Bulova 666 Diver

Bulova 666 Diver

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 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.

Dating to 1968, this is a prime example of Bulova's sharp looking and well built dive watches. Unlike many early divers (and even its Caravelle cousin), this piece features a decidedly svelte 35mm steel case that lends itself to unobtrusive wear under water and on dry land alike. Inside is a gorgeous sunburst silver dial with bold, beautifully patinated hour markers and large dauphine hands.

Sporting an enviable history and sharp looks, these Bulova divers are one of our favorite under-the-radar picks.


Stainless steel case is approximately 35mm (excluding the crown). Bulova 11ALACD movement. Circa 1968.

Overall Condition: Steel case is in excellent condition with light, even wear from from age and use. Silver sunburst dial is in superb condition with crisp printing. Luminescent elements across the dial and dauphine style hands have taken on a beautiful custard patina from age. Bidirectional racheting bezel. Screw-down caseback shows some tool marks. Bulova signed crown.

Includes two 18mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.

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