The Bulova Devil Diver aka the “666” Oceanographer is among the nicest three handed dive watches I’ve seen in a protracted whereas. Created as an homage to Bulova’s unique dive watch, the Oceanographer, the 666 is so named due to its odd depth score. The 41mm face, which tells you you may snorkel all the way down to 666 ft on this beast, is daring orange, and all the package deal is so well-made that I’m shocked that they’re promoting it for $750.
The watch is a lavatory normal diver with screwdown crown, cushion-style case, and a rubber strap. The diver’s bezel is unidirectional and options the usual orange 15 minute timer. The orange shade itself is a sort of vibrant sherbert and is kind of hanging.
And then there’s the lume.
I shot this within the relative gloom of my attic after charging this look ahead to a number of seconds in opposition to a lamp. It is wonderful. The hour pips are literally clear and act as gentle tubes that carry the sunshine by means of to the face. The arms are amazingly lured and the entire thing shines like a highlight.
The watch runs a Miyota 821D motion with calendar window and a reverse cyclops – mainly a prism contained in the crystal – retains the date seen always.
Here’s the unhealthy information: that motion is fairly janky. There is loads of play within the seconds hand if you set the time and all the factor isn’t as exact as I’d have favored. That mentioned, it’s the identical motion that powers a variety of well-liked watches and I believe the remainder of the package deal makes up for the constraints it creates on the watch as an entire.
At this level in my gathering profession I prefer to rank watches by whether or not or not I’d pay full retail for one thing like this. A $750 diver from a storied maker is unquestionably properly inside my vary of acceptance and I may positively see this as a substitute for a Seiko Orange Monster. It’s a bit pricier than the Seiko, clearly, but it surely’s positively price a glance.
It’s not day-after-day somebody comes out with a tremendous, traditional, mechanical diver and Bulova actually pulled it off. I’m glad they’re again on the automated motion kick and I’ll spend the following few months drooling after this devilish diver till they launch one thing new.
- Brand & Model: Oceanographer Devil Diver
- Price: $750
- Who we expect it could be for: An awesome look ahead to diving followers who love traditional styling and traditional designs.
- Would I purchase one for myself primarily based on what I’ve seen?: I’d purchase this, positively. It’s arduous to justify the acquisition of one other three-hander however when you contemplate this a one-off piece in your assortment it’s properly price it.
- If I may make one design suggestion, it will be: A greater motion. The motion really feel is a bit off.
- What spoke to me essentially the most about this watch: Lume, child, lume. I really like this factor from face to case and it’s fairly a feat.
Tech Specs from Bulova
- Case Width: 41 mm
- Case Material: Stainless Steel
- Band Color: Black
- Buckle/Clasp: Buckle
- Case Color: Stainless Steel
- Case Finish: Polished
- Case Shape: Cushion
- Case Size: Full Size
- Crystal/Lens: Acrylic
- Dial Color: Orange
- Dial Markings: Lumed
- Water Resistance: 200 meters
- Case Height: 14.55 mm
- Attachment Hardware Color: Stainless Steel