Bulova 1974 Oceanographer

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1974 Bulova Oceanographer in NOS drop dead gorgeous condition. Blue and white rotating bezel is perfect, not a scratch anywhere on this beauty. Back is only marked with 'Bulova', the s/n and "Stainless Steel 666 Feet. Original matching all stainless bracelet also marked 'Bulova'.  Dial is marked Bulova Snorkel - Automatic 666 Feet. Not sure if the numbers on the back tag have any meaning.

Added 4/24/2013

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1974 Bulova Ocenographer Snorkel Geoffrey Baker 4/24/2013
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Posted May 2, 2013 - 5:20am

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oops, 1969.

Posted May 4, 2013 - 3:58am

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Does the new 1969 advert help us in determining a model ID for Geoff's watch?

I've amended my call. What about other members?

Geoff Baker
Posted May 4, 2013 - 6:06am

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Honestly, I don't think it does, the case is completely different. I think it does support my claim that having the word Snorkel on the dial doesn't make "Snorkel" a model name in the 1970's. RevRob - to your point - I think Bulova would have called this a 'Snorkel' Dial, not a variant as much as a design feature.

I'm going to support Oceanographer for now.

Posted May 4, 2013 - 6:27am

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Geoff I'm was agreeing with you. The advert shows that they were indeed named as the 'Oceanographer' and not Snorkel.

The advert text does say the 'Bulova Oceanographer Snorkel', but the model name at the bottom is just "Oceanographer" with the variant letter.

I'm saying that the subject is an unknown variant of the 'Oceanographer' series.

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Posted May 14, 2013 - 4:58am

1975 SNORKEL "H" ad.

I have seen on other sites that the Snorkel name was only used in other countries from the US, but I have found no ads for either the mechanical or Accutron models in searches in other countries newspaper ads to support this theory.


Posted May 14, 2013 - 5:07am

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Bobbee, is the variant a guess?

Still very different from the subject watch. No Blue bezel ring and looks to have a date window and not a day/date window.

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Posted May 14, 2013 - 7:09am

Not a guess, just the jpeg size needed to upload leaves poor res.

This is a Bulova Snorkel advert from 1975, and some members keeps saying there are no Snorkel ads in the 1970's, and therefore the Snorkel name does not apply to any Bulova watch with Snorkel on the dial after the late 1960's. This disputes that, in fact it disproves it. The "H" variant looks to be an earlier model than Geoff's too.

If there is one ad, there are probably more.

Why not name those with Snorkel on the dial the Bulova Oceanographer "Snorkel", if this would stop any arguments?


Posted May 14, 2013 - 7:20am

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Any chance you can crop the hi-res image so it will fit?


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Posted May 14, 2013 - 7:01am

....because the 'Bulova Oceanographer Snorkel' depicted and described in the 1969 ad is in fact the 'OCEANOGRPHER' "H" or whatever.


For the record: I personally have never stated the 'SNORKEL' model does not exist post 1970.


At this time there is no Ad to confirm the subject ID -  'UNKNOWN'

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Posted May 14, 2013 - 7:31am

Why are you being so belligerent?

I am not attacking you, I know you have not said that.

Try to chill out, you're getting paranoid!

If you would like a pdf copy of the above ad to prove it is the "H" variant, please ask I will be only too happy to provide one.

Or alternatively, use the zoom on your mouse, hold down "Ctrl" on your keyboard, and roll the mouse wheel forward and backwards to zoom in and out, it works a treat.

You can see tiny details on good pics better, and the "H" shows up a little better in the above ad.

Here it is Stephen. Still not as clear as the pdf, but it is a H.