Bulova 1961 Sea King

Submitted by catangen on July 16, 2020 - 12:50am
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1961 Sea King "M" 

I cannot get in to identify the movement. Why?? i cant figure out how. I think this one of the case designs that require the crystal to be removed and the stem taken out in order to remove the movement from the front...and i am not skilled enough to try that. 

I can tell you the advert for this watch advertises it being 17j. The case is 32mm without the crown and 39mm lug tip to lug tip. Lug width is 17.5mm or 11/16. This watch is remarkably light, weighing in at 17.9g. I have it paired with a nice vintage JB Champion black lizard strap and its so light it almost dont know its there. A great summertime watch. 

The dial has a beautiful patina of radium burn eminating from the center that looks remarkably pleasing to me. For those that enjoy a watch that shows its age, this one is a beauty. 

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Bulova ad from database 1961
Posted July 16, 2020 - 5:21am

Love this watch..including the 'custom' two-tone dial :-)

1961 Bulova Sea King "M" 

Posted July 16, 2020 - 11:37pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

I love it to, more and more every time I look at it. Could not find another example of an "M" in the Db. Fun to ad a new one. 

Posted July 16, 2020 - 5:32am

1961 Bulova Sea King "M" is good match

Posted July 16, 2020 - 7:40am

Agree with Sea King 'M'

Looks to be a top-loading movement/dial, with split-stem.

Posted July 16, 2020 - 9:39am

No denying the ad on this one.   1961 Bulova Sea King "M"  Love the patina.


Posted July 16, 2020 - 2:40pm

1961 Bulova Sea King "M" 

Geoff Baker
Posted July 16, 2020 - 10:02pm

Nice one Chris - 1961 Bulova Sea King M

Posted July 16, 2020 - 11:34pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Thank you. I saw it and could not resist it. Just unique enough that I had not seen one like it before. In doing some research I noticed that a lot of Bulovas in this series seem to have heavy radium burn. Wondering if they didnt use some extra strong radium that year or if this is not radium burn but some other type of whatever.