|Date/Report Number ..022613.FN21uY.04 Item: BULOVA CARAVELLE AUTOMATIC DAY DATE 666|
|Description of item: VINTAGE N1  PX ISSUE [WITH AIRPLANE SWEEP SECONDS] ALL STAINLESS
STEEL BULOVA CARAVELLE AUTOMATIC DAY DATE 666 [FEET] DIVE WATCH WITH AS 1906 BASED 11
ULAG2 17 JEWEL AUTOMATIC 37.5 X 42 MM WITH BULOVA STAINLESS STEEL BAND WITH USAF TAC
TRENCH ART BUCKLE [TACTICAL AIR COMMAND] "3TFW" 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing
.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $675.00 [with usaf buckle]
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[WITH AIRPLANE SWEEP SECONDS]
ALL STAINLESS STEEL
AS 1906 BASED
37.5 X 42
BULOVA STAINLESS STEEL BAND
TRENCH ART BUCKLE
[TACTICAL AIR COMMAND]
3rd Tactical Fighter Wing Vietnam
FIRST PLEXIGLAS AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCHES
click above for full article
U.S. NAVY SPECA MIL W 22176 A
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.
THE 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, THE FIRST OFFICIAL US MILITARY DIVER WATCH 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.
WHILE STILL IN DEVELOPMENT, IN 1963, BULOVA DROPPED THEIR CONTRACT & THE CONTRACT WAS TAKEN OVER BY BLANCPAIN, WHO PRODUCED 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, 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. 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 WAS A HOT MARKET
BULOVA, WHO ACTUALLY DEVELOPED THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH WITH PLEXIGLASS CRYSTAL UNDER US CONTRACT, RELEASED THEIR AUTOMATIC MODEL IN COMPETITION WITH THE ZODIAC SEA WOLF AUTOMATIC.
BOTH WERE INVESTED IN BY US AND AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS FROM PRIVATE TO OFFICER...I FACT, THEY MADE MORE SALES AND MONEY THAN BLANCPAIN, WHO HAD TAKEN OVER THE BULOVA CONTRACT AND UTILIZED ALL THE MAIN FEATURES OF BULOVA RESEARCH IN PRODUCING THE US MILITARY DIVE WATCH!
NOTE THE RED AIRPLANE SWEEP SECOND HAND
THIS CARAVELLE WAS THE LAST DESIGN THAT WOULD FIND
IT'S WAS INTO THE NAM FOR BULOVA WATCH COMPANY. THE DESIGN WAS UTILIZED FROM 1969 THROUGH
1972. WE HAVE OFFERED THE 1966-1969 VERSION ALSO:
EBAY # 150677274106
HERE IS A LINK TO THE OWNER OF CARAVELLE DIVE HE
PURCHASED STATESIDE AND WORE IN THE NAM THEN FOR ANOTHER 45 YEARS:
Dive Watch Connection Forum CLICK HERE
HERE IS A PICTURE OF A US SOLDIER IN THE NAM WEARING
Pacific Chrono On The Dune
AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH
NEAR MINT CONDITION
HAS BEEN RE-ILLUMINATED
KEEPING WITH THE ORIGINAL ILLUMINATION
ALL PARTS ARE ORIGINAL
LOOK AT AWESOME CASE
WHAT YOU SAY? NICE!
BRUSHED AND HIGH POLISH
WE ILLUMINATED THE UPSIDE DOWN
60 MARKER ON BEZEL
WE HAD TO KEEP ORIGINAL LINES
YET REMOVE SCRATCHES DENTS MARS SCARS
I CALL THIS RESTORE
AN EXCELLENT ORIGINAL RESTORE
KEEPING DIAL AS IT WAS
AFTER OVER 40 YEARS OF HEAVY USE
NON SOLUM ARMIS
Not by Arms Alone
Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Device
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Gallantry Cross (Vietnam) with Palm
World War II - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
Army of Occupation (Japan)
Operation Linebacker Vietnam
Deployed to Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam as part of the major buildup of forces following President Johnson's decision to commit ground troops. In November 1965, The 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing began deploying its units to Vietnam on rotational duty while the others trained in their ground support role.
3rd Tactical Fighter Wing was involved in a variety of duties throughout South Vietnam including close air support, counterinsurgency, forward air control, interdiction and radar-controlled bombing. Numerous ground operations were fortified through air strike missions against enemy fortifications, supply areas, lines of communications and personnel. The Third was essential in providing suppressive fire during assault operations.
3rd Tactical Fighter Wing consisted of various units with different missions. As a forward operating group the 3rd tested new equipment and tactics. Combat testing of the Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter being developed for Vietnam and other nations was accomplished by the 3rd in the "Skoshi Tiger" project. From April 1966 to April 1967, the 3rd successfully flew the F-5 in combat.The Vietnam Airforce would receive the F-5A fighters soon after.
In November and December of 1967, the 3rd began evaluating combat capabilities of the an attack version of the USAF primary trainer, the Cessna A-37 Dragonfly. The 604th Air Commando Squadron, attached to the wing, would eventually successfully fly and utilize the Dragonfly in a ground support role from November 1967 to September 1970
A year after the TET Offensive, the phaseout of 3d TFW F-100s at Bien Hoa began. As the the wing converted to the A-37, the 510th TFS was inactivated. By July 1970 , the 531st TFS was also inactivated with the 90th Tactical Fighter Squadron reverting back to its pre-World War II designation of an attack squadron and the 8th Bombardment Squadron reactivated as the 8th Attack Squadron. Between May and June of 1970, the wing participated in Richard Nixon's Sanctuary Counteroffensive in Cambodia aimed at depriving the enemy the use of its sanctuary bases and destroying its leadership. That campaign, like many others of this period, marked the wing's last major operation.
1971 was the time for the 3rd to move one. For 59 consecutive months, the 3rd performed non-stop combat duty in Vietnam while withstanding mortar and rocket attacks. Over 23,000 enemy casualties were inflicted as well as numerous structures, supply line and supplies and other enemy loses. 1971 would bring the orders ,to leave Vietnam for duty in Korea. Up until March of 1971, various elements of the 3rd assisted in the phase down and turn over.
The 3d Tactical Fighter Wing moved to Kunsan Air Base, South Korea where it was equipped with the McDonnell F-4D Phantom II. Squadrons assigned included the 35th, 36th and 80th Tactical Fighter Squadrons. The 3d Tactical Fighter Wing helped provide air defense for South Korea and maintained proficiency for combat operations.
In early April 1972, the 3d Tactical Fighter Wing would receive a short notice requirement to deploy 18 F-4Ds from the 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron in support of Linebacker I; the air campaign designed to stop the North Vietnamese 1972 Spring Offensive, launched on 30 March to conquer South Vietnam. The squadron deployed with a full complement of aircrews and maintenance personnel. During its stay in South Vietnam, nine members of the squadron received credit for destroying six North Vietnamese fighters, four Mig-21s and two Mig-19s.
WHITE AND BLACK
ALL TOP GRADE
CROWN IS SIGNED
FINISH IS STUNNING
37.5 x 42 MM
BLACK & RED
NOTE THAT BEZELS CANNOT BE "REFINISHED"
AS IN PAINTING. THIS BEZEL IS IN EXCELLENT
ORIGINAL CONDITION! THERE IS SLIGHT FADING
OF RED. ALWAYS OCCURS WHEN WORN
FOR YEARS IN THE SUN. THE KEY TO RESTORATION
IS FINDING THE PIECE IN CONDITION LIKE THIS
NO SCRATCHES ALL COLOR ORIGINAL
NUMERALS AND HASHES VISIBLE WITH NO
DAMAGE. SAY YE! BAD RESTORATION?
THIS PICTURE IS OF THE BEZEL BOTTOM BEFORE
. YOU DO NOT REFINISH THE BOTTOM..
ONLY WIPE IT DOWN WITH ACETONE.
YOU DO NOT SEE THIS
IT MUST BE AS IT IS TO FIT PROPERLY.
ONLY BY REMOVING METAL CAN YOU ALTER
THIS BULOVA STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET WAS ORIGINALLY ON A SIMILAR 1971 ORANGE MARKER CARAVELLE THAT YOU MAY HAVE SEEN ON ROCK'S WRIST IN PICTURES BEFORE HE SOLD THE WATCH [MINUS THIS BRACELET] ON EBAY A FEW YEARS AGO. IT WAS PURCHASED FROM A FRIEND HE SERVED WITH IN THE USAF IN 1970/71.
WHAT YOU SAY? GOOD OR BAD? DUH!
3rd Tactical Fighter Wing Vietnam
US MILITARY EMBLEM
THIS BRACELET WITH BUCKLE IS FROM ROCKS EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF MILITARY RELATED WATCH ITEMS. ROCK HAS SOLD OVER 300 RARE UNIQUE BRACELETS, STRAPS AND OTHER TRENCH MADE OR MILITARY INSPIRED ITEMS. BE SURE YOU CHECK OUT OFFERS CAREFULLY. MOST TIMES THESE TREASURES ARE ONE OF A KIND AND ADD SO MUCH TO THE TIME PIECE IN HISTORY, LOOKS AND INVESTMENT.
SAY, IS THIS REFINISHED STEEL CASE AND
BRACELET A SHABBY RESTORATION?
SAY, IS THIS BRUSH REFINISHED STEEL CASE AND
BRACELET A SHABBY RESTORATION?
THE SCREW CASE BACK WAS SO BADLY SCRATCHED
IT TOOK AN HOUR TO GET IT LIKE THIS!
ROCK USED A CROSS HATCH BRUSH FINISH TO BLEND TO REPAIR
THEN USED A STRAIGHT BRUSH FINISH FOR BACK OF CASE
NOTE: THE PIC ABOVE IS A LARGE
AND 142656 BYTE HIGH RES.
ALWAYS USE THE PROPER TOOLS
OVERHAUL & RESTORATION
IT IS DIRTY AND STAINED
WHAT YOU SAY? LOUSY JOB? YOU CAN EAT OFF
THIS MOVEMENT AND IT OPERATES FLAWLESSLY. AUTOWIND WORKS, SETTING WORKS DATE WORKS
f = 21600 A/h
power reserve 44h
ONLY THE OUTER SIDE WAS RESTORED
THIS IS IT. YOU SHOULD NOT TOUCH THE INSIDE
MARS AND M,ARKS STAY. UNLESS THIS
NEGATIVE EBAY MEMBER OPENED THE CASE
AND THOUGHT THIS SHOULD BE RESTORED?
CARAVELLE WATCH DIVISION
BULOVA WATCH CO
THE ABOVE PIC SHOWS THE ORIGINAL
DIAL BEFORE WE RE-ILLUMINATED IT.
NOTE HANDS HAVE TRITIUM/METAL "BLEED" OR "CREEP"
NOTE THERE IS ONLY IRREGULAR FACTORY APPLIED
TRITIUM. DIAL CREEP IS AT 7 ONLY. THIS DIAL HAD
THE TRITIUM APPLIED IN A SLIGHT OVAL SHAPE
NOT UNIFORM TO EDGES + LOOKS LIKE IT IS MISSING
AT THE LUME BELOW THE "6" MARKER?
IT WAS LIKE THAT FROM FACTORY
NOTE "2" MARKER? DARK COLOR?
THAT IS TRITIUM THAT INTERACTED WITH METAL
MAYBE FROM MOISTURE
THE DIAL CAN BE RESTORED. BUT A DIAL LIKE THIS ONE?
HECK NO! IT SIMPLY IS OUTSTANDING! THIS IS THE PIC WE HAD! NO CHANGES! THOUGH SOME RADIUM OR TRITIUM DIALS THAT ARE
ORIGINAL AND LOOKING LIKE THE ONE ABOVE WE LEAVE AS IS
OTHERS WE APPLY AF LUMINOVA OVER THE TRITIUM OR
RADIUM. IN THIS CASE, NOTE THAT THERE IS SOME TRITIUM CREEP AT "7"
THE STYLE OF ILLUMINATION HERE SHOWN IS FACTORY THAT IS CORRECT. THE FACTORY APPLICATION OF TRITIUM WAS NOT IN PERFECT RECTANGULAR SHAPE RATHER "DROPPED" WITH VARYING DEPTH AND SHAPE.
"GOLDSMITHWORKS WATCH LUMINOVA ILLUMINATION"
HUNDREDS OF PAGES CAN BE DISCOVERED
OF OUR PAST ILLUMINATED EBAY OFFERS
THE ILLUMINATION WORK IS PERFECT IN MOST OF THE
BUT WHEN RE-APPLYING AND RE-ILLUMINATING WATCHES WITH NICE ORIGINAL DIALS, THE RE-ILLUMINATION IS ALWAYS OVER THE OLD
SO THE SHAPE IS SIMILAR. IF TRITIUM HAS ERODED SOME WHERE
THE RE-ILLUMINATION IS THE SAME. ALSO, THAT MINOR CREEP AT 7? IT IS THERE TO STAY- UNLESS WE ACTUALLY REMOVE IT ALL
AND THAT MEANS REDIAL..
HERE LUMINOVA WAS APPLIED TO EXISTING TRITIUM. NOTE # 2 HOUR, THE ILLUMINATION MATERIAL WAS NEARLY ALL WORN AWAY. WE DID NOT ADD MORE THAN WAS WORN! IT LOOKS ORIGINAL IN ALL CASES, --PUN INTENDED-- AS IN AGED. THAT IS THE KEY. RESTORE YET MAKE IT LOOK LIKE 40+ YEARS NORMAL . IF WE WANTED NEW WE WOULD RESTORE THE DIAL.
WE KEEP ORIGINAL HANDS 90% OF THE TIME. WHEN RESTORING SOME OF THE OLD, BEAT-UP HANDS, WE CLEAN AND TREAT FOR CREEP: THE AGING OF OLD FINISHES CREEPING INTO THE ILLUMINATION. LUMINOVA CAN SOMETIMES ABSORB "CREEP".
THE END RESULT IS SOME DISCOLORATION ALONG EDGES. THIS DOES NOT CONTINUE. THE TOTAL RESULT IS A MINTY YET AGED LOOK THAT GOES WITH IT'S HISTORY.
CASE BEING ASSEMBLED
I HAVE TO SAY. THIS CASE CAME OUT 99%
EDGES SHARP DETAIL YET SMOOTH
LIGHT BRUSH THEN POLISH
NOTE THE LONG CROWN TUBE
INSTALLING NEW SEAL WITH SILICONE CASE SEALER
TISSUE PAPER TO KEEP SILICONE OFF CRYSTAL
SOME SEALER ON CASE BACK
HIGH VACUUM SILICONE
WATCH CASE SEALANT
INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY
OVERHAULED MOVEMENT INSTALLED
CROWN & STEM INSTALLED
MORE CASE SEALANT ADDED TO CASE BACK LEDGE
ONLY FIRST CLASS TOOLS SHOULD
BE USED TO PLACE SCREW BACK ON OR OFF
READY FOR BRACELET
AGAIN, THIS IS MAGNIFIED
IF I GET A MAGNIFIER I WILL SEE THE 7 CREEP
I MAY NOTICE IMPERFECTIONS
BUT AFTER 7 HOURS WORK
TOOLS PRODUCTS CHEMICALS
THIS BABY IS STUNNING
WHAT AN AWESOME LOOK
I HAVE TO SAY THIS
IT COSTS US
IN BUYING THE WATCH
IN PARTS CHEMICALS CLEANERS OILS
NO MATTER IF IT IS AN
OMEGA, ROLEX OR CARAVELLE, WESTCLOX
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME