Bulova 1968 Snorkel 666 "H"

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Model ID rating explained.
3
Variant: 
H
Manufacture Year: 
1968
Movement Model: 
11BLACD
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
386-3 M8
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
386-1 AWD
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1968 Bulova Snorkel "H" # 11406:

Stainless Steel Case with  diver's "ET" ring around the dial, Stainless Steel Back, & "Block & Ball" Link Bracelet made by J B Champion USA for Bulova. The dial is black with white minute indices & script ( SNORKEL, 666 FEET, AUTOMATIC, & SWISS) on it. The BULOVA script is in white gold. It has green luminous hands & numbers (6, 9, & 12) & hour indices with a magnified date window at the 3 o'clock position with white backround/black date numerals under it.

I purchased this new in March of 1969 at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. when I was there in the service. I wore this through basic training and throughout my time in the service. Over the last 47 years the only thing I have ever done to it was to have it cleaned, serviced, and a new crystal installed on it 23 years ago. I quit wearing it daily about 30 years ago and began wearing my Rolex DateJust instead. I still believe the old Snorkel is one of the toughest, most reliable, and good looking wrist- watches ever built! I store it in it's original box with it's receipt, hang tag, and a magazine ad for it that drove me into buying it back then! I take it out from time to time..wind it up and wear it for the day....It still keeps perfect time!

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Reverend Rob
Posted December 23, 2015 - 10:22pm

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Snorkel, H. That was easy.

Geoff Baker
Posted December 24, 2015 - 9:28am

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Dang, this is a totally cool watch higeye, looks like you bought a couple of the good ones back in the 60's. This is another of the iconic Bulovas from the era. I would really appreciate a close up of the hang tag if you could take one. I think it's amazing that you bought these two watches and held them in near new condition all these years, as a collector it makes me a bit......jealous.

Snorkel H, a thing of beauty!

higeye
Posted December 24, 2015 - 10:16am

Geoff Baker, Go to the link:   https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipMJFl9tEzYrLkD5KXC-wHqmGEily2d5cNPNUDOi

I zoomed in on the hangtag so that you could see it better....This is the only way I know to send it to you!

mybulova_admin
Posted December 25, 2015 - 2:05am

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Access denied also on this link.

mybulova_admin
Posted December 25, 2015 - 2:11am

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The Snorkel "F" as advertised in the above advert sold for $89.95, so I'm wondering what the "H" variant offered that was different at $95.

higeye
Posted December 25, 2015 - 12:19pm

[quote=mybulova_admin]

The Snorkel "F" as advertised in the above advert sold for $89.95, so I'm wondering what the "H" variant offered that was different at $95.

The only difference that I can see is that my "ET" ring has a luminous round dot at 12 o'clock position...the 1 in my ad has a black triangle digit to match the other indices without luminous  insert. I have a 2-tone 18K Rolex Submariner that has a similiar luminous dot in the same position as my old Snorkel "H" (to me that's the way a diver's watch should be...By the way, I am a scuba diver)!

The other difference that I see is the dial script positions:  Both dials have Bulova in white gold applied script on the dials, same hands, same luminous digits & indicies.....But on my Snorkel "H" under Bulova it has SNORKEL in white script. Below the hands it has 666 FEET in white script...then below that it has AUTOMATIC in white script. At the bottom (below the 6) my Snorkel "H" has  T  SWISS  T in white script also. These are the only differences that I can see....but....I can't see where this would make a price difference!  When I bought this at Fort Leonard Wood Post Exchange I received my active military discount....My price was $61.00 so the advertised price of $95 didn't really matter back then. I just wish that I would have bought a lot more watches back when I was in the ARMY!!!

higeye
Posted December 25, 2015 - 12:26pm

I privately sent better pictures of my Snorkel to Geoff Baker because he offered to post them for me since I was having problems posting them.....They will show more detail of what I stated above....Hope this helps!

 

Geoff Baker
Posted December 25, 2015 - 5:30pm

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JP
Posted December 26, 2015 - 7:12pm

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Snorkel "H"