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Model: Sea King "Whale" Automatic Date (rare variant); Swiss Made; M9 date code = 1969
Case: Solid stainless steel case with two-piece screw-down back is approximately 33mm excluding the original unsigned winding crown
Strap: Vintage new old stock (NOS) Caravelle 11/16" black leather strap with polished stainless steel tang buckle; also includes 18mm two-color (blue/black) nylon pass-through strap
Movement: Bulova cal. 11 BLACD self-winding automatic movement (17 jewels) with date display at 3 o'clock; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made
Features: Stunning original textured "cross-hair" dial with beveled hour markers and applied "BULOVA" logo; date display at 3 o'clock; original Tritium hands have aged to a gorgeous yellow hue; original center sweeping-seconds hand; unpolished stainless steel case with domed acrylic crystal and cool caseback inscription; rare Sea King "Whale" variant
Condition: Incredible original condition overall with only light signs of wear consistent with age; solid stainless steel case is razor sharp and completely unpolished with the original edges and bevels in tact; crisp caseback is clearly legible and features a professional inscription as presented to the original owner (Bill Handwerk) on May 28, 1970; very attractive original silver textured dial has aged to a light cream color; all Tritium lume plots are in tact and have aged to an golden yellow hue; original Tritium hands with all luminous material in tact and matching
Other: This beautiful and versatile Bulova Sea King "Whale" is hard to resist in superb original condition for only $430. Dress it up with a suit and tie, wear it casually with a t-shirt and jeans, or try it on a colorful nylon strap while sipping margaritas at the pool! Just don't take it into the water... We absolutely love the cool whale logo on the textured dial and how the applied hour markers and Bulova logo glisten out in the sun. Bulova used the now-famous whale logo within their Sea King lineup in the late 1960s through the early 1970s. The personal inscription on the caseback makes this piece even more special: "BILL HANDWERK 5-28-70" - So cool!