Bulova 666 Chronograph

Bulova 666 Chronograph

Let’s be straight here - we feel like Bulova doesn’t get enough credit.

Before the quartz era, Bulova had a reputation like no other. Obsessed with precision, Bulova went above and beyond; they built their own observatories to determine universal time and developed the concept of interchangeable parts to watchmaking. They were also responsible for the Accutron, the worlds first electronic movement, the same movement powered that every other device for NASA's Apollo missions outside the wrist-worn Omega Speedmasters.

Even Bulova's advertising was innovative. In 1926, they produced the first radio ad and went on to run the first television commercial in 1941. For decades, America truly ran on Bulova time.

Their spotless reputation extended to tool watches, where they produced tough-as-nails pieces for military and civilians alike, including the legendary A-11 and A-17 pilot’s watches in the 40’s and 50’s, and a line of fun and functional chronographs and dive watches in the 60’s and 70’s. These models, including the Snorkel and Oceanographer, combined good looks, rugged movements, and Bulova’s cheeky 666 foot depth rating into one badass package.

Bulova has started to get some attention among collectors, and when you look at this example, it’s easy to see why. Sporting a large stainless steel cushion case, a beautiful sunburst blue dial with contrasting white registers, and powered by the very same Valjoux 7733 movement used by Heuer, Breitling, and countless others in their sporty chronographs of the era, these models present a tremendous value to the vintage sport watch aficionado. This particular example dates to 1969 and is in superb condition, with sharp edges, a spotless dial, and a Bulova-signed crown.

With clean designs and workhorse movements, these vintage Bulova chronographs are perfectly at home on the modern wrist and make a great addition to any collection.


Stainless steel case is approximately 40mm (excluding the crown). Valjoux 7733 hand-wound chronograph movement. Circa 1969.

Overall Condition: Steel case is in great condition with light, even wear from from age and use. Small nick on the outer edge at approx. 9:30. Blue sunburst dial is in excellent condition with crisp printing as is the handset. Screw-down caseback shows light tool marks. Bulova-signed crown.

Includes 20mm light brown leather strap and two 20mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.

SKU: TT01062.

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