Bulova 1968 Sea King

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Stainless case.  When purchased it had a Speidel stainless strectch band installed.  I looked through the archive ads and couldn't quite find this case/model.  Is this a Sea King, or other model?  I purchased this off the 'Bay, and unfortunately cannot provide any history of the watch.  Unfortunate as well, the watch loses time rapidly, and I've been told there's a problem with the cannon pinion.  I'm looking for a donor movement or to repair. 

EDIT 09.10.2014  Root record changed from 1969 to 1970 based on owner noting date code NO (1970) on case.  

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bobbee's picture
Posted May 16, 2014 - 3:55am

Good stuff Eric, great update as it's nice to know what happens, and if watches actually get those promised COAs!

The sixties and seventies give us some of Bulovas' finest watches, the Accutrons, Sea Kings, Presidents, Senators, Ambassadors, Oceanographers Chronographs and the many Clipper and Clipper derivatives.

Most of these watches were tested for water resistance individually at the National Testing Center under rigorous conditions, the movements were as good as some prestige watches of the time, and still keep going today, as attested by the many watches posted here and on other sites. The multitude of case designs were, on the whole, very pleasing to the eye and were built to last with the very best materials.

And I haven't even mentioned ladies watches!

O.K., soapbox back in the garage!

ArchieGoodwin's picture
Posted May 16, 2014 - 11:02am

No no Bobbee, don't stop.  I'm all ears.  I'm definitely a Bulova fan, initially Accutrons, but more and more I love the lines you mentioned above. 



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William Smith
Posted September 10, 2014 - 2:19pm

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FifthAvenueRestorations wrote:

The Canon pinion is an inherant problem on the 11 ANACD.



is there an ad showing the subject Watch as the 'SEA KING' model?

1972 database ad  shows 'CLIPPER' "Y' with SEA KING printed on the Dial. http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/Bulova_AD_1972_1.jpg


Interesting we have this linked ad showing top row "clipper line" with the far right Clipper Y having SEA KING on the dial.  So is it a clipper or is the ad possibly in error and far right watch is "sea king"?  As noted elsewhere, I think most, if not all of the Sea King (watches and ads) show associated movement is manual, not automatic.

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William Smith
Posted September 10, 2014 - 2:21pm

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Changing my vote to one tick Not Confirmed for now....but researching.

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Posted September 10, 2014 - 5:42pm

Strange that fifth used the very advert he ignores in another thread where I used it...

auto will not be a Sea King as you say Will.

ArchieGoodwin's picture
Posted December 31, 2014 - 2:09pm

Argh!  ;-)  Sea King, Sea Clipper, .....? 


Posted October 17, 2017 - 6:03am

Got one SeaKing, exactly like this one you posted... in the US last August...

definitely a SeaKing but with 11BLACD movement, curious but not too much as I have seen it before, M7 on the back, M9 on the caliber...

A beauty that came with a great JB Champion Milano mesh belt that I didn't  want to cut to size it to my small wrist, so replaced it with a great Mira-Flex, also purchased in the US.

I wish I could post photos but without a local PC browse feature can't do it... ;-(