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Bulova 1973 Sea King

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
1.845

Manufacture Year: 

1973

Movement Model: 

10COAC

Movement Jewels: 

30

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

J953896

Case shape: 

Octagonal

Additional Information

I just like the shape of these Commanders. I am guessing it is a Commander AQ. What do you all think?

The dial, hands and crystal are really clean. The base metal case has some errosion and corrosion around the back and sides. I think I will buff out the defects then try replating it.

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1973 Bulova watch
1973 Bulova watch
1973 Bulova watch
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neetstuf-4-u
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Posted February 28, 2019 - 9:44pm

Nice looking watch. I will agree it certainly appears to be a Commander. Can you confirm dial color? Is it silver, champagne or gold? Hard to tell in the photo. Is there a band of different texture or color shade arcoss the dial from the 3 to 9 or is that a reflection in the crystal?
 

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rterra
Posted February 28, 2019 - 9:52pm

Hi neetstuff-4-u,

The dial is a lightly textured pale gold or almost a champagne. The band running across it is smooth. The applied incices are light gold with black centers. The very yellow hands hands appear to be an index style. "Bulova" is black over an applied bold base. The watch is running but poorly and needs to be cleaned and or repaired.

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Andersok
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Posted February 28, 2019 - 10:46pm

Slight difference with your watch and the Commander AQ (AO in Stainless) and the similar Sea King BG. On those I do not see the center stripe on the dial, and those all state 30 Jewels on the dial, along with lume dots at each marker. All of those are in ads into the early 70s, and not real sure the difference between the two models.

I'm not too sure on this model id, but probably tentative with either Commander or Sea King.

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Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted February 28, 2019 - 11:06pm

That is a nice looking watch!  I am not sure on the ID yet either.

jabs
Panel Member
Posted March 1, 2019 - 5:24am

but I see that the dial is different from Commander "AQ" and Sea King "BG" not only in the marking, may be some generic versions

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted March 1, 2019 - 7:11pm

I'm at a loss. Face doesn't correspond with any currently known Commanders or Sea Kings. It's an "either/or" unknown for me. Still looking.

Geoff Baker
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Posted March 2, 2019 - 8:56am

I Like this one, distinctive case.

I'm tentative on Sea King, only because there are no Commanders found post 1969.

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted March 2, 2019 - 9:12am

Good point, Geoff. That does narrow the search and possibilities.

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted March 3, 2019 - 7:33am

Oops, Found a Commander advert dated 1974.....(sorry about that Bob)

I think at this point I'm tentative on a Commander ID

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted March 3, 2019 - 7:36am

I also found the same '74 ad showing subject case after commenting. No biggie. Based on that, Commander is probably the best bet at this point.