1959 Sea-king removing movement

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1959 Sea-king removing movement

#1 Post by inatime » Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:03 am

Hello all

Seem to be having difficulty finding any definitive assistance on how the movement is removed from my 1959 Bulova Sea-king. There have been thoughts it's a front loader and also a press back. With the crystal removed tried to have the movement fall out the front while trying to find the "sweet spot" angle of the stem. The back does not appear to have any place to use a case wrench. A previous thread suggested it was a press back but my attempts with the case wrench have been without results.

Any suggestions?
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#2 Post by JerseyMo » Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:13 am

going on the premise it is front loader..... the stem would be split male \ female.

the crown does look to be well worn so perhaps some moisture has rusted the connection?
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#3 Post by inatime » Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:03 pm

JerseyMo wrote:going on the premise it is front loader..... the stem would be split male \ female.

the crown does look to be well worn so perhaps some moisture has rusted the connection?
Thanks Jersey Mo.

I'm afraid I'm trying to get a definitive on this one. I realize if a front loader there would be a two-part stem but alas, won't come apart either via pulling stem apart or trying to align the stem so that it will glide apart and the movement fall out.

I think the stem is well worn because the whole watch was designed and marketed as Bulova's thinnest (including crown) waterproof watch they ever made and it was probably well used.

Seems that a previous post suggested it was a snap back.
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#4 Post by JerseyMo » Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:54 pm

Okay, so perhaps the case splits in two. can you show a picture of the other edge near the crown?
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#5 Post by inatime » Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:48 pm

JerseyMo wrote:Okay, so perhaps the case splits in two. can you show a picture of the other edge near the crown?
This might help.
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#6 Post by JerseyMo » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:07 pm

Thanks, it does look from the picture that there is a gap. Yes?
If so, try utility razor knife. And that's about all I can offer.
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#7 Post by jp71624 » Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:12 am

It's not a front loader. The casebacks snaps on tightly, so it may take a narrow tool or knife to pop it open it no prior opening grooves are found.
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#8 Post by inatime » Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:52 pm

jp71624 wrote:It's not a front loader. The casebacks snaps on tightly, so it may take a narrow tool or knife to pop it open it no prior opening grooves are found.
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#9 Post by jp71624 » Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:09 pm

inatime wrote:
jp71624 wrote:It's not a front loader. The casebacks snaps on tightly, so it may take a narrow tool or knife to pop it open it no prior opening grooves are found.
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#10 Post by stryfox » Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:48 pm

I don't have an answer on this one but it looks like a split case to me.
The few I have come across that I was not sure 100% if it was a frontloader I would pull the crystal. If the dial is to big to fit out the front the case must have a seam somewhere.
Hope this makes sense.

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