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 Post subject: 1959 Sea-king removing movement
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:03 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement
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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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 Post subject: Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement
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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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 Post subject: Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement
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Okay, so perhaps the case splits in two. can you show a picture of the other edge near the crown?

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 Post subject: Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement
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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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 Post subject: Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement
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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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 Post subject: Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement
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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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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.


Thanks!

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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.


Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement
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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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stryfox wrote:
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.


Thanks Stryfox. JP answered this one as he has the same model (in silver and gold no less) - its a press back.

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 Post subject: Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement
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Just glad to help, Patrick!
Here's a glance at my four Sea Kings, if it helps.


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 Post subject: Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement
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Nice collection!

Is it correct back is SS and bezel WGF?

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have you been successful at opening the case?

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 Post subject: Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement
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inatime wrote:
Nice collection!

Is it correct back is SS and bezel WGF?


Thank you! I've always considered the Sea Kings as one of my favorite models; it was one of the first handful of watches I bought when i started collecting.

I'm pretty sure the "white" model is just stainless, for the price they were selling in part, but also the way it looks. I have a '58 His Excellency that is white RGP, but I don't think any of these were gold filled that I know of. I'll be happy to double check when I'm back in my office.

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 Post subject: Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement
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JerseyMo wrote:
have you been successful at opening the case?


I've opened them before, but no picture on hand at the moment. Here's a web picture to show what it will look like, though:


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