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1973 Caravelle 666 & 1977 Caravelle 333 Diver Watch

Published on: August 1, 2017
Categories: CARAVELLE, QuickPosts, RESTORATION IN PROGRESS

 

 

 

 

CHECK OUT THESE 2 AWESOME CARAVELLE DIVER WATCHES- UPCOMING RESTORATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

1973 CARAVELLE 666 DIVER 

1973 Caravelle 666 Diver Notice the LollyPop Second Sweeps & Raised Markers

 

 

 

1973 Caravelle 666 Diver-

 

 

 

1973 Caravelle 666 Diver Winder signed “C”

 

 

 

1973 Caravelle 666 Diver N3 – Stainless Steel Case Notice No Tool Markings Speidel Band Will Be Long Gone. Watch Demands Better Strap/Bracelet

 

 

 

1973 Caravelle 666 Diver Dial In Excellent Condition Bezel Ring In Very Good Condition

 

 

 

1973 Caravelle 666 Diver Overall Great Condition Bezel Looks Great But Is Not Rotating -Will Need To Be Removed And Cleaned

 

 

 

1977 CARAVELLE 333 DIVER

 

 

1977 CARAVELLE 333 DIVER W/DATEJUST AND RED SECOND SWEEPS HAND

 

 

 

1977 CARAVELLE 333 DIVER
CASE BACK SIGNED Q 107 CARAVELLE WATCH DIVISION BULOVA WATCH CO HONG KONG

 

 

 

1977 CARAVELLE 333 DIVER MOVEMENT N6 11 UTCD 17 JEWEL

 

 

 

1977 CARAVELLE 333 DIVER
MOVEMENT RUNS VERY WELL BEFORE SERVICE ,WILL RECEIVE NEW SEAL WITH SILICONE CASE SEALER

 

 

 

1977 CARAVELLE 333 DIVER
CASE BACK IS MARKED N7
WAIT…??CASE IS N7 BUT MOVEMENT IS N6? SEE BELOW FOR DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

1977 CARAVELLE 333 DIVER
NICE AFTERMARKET BRUSH STAINLESS BRACELET

 

 

 

1977 CARAVELLE 333 DIVER
VERY NICE WATCH WITH WIDE INNER CHAPTER RING

 

 

 

1977 CARAVELLE 333 DIVER
NICE SLEEK STAINLESS STEEL CASE , SEE THE CRYSTAL

 

 

 

HERE IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE BULOVA DIVER WATCH SERIES IN 333 AND 666 FEET MODELS, WHICH BULOVA WAS THE FIRST TO PREFECT THE MILITARY DIVE WATCH WITH A PLEXIGLASS CRYSTAL IN 1961 AND PASSED THE GOVERNMENT TEST AT A DEPTH CLOSE TO 400 FT. CARAVELLE WATCHES ARE A BI PRODUCT OF BULOVA. CARAVELLE UTILIZES THE SAME COMPONENTS AS BULOVA.

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 BLANC PAIN, WHO PRODUCED THE TR-900 DIVE WATCH. THE TR-900 DIVE MATCHED MUCH OF THE SPECS, CASING AND OTHER DESIGNS OF BULOVA’ S 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 PLEXIGLAS 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…

IN 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! THE 1973 CARAVELLE IS A SPECIAL WATCH. IT 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 GIDGETS AND GADJETS AS THE MILITARY FORCES WERE DRAWING DOWN IN THE STATES. FOR THE BULOVA WATCH COMPANY, WHO LOST THE MAIN USG 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 VIETNAM AND THEN BE CARRIED TO THE HOME FRONT. THIS DESIGN WAS UTILIZED FROM 1972 THROUGH 1973.

 

 

THE 1973 666 FEET CARAVELLE DIVER WATCH ALONG WITH THE 1977 CARAVELLE 333 FEET DIVER WATCH WILL BOTH UNDER GO A COMPLETE OVERHAUL.  I RECENTLY INVESTED IN THESE 2 CARAVELLE DIVERS  BOTH ARE RUNNING VERY NICELY BEFORE THEY HAVE EVEN BEEN SERVICED AND OVERHAULED. JUST  LOOK AT THE CONDITION OF THESE 2 WATCHES.

 BOTH ARE VERY NICE WATCHES IN VERY GOOD CONDITION , BOTH WILL RECEIVE, RE-ILLUMATED, FULL SERVICE , HANDS WILL GET REFURBISHED. BOTH DIALS ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND I WILL DO NOTHING MORE THAN RELUME AND PROTECT THE MOVEMENT WITH NEW GASKETS. BOTH WATCHES WILL BE WATER AND PRESSURE TESTED- I WILL BE PROVIDING PHOTOS AS RESTORATIONS IS BEING COMPLETED

 

NOW LETS GET BACK TO THE 1973 333 FEET DIVER REAL QUICK, WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF THE CASE MARKING DOESN’T MATCH THE MOVEMENT MARKING

 REMEMBER THE WATCH CASE IS MARKED N7 AND THE MOVEMENT IS MARKED N6. WELL WHAT EXACTLY COULD ONE TAKE FROM THIS? DOES THIS MEAN THE MOVEMENT HAS BEEN CHANGED OUT? OR HAS THE WATCH RECEIVED A DIFFERENT CASE? 

1977 CARAVELLE 333 DIVER
MOVEMENT DATE N6

 

 

 

 

1977 CARAVELLE 333 DIVER
CASE BACK IS MARKED N7

 

 

When The Movement Date and Case Date Don’t Match!

 The date of the movement will match the date of the case.  however, what to think when this is not the case. In this situation I go with the latest date wins.” I use this  only when the case and movement are dated within one year of each other. (Which is exactly the case on this 1977 Caravelle Diver. If more than one year separates the case and the movement I say the case date rules. The reason I go off of this standard is that movements can, and often are, replaced when the original one is no longer in service or no longer is working. So, any watch with a movement dated more than one year later than the case I automatically assume the movement has been replaced.

When purchasing a watch, I check both the case and movement date, and if they are more than one year apart, I assume that the movement is not original to the case. When selling a watch, it is very important to accurately date both the movement and the case and to inform potential buyers of that information. A watch that has mismatched parts should be fully disclosed as such. GoldsmithWatchworks has always believed in full disclosure.

But I just wanted to write a bit on this, I saw an opportunity to point something out so I did. 

 

The 1977 Caravelle Diver 333 FEET and the 1973 Caravelle 666 FEET “Devil Diver” watches

WILL BE PLACED UP FOR SALE AND WILL BE ATTACHED WITH A FREE ONE YEAR GSWW LIMITED WARRANTY. HERE IS THE LINK TO OUR FULL WARRANTY INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS  WARRANTY INFO HERE!

 

BUT GSWW DOES NOT STOP THERE. WITH EVERY RESTORATION THAT GSWW COMPLETES FOR OUR PATRONS OR COMPLETES TO RESELL TO PUBLIC. ALL RESTORATIONS RECEIVE A FREE PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE APPRAISAL THAT IS A PDF DOCUMENT THAT GETS UPLOADED TO SERVER FOR YOUR RECORD AND VIEWING. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN EXACTLY? WELL IT MEANS A LOT. WHEN INVEST IN A BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED TIMEPIECE YOU WANT TO PROTECT IT. VINTAGE WATCHES HAVE BECOME SOLID INVESTMENTS. WHETHER YOU ARE A COLLECTOR OR YOU BUY AND SELL. YOU WANT TO PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT. THE GSW GOLDSMITHWORKS APPRAISAL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS YOU CAN POSSESS AS TO YOUR VINTAGE WATCH. NOT ONLY IS THE WATCH DETAILED AS WELL AS OUR OFFERS, YOU MAY UTILIZE IN INSURING YOUR VINTAGE WATCH. IT IS A DETAILED DOCUMENT IN CASE OF THEFT OR REPLACEMENT. HERE IS SO MORE INFO ON OUR FREE INSURANCE APPRAISALS ALONG WITH VIEWING OF HUNDREDS OF RESTORATIONS WE HAVE PROVIDED PROFESSIONAL APPRAISALS FOR.

INSURANCE APPRAISAL & APPRAISAL INFO HERE

 

THE 1973 CARAVELLE IS A SPECIAL WATCH. IT 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 GIDGETS AND GADJETS AS THE MILITARY FORCES WERE DRAWING DOWN IN THE STATES. FOR THE BULOVA WATCH COMPANY, WHO LOST THE MAIN USG 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. I AM VERY EXCITED TO COMPLETE THESE 2 RESTORATIONS

 

CONTACT ELIJAH FOR DETAILS ON RESTORATIONS OR TO LOCK DOWN THESE WATCHES BEFORE RESTORATIONS ARE COMPLETED AND PUT UP FOR SALE. CONTACT ME ON FACEBOOK

 

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