Bulova 1973 Snorkel 666

7/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
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Case Serial No.: 
1 614655
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Crystal Details: 
Bulova 7472AW
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Brush finish Stainless Steel Case measures 44mm x 39.5mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Black Dial shows Orange translucent and reflective Hour markers, Bulova signature, Automatic, 666 Feet insignias and Tachymeter type track are printed in White. A Day / Date window appears at the 3 O'clock position.

Hour and Minute Hands are White Baton (?) style filled Orange, sweep Center Seconds Hand is White.

Bi-directionally rotating Stainless Steel Bezel.

Stainless Steel screw down Crown, signed.

Screw fit Caseback is stamped as shown.


restored June 2013.


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FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted June 6, 2013 - 9:47am

Welp, it's certainly not a 'GOLDEN CLIPPER' that's for sure.

Posted June 6, 2013 - 11:55am

I have the orange lume and can relume them for you.

I vote 73 Oceanographer.


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Posted June 7, 2013 - 12:34pm


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alien Ant
Posted June 7, 2013 - 4:02pm

Cool band choice.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted June 8, 2013 - 8:52am


the Watch is a massive chunk of Stainless and the strap was a major concern, a tough choice.

Manufactured by IW Suisse it's 22mm x 5mm thick Black Oil tanned Leather, Orange contrast stitched finished with a Stainless Steel tang Buckle. Chrono style.

I looked for some time for something suitable, the Hirsch 'Extreme' caoutchouc Rubber strap is a little out of budget but was choice #1, if I keep the Watch it may come eventually and is available in solid Orange which would be a blast....(currently $95 - $135 depending where You shop)


I'm not sure what the Watch came on originally as there are no images to reference, the Leather 'works' for now.






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William Smith
Posted December 29, 2013 - 6:08pm

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The strap looks great, but sure won't hold up in a water environment....but if you ain't going snorkeling...who cares :)

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted December 29, 2013 - 2:46pm

Page 40 of the Accutron Bulova Caravelle Case Parts Catalog Suppliment #1 Dated November 1979 denotes this Watch as a 'SNORKEL'.

supporting image added.

Posted December 29, 2013 - 3:26pm

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In light of this evidence, confirmed Snorkel works for me.

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William Smith
Posted December 29, 2013 - 6:19pm

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I'm good with Snorkel, but did note the minor difference in movement - Fifth's watch 11AOACD and the supporting document snippet (again below) showing 11AOACB.  

Fifth, do you also have access to "page 67"?  Good slouthing...and I can't imagine the day/date vs. what ever the endign B in 11AOACB stands for would constitute a different ID than Snorkel.  

I've got a nicely humming ladies (N3) Accutron Snorkel with a great rotating bezel, (and at least mine has snorkel on the dial), so they used this 666ft Snorkel designation for several years.  I suspect there may be a unique model name (or number) for both Fifth's subject watch and my 1973 "Snorkel", but for now....I'm good with Snorkel rather than Oceanographer.

Posted December 30, 2013 - 7:12am

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Updating to Snorkel. Marking tentative.