Bulova, whose headquarters are in the world famous Empire State Building in New York, is owned by Citizen. Together they form the world’s largest watchmaker.
Introduced at Baselworld this year, the Bulova Sea King Deep Diver Limited Edition (Ref. 96B226) is powered by an automatic movement and is water resistant to a lung busting 1,000-meters. The watch is an imposing 50-mm housed in a titanium case.
The bezel features a locking mechanism at 9 o’clock, both the top and bottom pushers need to be operated simultaneously in order to move the middle piece and then set the bezel. This is to ensure the safety of the diver setting the dive time. Two and maybe more Bulova models were released in the 1980s equipped with bezel locking mechanisms, although they were simpler devices. These were the Sea Hunter, with its second fixating crown; and the Snorkel, with a red pusher similar to the one found on the Omega Ploprof. An integrated Helium release valve is located at 2 o’clock.
The watch runs on a modified automatic Miyota 8215 movement (a movement owned and developed by Citizen). Other watches in the Sea King series run on UHF (Ultra High Frequency) movements from Bulova that use a three pronged quartz crystal and has an incredible frequency of 262khz, capable of an accuracy rating of +/- 30 seconds per year.
This, and other watches in the Bulova Sea King series are available online at trusty Watchuseek sponsor Arizona Fine Time. The Sea King Limited Edition retails at $1,196,representing a saving of just over $398 on the recommended retail price.
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