Caravelle 666 Diver

Caravelle 666 Diver

Before the Quartz Crisis, Bulova had an obsession with precision. Almost from the founding of their plant in 1912, they implemented a system of mass production never before seen in the world of horology. This guaranteed an unprecedented interchangeability in their parts. The obsession with precision spurred them to produce the most accurate movement for a wristwatch. The aptly-named Accutron, with its tuning fork in lieu of the typical balance wheel, was the first ever electronic watch and is a legend in itself.

Their Space Age rivalry with Omega was fierce and acrimonious. Even though the Accutron wasn't selected as the official "first watch on the moon" (that honor of course went to the Omega Speedmaster), their timepieces did go to space. The movement that powered the Accutron was used in some fashion in almost every other timing device during NASA's Apollo missions outside the wrist-worn Omega Speedmasters.

Their reputation for technical precision and accuracy was perhaps surmounted by a flair for the unique in their designs. With a distinctive visual style that attracted the respect of the American public (in part due to their innovative ad campaigns, including the first-ever television commercial in 1941), Bulova's watches from the 1960s and 1970s certainly have an engaging appeal.

In the 1960's, Bulova launched their lower-priced Caravelle brand to bring quality timepieces to a broader market. With Bulova's American engineering and workhorse Japanese-made movements, Caravelle presented a tremendous value, particularly in their dive watches. These tough, simple watches had a lot in common with their Bulova branded cousins, including solid stainless-steel cases and a their notorious 666 foot depth rating. Given its affordable price and reputation for durability, these so-called "devil divers" quickly became a favorite among soldiers serving in the Vietnam War, where they could be purchased at on-base PX stores.

Dating to 1970, this particular example exudes vintage tool watch cool from every angle. At 37mm, the case is a great size for the modern wrist, and the matte black dial features bold, Explorer-style 3-6-9-12 hour markers and the trademark lollipop second hand, all with a beautiful even patina.

Bulova has certainly earned its reputation for great quality at an accessible price but pieces like this show us just how well that applies across their range of products.


Stainless steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding the crown). Valjoux 7736 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa 1970.

Overall Condition: Steel case is in good condition with light, even wear from age and use. Matte black dial is in great condition with slight discoloration from age. Luminescent elements on the hour markers and hands have gained a fine even patina over time. C-signed crown and signed screw down caseback.

Includes one 20mm tan one-piece nylon strap with Zulu hardware and one 20mmnylon strap from Crown & Buckle

SKU: TT01049

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