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Model: Oceanographer "M" Snorkel 666 Feet Diver Automatic Date ("Ghost" Bezel); Swiss Made; M9 date code = 1969
Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 39mm excluding the original signed "BULOVA" winding crown
Bracelet: 19mm vintage-style stainless steel mesh bracelet (adjustable size via sliding clasp)
Movement: Bulova cal. 11 BLACD self-winding automatic movement (17 jewels) with date at 3 o'clock; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made
Features: Stunning original blue "crosshair" dial with applied Bulova logo, metallic silver minute track, and great lume; original handset with matching patina; original rotating acrylic "Pepsi" bezel displays elapsed time (i.e. during dives) and the blue section has faded to a wonderful "ghost" grey hue; unpolished 39mm stainless steel case; original acrylic crystal with internal date magnifier at 3 o'clock; original white date wheel with red numerals; rare Oceanographer variant produced for only one year (1969)
Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; 39mm solid stainless steel case appears to be completely unpolished with razor-sharp edges and bevels; crisp caseback remains clearly legible with a few light toolmarks; incredible original metallic blue dial with attractive yellow patina to the Tritium luminous elements; excellent original Tritium handset with all luminous material in tact and matching; beautiful original rotating acrylic "ghost" bezel exhibits minor wear and no cracks; clean original acrylic crystal with internal date magnifier
Other: "Should you own a watch that can go places you can't? The Bulova Oceanographer "M" will run at 666 feet under the sea. And at Himalayan altitudes. And beyond." What a great advertisement from Bulova! This rare Oceanographer Snorkel variation was only produced for one year (1969), making it all the more desirable. Check out the deep blue dial with metallic silver minute track and matching yellow lume throughout. We love how the blue section on the acrylic diver bezel has faded to a pleasing "ghost" grey hue, but the red section has remained bright and vibrant and matches the red numerals on the original date wheel. Speaking of the date wheel, it is interesting to note that the original advertisement for the watch shows black numerals, a subtle detail that Bulova changed before going into production. The correct original date wheel should always be white with red numerals.