Coming Soon: Bulova Oceanographer “666” with rubber strap

The watches in Bulova’s Archive Series are Iconic designs revitalized for today. The classic designs are literally taken from heritage models from the Bulova collection, but at the same time contain modern elements as the ultimate tribute to the history of Bulova.
Coming soon: a new addition to the Oceanographer reissue range of dive watches.

The Oceanographer in 1972

In 2020, Bulova re-released the 1972 Oceanographer, a striking model from the brand’s extensive archive of historic timepieces. This watch was popularly known as the “Devil Diver” because 666 feet (201.168 meters) was printed on the dial. Of course, this characteristic element is now also prominently present on the dial.

The original Bulova Oceanographer from 1972
▴ The original Oceanographer from 1972

96B344
▴ 96B344

The Oceanographer was designed for tough diving conditions. The watch fit snugly on the diver’s wrist due to the unique link bracelet. Other striking elements were the large luminous tritium-filled hands that provided excellent legibility – a requirement for a diver. Tritium is slightly radioactive and is therefore no longer used today. The watch’s bezel was – progressive for that time – uni-directional. A true Bulova innovation.

There was 1 feature that we take for granted in a dive watch today, which was missing from the Oceanographer; The diving watch did not have a screw crown. The reissue obviously has that! The unique steel strap with comfortable rounded links has also been updated.

Screw crown
▴ Screw-down crown

safety closure
▴ Strap with safety clasp

The newest member of the Oceanographer family

In tribute to the Oceanographer dive watch from the 1970s, Bulova now unveils another new model – this time with a sporty and comfortable rubber strap.

96B350
▴ 96B350

96B350
▴ 96B350

The original size of 41 mm diameter has been maintained, but the watch looks smaller due to its compact shape and also has a relatively narrow strap attachment of 19 mm, which enhances the retro appearance. The striking watch has the iconic “666 feet” of the Oceanograph on the dial and is ISO certified with water resistance up to 200 meters.

Powered by a self-winding mechanical movement with a 42-hour power reserve, the watch is offered with a stainless steel screw-down case and screw-down crown. Further details include the black-orange uni-directional bezel, hands with luminous markers, date function and sapphire crystal with blue anti-reflective coating.

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The Oceanographer diving watches are not the first reissues of historical models. Bulova also has a rich history in military watches. But innovation does not stand still either; Take the special Curv watches with a curved movement.

Our store employees in Rotterdam and Breda are happy to introduce you to our collection of Bulova watches. If you order the watch online in advance and indicate that you will collect it, we will prepare the watch for you – without any obligation to purchase.

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