Bulova 1953 Watertite "F"

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Well I thought I might have another Seabee here, but now I am leaning towards Watertite, mainly because of the dial.

This has the larger  than some watertites, but I believe that this may only apply to theolder ones, and a much more complicated case. The outer bezel accepts the case back, which is quite deep, from below, and then the reflector and crystal and outer ring compress the crystal against the flange for a seal. Unfortunately the case is chromium plated and will have to be stripped and re-plated.

The last picture is with crystal removed, because it is a mess. 

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Posted January 24, 2017 - 3:40am

Seabee from me.

Geoff Baker
Posted January 24, 2017 - 6:57am

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Wow, well worn doesn't do justice to this survivor!

Posted January 25, 2017 - 10:48pm

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Is this one missing the bezel and crystal?

Loos like the exact same model as the 1951 watch. Different size?

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Reverend Rob
Posted January 26, 2017 - 2:08am

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Do you mean the 1950?  Same model, I believe, the Seabee, but this one is a 1953. Same size crystal, I think the overall case size is close, I'll have to check. The '51 is the same case style, but made of stainless throughout, while this one has a plated bezel, stainless back and tension ring. On this one the body of the case is friction fit from underneath into the bezel, and the crystal is locked to the flange with the tension ring. 

Posted January 28, 2017 - 7:53pm

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So definitely a different DNA.

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Posted January 29, 2017 - 9:26am

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My vote is for the Watertite F. This being the 17 jewel version, it would be the 'F' variant. There was a 15 jewel version 'C'. These had the chrome plated case with stainless back, and the radium dial numerals with a dot on the trilons. Other watertite models had different variants based on strap or band, but I did not find this variant to offer that distinction, only an option for jewel count.

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Geoff Baker
Posted February 4, 2017 - 7:44am

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I'm going back to Watertite too. "F" variant.

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Posted February 4, 2017 - 11:43am

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I'm in for Watertite, but I see this watch as being pretty much identical to Bobbee's '53:


I think this is a Watertite also.