Bulova 1965 Snorkel 666

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Model ID rating explained.
2.835
Manufacture Year: 
1965
Movement Model: 
11ALACD
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
N/A
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 
 

Here we have something that looks like a Snorkel, but is probably pre-Snorkel. No depth rating or anything. We will be re-bushing the rotor axle because as you can see, it is leaning and rubbing the top plate of the auto module. 

Case is by Maeder-Leschot, of Biel. 

EDIT:

The last picture is the restored watch with dial by International. All they did was apply the lume and it looks great!

 
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Reverend Rob 1965 Bulova 04 15 2015
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William Smith
Posted April 14, 2015 - 5:00pm

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I know we have dropdown choices for Case Manufacturer:  
but I don't remember if we were using "Bulova" if its stamped Bulova, even when another company made the case?  Seems like we would not, and the case manufacturer info is simply entered in the root record comments section like the good Rev has done.
 

Geoff Baker
Posted April 15, 2015 - 6:56am

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It's a Snorkel to me. Not 100% certain the dial is original but I like it. I keep telling myself I need one of these........one day maybe I will.

Snorkel.

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Reverend Rob
Posted April 15, 2015 - 12:58pm

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The hands have been re-lumed at some point, and the dial's white paint does not appear as white as it does in the photo, for some reason. Under magnification it appears to be high quality, like you would expect, so I don't think it's a re-dial. Fit in the case and on the movt seem original. When I get around to doing the CTR, I'll post some more in depth pics, but won't be for a while. 

plainsmen
Posted April 15, 2015 - 2:11pm

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I'm good with Snorkel

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bobbee
Posted April 15, 2015 - 4:34pm

+1.

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bobbee
Posted April 15, 2015 - 5:10pm

This is what the dials look like with the lume removed.

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Reverend Rob
Posted April 17, 2015 - 12:55pm

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It doesn't look like there was ever any lume here at all. I have the whole thing apart, and I'll post a pic of the dial tomorrow. 

update:

Having trouble posting again for some reason..

jabs
Posted April 16, 2015 - 3:10am

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Snorkel

Geoff Baker
Posted April 16, 2015 - 7:00am

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I published this as "Snorkel 666" because we do not have a plain "Snorkel" ID in the list of values. 

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Reverend Rob
Posted April 18, 2015 - 7:09pm

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Been looking at the other Snorkels, and I must say the lack of lume on here is odd, it is as if they didn't finish the dial, just did the outline stamp. I'm not sure I'm adroit enough to paint in the numbers with lume, maybe it'll be off to International.

A question though, for all the Snorkel owners out there:

Can anyone confirm that there is supposed to be a wire 8 sided spring inside the rotating bezel, and a spring loaded ball bearing? I'm seeing allowance for both, but they are missing on mine. I also might just convert this one to a screw down crown, it would make for a nice tight case, and whenever I do this, my service mark includes the word "mod" inside the case back.