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Bulova 1953 Seabee

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really worn case, a couple of lugs worn through to the spring bar holes. this old veteran still runs after a couple of winds. opens from the front, must have stem removed to access movement I think, some help here please. Case back marked Bulova- stainless steel back- anti magnetic- shock resistant- water tite-L3 Sorry no movement pic tonight,

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Posted February 5, 2013 - 10:13pm

Yep, a front loader. the stem is a male/femal situation. The crown has the male and the rest of the stem is the femal. Just gently tug on the crown and try to move the movement one way or the other a little bit and the crown should seperate from the watch.


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William Smith
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Posted February 5, 2013 - 10:39pm

There's another outter second chapter in 1/5 of second intervals.  At least the second hand extends over the graduations.... and "funny" in a non-chrono.  I do like the style though..

Posted February 5, 2013 - 10:49pm

If I understand this correctly, the stem is a sort of ball and socket arrangement that separates with some tension?

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Posted February 6, 2013 - 1:05am

Try back winding a tiny bit, up-end the watch over your palm keep it close, and jiggle the crown and case a bit, keep trying the same things over again until it (should)drop out of the case into your hand.
Safer than tugging the crown, as I snapped one once that way.
Do we have a Seabee ad that early?

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Posted February 7, 2013 - 11:34am

I've got a few of these, older though, with the sub seconds dial. I'd bet this has a 10BCC movement.

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Posted February 7, 2013 - 1:45pm

The new pictures and updated root record indicate 10BUC.  Looks like there may be a L3 date symbol on the movement too, but it's kinda blurry.
Gald you got it opened up Gary

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Posted February 7, 2013 - 4:43pm

Here's some "similar" ads Admin posted in a 1953 Seebee Bobbee has in the watch database.
Date of ad above graphic.


Bulova Magellan and Seabee


Bulova Seqbee


1954 Bulova Water-tite


1953 Bulova Water-Tite & Seebea

What is meant by "Similar"? :-)


1951 Water-tite

Posted February 8, 2013 - 12:02am

Movement is marked L3, I forgot to include that when I updated.

Posted February 9, 2013 - 1:06am

I put a brown leather band on this watch this morning, wound it, set it and wore to work my afternoon shift at the glass plant, happy to report that its right on time 16 hrs. later. Wondering about the chances of an ID. Seabee?Anyway, it's a nice old watch I will wear occasionally.

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Posted February 9, 2013 - 6:12am

So all three appear for 1953 Seabee, Magellan and Watertite, all three appear similar to this watch except for the dial.......I'm kind of Unknown for now.