Bulova 1968 Oceanographer

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Believe this to be a 1968 Oceanographer Model "H" variant. Never seen another with the blue face. Pristine condition, no rust, and I can probably set my quartz watches by it. Solid.

Back of case says "Waterproof, Stainless Steel Case, Anti Magnetic, Shock Resistant, M8". Movement also has M8 date stamp.

I have the original stainless steel mesh band as well, also in great shape, but it makes the watch a bit heavy to wear, and I wear this one daily.


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mirtlem1968 Bulova Oceanogrpher 09 06 2014
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Posted September 4, 2014 - 11:46am

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Yes it will be 1968 Oceanographer Model "H". Nice look.

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Reverend Rob
Posted September 4, 2014 - 12:03pm

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Oceanographer 'H' it is. I think the blue dial makes the watch. 

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Posted September 4, 2014 - 2:15pm

Agree, "H".

Non-original colour, but it does look very good with this model.

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William Smith
Posted September 4, 2014 - 4:16pm

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Yea the ad says "gray dial".  I'm checking on the "2893" stamped in ink on inside case back.  If we have a grey dial example in same case, it could be the blue dial is a different variant letter.  Or redial in blue?  I'll also check for an ad showing same case w/ text stating blue dial (or a color ad).
I'm good with tentative Oceanographer "H" in the meantime.

Geoff Baker
Posted September 5, 2014 - 5:50am

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Hello again Mike, looks like you're on a roll. I love this era of Bulova watches. I have a basic stainless model as well that's my daily driver.

At the risk of hairsplitting I will agree with Oceanographer based on the dial. I don't think I can agree with the "H" designation based on the dial though. The advert does not have 'Oceanographer' beneath Bulova and it is marked 'Super Waterproof' where the subject is different.  

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Posted September 5, 2014 - 5:59am

This is definitely a redial, the company made a big mistake by putting "automatic" and "self winding" on the dial, it's a redundancy when both mean the same.

Well spotted Geoff.

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Posted September 5, 2014 - 7:13am

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I agree also, this appears to be a redial; I would consider this an Oceanographer, no variant

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William Smith
Posted September 5, 2014 - 3:46pm

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Yea I'm changing to Oceanographer without variant.  

Posted September 5, 2014 - 4:07pm

Makes sense that this is a redial - the radium in the dials is too bright/fresh. Still, they did a bang-up job, and it's a nice daily driver.