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Bulova 1965 Surf King

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Movement jewels unknown. Last picture is the top of the inside box. Looks close to the "Surf King" listed in one of the posted 1964 ads.

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Jim Townsend
Posted March 18, 2012 - 4:59pm

Can you get the back off and see the movement? That would help alot.

Jim Townsend
Posted March 18, 2012 - 5:02pm

I would bet the jewel count is more 17 or 21 IMO

Posted March 18, 2012 - 5:05pm

Jim, thanks for your input. How do I get the back off? Sorry, but I am a noob to vintage watches!

Jim Townsend
Posted March 18, 2012 - 5:09pm

It looks like it will pop off with a dull knife up by the lugs. where the band hooks on. I dont think its a screw back so it should pop right off. Just be careful not to scratch the back.

Posted March 18, 2012 - 5:31pm

I agree that it look like it would pop off but no luck. I am afraid to force the issue.

DarHin's picture
Posted March 18, 2012 - 6:02pm

Can't tell from the pics but it could be a 1 piece case which means the back does not come off. The way the engraving lines up on the case back leads me to believe that it is a 1 piece case (unless the last person to apply the back was as OCD as me and took the time to line it up with the case). Check carefully, if the back does come off there should be a small indent where you can get a small blade in. Sometimes the case detail makes it look like the case back is a separate piece. When you pull the crown out to the set position is there any movement side to side or does the stem stay rigid. If there is any play in the stem it may be a 2 piece stem which would indicate a 1 piece case.

I hope I haven't confused you too much.


Posted March 18, 2012 - 6:06pm

Looks like a Surf King, just a guess. The case back is quite thin.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted March 18, 2012 - 6:29pm

2nd the 'SURF KING'

Jim Townsend
Posted March 18, 2012 - 6:37pm

Could be that the back has never been off. I have seen some of mine that were never removed or serviced.

Posted March 18, 2012 - 7:47pm

The back actually cups the body of the watch,should be on the side and again they are thin.