Bulova 1967 Sea King

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.802
Manufacture Year: 
1967
Movement Model: 
11ALC
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
F279437
Case shape: 
Round
Additional Information: 

Lug to lug 37.2mm

width 32mm not including the crown.

Very nice watch. The dial looks new and the pictures really don't do it justice.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 19, 2014 - 7:15am

'67 'SEA KING'

JP
Posted January 19, 2014 - 3:36pm

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Ditto

OldTicker
Posted January 19, 2014 - 11:13pm

Unknown from me, it could be a "Surf King"... wasn't the Whale on the Sea Kings by now?

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 20, 2014 - 7:03am

In My experience is the Whale is sporatic, sometimes You see it

and sometimes Ya don't

In neither Case does the Whale signify a 'SEA KING' the Whale signifies a Waterproof Watch (produced at Bulovas' Sag Harbour facility?) and is also found on the 'PRESIDENT's, 'CLIPPER's ect.

 

Geoff Baker
Posted January 21, 2014 - 5:40am

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I looked twice, I just don't see anything that matches this one. A lot of 'really close' but no winner. I'm going with Unknown for now as well.

Regarding waterproof and the whale, 1967 was ( I think ) the last year watch manufacturers were allowed to use the word 'waterproof' on watches sold in the US. I've never validated it but my theory has been that the whale made it's first appearance post 1967.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 21, 2014 - 8:11am

I believe We're seeing the Watch in this Dec 1967 ad: http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/uploaded_photos/user5424/12-6-67MilwaukeeJournal.jpg

(C) 'SEA KING'

The Caseback of the subject states Gold electroplate, which is measured in microns.

mybulova_admin
Posted January 22, 2014 - 6:58am

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Sea King works for me based on the above mentioned adevrt.

1967 Bulova Sea King watch

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Reverend Rob
Posted January 23, 2014 - 2:07pm

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Sea King, says I.

I agree with the Whale symbol being a feature mark, or perhaps it was used as both? 

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William Smith
Posted January 26, 2014 - 12:59am

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I'm good w/ Sea King.  Whale is sometimes there, sometimes not there.  Surf King is a possibility. I'm also noting the Swiss to USA import BXW code on balance cock.  I'll check the date range for the 11ALC.  Did the Sea King/Surf King line use Swiss imported movements?

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William Smith
Posted January 26, 2014 - 1:06am

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I'm not seeing 11ALC in our movement database.  Checking the good Dr's site now.