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Date/Report Number:.090214:EGST-AF43-3322 Item: BULOVA OCEANOGRAPHER 333 FEET
 

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Description of item:  BULOVA OCEANOGRAPHER 333 FEET 35 X 35 MM W/O CROWN LUG TO LUG 42 MM WITH 17 JEWEL GILDED BULOVA 11 ANACB SHOCK PROTECTED ANTIMAGNETIC FULL 360 FORWARD/REVERSE AUTOMATIC CAY/DATE MOVEMENT WITH STAINLESS BRACELET

. Condition is fine to mint.

Estimated Retail Replacement Value $5259.00


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CLEANED POLISHED
MOVEMENT OVERHAULED
SOME MOVEMENT PARTS REPLACED
DIAL IN ORIGINAL CONDITION
RE-ILLUMINATED

1970
PX/R&R
VIETNAM WAR ERA
BULOVA
OCEANOGRAPHER
333 FEET


35 X 35
MM
W/O CROWN

LUG TO LUG
42
MM

WITH

17 JEWEL
GILDED
BULOVA
11 ANACB
SHOCK PROTECTED
ANTIMAGNETIC
FULL 360
FORWARD/REVERSE
AUTOMATIC
CAY/DATE
MOVEMENT

 

U.S. NAVY SPECA MIL W 22176 A

THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCHES

The modern scuba diving watch was introduced to the public in 1954 at the annual watch trade show in Basel, Switzerland; BLANCPAIN AND ROLEX INTRODUCED THE FIFTY FATHOMS AND ROLEX SUBMARINER RESPECTYIVELY..

With existing contracts with the Air Forces and Army, the US Navy FIRST entered into an agreement with the Bulova Watch Company IN 1956, and it's Bulova Research and Development Laboratories, to develop and manufacture a new AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH WITH PLEXIGLASS CRYSTAL AND 350 FEET CAPABILITY.

 BY 1964 THE BULOVA 666 (FEET) & 333 (FEET) MODELS WERE   LAUNCHED ALL FUTURE LINES AND MODELS OF THE FAMOUS NAVY MILITARY DIVE WATCHES DURING VIETNAM WAR AND ALL FUTURE DIVE WATCHES.

[WE CAN NOTE WITH PLASTIC/PLEXIGLASS CRYSTALS, INCLUDING THE DOXA]

ADDITIONALLY, THE FIRST OFFICIAL PROFESSIONAL MODERN US MILITARY DIVER WATCH [WITH/WITHOUT] PLASTIC CRYSTAL WAS/IS THE RESULT OF THREE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS FROM 1958 TO 1961:

[MIL-W-3181 / MIL-W-22176 / MIL-W-22176A].

IT WAS IN 1961 THAT BULOVA, UNDER US NAVY CONTRACT TO PERFECT THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH WITH PLEXIGLAS CRYSTAL, WAS FINALLY SUCCESSFUL AND IT PASSED ALL GOVERNMENT TESTS INCLUDING DIVING TO 392 FEET.

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WHILE STILL IN DEVELOPMENT, IN 1963, BULOVA DROPPED THEIR CONTRACT & THE CONTRACT WAS TAKEN OVER BY BLANCPAIN, ["BLANCPAIN MI SPEC 1" ]

BLANCPAIN  WOULD USE THE WORK BY BOLUVA AND PRODUCE THE TR-900 DIVE WATCH. THE TR-900 DIVE MATCHED MUCH OF THE SPECS, CASING AND OTHER DESIGNS OF BULOVA' FINAL VERSION, INCLUDING THE VERY LOOK AND DESIGN DOWN TO THE RADIUM MARKERS, MOISTURE INDICATOR, BEZEL AND BEZEL INSERT.

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 AND WERE AVAILABLE AT MILITARY PX ANSD R&R LOCATIONS.

IT IS IN THIS TIME FRAME THAT ELGIN PRODUCED THEIR FIRST AUTOMATIC WATER PROOF ALL STEEL DIVE WATCH WITH RADIUM MARKERS.  

BY 1964-1967, DIVE WATCHES WERE IN HIGH DEMAND. ESPECIALLY AUTOMATICS. AND, WITH A WET HOT HUMID VIETNAM WAR BUILD UP--- THE PX & R&R LOCATIONS WERE A HOT MARKET....

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THE BULOVA AUTOMATIC DAY DATE
OCEANOGRAPHER
333 FEET
1970

 

 

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EXCEPT FOR SOME MOVEMENT PARTS HARVESTED
FROM A SIMILAR BULOVA OCEANOGRAPHER

THIS
BULOVA
OCEANOGRAPHER
333 FEET

BEAUTY

IS A NEAR MINT
SUPER CLEAN
WITH PARTS
ORIGINAL TO THIS WATCH

NOTE CRYSTAL. THIS CRYSTAL SITS 1/8 OF AN INCH INTO THE BEZEL SEAT
THIS WAS THE NEW GOV CONTRACT STYLE. THE ONLY WAY TO DAMAGE
IS TO HIT IT HARD TO THE SIDE

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TIME WENT INTO THE CAREFUL
RE-FINISHING OF THE STEEL CASE
TO PRODUCE A FINISH
IN STAINLESS STEEL
THAT WILL LAST A LIFE TIME
WITH
SIMPLE PROPER CARE

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AS YOU CAN SEE
SHE IS A BEAUTY

THIS FINISH WAS POPULAR
WHEN I WAS IN THE SERVICE
DURING THE VIETNAM WAR

BEAUTIFUL YET NO FLASH IN THE   SUNLIGHT

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RE ILLUMINATED

WITH

AF SUPERLUMINOVA
A PHOSPHORUS AND ZINC COMPOUND
SAFELY REPLACES RADIUM AND TRITIUM COMPOUNDS



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MILITARY STYLE
BALLISTIC NYLON
G-18 STRAP

--OTHER STRAPS--
INCLUDING
STEEL DIVE BRACELETS
LEATHER HIDE SKIN STRAPS
COLORS AND MATERIALS
ARE AVAILABLE

PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE YOU INVEST

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I LIKE THIS
BULOVA 333
WITH
THE BLACK NYLON

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A STEEL DIVE CLASP BRACELET
WITH IT'S
FINISH
MATCHING
THIS CASE
WOULD ALSO
BE AWESOME

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THE SEAL WE UTILIZED
CAN BE SEEN COMPRESSED
IT IS ALSO COMPRESSED
AGAINST THE SEAL WALL

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PLEASE DO NOT BE OFFENDED
FOR REFUSAL OF OFFERS
THAT ARE TOO LOW
IT TAKES A LONG TIME
TO FIND THE RIGHT WATCH
LET ALONE DO ALL THE WORK
THAT YOU SEE HERE.

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THE MOVEMENT PARTS WERE
MEANT SPENDING 50.00 ALONE
ABD THE WATCH WAS 178.95 ON
EBAY. SO, I WOULD RATHER
GIVE IT TO SOMEONE
AS A GIFT THEN
SELL JUST TO
RECOIUP MY OUTLAY

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HOW ABOUT IT!
BELIEVE ME, YOU CANNOT
BUY A NEW WATCH
LIKE THIS ANYWHERE. NONE.
PERIOD

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AWESOME EXCELLENT TO FINE CONDITION

ALL STAINLESS STEEL CASE
&
CASE BACK

35x42mm
W/O CROWN

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ORIGINAL

BRUSHED SILVER STEEL COLORED DIAL
SILVER MARKERS
WITH
LUMINENCE DOTS
RED SECONDS RING
RED CROSS HAIR

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ONE PIECE BEZEL/CASE

MILITARY STYLE
BALLISTIC NYLON
G-18 STRAP

--OTHER STRAPS--
INCLUDING
STEEL DIVE BRACELETS
LEATHER HIDE SKIN STRAPS
COLORS AND MATERIALS
ARE AVAILABLE

PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE YOU INVEST


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BULOVA
N0
[1970]
H151166
STAINLESS
STEEL CASE


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BULOVA
OCEANOGRAPHER
BEAD FINISHED
STAINLESS CASE

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BULOVA

HANDS RE-ILLUMINATED
ONE PIECE BEZEL/CASE
ILLUMINATED DIAL
[ REILLUMINATED ORIGINAL DIAL ]
NEW CRYSTAL
DAY DATE

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ILLUMINATED SILVER HANDS
WHITE W/BLACK LETTER DAY WHEEL
SILVER W/RED NUMBER DATE WHEEL
RED SWEEPS SECONDS HAND

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WALLED SCREW DOWN STEEL CASE BACK
PROVIDES ONE OF THE MOST SECURE
WATER RESISTANT CASES IN ITS TIME

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WTHE STEEL CONTAINER
FOR AN AWESOME
360 AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT

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THIS BEAUTY RECEIVED NEW BALANCE
NEW DATE MECHANISM
NEW MAINSPRING BARREL AND CLICK SPRING
NOTE
THE ROTOR HAS A "B" "ARM" ON THE ROTOR
BY 1970 BULOVA HAD REACHED TO HIGHEST LEVEL
OF PRODUCTION.
BUT, WITH A YEAR
THE QUARTZ WOULD DOOM
THE BRAND

AND SO
THIS ID ONE OF THE LAST
AWESOME BULOVA DIVES

BEFORE MOVEMENT OVERHAUL
RED SEAL IS OUR NEW OLDSTOCK
CASE IS RESTORED

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BEFORE MOVEMENT OVERHAUL
RED SEAL IS OUR NEW OLDSTOCK
CASE IS RESTORED

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AFTER MOVEMENT OVERHAUL
RED SEAL IS OUR NEW OLDSTOCK
CASE IS RESTORED

 

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & RUNS GREAT
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