Bulova 1961 Sea King "A"

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I have collected a number of Accutron and Precisionist models over the years, but this is my first venture into vintage.  Im hoping I have bought well it is my birth year watch.  I have little knowledge of this era or really what to look for so it is very much a leap into the unknown.

I would be interested to see forumites opinion on the shading inside the numbers?  Also would it be worth having a full restoration to make it pristine?

Many thanks


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Posted March 31, 2018 - 7:12am

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You did very well. That's a very clean piece. I'd get the movement serviced but would leave everything else just as it is. Looking now for a model ID.

Posted March 31, 2018 - 7:16am

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The 1961 Bulova Sea King 'A' looks to be a match, right down to the number font.

...and here is a colour version showing an exact match for your watch as the Sea King 'A'.

moby 1961
Posted March 31, 2018 - 8:09am

wonderful.  What would the markings inside the numbers be?  It may not be clear from the photographs but there seems to be marks?  Is this normal for Sea King or has somebody placed the markings in after?  I cant think anyone has removed the face to draw marks on it.  It seems in suvch good condition?

Posted March 31, 2018 - 9:02am

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1961 Sea King "A" good match

Geoff Baker
Posted March 31, 2018 - 9:53am

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Hello moby, welcome to myBulova, it's exciting to see a modern Bulova watch collector turn to the vintage models. Bulova has an incredibly rich history for you to explore - enjoy the ride. As a collector of vintage Bulova watches for decades, I have recently gone the other way and purchased a couple modern Bulova watches.

I agree with the ID of your watch as a Sea King. I do see the markings you refer to but can't say I ever noticed them on other watches, they certainly are curious.

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Posted March 31, 2018 - 10:21am

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Normally I would say dirt, but the dial looks NOS. A good look with a loupe might reveal more.

1961 'Sea King A ' gets my vote.

moby 1961
Posted March 31, 2018 - 11:54am

Thanks for the identification.   The markings are very curious.   Only in the rounded numbers.  It looks like a child had drawn inside, but I cant see how that would happen. Or why?

i shall investigate further and let everyone know if I find anything of interest.

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Posted March 31, 2018 - 1:49pm

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A very nice Sea King 'A'

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Posted March 31, 2018 - 6:53pm

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Marks in the circles of numbers are indeed odd. I wouldn't worry about it. Watch is a beauty as it is. I'll follow the lead - 1961 Sea King A is a excellent ad match.