Bulova Oceanographer Snorkel 'Devil Diver'

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Electric
43 MM
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SKU AS06383
Article Number 40990879
case size 43 MM
movement Electric
approximate age 1960s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Vintage
bracelet Rubber
lug width 18 MM
Includes Includes perforated black rubber strap with cross-hatched pattern and stainless steel pin buckle.
overall condition The case is in very good condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Matte black 'crosshair' Tritium dial with applied 'crystal' indices is in excellent condition, showing even patina across luminous elements with matching handset. Signed crown.
Electric
43 MM
– Show less
SKU AS06383
Article Number 40990879
case size 43 MM
movement Electric
approximate age 1960s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Vintage
bracelet Rubber
lug width 18 MM
Includes Includes perforated black rubber strap with cross-hatched pattern and stainless steel pin buckle.
overall condition The case is in very good condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Matte black 'crosshair' Tritium dial with applied 'crystal' indices is in excellent condition, showing even patina across luminous elements with matching handset. Signed crown.

Why We Love it

When we think of watches from the 1970's one thing comes to mind: 

Funky case shapes!

Brands from all over the world experimented with obtuse, asymmetric, and innovative case designs around this time for both sport and dress watches alike. 

Bulova was one such brand. Thriving in the 1960s-1970s, the American company had a seemingly endless catalog of funky sports watches, particularly in the dive and chronograph categories. Divers featuring a "666 Feet" depth reading on the dial have colloquially become known as 'Devil Divers' and have developed a cult-following. 

This particular piece, a Oceanographer Snorkel - known as a Devil Diver, dates to circa 1969 and features a 43mm stainless steel cushion case with an acrylic crystal, a signed crown, a screw-down caseback, a red and black dive bezel, a matte black crosshair Tritium dial with applied 'crystal' indices, and an automatic movement within. Paired to a perforated black rubber strap with an unsigned pin buckle, it remains in very good condition throughout - clearly spared of the normal abuse that watches like these were subjected to in the ear it was birthed.

With all of these fine details, features and designs, it is easy to see why these 'Devil Divers' are quickly developing a cult following. Whether you're a seasoned collector or just getting started, it's hard to go wrong with a stylish, automatic-winding dive watch such as this - and from a good strong brand like Bulova.

Brand Story

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The story of Bulova is deeply entwined with American manufacturing. Its founder, a Czech immigrant named Joseph Bulova, was inspired by the advances that Ford made in his factory in Highland Park, Michigan. In 1912, Bulova built a factory in Biel, Switzerland, using Ford’s principles of mass production.
The brand was among the first to offer a wide range of wristwatches for men, with a distinctive visual style that — thanks to its innovative adoption of advertising and a relocation to Astoria, Queens — became fixed in the American imagination. Bulova took over offices in a skyscraper on 5th Avenue in Manhattan and installed an observatory on the roof in order to measure universal time. In the workshop down below, watchmakers timed the watches they were working on against readings taken in the observatory.
The watches that Bulova produced were varied, from handsome three-handers to divers and even chronographs. Bulova produced its first chronographs in the 1940s — single-button affairs with screw-on bezels. Throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70's, Bulova honed its mastery of such watches.

However, perhaps the brand’s single most important innovation was 1960’s Accutron, a timepiece that used an electric tuning fork in place of a traditional balance wheel. Following on the heels of the Hamilton Electric of 1957, the Accutron featured a guaranteed accuracy of two seconds per day — much better accuracy than that of a contemporary mechanical watch. (The Accutron line was later spun off and relaunched as its own brand in 2020.)

In 1971 a Bulova chronograph accompanied the crew of Apollo 15 into space. When the crystal on astronaut David Scott’s Speedmaster popped off, he strapped on his Bulova, making it the only privately worn watch to ever have been worn on the Moon. (It was subsequently auctioned off for more than $1.625M.)

Currently owned by Citizen Group and headquartered in New York City, Bulova continues to make watches inspired by its long American heritage.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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