1965 Bulova Snorkel Skindiver (Ref. 386-1) “Devil Diver”
The vintage Bulova obsession in the watch community is very real and here to stay! The unique and funky watches that Bulova made from the 60s-80s are always a cause for conversation. Ranging from colorful diving chronographs to eccentric electric watches like the famous Accutron.
This diver, nicknamed the "Devil Diver" because of its depth rating of an oddly specific 666 feet (which, for those on the metric system, is roughly 202 meters) was actually designed for skindiving and snorkeling rather than deep-sea diving, which meant that Bulova could make the case less chunky – and thus more naturally wearable and aesthetically pleasing. And at 36mm, it's a small-by-today's-standards dive watch that will look great on just about anyone's wrist, even if they're only desk diving.
This 1965 Bulova Snorkel ref. 386-1 skin diver has all of the elements we love about the mid to early "Golden Era" divers. Not only has it aged to reflect a beautiful patina, but it's also a devilishly attractive watch, hosting an occult-inspired depth rating of 666 feet.
|Style||Snorkel "Devil Diver"|
|Bracelet||2pc Handmade Leather Strap|
The 36mm stainless steel case has been lightly polished and is in beautiful condition with long, slightly curved lugs that show light signs of use. It retains its original Bulova-signed crown and a rotating bezel that has faded to match the case. The case back is clean and retains its original Bulova medallion. The watch will be supplied on a 2-piece leather strap.
The silver sunburst dial is in excellent vintage condition with light spots from age and features numeric hour markers at 6, 9 and 12 o'clock, and rectangular markers for the remaining hours with a date window replacing a marker at 3 o'clock. The markers have aged to a cream color as has the lume the silver hour and minute hands.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is functioning and keeping time perfectly, previous service history is unknown.