Bulova 1971 Date King

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.01
Manufacture Year: 
1971
Movement Model: 
11 ALACD
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
-758534
Case shape: 
Round
Additional Information: 

Case measures 38mm lug to lug x 32mm wide non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Original Black 'Cross Hairs' Dial shows applied Gilt Hashmark Hour markers and Bulova signature, track is printed in Gold with luminous accents on the Hour. Hour and Minute Hands are Gilt Alpha style with lumious accent, sweep center Seconds Hand is Gilt and a Date Window appears at 3 O'Clock.

Crown is original.

Stainless Steel Caseback is held by a retaining ring and stamped as shown.

* Completely restored.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted March 21, 2012 - 9:59pm

The Whale appears on several models beginning in the late 1960's ('68?) through the early 1970's. A common mis-conception is the Whale was limited to the 'SEA KING' model, We have learned it was not.

IMO a Whale insignia indicates a 'Waterproof' Case.

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William Smith
Posted March 22, 2012 - 12:33am

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Great observation Fifth and OldTicker.   I'll double check, but you and OldTicker have so many of these I bet it's a correct observation.

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bobbee
Posted April 16, 2014 - 3:15am

FifthAvenueRestorations wrote:

The Whale appears on several models beginning in the late 1960's ('68?) through the early 1970's. A common mis-conception is the Whale was limited to the 'SEA KING' model, We have learned it was not.

IMO a Whale insignia indicates a 'Waterproof' Case.

 

The whale first appears in 1969, and actually indicates the watch is water resistant.

All but three 1969-on ads describe watches as "water resistant", as opposed to "waterproof", those three ads may be using old depictions to sell old stock.

No ads post-1969 for Date Kings, no ads for Date Kings with a whale dial. No ads for watches with whale dials describing them as "waterproof".

I think the Date King is phased out in 1969,  and we begin to see lots of Sea King ads and some have date windows.

This watch is possibly either a Sea King or a type of Clipper.