Bulova 1967 Snorkel 666 "F"

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.67
Variant: 
F
Manufacture Year: 
1967
Movement Symbol: 
Shield
Movement Model: 
11ALACD
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
386-4
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Can anyone help with identifying this one? Has "Bulova self wind" above and "waterproof 666 feet" below.

hard to see as the crystal is badly scratched. 

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jabs
Posted June 12, 2016 - 5:32am

Panel Member

Your watch is "Snorkel 666" like as this another one

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may be "F" variant

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art vandeco
Posted June 12, 2016 - 8:29pm

thank you jabs. the link you provided is definately the exact same watch as mine.

Geoff Baker
Posted June 12, 2016 - 6:07am

Club 5000Panel Member

Nice watch Art, I always liked the 60's Snorkels, not sure why I never got around to adding one to the collection. 

I think Jarolslav  has it right with the Snorkel "F" ID.

JP
Posted June 12, 2016 - 8:29am

Panel Member

Ditto

Andersok
Posted June 12, 2016 - 3:53pm

Panel Member

There appears to be an 'H' variant that is very similar, as seen here and in this portion of a 1968 Bulova Annual Report:

Not real sure the difference between the 'F' and the 'H', they look rather identical other than perhaps the 'F' rotating ring has grooves where the 'H' is more smooth. I'm going with the 'H' variant.

art vandeco
Posted June 12, 2016 - 8:24pm

thank you for posting these pictures andersok. my watch looks identical except for the dial. Under bulova is "selfwinding"  then "waterproof 666 feet". no mention of the snorkel name.

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William Smith
Posted July 18, 2017 - 3:10pm

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In that black and white "F" add there appeared to be "grooved outer ring" , but both 1965 watch records using that add for support do not have those groves line in add.  
With a nice clean picture as in the "H" add above, we can see no groves.  Perhaps the grooves in "F" add are artist rendering to show some kind of shading vs groves?

art vandeco
Posted June 12, 2016 - 5:20pm

thank you for all the responses to this watch. it was an easy ID in the end. i am amazed at the knowledge on display here. 

yes, snorkel variant H. i notice some have a triangle marker above the "12" and some, like mine have a circle marker. Is the grooved bezel able to be rotated? mine seems unable to do so. also mine seems to have the original bracelet but the clasp is unmarked is this correct? (aside from the "champion" engraving)

$95.00 seems like a high price back in 1968

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Reverend Rob
Posted June 13, 2016 - 12:00am

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Adjusted for inflation, $95.00 is $650.00 in today's money. $95 was a fair chunk of money in '68, mainly because the wages have not kept up with inflation. A trusted source tells me his BlancPain 50 Fathom dive watch which he purchased in 1968, was the same price as this Bulova Snorkel. The Bulova Snorkel series is around $500 today, while the BlancPain FF is about $9000.00. 

 

Crux
Posted January 29, 2017 - 11:41am

Hi I have the same watch! Sadly, my bezel spring or click mechanism seems to be missing so i'm looking for a replacement or at least some way to fabricate it. If its not too much trouble could you show me what your bezel spring looks like?