Bulova 1956 Sea King

Submitted by watchcollector66 on January 6, 2018 - 11:37pm
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Vintage Bulova  "Sea King " Variant

Manual Wind - Sweeping red seconds hand

Fully Serviced & timed and keeping excellent time.

1956 L6 Bulova Sea King watch
1956 Bulova watch
1956 Bulova watch
1956 Bulova watch
Posted January 6, 2018 - 11:44pm

Moment I saw this watch I had to buy it

Rescued from a garage sale and spent precious time bringing it back to what is extremely close to new condition without changing a single peice of originally bought watch except installing NOS factory bulova new crystal.

was really dirty - now sparkles !

Posted January 6, 2018 - 11:46pm

any help on identifying what variant of a seaking this is?

Has a Diamond withing a star at 12 O clock


Geoff Baker
Posted January 7, 2018 - 7:07am

Hello watchcollertor66, welcome to myBulova, this is a great looking watch. The diamond star was customization I think. It appears that the sweep second hand was shortened to accommodate the add.

I agree that it's a Sea King model, like Ken's

Reverend Rob
Posted January 7, 2018 - 11:43pm

I agree with Geoff, that sweep second has been shortened, and points to a dial mod. 

Likely the minute hand is canted upward, so the sweep would bind with it and/or touch the crystal. I see many watches where the hands have to be very carefully contoured because of indices or stones added. 

Posted January 8, 2018 - 6:57am

Agree with Sea King

Posted January 10, 2018 - 10:33pm


The watch that Ken has is in great condition

Being a new member this is my first post and first watch i have shown, I appreciate learning all i can about these vintage beauties, and appreciate all your imput.

I have a few others that i will post as time permits



Posted April 11, 2021 - 9:03pm

Confirming Model and Variant based on the 1957 Linebook BAWD0132

1953 Sea King "B".    Note that the Linebook shows the Sea King "A" as having a black dial. Also not the sales books show two listings for Sea King B.   One for $57.50 and one for $59.50.  I wonder if the extra $2 is for an expansion bracelet.

Sea King BSea King B