Bulova Sea King Wrist Alarm Date ref. 11454 circa 1969


Brand: Bulova

Model: Sea King Wrist Alarm Date ref. 11454 "Whale" (RARE); Swiss Made; M9 date code = 1969

Case: Solid stainless steel case with two-piece screw-down back is approximately 34mm excluding the original matching "BULOVA" signed crowns

Strap: 18mm navy blue soft calfskin strap with matching stitching and stainless steel tang buckle

Movement: Bulova cal. 11 ATRCD manual-winding movement (17 jewels) with functioning mechanical alarm and date display at 3 o'clock; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original Tritium dial with silver sunburst center and eggshell white outer track; all lume plots are in tact and have aged to an attractive yellow hue; original handset with matching Tritium patina; functioning mechanical alarm with blued-steel/red-arrow "serpent" alarm indicator hand; date display at 3 o'clock; dual original signed "BULOVA" crowns (top crown winds/sets the alarm function and bottom crown winds/sets the watch); solid stainless steel "waterproof" case design; incredibly rare and desirable Sea King "Whale" variant; domed acrylic crystal

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with only very light signs of wear consistent with age and use; solid stainless steel case is razor sharp and appears to be completely unpolished with all of the original edges and bevels in tact; caseback remains sharp and clearly legible; gorgeous original dial with all Tritium lume plots present and in tact (aged to an attractive yellow hue); original Tritium handset with matching yellow patina; a few minor superficial scratches on the domed acrylic crystal

Other: We are extremely pleased to offer this rare Bulova Sea King Wrist Alarm watch straight from our founder, Justin's personal collection. This watch is particularly interesting because it's a combination of Bulova's earlier Wrist Alarm models and their "waterproof" Sea King lineup (typically marketed with a cool "whale" logo on the dial). These were produced in very low numbers and for a very short period of time. Based upon our research and experience, we believe that this exact variation with the wide-grooved crowns was produced only in 1969 (M9 date code). It features a unique dial and handset housed in a slightly thicker case than standard Wrist Alarm models to accommodate the date function. While the LeCoultre Memovox and Vulcain Cricket get all the praise, these fly quietly under the radar (but not for long). In fact, this is Justin's favorite Bulova Wrist Alarm model of all.

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