I found this brand new watch and I was hoping I could get some information about it. I didn't want to open it or take the stickers off. I would like to have it professionally serviced- do you have any Bulova expert recommendations?
I don’t know the right year..I don’t know nothing about this watch. Tanks if someone help me!
Hello, I just purchased this 1968 Bulova Snorkel off of eBay on 2021-01-21. When I was growing up as a kid, a family member had this watch. I always loved the look of it and now, fifty years later I own one. This Snorkel model is not in perfect shape, far from it. I actually like the look of the distressed dial and all its imperfections along with the patina. I know the bracelet is not the original style bracelet for the watch. The crown is not correct, and the crystal needs to be replaced. I have been doing some research on the watch and it’s hard to find the parts diagrams or schematics for the case 386-4 M8 and movement model 11ALACD M5 for purchasing parts needed. I want to purchase the correct crystal and crown. When I get the watch serviced, I will have them replace the crystal and correct crown on the watch.
I know there are more than a few experts here on this forum. I would love some of your expertise opinions and knowledge to get this watch back to a stock watch. The things I 100% know about the watch are stated above. If anyone can help me find or direct me to the case and movement parts number catalog, schematics, or diagrams for the watch that would be very helpful!
I did some research here on MyBulova.com and the net. I think these following things might be correct but could be wrong? The catalog reference number is 11405-8W and it’s a “Snorkel G”. The replacement crystal number is 386-3AWD or maybe a 386-1AWD, I don’t know? Crown is a 386-3W.
I do know the bracelet is not the original bracelet that was stock when it was purchased. I am looking for the original bracelet that was on the watch when it was sold in 68. I think it was made by JB Champion. Would anyone know the bracelet name or product code? I have seen the Bulova catalog photos but no numbers for the bracelet are on it.
Thank you for looking and thanks in advance for any help!
I will slowly add more of my quite extensive vintage Bulova from my collection to the "my watches" page.
This is a 1962 (M2 on the case back and on the caliber) Diver that I love particularly, I believe it's the diver “Single crown compressor”, I found several on the web, sometimes is mentioned as the "Nautilus Skin Diver" ?.. could it be ?
It uses a Caliber Bulova 11AFC (on the caliber there is export code BXW)
the size is 36mm without the crown, 39mm with crown
Height : 13mm
Lug width 18mm
Crown : Bulova marked
marked "Swiss" at 6 o' clock
Thanks in advance for your comments
A recent addition to my small Bulova collection. I believe all orginal except crystal which I think should have a magnifier. If anyone can help me source a correct one it would be really appreciated. Has Bulova bracelet - not sure if this correct as not seen one on another but it seems to be in period. Lume on dial is still working but dead on hands and there is some lume loss there. Keeping excellent time. A birthday present to myself!
After looking through the information on this site, I'm after clarification.
The movement 11ALACD dates it to 1967 F?
Case Number 386 M6 to 1963, i think but the Bulova print on the face does not seem to match a 1963. Or the Bezel.
I'm assuming the strap is not an original Snorkel.
Unbelievable score for a lot of watches for $25. I almost fainted when I saw the Bulova Snorkel with the original bracelet. This is a 1967 Bulova Snorkel "G" in stainless steel with a white/silver dial and luted hour markers. The movement is an 11ALACD with an M7 date code. The inside of the case back also has an M7 along with a 386-4 number but I could not final any serial number on this watch. The bezel does not rotate and is in need or black enamel. Runs great and is super clean overall. An the original bracelet to boot. I wanted one of these "Devil Divers" for some time and can't believe my luck. I also got another diver, Seiko and Waltham from the lot too. Great watch.
Bulova Snorkel 666 Feet 35mm ca. 1960 decade.
What I believe I have here is a 1968 Snorkel, however it does not say "Snorkel" on the dial. Everything else points to a Snorkel, but I am unsure of the variation. Date code definitely puts it at 1968.
Some Snorkels have "Selfwinding" on the dial and mine has "Automatic".
Was Bulova inconsistent with what was put on the dials or do these slight variations appear at certain times in the manufacturing run?
This has a tropical dial, creamy lume that still glows, "ballerina" case back. I picked it up yesterday and have been wearing it ever since. It's keeping great time.
1967 Bulova Snorkel " J "
Bulova Watch Co.
Case ref#: - 608
Crystal ref#: - 608AW
Crown ref#: - 342W
Black with tritium luminous markers: .... ref# - 11403W ...... [ Snorkel " J " model ]
Silver with tritium luminous markers: ... ref# - 11404W ..... [ Snorkel " K " model ]
Bezel ref# - B152
Bezel Spring ref#: - BS152
Mvmnt: 11ALAC 17 jewel automatic