OK, GET OUT YOUR CREDIT CARD

CAUSE IF YOU COLLECT DIVE WATCHES THIS IS ONLY THE THIRD I EVER HAD!

IF YOU GOOGLE
GOLDSMITHWORKS DIVE

YOU WILL SURELY SEE A LOT OF BEAUTIFUL RESTORES.

BUT NOT THIS BABY

THIS IS ONE OF THE VERY FIRST BULOVA
DIVE WATCHES ORIGINALLY DESIGNED
FOR THE US MILITARY

THE FIRST AUTOMATIC WITH PLASTIC CRYSTAL
TO GO 382 FEET UNDER WATER.

IN 1962/3 BULOVA TURNED THE
CONTRACT OVER TO TORNEK RAYVILLE

BULOVA BEGAN RELEASING THE 333 FEET
THEN THE 666
AND NOT UNTIL SEVERAL YEARS PASSED

DID THEY RELEASE THIS BULOVA DIVE

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TOP WAS THE PROTOTYPE THAT WOULD TESTED AT 333-381 FEET
TWO TO RIGHT ARE RAYVILLE'S NOTE THEY USED BULOVA CASE
BELOW IS THE DIVE MADE FOR THE PUBLIC HAD ALL THE MIL WANTED
AND MORE IT DID NOT HAVE THE MOISTURE INDICATOR
MORE AT BOTTOM OF
OFFER

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THE READY TO WEAR

RESTORED & OVERHAULED
ORIGINAL MINT CONDITION
VINTAGE
1965
ORIGINAL

STAINLESS STEEL
BULOVA

666 FEET
automatic
DIVE WATCH


[1967]

M7

WITH

M6
11DP

PARA SHOCK
17J

MOVEMENT
ORD DEP STYLE

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FOR A 1967 THIS IS A BEAUTY

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ABOVE ARE SOME OF THE MILITARY UTILIZED DIVE WATCHES
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ABOVE ARE THE FIRST MIL SPEC BULOVA & THE TORNEK RAYVILLE

FREE ONE YEAR WARRANTY
FREE APPRAISAL


SELF WINDING
[AUTOMATIC]


19.00 UPS 2 DAY AIR INSURED SIGNATURE DELIVERY

26.00 INTERNATIONAL REGISTERED 
INSURANCE SIGNATURE DELIVERY 

TOLL FREE SUPPORT
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AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF WORK WENT INTO THIS BULOVA
EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS AWESOME
RARE
VIETNAM ERA
SWISS BULOVA
666 FEET
DIVE WATCH

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EVERY ITEM IS ORIGINAL INCLUDING CRYSTAL
THIS 1967 BULOVA HAS THE ACRYLIC BEZEL
LIKE THE ONE COMPLETED ABOVE
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SHE RUNS GREAT KEEPS TIME
AND DUE TO THE SEALING OF THE CASE

THE MOVEMENT IS PRISTINE

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I USED AN AWESOME PUSH BUTTON BLACK DIVE STRAP

 

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I WOULD SAY SHE RATES 92%
AND SOME OF THE 8% IS THE FACT
THE LUME IS DEAD
WHILE I RESTORE LUME 98% OF THE TIME
SHE IS SIMPLY STUNNING

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SWISS MADE

THE BULOVA CARAVELLE I HAVE AVAILABLE
IS A 1966 AND IT HAS A CITIZEN MOVEMENT
WHILE MILITARY WATCHES HAD THE MOVEMENT

THIS ALL SWISS IS THE LAST OF THE MOHAWKS

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WHAT DID I SAY

11 ALAC
SWISS MADE

Features
automatic
sweep second

Data
11.5''', Dm= 25.6mm, Do= 26.0mm
H= 5.15mm
F= 1.0mm
T= 1.4mm
17/23 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 42h

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1967 BULOVA WITH ALL SWISS PARTS

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CASE IS ALL STAINLESS STEEL
NOTE THE

SUPER - WATERPROOF
666 FEET?

WELL LOOK AT THE CASE BACK SEAL

 

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CROWN IS SIGNED
NEW BACK SEAL
NEW CROWN SEAL

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LOOK LOOK LOOKLOOK LOOK LOOK LOOK LOOK LOOK LOOK E
;

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M7 = 1967

THERE IS SOME OLD ILLUMINATION
IT IS DEAD AND FINE I GENTLY CLEANED A BUNCH OF IT OFF THE DIAL AND SEALED WHAT WAS   LEFT ON MARKERS AND HANDS LUM

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U.S. NAVY SPECA MIL W 22176 A
above is the original specs for contract

 

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 RESPECTIVELY.. 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 PLEXIGLAS 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/PLEXIGLAS CRYSTALS, INCLUDING THE DOXA. --NOTE THE ONLY TIME I AM AWARE AN AUTOMATIC WAS EVEN CONTEMPLATED

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 AND 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 Plexiglas/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 SEA WOLF BEFORE 1964- BUT IT IS NOT AND NEVER WILL BE THE ZODIAC SEA WOLF TO SERIOUS COLLECTORS

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HE ABOVE ADVERT INFORMS ITS READERS TO VISIT THE ZODIAC EXHIBITION IN THE SWISS WATCH PAVILION AT THE NEW YORK WORLDS FAIR AND THE ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN 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 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