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Bulova 1962 Surf King

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This Bulova is date coded M2 for 1962.  The case back is marked Bulova / stainless steel case/ anti-magnetic/ waterproof/ shock resistant, and has personal initials.  It is a manual wind movement that has never been serviced and still keeps excellent time.  I do not know the movement number. I believe this model may be known as a Surf King. 

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bobbee's picture
Posted October 24, 2012 - 2:44pm

Stunning Surf King.

Panel Member
Posted October 24, 2012 - 3:17pm

Could also be a Surfmaster, but both models shown don't have a black dial or 12 Numerals for markers.

Unknown is my call.

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 3:33pm

Newkid, you should really get it serviced before winding it again. Even though it works and may keep good time it will only do harm. When it does show signs of a problem it may cost more than it's worth to fix. For $50-75 you can have it cleaned, oiled and adjusted (COA).

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Reverend Rob
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Posted October 25, 2012 - 1:56pm

I second what Darren is saying, here. I am a watchmaker and I see watches all too often that basically self destruct because they have never been serviced, or suddenly start getting wound after many years in a drawer. It took me all of three months to destroy a NOS dive watch I got at a flea market, before I went to watchmaking school. Fortunately I was able to rebuild the watch, but lesson learned. Watches need servicing every 4-7 years, depending on type and use. A proper service is fully disassembling the watch, cleaning it in approved solutions (no ultrasonic, it strips the plates) and lubrication with industry standard lubricants, and regulating after demagnetizing. I see a lot of watches that are merely 'dipped', and then dried out. This is actually worse than no service at all. 

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 6:39am

Gents for the uneducated of us here at could you please tell us exactly what can happen to a watch if it hasn't been serviced for a while and you start to run it?

What parts get damaged?


Posted October 24, 2012 - 5:39pm

Unknown from me.

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 8:17pm

by 1964 We see the 'SURF KING' to a "GW" variant - that's quite a few.

1962 ad states "also with Charcoal Dial" but no mention of it being fully numerated.

tentative 'SURF KING'.

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Posted October 25, 2012 - 12:44pm

Given that # of variants available, I could live with that.

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William Smith
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Posted October 25, 2012 - 3:22pm

surf King from me

Geoff Baker
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Posted October 27, 2012 - 6:15am

Agree - I would also say Surf king