1971 Bulova Deep Sea
- Brand and Country of Manufacture - Bulova, Switzerland
- Year - 1971
- Serial - 222249
- Model - N/A
- Movement & caliber - Tuning Fork 2182
- Case diameter - 40mm
A stainless steel Bulova Deep Sea watch. The Bulova Accutron was in the 60s the most popular $100+ timepiece in America, President Johnson declares it the White House’s official Gift of State. This is a great looking, and quite unusual model. It has the moniker the “Devil Diver” due to its novel 666 foot depth rating! This is a great example of a watch that is why people are fans of Bulova, and especially from this period. A very handsome case with the crown set at the four o’clock position and the acrylic grey and black style bi-directional bezel for timing your dives.
The black dial is an unsual bullseye style with a stunning brushed grey metal center section where the applied Accutron logo and iconic 666 Depth rating and Deepsea name is printed in white. The outer section remains a classic black with fairly large baton 'wide boy' style markers with large luminous plots running through the center for easy reading and the larger double marker at the 12 o’clock position. The original hand set are white painted pencil style hands and lume filled for ease of reading. The bezel on this watch is unusual for a dive watch with it being marked in black and grey which really sits well with the dial colour scheme.
The watch is powered by the iconic Accutron tuning fork movement. A movement that was the world's first fully electronic watch when launched at the Basel watch fair in 1960. Inside is a 360-Herz tuning fork powered by a one-transistor electronic oscillator, and was the invention of the Bulova engineer Max Hertzel. The standard oscillating rate of a conventional mechanical balance wheel driven watch was approximately 200 times per-second. The new tuning fork mechanism allowed a rate of 360 times which guaranteed an accuracy to just one minute a month. There are two other very distinguishing features to the Accutron; No conventional winding stem with the setting functions located on the case back itself. Next is the sound that the watch makes as it oscillates at this high frequency. An almost humming noise which is very unique to the tuning fork.
The watch is in excellent original condition, and is unpolished. There are some scratches, of course, as one would come to expect from a sports watch now fifty years old. The dial is also excellent with all of the original luminous material in tact, and matured into a lovely coffe colour. The watch is keeping great time, such is the beauty of these movements, with day and date function working perfectly too. Please note the original crystal has some crazing to it. It has been left as an orignal part to the watch. If you are looking for a sporty watch with a difference, this watch is likely to tick the box. A great looking piece of 1970’s design, a cool moniker, with an interesting movement to power it. This watch, although intended to dive, is not recommended to be used to swim, or submerse in water.