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Bulova 1968 Oceanographer

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Oceanographer 23 Jewels Automatic


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Bulova 1969 Oceanographer Automatic 23 Jewels
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Geoff Baker
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Posted October 24, 2014 - 6:11am

Hello fragger69, welcome to myBulova. I think this is the first watch you've added to the dB, thanks.

There's no question about the model on your watch. It's absolutely a 1969 Oceanographer. The variant is in doubt. Bulova made dozens of different Oceanographer models throughout the late sixties and early seventies, we just don't have an ad showing your exact model. I like the dial you have, the orange accents and hands really stand out. I find it interesting that Bulova labeled these as SUPER waterproof, tested to 333 feet when just a few years later they were marketing 666 feet   (those must have been super DOOPER waterproof)

1969 Bulova Oceanographer

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Posted October 24, 2014 - 6:41am

We have ads for 1969 showing the 666 feet models too Geoff, and these were known as the Oceanographer Snorkel in the ads.

This one is a new variant, yet to be found but obviously an Oceanographer, very nice too.



Posted October 24, 2014 - 12:04pm

69 Oceanographer

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Posted October 25, 2014 - 8:26am

Very nice. Oceanographer for sure but variant unknow at this time.

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William Smith
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Posted October 25, 2014 - 2:41pm

Stunning Oceanographer.  Love the orange color.  Hope we can figure out a variant.

Posted November 4, 2014 - 9:39pm

It is a beautiful watch to look at and I do wear it on occassions.

Historically it belonged to my father who emigrated to Australia in the fifties from Holland.

Unfortunately, he is no longer with us so I can't quiz him to where he obtained it. And as he was in the Dutch Navy he could of got anywhere in Europe as he travelled.

He left me two watches, the other an Enicar automatic circa 1969 as well, also in great working condition.

Geoff Baker
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Posted November 5, 2014 - 7:29am

Family heirlooms are the BEST watches. My dear old dad was a collector, I have several of his watches. You're fortunate to have a couple of his! Where in Holland? My wife parents are from from Arnhem and Rotterdam, came to the States in the late 40's.

Posted November 13, 2014 - 9:01pm

Hi Geoff,

My mother was from Rotterdam, father from Schiedam but the family is historically from Vlaardingen. 

I'm glad I have two as I have two sons and each will receive one as an heirloom.



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Posted November 13, 2014 - 9:27pm

Welcome Michael... very nice Oceanographer.  Thanks for adding it to the database!