Bulova 1967 Sea King

Submitted by ncmountie on January 20, 2018 - 10:58pm
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
11 ALC
Movement Jewels
Movement Serial No.
Case Serial No.
Case shape
Crystal Details
Domed acrylic, 30.10mm x 4mm (approximate)
Additional Information

Case: Yellow gold circular case, 32mm, with crown 34mm, having narrow straight lugs 17.5mm, lug to lug 35.5mm; Markings: case back exterior: “BULOVA, 10 KT R.G.F., SHOCK RESISTANT, J977967 M7, ANTI-MAGNETIC, WATER PROOF”; Interior case back: “2725”.

Dial: White circular dial with an approximate 23.26mm domed center; hour/minute hands gold baton luminous, thin baton sweep second; appears to be applied gold stick hour markers with a wider applied marker at the 12 position, the hour markers become angled to follow the domed center, the hour markers were possibly lumed previously at the outer tip, black painted stick minute markers; signed “BULOVA” below the 12 position, “WATERPROOF” beneath the center, “T SWISS T” beneath the 6 position.

Crystal: Domed acrylic, 30.10mm x 4mm (approximate)

Movement: Manual movement marked “11 ALC, BULOVA WATCH Co, 65 (65 is stamped on the movement plate), 17 SEVENTEEN JEWELS, UNADJUSTED SWISS M7, BXW. This has a “split stem” with unsigned crown.

Signed: Dial, case back exterior, movement

*Measurements obtained using a digital caliper. *The hour markers are solid gold color and any other apparent color shade appearing in the photo(s) resulted from shadows.

1967 Bulova watch
1967 Bulova watch
1967 Bulova watch
1967 Bulova watch
1967 Bulova watch
Posted January 20, 2018 - 11:41pm

I wanted to add that the movement does wind and seemed to operate normally for the span observed. The hands can be moved normally in a clockwise and counterclockwise direction.

This watch arrived with the crystal removed and the crown with male end of the split stem not inserted. I do not have the tool necessary to reinstall the crystal. 

I have been unable to locate this model in the model database or advert database. 

The watch is pending professional COA servicing at some point in the future. 

Geoff Baker
Posted January 25, 2018 - 8:57pm

I can't find a match either, real close to the Sea King but the hours markers are different.

1967 Unknown Bulova

Posted January 31, 2018 - 7:06am

Also unable to find a matching ad, Unknown model

Reverend Rob
Posted February 1, 2018 - 1:33am

I think it probably is a Sea King, the 1967 one we have in the dB is close, but again, markers slightly different. Hands may not be original in our example, just a hunch:


Can't find an ad, so just a gut feeling at this point. 


Posted February 2, 2018 - 9:42pm

Additional detail regarding this 11 ALC movement... I later saw an additional stamp which did not appear in the overall photo of the movement. There is a number "65" as can be seen in this magnified photo.  Although not optimistic, submitted in case it may be of help. Regardless, I am curious the purpose of this stamped numeral if someone would explain please. 

Reverend Rob
Posted February 3, 2018 - 2:34am

I've seen these numbers on many watch movements, and they may or may not have anything to do with the date. In some cases, it is an identifier of the production line, or refers to origin of the ebauche only. 

Posted February 3, 2018 - 5:32pm

In reply to by Reverend Rob

Thanks Rob for the response, in spite of my seeing after the fact I had included that number detail in the original submission.

I am interested though, by other watch movements, are you referring to just Bulova or other manufacturers as well? Also, are these unidentified number(s) on the movement plate generally consistent or do they tend to vary significantly? It would seem to the numbers would have some consistency given production locations or ebauche sources being fairly limited over years or certain years?

Posted February 3, 2018 - 7:15am

Unknown model for me

Posted March 28, 2020 - 9:35pm

Looks like a 1967 Bulova Sea King "AK" according to the 1967 Line Book BAWD0168

Sea King AK1967 Sea King L

Posted March 29, 2020 - 1:33pm

Wow, perfect match. Thanks for your efforts. Updated photo with crystal.Updated photo with crystal