Bulova 'Snorkel' 666 Feet Self-Winding Diver circa 1967

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Brand: Bulova

Model: "Snorkel" 666 Feet Self-Winding Automatic Diver; Swiss Made circa 1967 (M7 date code)

Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 35mm excluding the original Bulova signed crown

Strap: New 18mm limited edition watchsteez black nylon NATO strap with polished stainless steel hardware

Movement: Bulova cal. 11 ALACD self-winding automatic movement with date (17 jewels); Swiss Made; M7 date code = 1967

Features: Stunning original gloss black dial with applied Bulova logo and creamy Tritium patina; original Tritium handset; original rotating dive bezel displays elapsed time during dives; original domed acrylic crystal with internal date magnifier

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with only minor wear from age and use; solid stainless steel case is thick and sharp and appears to be unpolished (or very close to it); perfect original gloss black dial with fantastic Tritium patina; a few superficial scratches on the original domed acrylic crystal

Other: This is a fantastic example of a later Bulova 666 Feet Self-Winding Automatic Diver sans "SNORKEL" printed anywhere on the dial. Bulova officially re-introduced the SNORKEL in 1968, but it was an entirely new model with an updated "turtle" case, a black and red acrylic bezel, and a different movement. To presumably avoid confusion, that model became the OCEANOGRAPHER SNORKEL in 1970. While that model is also super cool, we much prefer the classic look and size of this superb example from 1967. You get a solid stainless steel diver's watch with a date, a workhorse movement, and a rotating dive bezel for only a small fraction of the price of other popular dive watches from that era (i.e. the Rolex Submariner). We like to think of this particular model as a cross between a 1680 Submariner and a 1016 Explorer (with glossy dial of course). Read more about this 666 Devil Diver in an early HODINKEE blog post archived here.

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