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Date/Report Number …..040211.LC-UHMBD64 Item: VIETNAM ERA 1964 BULOVA STAINLESS STEEL SELFWINDING WATERPROOF 666 FEET DIVERS WATCH.
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Description of item: VIETNAM ERA 1964 BULOVA STAINLESS STEEL SELFWINDING WATERPROOF 666 FEET DIVERS WATCH. 35 X 42 MM. WITH NATO STYLE G-18 GREEN NYLON MILITARY STRAP WITH KEEPERS. THIS BULOVA HAS A PLEXIGLAS CRYSTAL STEEL BEZEL ORIGINAL FINISH IN NUMBERS AND GROOVES NEW LUMED TRIANGLE "60" MARKER. DIAL SIGNED BULOVA SELFWINDING WATERPROOF 666 FEET 5 8802 T. THIS BULOVA HAS IT'S ORIGINAL BULOVA SIGNED STEEL CROWN WITH ORIGINAL SCREW DOWN CASE BACK SIGNED BULOVA WATERPROOF WITH LOGO. CASE BACK INTERIOR SIGNED STAINLESS STEEL SWISS 386 1 M4 [DATE CODE FOR 1964].THIS AWESOME FIRST EDITION BULOVA 666 DIVE IS DATED M4 FOR 1964 ON THE CASE BACK INTERIOR AND ALSO ON THIS 11 ALACD 17 JEWELED AUTOMATIC Bulova 11ALACD 1964 M4 BXW Bulova Watch Co Swiss 17 Jewels Kif-Elastor  Features automatic sweep second date: set by changing 22:15-24h Data 11.5''', Dm= 25.6mm H= 5.9mm 17/23 jewels f = 18000 A/h power reserve 42h. CONDITION IS EXCELLENT.

Estimated Retail Replacement Value $ 899.00


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ORIGINAL RADIUM DIAL.

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In 2008
A Bulova Automatic Wristwatch
lost overboard by a sailor in 1941
was found
after 67 years
on the seabed
and
returned to its owner
It still works today

The modern scuba diving watch was introduced to the public in 1954 at the annual watch trade show in Basel, Switzerland; With existing contracts with the Air Forces and Army,  the US Navy entered into an agreement with the Bulova Watch Company, and it's Bulova Research and Development Laboratories, to develop and manufacture a new dive watch.

THIS  PARTICULAR 1964 BULOVA 666 MODEL LAUNCHED ALL FUTURE LINES AND MODELS OF THE FAMOUS NAVY MILITARY DIVE WATCHES DURING VIETNAM WAR AND ALL FUTURE BULOVA 333 FEET AND 666 FEET DIVE WATCHES.

ADDITIONALLY, THIS VERY MODEL WAS THE RESULT OF THREE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS FROM 1958,TO 1961, [MIL-W-3181 / MIL-W-22176 / MIL-W-22176A] WHEN BULOVA WORKED WITH UNDER US NAVY CONTRACT TO PERFECT THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH WITH PLEXIGLAS CRYSTAL AND PASSED ALL GOVERNMENT TESTS INCLUDING DIVING TO 392 FEET.

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IN 1963 BULOVA DROPPED THEIR CONTRACT & THE CONTRACT WAS TAKEN OVER BY BLANCPAIN, WHO THEN PRODUCED A DIVE WATCH TITLED THE TR-900 THAT MATCHED MUCH OF THE SPECS, CASING  AND OTHER DESIGNS OF BULOVA' FINAL VERSION, INCLUDING THE VERY LOOK AND DESIGN DOWN TO THE RADIUM MARKERS, BEZEL AND BEZEL INSERT.

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ABOUT 1000 TR-900'S WOULD BE PRODUCED UNDER TWO CONTRACTS FOR THE NAVY DURING 1964 & 1965 AND ISSUED TO NAVY UDT FROGMAN TEAMS AND MARINE RECON UNITS DURING THE VIETNAM WAR.

AROUND THE SAME TIME, BULOVA RELEASED THEIR PLEXIGLAS AUTOMATIC 666 DIVE WATCH FOR COMMERCIAL SALES.

THE 1964 BULOVA 666 WAS AVAILABLE AT MILITARY PX AND WAS AS POPULAR AS THE ZODIAC SEA WOLF.. . WHICH MAKES THIS VERSION A RARE TIME PIECE..