Bulova 1965 Snorkel 666

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.406
Manufacture Year: 
1965
Movement Model: 
11ALACD
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
None
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
29 mm in diameter.
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Orange dial reads: "Bulova - Oceanographer - Automatic - Snorkel - 666 Feet - T Swiss T."  The "Bulova" name is raised, done with applied metallic coloured letters.

Movement is signed: "Bulova Watch Co. - 11ALACD - 17 Jewels Seventeen - Swiss - Unadjusted - BXW -  M5".

Cross-haired dial with magnified date window and "starfish" style hands. Screw-in caseback is signed "Bulova - Waterproof" with the figure skater motif.  Strap lug width is 18 mm.

All steel 35 mm diameter case (excluding the non-screw-down Bulova signed crown) with bi-directional, ratcheted dive time bezel. Original paint of the bezel indices possibly worn off. Inner side of case-back is signed "Stainless Steel - Swiss - MLB (inside a tombstone-shaped figure) - 386-1 - M5".

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1965 Bulova Oceanographer Snorkel diver. Steel case, orange dial, signed crown.
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JP
Posted March 14, 2014 - 7:29pm

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WOW, an orange Oceanographer. That's a rare one and sought after by many collectors.

Geoff Baker
Posted March 15, 2014 - 5:44am

Club 5000Panel Member

Great looking watch BulovaBlue. This one could be tricky. I'd say the case is a Snorkel. I don't think I ever seen a Snorkel though with anything other than black or white dial. I have seen Oceanographers of the 1970's with 'Snorkel' on the dial but I don't believe I've ever seen a 1960's Snorkel with 'Oceanographer' on the dial. 

I'm inclined to go with "Snorkel" for the ID on this beauty.

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BulovaBlueOcean...
Posted March 15, 2014 - 5:18pm

Thanks for your comments, JP and Geoff. I had no idea it was such a rare and unusual model. 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted March 16, 2014 - 3:37pm

Case reference # 386-1

http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1965-snorkel-666-6143

'SNORKEL' variant unknown.

 

mybulova_admin
Posted March 17, 2014 - 7:25am

Club 5000Panel Member

Bulova Snorkel will work for me in keeping some level of consistency. Love that orange dial. That's a keeper!!!

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BulovaBlueOcean...
Posted March 21, 2014 - 9:19pm

Thanks everyone for your valued input about this Bulova diver!

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William Smith
Posted July 18, 2017 - 3:42pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Do we have an add supporting orange dial for Snorkel?  I know there's adds stating available in black or white dial.

...or is this possibly one of those "Oceanographer" w/ Snorkel printed on dail.  I think we have some documentation for orange-dialed Oceanographer.

Geoff Baker
Posted July 19, 2017 - 5:39am

Club 5000Panel Member

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