Bulova Deep Sea Chronograph ref. 31001 (Blue Dial) circa 1971


Brand: Bulova

Model: Deep Sea Chronograph 666 Feet Diver ref. 31001 (Blue Dial w/ Blue "Ghost" Bezel); Swiss Made; N1 date code = 1971

Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 38mm excluding the original signed "BULOVA" winding crown

Strap: 20mm G.L.C. blue suede strap with white stitching and stainless steel tang buckle; handmade in Rome, Italy

Movement: Bulova cal. 14 EB (Valjoux cal. 7733) manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels); Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original matte blue dial with white sub-registers and very attractive yellow Tritium lume plots; original handset with matching yellow Tritium lume; 30-minute chronograph recording capability; original rotating blue "ghost" bezel displays elapsed time (i.e. during dives); oversized stainless steel case with original acrylic "super-dome" crystal

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; solid stainless steel case remains thick and sharp; crisp caseback remains clearly legible with a few minor toolmarks; original blue rotating diver bezel has lightly faded to a cool "ghost" hue; incredible original matte blue dial with all Tritium lume plots present and aged to a pleasing yellow hue (lume plot at 3 o'clock is partially bruised); original hands with all luminous material in tact and matching; clean original domed acrylic crystal exhibits some minimal wear on the outer edges

Other: Vintage Bulova Deep Sea Chronograph models have been consistently rising in value and popularity in recent years (and for obvious reasons). Simply put, it's hard to beat a super cool, high-quality vintage chronograph like this for the money. The lightly-faded "ghost" bezel on this example is particularly special and compliments the matte blue dial perfectly. The textured dial actually reminds us of some nicely-worn vintage denim. The acrylic super-dome crystal screams vintage and at 38mm, this watch wears extremely well on the wrist!

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