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Date/Report Number …..051212R5BY.04 Item:  STAINLESS STEEL BULOVA CARAVELLE 666
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Description of item:VINTAGE N3 [1973] PX ISSUE ALL STAINLESS STEEL BULOVA CARAVELLE 666 [FEET] DIVE WATCH WITH M6 11DP 17J PARA SHOCK MOVEMENT

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $598.00


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RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

           
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READY TO WEAR
RESTORED & OVERHAULED
N3
[1973]
PX ISSUE
ALL STAINLESS STEEL
BULOVA CARAVELLE

666
[FEET]
DIVE WATCH

WITH

M6
11DP
17J
PARA SHOCK
MOVEMENT

36.5 X 44
MM

WITH

STAINLESS STEEL BAND
AND
ORIGINAL RUBBER DIVE STRAP

 


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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 FIRST PLEXIGLAS AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCHES
click above for full article

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.

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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!

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NOTE: THE CRYSTAL MAKES THE DIAL LOOK WEIRD

NOTE THE RAISED TRITIUM MARKERS

THIS ALL STEEL CARAVELLE WITH CLEAR ILLUMINATED MILITARY DIAL, 24HR TIME, AND NUMERAL MARKED WIDE SWEEPS SECONDS CHAPTER,  WAS THE FIRST DESIGN INTRODUCED AS TROOPS WERE LEAVING THE NAM. FROM 1972 TO 1973, THIS   WOULD BE, PERHAPS,THE BEST TWO YEARS FOR THE BULOVA CARAVELLE 666.  IT WAS ONE OF THE TOP SELLERS AS MEN INVESTED IN WIDGETS AND GADGETS AS THE MILITARY FORCES WERE DRAWING DOWN IN THE STATES. FOR THE BULOVA WATCH COMPANY, WHO LOST THE MAIN US G MIL CONTRACT TO BENRUS, THE BULOVA CARAVELLE 666 FEET DESIGN TURNED OUT TO BE A STRONG MILITARY  MARKET MAKERS FROM 1965 THROUGH 1974. MANY OF THE CARAVELLE 666 DIVES WOULD FIND THEIR WAY INTO THE NAM AND THEN BE CARRIED TO THE HOME FRONT. THIS DESIGN WAS UTILIZED FROM 1972 THROUGH 1973.

WE HAVE OFFERED THE FIRST 1966-1969 VERSION: EBAY # 150677274106

HERE IS A LINK TO THE OWNER OF CARAVELLE 666 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 CARAVELLE DIVE:
Pacific Chrono On The Dune

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THE  LAST OF THE
VIETNAM ERA
BULOVA CARAVELLE
666 FEET
MILITARY DIALS

THIS BEAUTY HAS

SOLID MIDNIGHT-BLACK CENTER
WITH
WHITE 24HR MILITARY TIME

THEN THERE ARE THE
RASIED ILLUMINATED MARKERS
THEY ARE NOT "MARKERS" PER SAY
THEY ARE 100% *RAISED FORMED TRITIUM MARKERS

* REPLACED WITH HIGH PERFORMANCE AF LUMINOVA

 

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SIGNED IN WHITE

CARAVELLE
WATER RESISTANT
666 FEET

A WIDE WHITE
MINUTES/SECONDS
CHAPTER RING
ENCIRCLES THE BLACK DIAL CENTER

WITH

BLACK HASHES
NUMERAL MARKED EVERY 5 SECONDS
FROM 5 THROUGH 60

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THIS CARAVELLE
666 FEET
AUTOMATIC
HAS BEEN RE-ILLUMINATED
KEEPING WITH THE ORIGINAL ILLUMINATION

GOOGLE
"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 OFFERS. 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. HERE LUMINOVA WAS APPLIED TO EXISTING TRITIUM YET IT IS PERFECT..

**RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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THIS
BULOVA
CARAVELLE
666
HAS AN ALL STEEL CASE
THE CASE HAS BEEN RESTORED TO MINT CONDITION
HIGH POLISH TOP WITH BRUSHED SIDES

THIS CASE CAME OUT 99.9%
EDGES SHARP DETAIL YET SMOOTH
LIGHT BRUSH AND POLISH

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STEEL AND BLACK
BI-DIRECTIONAL
BEZEL

NOTE THE SMOOTH BRUSH FINISH

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ORIGINAL CARAVELLE 666 CROWN

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THE BACK OF THE CASE IS POLISHED
THE SCREW DOWN BACK IS BLAST FINISHED
THEY ARE EXCEPTIONAL

[NOTE THE INCLUDED 9 INCH ORIGINAL RUBBER STRAP]

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FINISH IS STUNNING
SOLID STEEL FOLD-OVER CLASPED
STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET

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CUSTOM END PIECES
MADE BY ROCK
THAT
FIT THIS
BULOVA CARAVELLE

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PERFECTLY
AND
MATCH THE LINKS

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FITS 71/2 WITH ROOM TO SPARE
ADJUSTING IS A BREEZE

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WE ALSO ARE PROVIDING THE
ORIGINAL
RUBBER STRAP
AT 9 INCHES TOTAL

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ALL TOP GRADE
STAINLESS STEEL
CONSTRUCTION

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NOTE THE CRYSTAL MAKE THE DIAL LOOK WEIRD
WHEN PHOTOGRAPHING IT

WHAT AN AWESOME LOOK

I HAVE TO SAY IT COSTS US
400.00
TO PURCHASE WATCH
INVEST IN PARTS
CHEMICALS CLEANERS OILS
AND
TIME

IT IS THE SAME NO MATTER IF IT IS AN
OMEGA, ROLEX OR CARAVELLE, WESTCLOX

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RUBBER STRAP IS PERFECT
FITS PERFECT

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ALL PARTS ARE ORIGINAL
INCLUDING NEW CRYSTAL

CARAVELLE
WATER RESISTANT 666
STAINLESS STEEL
SHOCK RESISTANT
ANTI MAGNETIC
N3
[1973]

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THE RUBBER STRAP WAS JUST PLACED INTO THE LUGS
TO SHOW HOW IT WOULD LOOK
WITH SPRING BAR IT PULLS IT TIGHTLY INTO LUGS
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PLACED TOGETHER BEFORE CASE WAS COMPLETED
TO SEE HOW THE DIAL AND HANDS WOULD LOOK.

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PARTS OF CARAVELLE

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MOVEMENT BEING DISSASEMBLED

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MOVEMENT BEING DISSASEMBLED

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FIRST BRUSH OVER

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CASE FINISHED
READY FOR DETAILING

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CASE FINISHED
NOTE THE LONG CROWN TUBE

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INTERIOR CASE BACK
HAD SOME "TRENCH ART"
BUT NOTHING WE CAN
DETERMINE TO BE IMPORTANT

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CASE BACK ON

ONLY FIRST CLASS TOOLS SHOULD
BE USED TO PLACE SCREW BACK ON OR OFF

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DIAL READY

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SERVICED OVERHAULED
NEW MAIN NEW BALANCE

CARAVELLE
M6
11DP
17J
PARA SHOCK
Manual Wind
Sweep Second
Movement
f = 18000 A/h
Power Reserve 42h

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OVERHAULED MOVEMENT INSTALLED
INSTALLED NEW SEAL WITH SILICONE
7 INDUSTRIAL VACUUM CASE SEALER
[INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY]

 

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