Bulova 1961 Sea King

Submitted by harris2033 on May 16, 2015 - 11:20am
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I picked this up for $1 at an estate sale and would like to know a little more about it if possible. I know nothing about vintage watches & the little research I've done it looks as though this could be fake since there is no Bulova logo on the dial? In case you can't see the pics well, the back shows Bulova, M1 for 1961, Stainless Steel Back, 10 kt RGR Bezel, Anti-Magnetic, Water Proof, & Patent #2,913,869. It is in pretty rough shape & I wasn't able to remove the back. Is this even a genuine Bulova & if so can anyone identify it? Any help would be greatly appreciated! 

harris2033 1961 Bulova Sea King 51715
1961 Bulova watch
William Smith
Posted May 16, 2015 - 8:46pm

Looks like a Bulova case alright, however I don't recognize a model that the case may be.  The dial and hands don't strike me as Bulova.

Geoff Baker
Posted May 17, 2015 - 6:43am

Hi harris2033, welcome to myBulova. No doubt it's a Bulova case but it's tricky to ID without dial markings and movement information. I think the movement comes out of the front of the case on this one ( don't try it if you're not sure what you're doing). President model had a similar case and I think Sea King did too. With the information we have, I'm not sure I could ID this one.

For now...Unknown.

Posted May 18, 2015 - 9:12am

Thinking Sea King. We have an advert with similar case and dial numerals. However the dial has no Bulova markings, so it's either a non-Bulova replacement dial or someone was a bit too rough when cleaning the dial and removed the 'BULOVA' and 'Waterproof'

Geoff Baker
Posted May 19, 2015 - 7:31am

I looked at the Sea King advert. Short of the dial markings, I think it matches. I'd be tentative on the Sea King.

Posted May 21, 2015 - 2:27am

Thank you everyone for your insight, I really appreciate it! I didn't mean to mark it "Not for sale" when posting, so if anyone is interested then please let me know & I can get more detailed pictures to you. I'm not sure if it's worth anything considering the condition it's in, but I'd much rather have it in the hands of a collector who may appreciate it.



William Smith
Posted May 21, 2015 - 12:32pm

I'd go tentative Sea King 

Posted May 21, 2015 - 12:47pm

Looks similar to this Sea King design (1960 ad), tentative from me also:

Posted April 12, 2021 - 10:45pm

This one appears to be a Sea King "CW" that has had the dial cleaned.  

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