Bulova 1975 -Non-Conforming

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This watch looks like it is a hodge podge of parts, case back is 3440 and would appear to be for 2210 movement, caseback is dated N5, Movement is dated N1. The dial is a Snorkel 666. The amazing thing to me is that this watch is pristine.

Any comments appreciated.


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Posted March 18, 2017 - 10:43pm

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At the moment my thinking is simply an Accutron 'SNORKEL', or perhaps an 'Oceanographer' but I'm not sure if they came in the Accutron line.

I do suspect, like you, that the case and movement are not original to each other. I'm seeing examples of this case with manual wind movements of the same era.

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Posted March 19, 2017 - 12:07am

The main reason I am confused is that this watch is like new. If it showed signs of use I could understand, but the only way I can explain is that someone had some NOS parts to use up.


Geoff Baker
Posted March 19, 2017 - 7:24am

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Non-Conforming is my take on this one, A four year discrepancy between the movement and case is a red flag. 

Posted March 23, 2017 - 5:58am

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Case 3440 just missed the 1974 print run of the ABC Case Parts Catalog. If anyone has the next edition or supplement the catalog should indicate what type of movement was housed in this case; an Accutron, Bulova or Caravelle. 

Geoff Baker
Posted March 26, 2017 - 7:40am

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Panel - your thoughts?

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Posted March 26, 2017 - 9:20am

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Non-conforming, mix of parts.

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Reverend Rob
Posted March 26, 2017 - 10:22pm

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I think it may be an Accutron Snorkel in the wrong case. I don't have any specs to back this up, but I don't think an Accutron dial would fit a mechnical movt,* or do we have an example of such a thing? More likely the works have found a new home in this case.


*That's assuming the dial hasn't been simply glued on to the movt, I have seen that too often.

Posted March 27, 2017 - 5:24am

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non-conforming for me

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Posted April 11, 2017 - 11:34am

It would take a watchmaker minute to see if the 218 Movement is a perfect fit. Pull the crown and see if the Stem was cut for the case as well. Not sure on this one.. so I will say Non Conforming for now.