Bulova 1959 Sea King

Submitted by N ick on March 28, 2019 - 1:35pm
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I am hoping for help in determining the model name of this watch that belonged to my grandfather.  I scoured the Internet and have seen models with similar features but nothing exact -- certainly nothing with this watch face pattern nor the V-shaped lugs.  Thanks in advance for any help anyone is able to offer.  -Nick

1959 Bulova Sea king watch
1959 Bulova watch
1959 Bulova watch
1959 Bulova watch
1959 Bulova watch
Posted March 28, 2019 - 2:22pm

Hi N ick, welcome to mybulova. Congrats on having your grandfather's watch, heirlooms are the best! Yours is a 

1959 Sea King - variant letter currently unknown. Just like this one:


Same casing as well as face.


Posted March 28, 2019 - 2:10pm

The only similar models (based on case) I find are from the Sea King line, but the dials are different. Your watch could be a Sea King, but I find no ad that matches.

Posted March 28, 2019 - 2:17pm

I tend to agree with the 1959 Sea King based on the case/lugs. Variant is unkown for now. Nice watch, my birth year too. Sweet.

N ick
Posted March 28, 2019 - 2:37pm

Thank you so much and thanks for the quick reply!  The fact that it's a "Sea King" is very cool and adds to the sentimental value.  He had a long and adventurous US Navy career that started when he was only 14 and included five years in China in the early 1920's, the coup in Cuba in the early 1930's and the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Thanks again!

Posted March 28, 2019 - 3:01pm

In reply to by N ick

Great story, thanks for sharing. I love the "fish scale"  dial and I'm sure it was probably one of the deciding factors when he picked it out to purchase.

Kathy L.
Posted March 28, 2019 - 3:34pm

Welcome to myBulova and thank you for sharing the story of your heirloom watch.  I would agree with Sea King and a fitting watch for your grandfather indeed.


Geoff Baker
Posted March 29, 2019 - 9:56am

Cool story, thanks for sharing it. That's what makes these old watches so amazing. I'm OK with Sea King but a bit on the tentative side, like I was on Wayne's watch

1959 Bulova Sea King (tentative)

Posted April 11, 2021 - 10:28pm

Confirming model and variant from 1960 Linebook BAWD0139

1959 Bulova Sea King "IW"

Sea King IWSea King IW

N ick
Posted April 12, 2021 - 2:30am

Thank you for this additional information and image. I really appreciate it! -Nick