Bulova 1970 Sea King

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10K RGP Bezel, Stainless Steel Back: NO=1970                                                                          Dial: Date King with varient Roman Dial, Whale Symbol


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Bob Bruno
Posted January 20, 2011 - 6:19pm

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Wow nice one Wayne! I don't know what to look at first. The cool looking roman  numerals,  two tone hands, beautiful dial or that great looking band.


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Posted March 10, 2011 - 7:32am

NICE ONE, Wayne...

And that elegant band, really sets it off...


:-)  Scott

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William Smith
Posted April 12, 2012 - 1:18am

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a seven jewel date king w/ sea king on the dial above the whale symbol. I don't remember if a sea king becomes a date king w/ the date complication.

Posted July 13, 2013 - 5:36pm

So is it a Sea King or a Date King?? I would love to know the movement cal.

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Posted September 18, 2013 - 1:52pm


The 'DATE KING's all appear to have Radium Dauphine style Hands. The 'SEA KING' is shown to have baton style, as showing on the subject.


....one other clue is the subject states 'SEA KING' on the Dial.

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 19, 2013 - 8:22am

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7 jewels? I have never come across a 7j automatic. 

Posted September 19, 2013 - 8:34am

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Have updated to 17J and re-ID'd as a Sea King "DV".

Date Kings seem to be dated pre 1969. Sea King in this design seems to then take over.

Spot the difference. Date King is only listed as being 'Water Proof" where-as the Sea King is listed as "Water Resistant"

Posted September 19, 2013 - 8:43am

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Also found this, which seems to match the hands and mesh band. 23 Jewel model.

The subject watch had 7 Jewels originally listed but as Wayne is no longer an active member of the site we may never know what is hidden under the bonnet of this watch. It's more liekly to be 17 Jewels as common practice was to place '23 Jewels' on the dial.

Time Center "A"

1969 Bulova Watch advert

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Posted September 19, 2013 - 10:26am


Interestingly the 'TIME CENTER' appears to be a Date Watch (both Automatic and Manually wound) with a Calendar strap.

The strap being the determining factor in the Model line.

Posted September 19, 2013 - 10:53pm

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Ahh that's what that is. I missed that. Makes sense.