Bulova 1965 Sea King

Submitted by Mike N on January 20, 2019 - 3:28pm
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Anti magnetic, shock resistant, waterproof, 10kt RPG Bezel, 5.5 back Jeweller unable to open casing.

1965 Bulova Sea King Q watch
1965 Bulova watch
1965 Bulova watch
Posted January 20, 2019 - 3:47pm

Very nice condition Sea King! I've narrowed it down to two possible yellow gold variants.

The 'H' looks to be a match, aside from the band.

1963 Ad:

The other possible variant is the 'Q', which looks to have an identical band to your watch. I am unable to find an ad for this variant, but I have a photo of a 1963 NOS watch pulled from the web some time ago:

The Sea King 'Q' was listed in the 1964 pricelist, but not in the 1961 list.

I vote for the 'Q' variant Sea King.

Kathy L.
Posted January 20, 2019 - 9:41pm

Very nice example.  Nice ad and hang tag example matches Ken.  Assuming a M5 is on the case.

1965 Bulova Sea King "Q" will be my vote


Reverend Rob
Posted January 21, 2019 - 1:08am

1965 Sea King. 

Posted January 21, 2019 - 4:02am

1965 Sea King for me too

Geoff Baker
Posted January 21, 2019 - 8:34am

Hi Mike, I'm surprised that your watchmaker couldn't get it open, that's odd. The watch looks like it hasn't been worn much, it's very nice. I agree with the "Q" variant

1965 Bulova Sea King Q

Mike N
Posted January 21, 2019 - 4:29pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

It was purchased in 1970 and tossed in desk drawer. Both original boxes.
Looks brand new. I've seen on some forums they used a strong type of thread sealant for waterproofing. But I don't know for sure. The Jeweller feared breaking the lugs off if he persisted. I don't wear it much myself

Posted January 24, 2019 - 6:05pm

'65 Sea King "Q" gets my vote.

Benjamin Barrera
Posted August 16, 2019 - 1:42am

So what is the difference between the H and Q?  Other than the band they look identical.  I ask because I picked up one of these over the weekend without a band, so how do I know which one it is?

By the way, mine has the 11ALC movement and it is from 1965.

Mike N
Posted August 16, 2019 - 6:18am

In reply to by Benjamin Barrera

I believe the difference in the letter designation is the type of band or things like that. The best people to ask would be the panel members

Mike N
Posted August 16, 2019 - 7:53am

In reply to by Benjamin Barrera

Hi Benjamin
If u don't mind me asking, what kind of shape is your watch in? Have you entered it to the database yet? The panel members are really good at locking these pieces down to their backgrounds. Incredibly so.
Was it a store you got it from? The reason for my interest is because I've yet to touch base with someone who has purchased this same watch.