Bulova 1969 Sea King

Submitted by neetstuf-4-u on February 21, 2018 - 6:57pm
BF
Manufacture Year
1969
Movement Model
23 jewel
Movement Jewels
23
Movement Serial No.
-
Case Serial No.
G146818
Case shape
Cushion
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

Looks like it should be a Date King, but it's only 23 jewels. Textured bezel front , Champagne  face and gold markers. Luminous hands and dots at hour indices.Date window at "4" position. Case back is also gold plated.

Back marked .0015 gold electroplate bezel, anti-magnetic, self winding, water resistant, 10K rolled gold plate back, Bulova  and M9.

Face marked Automatic and 23 Jewels.

I opened this up when I first got it (about a year ago) to verify date code and jewel count matched, but don't remember the mvt model. This one has me stumped.

1969 Bulova watch
1969 Bulova watch
1969 Bulova watch
1969 Bulova watch
neetstuf-4-u
Posted July 12, 2018 - 12:33pm

Any other panel member opinions on this one?

neetstuf-4-u
Posted December 6, 2018 - 8:54am

 We currently have 10 model variants ID'ed in the Db. They are A, E, M, NO, NQ, PA, PC, PG, PS, TT. There are also 20 watches that are identified as Date King, no variant.

The ad Stephen submitted previously ID's model variant "AK".

JimDon5822 just added new 1970 to 79 ads (12/06/18)  identifying 4 new models:

 Date King "AQ",  "AJ", "NS"(date window at 4) , "NP". The "AQ" is in the same case as subject watch with different face and only 17J.

It would appear by the vast number of potential variant letter combinations that there were a lot more Date Kings in this time period (1964 - 1971) than we have positively identified through ads.

I still think this is an unidentified Date King. It bears too many DKing features and similarities to be a different model line.

neetstuf-4-u
Posted February 19, 2020 - 4:17pm

Well,it took 2 years, but I think I have an ID from the 1969 Line Book

1969 Sea King "BF" on the original band.

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69 sea king

JimDon5822
Posted February 19, 2020 - 8:32pm

Sea King "BF" looks to be match!  Neat watch.