READY TO WEAR


RESTORED & OVERHAULED
ORIGINAL MINT CONDITION
VINTAGE
1965
ORIGINAL

STAINLESS STEEL
BULOVA CARAVELLE

666 FEET
DIVE WATCH


[1965]

M5

WITH

M6
11DP

PARA SHOCK
17J

MOVEMENT
ORD DEP STYLE

36.5 X 36.5 MM
W/O
CROWN


WITH

NATO BALLISTIC NYLON STRAP
OLIVE DRAB WITH KEEPERS

UP TO SIZE
9


FREE ONE YEAR WARRANTY
FREE APPRAISAL


SELF WINDING
[AUTOMATIC]


19.00 UPS 2 DAY AIR INSURED SIGNATURE DELIVERY

26.00 INTERNATIONAL REGISTERD 
INSURANCED SIGNATURE DELIVERY 

TOLL FREE SUPPORT
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AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF WORK WENT INTO THIS RARE
--- THAT IS CORRECT --
RARE
VIETNAM ERA
BULOVA CARAVELLE
666 FEET
DIVE WATCH

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EVERY ITEM IS ORIGINAL BUT THE CRYSTAL
THIS 1965 BULOVA IS ABSOLUTELYRARE
AFTER ONE YEAR WE FINALLY DISCOVERED A CRYSTAL

LIKE THE ONE THAT WAS ORIGINAL
ONLY PROBLEM IS IT LOCKS THE BEZEL IN PLACE
YET, THE TRUTH CANNOT BE DISCARTED

AGAIN,A VIETNAM ERA BULOVA CARAVELLE 666 FEET DIVERS THAT BELONGED TO A FRIEND OF ROCKS WHO SERVED A FEW YEATRS EARLIER THAN ROCK 

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THE FACT IS, OUTSIDE OF SP GREEN BERET AND SUPPORT TROOPS
THE ACTION GOT STARTED ON THE DATE

THIS BULOVA CAME TO LIFE

M-5 OR 1965

THERE FOR ROCK DESIRES A FAIR PRICE

EVEN WITH THE BEZEL ISSUE.

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I APPOLOGIZE FOR THE FACT WE CAN NO
LONGER FIND THE OLD NATO OLIVE DRAB STRAPS 

BUT THIS IS FINE

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CASE IS ALL STASINESS STEEL
THE LUGS ARECOMPLETELY DIFFERENT THANANY WATCH EVER
THEY ARE PERFECY FOR A ROCKSTRER WIDE LEATHER STRAP
IN FACT IF YOU WANT ONE WITH BADGES AND EXTRAS LET US KNOW
A GREAT PRICE FOR YOU! ROCK WAS GOING TO PLACE IT

ON A WIDE CUFF BUT HE HASSO MANY HEDECIDED
TO LEAVE IT TO THE INVESTER

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CROWN IS SIGNED
NEW BACK SEAL
NEW CROWN SEAL

WOW LOOK AT THE LUGS
THIS WAS MADE FOR A 1960'S WIDE CUFF STRAP
PERIOD

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COMPLETLY TORN DOWN INCLUDING MOVEMENT

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LOOK LOOK LOOKLOOK LOOK LOOK LOOK LOOK LOOK LOOK

DEPLEATED RADIUM HANDS AND SECONDS HAND
DEPLEATED RADIUM MARKERS AND NUMBERS
TOTALLY SAFE & SO NICE ROCK DID NOT RELUME

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M5 = 1965
PIC TAKEN BEFORE RESTORE
ROCK WAS WORRIED THE M5
WOULD BE LOST IN THE RESTORE
IT WAS NOT

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AFTER RESTORE OVERHAUL SERVICE

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AGAIN THE CROWN SPORTS THE "C"

 

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CASE BEFORE RESTORE -BUFF-POLISH

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NEW CASE BACK SEAL SECURELY IN THE SEAL NOTCH

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HERE ROCK WAS RESETTING THE
BLACK BEZEL INSERT INTO THE BEZEL

 

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ALL TOGETHER

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BEFORE CASE WORK

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ALL DONE

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BESIDES THE ITEM I AM OFFERRING, I PROVIDE HISTORY FOR YOU. I GET TIRED OF THE WANNABE THAT COME BY AND SEND ME AN EMAIL   TRYING TO SHOW ME THEY GOT BRAINS.. SAYING I AM, WASTING TIME WITH THE EXTRA HISTORY AND FACTS

BUT THEY DON'T READ OR THEY CANNOT READ. GET A CHANCE READ THE GERMAN MWB I HAVE OFFERED. I AM PLACING THE LATEST EMAIL

ORIGINAL RADIUM DIAL.

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In 2008
A Bulova Automatic Wristwatch
lost overboard by a sailor in 1941
was found
after 67 years
on the seabed
and
returned to its owner
It still works today

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.

THIS  PARTICULAR BULOVA BELOW  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.

THIS VERY MODEL WAS THE RESULT OF THREE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS FROM 1958 TO 1961, [MIL-W-3181 / MIL-W-22176 / MIL-W-22176A] WHEN BULOVA WORKED UNDER US NAVY CONTRACT TO PERFECT THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH WITH PLEXIGLAS CRYSTAL AND PASSED ALL GOVERNMENT TESTS INCLUDING DIVING TO 392 FEET.

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AROUND 1961/63 BULOVA DROPPED THEIR CONTRACT & THE CONTRACT WAS TAKEN OVER BY BLANCPAIN, WHO THEN PRODUCED A DIVE WATCH TITLED THE TR-900/TORNSK RAYVILLE THAT MATCHED MUCH OF THE SPECS, CASING  AND OTHER DESIGNS OF THE BULOVA' FINAL VERSION, INCLUDING THE VERY LOOK AND DESIGN DOWN TO THE RADIUM MARKERS, BEZEL AND BEZEL INSERT AND MOISTURE DOT ON DIAL..

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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.

THE 1964 BULOVA 666 WAS AVAILABLE AT MILITARY PX AND WAS AS POPULAR AS THE ZODIAC SEA WOLF.. . WHICH MAKES THIS VERSION A RARE TIME PIECE..

 

U.S. NAVY SPECA MIL W 22176 A

NOTE IN 1940 THERE WAS THE

U.S.N. BU SHIPS
Canteen Style Diver’s Watch

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U.S. NAVY SPECA MIL W 22176 A

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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 RO9LEX 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 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, [BLANCPAIN MI SPEC 1” ]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, 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.

[NOTE: ALL THE WATCHES SHOWN WERE RESTORED BY ROCK]

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BULOVA, WHO ACTUALLY DEVELOPED THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH WITH PLASTIC CRYSTAL UNDER US CONTRACT, RELEASED THEIR AUTOMATIC MODEL IN COMPETITION WITH THE 1964 ZODIAC SEA WOLF AUTOMATIC. WHICH WAS INTRODUCED AT THE 1964 WORLDS FAIR. [THERE WAS A ZODIAC SEA WOLF BEFORE THIS BABBY BUT IT WAS BLAH!

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  THE ABOVE ADVERT INFORMS IT’S READERS TO VISIT THE ZODIAC EXHIBITION IN THE SWISS WATCH PAVILION AT THE NEW YORK WORLDS FAIR AND THE ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNE WAS HEAVY ON TV AND RADIO. THIS WAS 1964, IN FLUSHING QUEENS NY.  I WAS THERE AND VISITED THE PAVILION. IT WAS FREE. IF YOU READ MY BOOK, YOU WOULD READ HOW WE WENT TO 14 FREE EXHIBITS THE WATCH PAVILION, GENERAL ELECTRIC AND THE IBM EXHIBITS WERE THE BEST AND THE AMPHIBIAN CAR THAT WENT INTO WATER MADE IT A GREAT EXPERIENCE; ESPECIALLY FOR MY BROTHER WHO WAS 7 AND I , AT 11, WERE JUST KIDS BEGINNING A JOURNEY [“RUNNING AWAY”].

BOTH OF THESE, AS WELL AS OTHERS, WERE INVESTED IN BY US AND AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS FROM PRIVATE TO OFFICER…I FACT, BULOVA 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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WALTHAM [ABOVE], ANOTHER LONG TIME US MILITARY WATCH DEVELOPER, FOLLOWED WITH THEIR OWN MODEL WHICH WAS LARGER THAN THE BULOVA, ZODIAC OR ELGIN.

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ELGIN, WHO HAD SUPPLIED US MILITARY WATCHES SINCE WWI. RELEASED THERE OWN VERSION WITH STRAIGHT DROP LUGS, MEDIUM BEZEL IN A SMALL CASE SIMILAR TO THE OLD ELGIN WWII CASES. IT WAS ONLY LARGER DUE TO THE BEZEL.  

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AND, FINALLY, WE HAD BENRUS. BENRUS HAD, BY BEATING OUT BULOVA, ACTUALLY WON THE FIRST MAIN CONTRACT FOR MILITARY ISSUED VIETNAM SERVICE US ARMY AND AIR FORCE WATCHES AND ALSO A MILITARY DIVE WATCH. THEY WOULD INTRODUCE THE SINGLE CASE BENRUS. AT THAT TIME, DUE TO ITS SINGLE CASE DESIGN AND THE SIMPLY BEZEL WITH ELGIN STYLE LUGS, IT BECAME A HIT WITH THE GI’S. BUT THEY TOOK ANOTHER STEP. TO MAKE THEIR DIVE WATCH STAND OUT, THEY INTRODUCED A LIMITED 25 JEWEL INCABLOC MODEL. THEY UTILIZED A 25J A.S. EUBACHE AND A ETA 17J ROTOR ASSEMBLY TO PRODUCE THE LIMITED SELF WINDING ULTRA DEEP 666 FEET

 

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BULOVA, WHO ACTUALLY DEVELOPED THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH WITH PLASTIC CRYSTAL UNDER US CONTRACT, RELEASED THEIR AUTOMATIC MODEL IN COMPETITION WITH THE 1964 ZODIAC SEA WOLF AUTOMATIC. WHICH WAS INTRODUCED AT THE 1964 WORLDS FAIR.