Bulova 1959 Sea King

Submitted by neetstuf-4-u on January 19, 2022 - 9:13am
IW
Manufacture Year
1959
Movement Model
11AFC
Movement Jewels
17
Movement Serial No.
L9
Case Serial No.
D670956
Case shape
Round
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

Here is a nice one with pierced lugs on a L9 "patent pending" casing. Doesn't look like it had much wrist time and is keeping perfect time. Based on ad dated 1959, calling out the "NEW" Sea Kings and linebooks, it looks like this one appeared in 1959, and had a dial change mid year, keeping the same variant designation going into 1960.

1959 Sea King "IW"

April 1959 ad shows the watch with a gold dial and calls out "also with white dial". Matching 1958 - 1959 linebook136 is below, as well as 1960 linebook139, showing new "fish scale" dial.

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted January 19, 2022 - 9:27am

1958 - 1959 linebook

01 19 lb1

1960 linebook with different dial

1960 lb 2

Andersok
Posted January 19, 2022 - 2:17pm

Nice looking example, good match to the Sea King "IW"

Kathy L.
Posted January 20, 2022 - 10:41am

Excellent condition!  Well bought, congrats.

1959 Bulova Sea King "IW"

KodachromeCrawford
Posted January 20, 2022 - 11:45am

Nice find!

mybulova_admin
Posted January 20, 2022 - 5:09pm

Haven't seen too many 'PAT PEND' on the back of 1950s Bulova cases.

1959 Bulova Sea King "IW"