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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Geoff Baker
Posted April 26, 2013 - 5:24am

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Bob - there's a link to a picture of three ladies watches but it isn't a full advert, it's just a photo of three watches, no script or identifiers.

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Posted April 26, 2013 - 11:39am

There should be a scroll to the identifier sheet, on the site they are there.
1972 ad.

Geoff Baker
Posted April 27, 2013 - 5:51am

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Bob the next image is a text box identifying the three watches as Lady Bulova "O", Lady Bulova "L" and Lady of Fashion "CA". It does say that the "O" has a 'snorkel dial', the watch NAME is lady Bulova though.

Understand that as the owner of this watch I want it to have a name as much as anyone, in fact I rather like the name Snorkel. To be fair to the system we use to ID watches however, I don't agree that it's a watch name Bulova used after 1968. The word appears on dials of named watches in the 70's. The NAME does not appear in print advertising post 1968.

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Posted April 27, 2013 - 7:41am

Apologies G, I thought it was called the Snorkel.

Posted April 29, 2013 - 11:51pm

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So are we at Snorkel or Oceanographer?

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William Smith
Posted May 1, 2013 - 5:58pm

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Well....do we have an ad from around this time stating this (or very similar) is Oceanographer?  I'd be more inclined to say Oceanographer than Snorkel {but like Geoff, I want it to be a Snorkel :)}  
I'm not ruling out Unknown for now. I'll reread thread and check some Oceanographer ads/examples. This one's been hanging out in queue/review for a model name for a while now.....

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Reverend Rob
Posted May 1, 2013 - 6:10pm

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I'm at a loss to explain why Bulova used the word 'Snorkel' on this watch, if it is an Ocenaographer. I mean, 'snorkel' is not a feature. 


Posted May 1, 2013 - 6:52pm

Well said Rob. I think we are making a mountain out of a snorkel. Just certify it as a Snorkel and if some thing else comes up to dis prove the name we can change it. Otherwise we will  be nit pickin this thing forever.


Posted May 2, 2013 - 3:35am

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Ok I'm finally committing to a Oceanographer. If you look at the model text at the bottom it has the letter designate for the model. The subject watch will no doubt have its own.

1969 Bulova Oceanographer advert

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Posted May 2, 2013 - 4:01am

When does the ad date to, Stephen?