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Bulova 1978 Oceanographer "Quartz"

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1978 Oceanographer (Accutron Quartz model). Original band.

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1978 Bulova watch
1978 Bulova watch
1978 Bulova watch
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William Smith
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Posted September 4, 2014 - 4:40pm

Nice watch.  242 movement.  There was a difference between Accutron Quartz and Accuquartz...and I think the little quartz symbol on the dial was only associated with the Accutron Quartz, although not on dial of every accutron quartz.  I also remember discussion about possibel "Accutron Quartz Duel Day" since it was printed on dials under day/date window for some examples.  That model name didn't pan out.

So what do we call this example?  

Accutron Quartz Ocenaographer (since it's on the dial)?  Well we didn't go with Accutron Quartz Duel Day, even though it was on the dial of some examples.

Accutron Quartz Day & Date?  I think that model name would have to be added to our name choices in the drop-down list.

Shoots....and it's got the 666ft on the dial, which was also discussed as a possible model class for the Accutrons (non-quartz and non-accuquartz). These ended up being ID'ed as "Deep Sea" if I remember correctly.

Do we create a new ID "Accutron Quartz Day & Date", and note the Oceanographer in the variant window? ...and ignore the  666 feet also on the dial....

I hope those folks who are into Accutrons chime in on the possible ID's for this one...whether they are panel members or not.  I could use everyone's help on this one.


Posted September 4, 2014 - 4:55pm

To muddy the waters further, I have Accutron Quartz examples of the Accutron Railroad watch, a TZ (Time Zone) version, and a "no day or date" version.

This leads me to lean towards having "Accutron Quartz" as the main identifier, since the heart of all of these models is the 242 Accutron Quartz movement.

I will post pics of the additional watches as time permits me.



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William Smith
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Posted September 4, 2014 - 5:09pm

Thanks Mike....we needed murkier waters :)  Great you have more examples.  Looking forward to seeing them as time permits.  
Agreed w/ Accutron Quartz as main identifer, and we could discuss adding other info in variant field or simply in the comments sections.

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Posted September 4, 2014 - 5:40pm

That's one smart watch, whatever it's called.

Agree with name and process.

Geoff Baker
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Posted September 5, 2014 - 6:03am

Gosh Will, nothing worse than muddy water when I'm trying to ID a DIVE watch ( as you most likely know!)

I paused when I saw the Oceanographer markings, thinking the same thing. I think I'd have to go along with your thinking too. Or to put it terms easier to understand: I think I thought that what you thought your were thinking is what I was thinking I thought, if you know what I mean.

Accutron Quartz, I think.....

Posted September 5, 2014 - 11:57am

Accutron  Quartz

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Posted September 5, 2014 - 12:41pm

Would this be called an Oceanographer if it did not have the 242 movement? The 242 movement is the Accutron Quartz series 242, but the dial does not say Accutron; did Bulova place these movements in non-Accutron models by chance?

Bulova called different watches the Oceanographer during this time; but was it no longer a proper model name like it was several years earlier, just a version to identify the depth capabilities? This 1980 ad gives the name to an Accutron Quartz, an Automatic, and a Caravelle

So...I guess this is just an Accutron Quartz or simply Quartz

Geoff Baker
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Posted September 6, 2014 - 6:11am

Well, that's a good point Ken, I'm rethinking my "Accutron Quartz" suggestion now. Given the absence of 'Accutron' perhaps it should be just "Quartz".

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William Smith
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Posted September 7, 2014 - 4:15am

Agreed, good point Ken.   Would it be too much of a stretch to ID as "Quartz" w/ "Ocenaographer" in the varinat field...tentative ID?

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Posted September 8, 2014 - 6:05am


I'd be just as happy based on the above advert to label this one as 'Oceanographer Quartz'