Bulova 1963 Sea King

Submitted by Erik O'Neal on May 17, 2022 - 9:53pm
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This was my grandfather's watch. It's been stored since his death in 1959. I do not have the original band, I was told he was wearing it when he died from a long fall so the band may have been damaged then. I could not find a date code inside, but was told he purchased it in the early to mid 1930s. I just put 1931 in the box above since it required a date to complete page. I have had it repaired and back to operating condition, just always curious of exact year of manufacture and model.

Thank you

Front 5-17
Back 5-17
Inside 5-17
Posted May 18, 2022 - 8:32am

The date code on the movement is under "unadjusted Swiss"; it's "L8" for 1958. The date code on the case back is under the serial number and is "M3" for 1963. Based on the case date, this watch will be classified as a 1963.

Band is a replacement. Based on style and "China", best guess is 1990's or later.

I find what I think is your grandfather's watch in the 1962 Linebook148.


1963 Sea King "D", with the probability of a replaced movement.

Like this one

I updated the date for you.



Posted May 18, 2022 - 12:24pm

Sea King "D" would be a good match. Movement should be an 11AFC for that year, so likely a replacement of the original.

Posted May 18, 2022 - 5:18pm

I'm good with the Sea King D

Geoff Baker
Posted May 18, 2022 - 9:57pm

1963 Bulova Sea King D