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Bulova 1952 Sea King

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1953 Bulova Sea King

10KT RGP watertite press-fit case with stainless back, dated L3. White dial with radium hands and markers, red sweep second hand. Movement is the 17 Jewel 10BUC manual wind dated L3. Replacement strap.

Supporting 1955 Ad

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Geoff Baker
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Posted September 27, 2014 - 5:36am

Spot on Ken, a fine looking watch. I'm a fan of the red sweep.

1953 Sea King

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Posted September 27, 2014 - 7:09am

Wow, I have never seen one look this good!


Posted September 27, 2014 - 8:08am

Stunning! Truly an inspiration. Hopefully mine will look this good one day.


Posted September 27, 2014 - 12:03pm

53 Sea King for sure.

You do a fantastic job of restoring your watches.

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William Smith
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Posted September 28, 2014 - 3:44pm

Sea King from me.  This is a good example model to check in the Bulova Price Lists.  It may not be the subject watch, but two Sea King variants are listed in  the 1954 Novemeber Supplement.  I have been operating on these supplements indicating both newly released models/variants AND/OR changes in prices to previously existing/released model variants.  

1954 Novemeber Supplement

Then take a look at the January 1955 quarterly price list- in what I've been calling the "newly released" section.  Again we see the Sea King "B" 167 listed.

This highlights bobbee's suggestion that we cannot be to rigid in production/release years based on things like price list without understand the lists better, and in light of all other documents/ads.  
Did Bulova simply forget to take the 167 Y Sea King "B" record out of this Jan 1955 "new" section? We don't know.  
Was there a new change in price of 167 Y Sea King "B" in Jan 1955 compared to Nov 1954?  I don't see any change of price from November 1954 supplement.
The Sea King B 167 could not have been newly released in both November 1954 and January 1955.
When we look at the January 1955 "Cumulative Model Price List" section, we see five "variants" (I'm calling the examples without a variant letter assigned a variant- the variant being no variant letter).
Jan 1955 Cumulative Section

Bobbee is correct in saying "we can't be too ridgig".  Without all the price lists, it's difficult to say for sure what is "newly released" in a price list, and what model/variant previously released had a new "Price Change" showing up in the "new models" section of said price list.