Oceanographer

Bulova 1971 Oceanographer

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1971
Movement Model: 
11BLACD
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
J11797
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Approximately 30 mm across in diameter.
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Case is 35 mm in diameter excluding signed Bulova crown. Caseback has Bulova date code "N1". Dial is dark navy blue and signed "Bulova - Oceanographer - Automatic - 333 Feet  T Swiss T. Movement marked "NO" on rotor and has "63" on baseplate. Fluted 10 Karat White Gold Bezel Ring.

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1971 Bulova Oceanographer  Navy blue dial, all steel case, 10K white gold bezel.
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Bulova watch

Bulova 1970 Oceanographer

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1970
Movement Model: 
11alacd
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
none seen
Case Serial No.: 
j10563
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Gs Divers type
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Hey all, heres another of my Bulova's,

This one was a labor of love for me. And also sort of a milestone. I started learning watch making about 2 years ago , i had hurt my back and neck badly , and i retired medically . So i needed a realistic hobby. I always loved watches, always had more than 3 my whole life.

My first big milestone was rebuilding a Seiko automatic, which i did about 2 years back with a Seiko 7002 divers watch.

This Bulova Oceanographer was pretty bad off when i got it. I won a local estate auction of a watch maker.It was one single box full of "dead watches". I rescued quite a few of the watches in that box, sold many others. I pretty much trippled the money i bought the box for with in a month or so, plus i added a few great watches to my own collection.

The bulova had seen better days. The crystal was cracked. The case was scratched , dinged and pitted. The crown was missing. The hands were rusted to the dial. Apparently , the watch was in water when the crown broke off. Internally the watch's keyless works were rusted and fused together.

So when i started work , i didnt have too much hope for the watch beyond the nice solid gold 14kt bezel being harvested for gold scrap. After starting to take apart the watch, i removed the rusty hands, and lo and behold, the movement started to run ! That was enough for me to try real hard to bring the watch back to some of its glory  it had when it was made.

It took about a year. I didnt have a spare movement to replace all the rusted parts at the time, so it sat dis assembled .I moved on to other projects. And after that year went by i learned more about watches. I also bought another watch estate locally. This one had a few bulova's in it, and one was a match to the Oceanographer movment, a 11alacd.

The milestone i passed was i rebuilt the watch movement from a tray of mixed pieces , with out instructions.  The movements were identical. 

I also filed , sanded , and buffed out the nice stainless case until it looked almost new.The watch came to me with out the original 2 tone jubilee bracelet , so i had to raid my collection of saved watch bracelet pieces , and i put one good bracelet together from numerous pieces . I made the finish of the bracelet match the polish of the bulova's case. i also replaced the crown with a matching gold plated diver type.

The dial on the bulova was a total loss. The hands rusted to the dial , making nasty brown splotches all over it. And much of the water slide decals that had the lettering and indices on it melted off when it was exposed to water  all that time ago. Of course, there were no Oceanographer dials to be found online. So i had to get clever . I stripped the dial to bare metal gently , and used gold plaquing dust to gold leaf the dial. Its a sterile model,  but it looks ok . I even filled the indices with black paint. And i relumed the hands. 

Sorry its not all original , But the darn thing wanted so bad to run. 

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crotchhasteeth 1970 oceanographer 01 09 2014
1970 Bulova watch
1970 Bulova watch

Bulova 1974 Oceanographer

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1974
Movement Model: 
UNK
Movement Jewels: 
Unknown
Case Serial No.: 
3-688659
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
30.15 Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1974 Bulova Oceanographer in NOS drop dead gorgeous condition. Blue and white rotating bezel is perfect, not a scratch anywhere on this beauty. Back is only marked with 'Bulova', the s/n and "Stainless Steel 666 Feet. Original matching all stainless bracelet also marked 'Bulova'.  Dial is marked Bulova Snorkel - Automatic 666 Feet. Not sure if the numbers on the back tag have any meaning.

Added 4/24/2013

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1974 Bulova Ocenographer Snorkel Geoffrey Baker 4/24/2013
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Bulova Watch

Bulova 1971 Oceanographer

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
V
Manufacture Year: 
1971
Movement Model: 
UNK
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
UNK
Case Serial No.: 
226679
Case shape: 
Oval
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1971 Bulova Oceanographer V "Snorkel" with iconic orange dial. All stainless case with black/grey turning bezel mounted on a coffin link deployment bracelet. Dial has all the markings, Automatic, Snorkel and 666 Feet. I have been hunting this model for several years and finally found this amazing example in fabulous condition. Fast becoming my new favorite daily driver (NO Jerin, you can NOT have my Chrono C). Well worth the wait!

Added 3/5/2013

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1971 Bulova Oceanographer V Snorkel Geoffrey Baker 03 05 2013
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Bulova Watch

Bulova 1975 Oceanographer

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1975
Movement Model: 
unk
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
T128623
Case shape: 
Round
Crystal Details: 
Plasiic
Gender: 
Mens
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Bulova watch
Bulova watch

Bulova 1970 Oceanographer

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1970
Movement Model: 
11blacd
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
1-986700
Case shape: 
Other
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

My $10 find..that put me in the poor house to repair..Time is $$$$..lol. No Conforming Bully  here..But flying saucer big.. N0  Oceanographer Snorkel Automatic 666ft. 

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Bulova watch
Bulova watch

Bulova 1970 Oceanographer

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1970
Movement Model: 
000
Movement Jewels: 
7
Case Serial No.: 
000000
Case shape: 
Oval
Additional Information: 

Pretty nice automatic... runs well.

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1970 Bulova Oceanographer
Bulova watch
Bulova watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1973 Oceanographer

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
T
Manufacture Year: 
1973
Movement Model: 
Unknown
Case Serial No.: 
F456067
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

NEW OLD STOCK Bulova Oceanographer "T" with original hang tag and period display case. Strap is marked Accutron and has logo on buckle. Dial marked 333 Feet

Added 6/27/2011

Photos Updated 11/29/2013

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Geoffrey Baker 1973 Bulova Oceanographer 333 Watch 11 29 2013
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Bulova watch
Bulova Watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1973 Oceanographer

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1973
Movement Model: 
UNK
Case Serial No.: 
448363
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

New Old Stock Oceanographer in original display case and storage box, also has original tropical strap. Case is stainless but is missing bezel ring (yes, I'm buying if anyone has one!!). Dial is marked 666 feet. Hang tag includes model # 11641W.

Added 3/14/2011

Photos Updated 12/04/2013

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Geoffrey Baker 1973 Bulova Oceanographer Watch 12 04 2013
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Bulova watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1970 Oceanographer

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
N
Manufacture Year: 
1970
Movement Model: 
Unk
Movement Jewels: 
21
Case Serial No.: 
H609129
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

New Old Stock in original display case and storage box. Has original Duchess bracelet. Dial marked 333 feet.

Added 3/12/2011

Photos Updated 11/21/2013

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Geoffrey Baker 1970 Bulova Oceanographer Watch 11 21 213
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