Bulova 1968 Sea King

Submitted by briggle on June 29, 2021 - 7:17am
E
Manufacture Year
1968
Movement Jewels
17
Case Serial No.
F798532
Case shape
Round
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

This watch is commemorative of the inaugural game between Grambling and Morgan State at Yankee Stadium.

FOR SALE
Invitational Football Classic Yankee Stadium
F798532
briggle
Posted June 29, 2021 - 9:26am

I know when the watch was made and for which event, but who were they given/sold to and how many were made?

JimDon5822
Posted June 29, 2021 - 11:40am

Thank you for posting your watch. It’s really very nice. The game was played for charity on September 28 1968 between the two historically black colleges with 64,205 people in attendance which at the time was one of the largest college games ever played in New York City.  Normally these watches were given out to the players and coaches so it’s safe to assume that they were no more than 250 to 300 of these made.  In 1968 five players from each team were drafted into the NFL and would’ve probably owned this watch. I assume this to be a 17-jewel Movement and of the Sea King model range.  A fine bit of history you have there.
 

1968 Bulova Commemorative

briggle
Posted June 29, 2021 - 7:19pm

In reply to by JimDon5822

I can't, for the life of me, figure out what the "FCF" on the helmet stands for. Do you know?

briggle
Posted June 30, 2021 - 7:59am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

There were only 5 original members of the FCF in 1968 when the watch was made. I'm wondering if there are possibly only 5 of these watches? I've tried to contact Morgan State for more info.

Kathy L.
Posted June 29, 2021 - 3:39pm

Nice history Jim!  Great watch wow!

1968 Bulova Commemorative

briggle
Posted June 29, 2021 - 4:01pm

Thank you very much for the history, Jim, and thank you Kathy, for the compliment. I'm very excited to own this watch.

briggle
Posted June 30, 2021 - 6:23am

I feel like this watch belongs in a museum or something like that. Maybe the football hall of fame for what it represents.

neetstuf-4-u
Posted June 30, 2021 - 5:41pm

Great watch! I would tend to agree with tagging this one as "Commemorative" due to the relative obscurity of it. My personal thought is wear it and enjoy it, and share to story.. Chances are if you donate it somewhere, it will disappear into a drawer in a storage facility never to be seen again.