Bulova 1969 Oceanographer

Submitted by pato242 on July 20, 2012 - 6:57am
Manufacture Year
Movement Model
Movement Jewels
Case Serial No.
J 42492
Case shape
Additional Information

this is a  photo of my new 666 , I think it is a keeper , I have only just started collecting watches  and have about 17 of all sorts,  and was very pleased to get this . ps sweet site it helped me heaps ! thanks to all . just have to find more now lol,

Hi all Here is a updated 666,   With a matching band ?? Image 4 - 5

New old stock ,  Looks much Better   07/12/12

Onya's Pat

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Posted July 20, 2012 - 7:18am

Sweet find, in gorgeous condition. We will need more info and pics of the inside and caseback if poss.

(for movement I.D.)

Posted July 20, 2012 - 8:44am

We have the Snorkel 666 as a model ID in the list so for now I'll tag this watch accordingly unless someone has another suggestion.

Geoff Baker
Posted July 20, 2012 - 9:59am

My question - to the panel. Is 'Snorkel / 666' a sub classification to "Oceanographer" or vice versa? I personally believe the former. I thinks there was, in the early 60's a watch called "Snorkel" but this is much later.

Either way it is a very nice example, glad you're onboard pato.

Posted July 20, 2012 - 1:49pm

Pato242, nice watch.

I wonder if you could correct the Movement Model to 11BLACD? And, are both the case back and movement stamped M9? Thanks.


Posted July 21, 2012 - 12:51am

Hi DarHin

Thank you for making me aware of the Movement model ,( i have corrected it ) also i just removed the back for the first time , Very nice looks even better in the real , had a look and yes both r marked M9 so i am thinking this is a  good thing ?? as i said i am new to this and have a few nice ones but this is the best so far! 

Thankx Pato

Posted July 21, 2012 - 8:40pm

Pato, if the date code on the movement is no more than 2 years older or 1 year newer than the case date code then more likely than not that it is the original movement. Thanks.


William Smith
Posted June 26, 2014 - 12:20pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…


Based on that ad above, subject watch case is similar to "Ocenaographer" variant "M".

For this series, I think terms like "Snorkel" are names given to subset of variant letters of Oceanographers.  The "M" variant is unique to the ad you link above.  Snorkel is used for several variants in the series, but not all variants.  
Snorkel term is a subset of Oceanographer's.  Variant "M" is both a subset of "Snorkel" and subset of "Oceanographer".    

Now what do we do?  As long as we are consistant across the board, and use some ad-based reasoning, we are good until more ads/info surface.