Bulova 1967 Snorkel

Submitted by JimDon5822 on July 29, 2020 - 2:40pm
G
Manufacture Year
1967
Movement Model
11ALACD
Movement Jewels
17
Case Serial No.
386-4
Case shape
Round
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Crystal Details
Domed acrylic with date magnifier
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

Unbelievable score for a lot of watches for $25.   I almost fainted when I saw the Bulova Snorkel with the original bracelet.   This is a 1967 Bulova Snorkel "G" in stainless steel with a white/silver dial and luted hour markers.  The movement is an 11ALACD with an M7 date code.  The inside of the case back also has an M7 along with a 386-4 number but I could not final any serial number on this watch.  The bezel does not rotate and is in need or black enamel.  Runs great and is super clean overall.  An the original bracelet to boot.   I wanted one of these "Devil Divers"  for some time and can't believe my luck.  I also got another diver, Seiko and Waltham from the lot too.  Great watch.  

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JimDon5822
Posted July 29, 2020 - 2:47pm

SNORKEL G

JimDon5822
Posted July 30, 2020 - 6:22am

Finished re-enameling the bezel and put lume in the 12 position.  Matches the lume on the dial fairly close. Looks much better now.  For those interested just black enamel spray paint and a fine paint brush did the trick.  The lume is from a Lume kit sold on ebay which includes tint also.   You get enough to do 1000 watches.  

Snorkel

neetstuf-4-u
Posted July 30, 2020 - 8:15am

Nice snag, and well done! If you are confident it's still waterproof; what I do with divers is wear it in a hot shower and work at getting the bezel to rotate. Sometimes, the heat and moisture will soften the crud underneath enough to allow the ring to move and clean itself out enough to function. Just make sure to only turn it in the direction it's supposed to go if it isn't bi-directional.

1967 Snorkel "G"

JimDon5822
Posted July 30, 2020 - 10:01am

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

Well I took off the bezel and it was caked with dna.  Also some surface rust which is surprising for a stainless case.  I cleaned it up and it was working but extremely hard then it gave way. Turns out the click ball got jammed in the tube.  I could get it undone so I put a gasket in there to give a little tension to the bezel and it seems to be doing the job.  Not sure what options there are to free up a click ball but probably no worth my time. 

Geoff Baker
Posted July 31, 2020 - 7:08pm

Cool snag Jim, congrats! 1967 Bulova Snorkel G

Andersok
Posted August 1, 2020 - 5:13am

Nice find, Snorkel 'G'