Bulova 1968 Sea King

Submitted by Geoff Baker on March 12, 2011 - 1:21pm
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28.85 Round
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New Old Stock in period display case and storage box. All Stainless steel beauty. Nothing fancy here folks, just simple elegance. Case tag states 21 J, watch is actually 17 J.

Added 3/12/2011

Updated Photos 11/21/2013

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Posted March 12, 2011 - 6:25pm


17J manual wind with sub chapter named 'SQUADRON' (with 'A' - 'L' variants so far!) in the early 60's.

Wayne Hanley
Posted September 7, 2011 - 11:18pm

Geoff the one on the right is a 1964 Surf King GW.  Bulova designers finally produced a watch that matches the 1964 ad.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 8, 2011 - 5:44am

Wayne - Doubt this is a Surf King - The seconds hand is not recessed on the Surf King, mine is. The four year difference is a problem as well I think. There are remarkable similarities, I'm just not sure it's a match. I just love the 12 on this one.......I keep looking to ID this one.


Posted September 8, 2011 - 6:29am


They all match the ads.


The tag says 21 Jewels, can You confirm that?

Geoff Baker
Posted September 10, 2011 - 6:16pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

Mark - popped the back off today - she's a 17 J, imagine my surprise. Still is brand spanking, sparkling new in there though, just gorgeous!!


Posted September 8, 2011 - 7:14am

hmmm... a little more investigation needed I think. Interesting to confirm the jewel count.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 8, 2011 - 4:10pm

 Fifth - what matches what ad? The watch posted here does not match the ad Wayne posted - the sub chapter is not recessed in the ad and the dial says "Waterproof" in the ad but not on the watch. There is a four year difference between the date of the watch and the date of the ad. Similar, yes, the same no. I will confirm the jewell count as soon as I can.


Posted September 8, 2011 - 4:16pm

I'm with Geoff here, the lugs also, look different. They don't seem to be tapered as much as Wayne's ad shown. Nice find Geoff. Hard to find a package that complete.

Posted September 8, 2011 - 5:35pm

"Fifth - what matches what ad?"


Bulova Watches match their ads.

It had been past practice to ID a Watch on 'close enough', the newer higher resolution ads are proving that wrong.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 8, 2011 - 8:28pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

Got it Mark - for a minute I thought you were implying that THIS watch matched THOSE ads.......whew, was reaching for my glasses when the clarification came through. Felt the slope getting slippery there for a moment!