Surf King

Bulova 1963 Surf King

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
GW
Manufacture Year: 
1963
Movement Symbol: 
Square
Movement Model: 
11AF
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
3628621
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

SeaKing

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1964 Surf King GW Bulova
1963 Bulova watch
1963 Bulova watch

Bulova 1959 Surf King

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1959
Movement Model: 
11AF
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
D822490
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
28.51 mm Armée
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

In keeping with a few others that have popped up around my shop recently, I find myself with this oddity. This one is unusually thin, the height of the entire assembled watch is only 7.2 mm including the crystal. I would estimate the thickness of the case without crystal at 5.5 mm. The outer bezel is concave, which I don't think I have seen before on a Bulova. 

US patent 2871654 refers to a waterproof case design by Emil Fachon, working for Bulova at the time. Filed April 14, 1954 and published Feb 3, 1959. 

It follows the design of the Watertites in that the case back is deep and pressure fits to the bezel and uses an armée crystal as well as pressure form the bezel to seal the case. The case is 34 mm which is a decent size for the period, and I think it will polish up well and be a good candidate for full restoration. 

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1959 Bulova Surf King watch
1959 Bulova watch
1959 Bulova watch
1959 Bulova watch
1959 Bulova watch

Bulova 1959 Surf King

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
CW
Manufacture Year: 
1959
Movement Model: 
11AF
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
E079249
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Finished cleaning and oiling, movement running well. Original dial will be refinished. New crystal once dial is back from refinisher. L9 date code on case and movement (1959). Looks to be a Surf King CW in stainless steel.

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PJ 1959 Bulova 1 04 04 2015
Bulova watch
Bulova watch

Bulova 1959 Surf King

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
CW
Manufacture Year: 
1960
Movement Model: 
11AF
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
E586371
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 
 

Bulova Surf King "CW"  from 1960

Stainless steel case dated M0, measures approx 34mm wide, two-piece case (movement/crystal/crown/caseback separate from bezel through the back). White dial with luminous hands and markers. Sub-second hand. 17 Jewel 11AF Swiss movement, manual-wind, dated L9. 

One offsite ad from 1962 and one offsite ad from 1963 state this as the "CW" variant

Other ads: 1962.1  1962.2  1963

Similar setup to this identified model

This same style is also advertised as the Surfmaster

 
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Andersok 1960 Surf King CW 1 05242014
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Bulova Watch
Bulova Watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1960 Surf King

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
CW
Manufacture Year: 
1961
Movement Model: 
11AF
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
F708417
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 
 

Surf King "CW" from 1961

Stainless steel case dated M1, measures approx 34mm wide, two-piece case (movement/crystal/crown/caseback separate from bezel through the back). White dial with luminous hands and markers. Sub-second hand. 17 Jewel 11AF Swiss movement, manual-wind, dated M1. Replacement strap.

1961 Price list has this variant listed

One offsite ad from 1962 and one offsite ad from 1963 state this as the "CW" variant

Other ads: 1962.1  1962.2  1963

 
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Andersok 1960 Surf King CW 2 05242014
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Bulova watch
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Bulova Watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1962 Surf King

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
CW
Manufacture Year: 
1963
Movement Model: 
11AF
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
F868891
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 
 

Bulova Surf King "CW" from 1963

Stainless steel case dated M2, measures approx 34mm wide, two-piece case (movement/crystal/crown/caseback separate from bezel through the back). White dial with luminous hands and markers. Sub-second hand. 17 Jewel 11AF Swiss movement, manual-wind, dated M3. Replacement band.

One offsite ad from 1962 and one offsite ad from 1963 state this as the "CW" variant

Other ads: 1962.1  1962.2  1963

 

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Andersok 1960 Surf King CW 3 05242014
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Bulova watch
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Bulova Watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1963 Surf King

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1963
Movement Model: 
11AF
Case Serial No.: 
G314026
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Additional Information: 

Movement M0, Case M3.

Surf King CW or Surfmaster?

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Bulova Watch

Bulova 1966 Surf King

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
FW
Manufacture Year: 
1966
Movement Model: 
11AL
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
601376
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
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Bulova watch
Bulova watch
Bulova watch

Bulova 1963 Surf King

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1964
Movement Model: 
11AL
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
4358842
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Stainless steel,  re-finished black dial with luminous  marked silver markers and silver luminous Dauphine hands. 11 Al 17 jewel movement marked M4.Case back is stamped BULOVA M4, Stainless Steel , Shock Resistant, Water Proof, Anti Magnetic. Nothing on the inside case back. 1964 Surf King I believe. Watch center of add page.

 

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Bulova Watch

Bulova 1962 Surf King

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1962
Movement Model: 
unk
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
F794973
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Men's
Additional Information: 

This Bulova is date coded M2 for 1962.  The case back is marked Bulova / stainless steel case/ anti-magnetic/ waterproof/ shock resistant, and has personal initials.  It is a manual wind movement that has never been serviced and still keeps excellent time.  I do not know the movement number. I believe this model may be known as a Surf King. 

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