Bulova Oceanographer 333 feet day/date 2-tone - sold
The Oceanographer was one of Bulova's most successful models ever made. Introduced in 1965, or thereabouts, it was meant to cash in on the growing popularity of SCUBA diving or "skin diving" as many called it back then, spurred in part by the popular TV show "Sea Hunt" starring Lloyd Bridges. The line proved to be very popular, and was issued through the 1970s in a variety of styles, some more intended for serious diving, rated waterproof to 666 feet, and some more on the "dressy side with two-tone cases but still rated waterproof to 333 feet, which was (and still is) plenty deep for even the most serious of divers. The most popular of Oceanographer models was made in 1968 with a black dial and two-tone red and black turnable bezel ring, nicknamed the "Devil Diver" by modern-day collectors of vintage diver watches. In fact, Bulova is introducing a re-issue of this famous watch this month (March 2018) at Baselworld. Anyway, this particular specimen is is one of the later "dressier" "Oceanographers," manufactured in 1974, by which time many of the stainless cases were being imported from Taiwan. The all stainless steel case measures 44mm long lug to lug, by 37mm wide. It has a fluted bezel ring of yellow gold filled. Some of the two-tone Oceanographers had solid 10kt or 14kt gold bezel rings, but this one is gold-filled. The entire watch case is in excellent condition with only only a hint of a wear-thru spot on the bezel ring. The original dial is in excellent condition with vibrant colors. The crown I believe to be oiriginal even though not signed. The plastic crystal is most likely a replacement. The 17 jewel Caliber AOACB automatic movement with day and date indicators winds and sets perfectly. The watch keeps time to within 2 min/day, but not known when last serviced. A generic two-tone metal bracelet wth deployment clasp is fitted to the 19mm opening between the lugs and is in generally escellent condition and will fit up to a 7.5 inch wrist comfortably.