9:58pm

I suggest that knowing there are a conglomeration of parts present it should be submitted as Non-Conforming.

Posted October 7, 2020 - 2:45pm

Thanks I suspected as much. I bought a huge lot of parts and things are mixed up a bit.     I have some parts watches on order and will try to rebuild this as a period correct watch.  

Posted October 10, 2020 - 11:32pm

Hmmm, I know we've had this discussion before were when a watch is presented that looks to be a good/close match to a known model and no other, we can still ID as such, dropping any variant data.

So for me based on how the watch is presented and having the comments added to this database entry that some parts may not be original, I'd still be happy to ID as a 'Bulova Golden Clipper'