Bulova introduced their Sea King line – like this new-old stock 1970 example here - in the 1960s and made it through the early 1970s. The Sea King was a thin, water-resistant line, of average size for the era.
But what is the meaning of the whale insignia, you ask? From an early 2012 article in The Independent, “Bulova, the brick mammoth in the center of town that dwarfs every other structure around it still stands, but just barely, though an ambitious renovation into condominiums promises to restore its lost luster. The building has a history as rich as the whaling port it anchors. The whaling industry was already ending in 1836 when a group of whaling boat owners and captains, realizing an era had come to a close, decided to build a factory on Washington Street and Hampton Road (New York), with easy access to both East Hampton and Southampton, as well as docks and waterways.
If nothing else, it would provide jobs for their crews, and so it did for a while, serving as a cotton mill. The whaling boats then transported cotton, giving them a palpable secondary product to market as whales became scarcer. It was not unusual for a whaling boat to leave Sag Harbor and travel all the way to Europe, South America, and even the Pacific, hunting whales as the stock became more and more depleted.
After a fire destroyed the factory, civic leaders sought businesses to relocate to Sag Harbor and rebuild. In 1881 Joseph Fahys, who owned a watchcase factory in Queens, did just that; in fact, the granite cornerstone of the rebuilt building was just unearthed during renovations earlier this month. Bulova purchased the building in 1936 and made its watchcases there” (The Independent, 29/FEB/2012).
Bulova introduced its first line of wristwatches in 1919. The company grew and prospered, and soon early radio and television ads were declaring, "America runs on Bulova time." In the 1950s, continuing its legacy of innovation, Bulova introduced Accutron, the first electronic watch, and the first breakthrough in timekeeping technology in over 300 years.
This Bulova Sea King comes with a leather strap, nylon NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
New-Old Stock 1960's Bulova Sea King Manual Dress Watch
DIAL: Original brushed Bulova dial, signed with the company’s Sea King whale logo. Original hands, with nice even lume –matches the patina on the hour indice lume dots.
CASE: Original stainless-steel case, with intact and gorgeous case brushing, measures 33.5mm (34.5 w/crown) x 37mm.
CRYSTAL: Original flawless acrylic crystal.
BAND: Dark blue leather strap, with stainless-steel hardware. This Bulova also comes with a nylon “Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) NATO strap.
MOVEMENT: Original Bulova automatic movement, manufactured in 1970 per Bulova code stamped on movement.
CROWN: Original unsigned crown.