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Bulova 1968 Sea King

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Stainless case.  When purchased it had a Speidel stainless strectch band installed.  I looked through the archive ads and couldn't quite find this case/model.  Is this a Sea King, or other model?  I purchased this off the 'Bay, and unfortunately cannot provide any history of the watch.  Unfortunate as well, the watch loses time rapidly, and I've been told there's a problem with the cannon pinion.  I'm looking for a donor movement or to repair. 

EDIT 09.10.2014  Root record changed from 1969 to 1970 based on owner noting date code NO (1970) on case.  

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Bulova 11anacd "whale" automatic M9 case N0 movement
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Posted November 26, 2013 - 6:38pm

Hrmmm... printed "Sea King" on the dial.... that's unusual in itself.  For some reason I think we've seen this before.... 

Posted November 26, 2013 - 6:40pm

The Golden Clipper also had the Whale symbol, but since this one has "Sea King" on the dial, I would go with that, variant to be named, at least it won't be in the dreaded "unknown" category...

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Posted November 26, 2013 - 6:44pm

I'm so dense!  Yep, it is printed Sea King on the dial.  I've read quite a few discussions on whether every watch with a whale on the dial is a Sea King I guess I forgot what I was writing.  So, since it's actually on my dial I guess it's no question as to whether it is or not, correct?  ;-)  You wrote you think you've seen this before...  Am I missing something?  Has this watch itself been seen here before? 

Posted November 26, 2013 - 6:48pm

Most of the 1969 Sea Kings in the database have Sea King on the dial, seems to be exclusive to that year.

Posted November 26, 2013 - 7:01pm

OT, they did it in 1970 as well. I have a day date Sea King  with case back NO date code on it and the dial has the Sea King on it.

Posted November 26, 2013 - 7:02pm

PS Terrific watches Archie.

Sea King for my vote

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Posted November 26, 2013 - 7:11pm

Thanks JP.  I just need to get this repaired and running.  I love the shape, and a nice qualtiy black leather strap would go well with it.

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Posted November 26, 2013 - 7:17pm

Yeah Arch I didn't mean your watch exactly.... just the printed Sea King, but I couldn't remember specifically which other watch I was looking at recently: I'm also good with the Sea King title, I'm sure we'll get the variant info eventually.

Geoff Baker
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Posted November 27, 2013 - 6:14am

Sea King for me. Nice watch Archie.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted November 27, 2013 - 9:38am

Nice Sea King, Archie.

As with all vintage watches, it needs to be fully serviced or it shouldn't be run, this can cause permanent damage. While doing the service, a watchmaker can fix your cannon pinion or replace it. Just a quick note on 'service'-

A full CTR is complete disassembly, cleaning in waterless solutions without ultrasonic (it strips plates) repair, reassembly, lubrication, regulation including all adjustments including demagnetization. I come across many 'serviced' watches that are merely filthy watches, oiled on the top jewels only, and passed off as being completely serviced. More often than not, there is an attempt to rinse or 'dip' the watch, sometimes even in alcohol, which should never be done.