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Model: Oceanographer "B" Super Waterproof Automatic Date (rare black dial variation); Swiss Made; M8 date code = 1968
Case: Solid stainless steel "waterproof" case with screw-down back and "fluted" bezel is approximately 36.5mm excluding the original signed Bulova winding crown
Bracelet: Rare original vintage 19mm JB Champion solid stainless steel linked bracelet (full length) with fold-over clasp and removable links
Movement: Bulova cal. 11 BLACD self-winding automatic movement (17 jewels) with date display at 3 o'clock; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made; M8 date code = 1968
Features: Stunning original matte black dial with rare "SUPER WATERPROOF" text and fantastic yellow Tritium patina on the hour markers; original handset with matching yellow Tritium patina; stainless steel "waterproof" case with great proportions and original fluted bezel; original domed acrylic crystal with internal date magnifier; rare original JB Champion stainless steel linked bracelet
Condition: Incredible original condition overall with only light signs of wear consistent with age; solid stainless steel case is razor sharp and appears to be completely unpolished with the original finishes throughout; crisp caseback with all printing defined/clearly legible and a few very minor toolmarks; gorgeous original matte black dial with fantastic yellow patina on the hour markers; matching original Tritium handset with all luminous material present and in tact; original JB Champion bracelet is in superb condition overall
Other: Looking for a more affordable substitution for a vintage Rolex Datejust? This museum-grade Bulova Oceanographer "B" is a perfect alternative - And it's even cooler... While seemingly everyone has a Datejust, you'll probably never run into anyone else wearing one of these, especially in this condition and with its original JB Champion bracelet. "This big, bold watch makes you feel every inch an aquanaut, even if you just wear it to the office every day." This one is special in part because it is the finest example that we've ever seen. Furthermore, it just so happens to be an extremely early example circa 1968 (the vast majority were produced in 1969). The first examples of the Oceanographer featured "SUPER WATERPROOF" text on the dial, a subtle but important detail. Bulova removed that line of text on later examples. With a fluted bezel and nearly identical case dimensions as a Rolex Datejust, it wears incredibly well for only a fraction of the price. It should come as no surprise that this is one of the best vintage Bulova wristwatches that we've ever the privilege of offering.