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Bulova 1961 Sea King

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30mm hi-dome (Approximate!)



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I'm attempting to identify this one-piece asymetrical M1 with 11AFC movement.

I'm finally restoring the dial, but wonder what original colors were available for this model.  It originally appeared to be a pearl color.  I've seen a similar "Sea Shark" model, but nothing with the asymetric lugs.

I swear it took me a day of looking at this watch before I realized it had the different top / bottom lugs.

I know the pictures aren't great, but I hope to update after dial restoration.   Thanks!

I added another watch that looks to be the same. (image 3)   Dial is slightly different.


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Help ID - M1 Asymetric lugs - one-piece SS case.    11AFC
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Posted January 7, 2012 - 12:25am

Clipper, Sea King, Surf King come to mind, but I cannot see an exact match for this case/dial/hands combination.

Posted January 7, 2012 - 3:31am

I found what looks like the same case with different dial in the first ad on this page -

Sea King.   I can't make out the details, though.

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Posted January 7, 2012 - 9:17am

These are proving to be the most difficult to ID,  the Case styles are the same amongst many but their design is not.

'CLIPPER's were Automatic with a Caseback held with a retaining ring so eliminate that possibility.

'SEA KING' IMO and the Case should be 2 parts.

Posted January 11, 2012 - 12:15am

I sent the dial and hands for refinish.  I'll probably keep it simple.

Also - Case is one piece.  Has two-piece stem.   I still haven't found any pictures other than the small one in the 1961 ad.  That one doesn't have same dial and has WATERPROOF on dial. 

If I recall, the finish in the (my watch) picture had silver-tone hour markers, but they were plated over gold-tone metal.  Rest of dial was shiny white steel.  Seemed odd to silver plate the gold-tone markers when they were made gold-tone intentionally for whatever reason.