The Oceanographer 666ft devil diver is a popular model, but not always easy to find. This is the third one we have be able to offer.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
From the serial number on the case back we can accurately date this watch to being made in 1978.
This is the third 1978 Oceanographer we have had, and part of the appeal is the size. Smaller than most divers watches that feel huge to those of us used to wearing vintage watches, it is a comfortable wear. The dial has a little of the Royal Oak about it, but it is not raised squares like the Royal Oak, The dial on this example has faded from deep black to a very dark grey, probably unnoticeable unless you had another example to compare directly to. The hands and hour plots are filled with Tritium, and although the hands barely glow any more the lume plots still do. The stainless steel case is in good shape, and unlike the other examples we have owned this one still has the bezel that can be turned in either direction. This feature would have been used if the watch was actually taken to the limit when new of 666ft. It is the 666ft writing on the dial which is why a lot of Bulova water resistant watches were known as devil divers. This Oceanographer has the correct bracelet and it is a good length. It has been cleaned in out ultrasonic bath, as has the original clasp. Also original is the signed crown, and it is nice to see the pusher at 4 working too – this is a feature that Bulova used in the early quartz watches and it can hack or stop the seconds hand for extra accuracy. This feature is rarely if ever used, so often then pusher has seized, but not in this example. The movement is Bulova’s own, and the day wheel is in French and English. A new battery will be fitted before this watch is sent out to you.
This watch will be supplied with our branded watch box and our Certificate of Authenticity.
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Width with crown 38.9 mm
Width without crown 36.5 mm
Between lugs 20 mm
Lug to lug length 40.1 mm
Case Thickness 11.7 mm
Bracelet will fit a maximum wrist size of 188 mm
All sizes are approximate.
Included with this watch is a 3 month guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses. If you live outside the UK we can still deliver to most countries. Please see our Worldwide Shipping information, or Contact Us. Payment can be made by most credit or debit cards, bank transfer or PayPal.
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