More info on the Devil Diver

More info on the Devil Diver

Postby JAS1125 » April 2nd 2018, 10:12am

https://gearpatrol.com/2018/03/27/basel ... vil-diver/

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Verdict: Late last year, Bulova and the vintage dealer Analog/Shift had watch enthusiasts vote on what vintage watch Bulova should bring back. Given the choice between the Bulova Bullhead Chronograph, the Chronograph A and the Oceanographer 666 “Devil Diver,” watch nerds overwhelmingly chose the dive watch. Analog/Shift unveiled a limited edition reissue of that watch, but at Baselworld 2018 we finally got a look at the final, non-limited version.

Let’s get one thing out of the way first: While the industry seems to be on a downsizing bent this year, and while the original Devil Diver and the limited edition had a case around 40mm in diameter, the commercial version will be 44mm. And that’s fine. On the wrist, the cushion case wears small and comfortably.

There are other aspects of the watch that make it authentic to the original, including a light, jangly bracelet and a spot-on reinterpretation of the original dial (including a retro applied logo). The watch also rocks an automatic mechanical movement from Miyota, though Bulova did not specify which caliber, exactly. Most notably, though, Bulova opted for a red-and-navy colorway in place of the limited edition’s orange face.

Who It’s For: The watch enthusiasts who voted for it in the first place. Thinking more broadly, though, this is a fantastic dive watch option under $1,000, and will certainly work for anyone looking for a summer beater or just loves vintage watches or divers.
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby foghorn » April 2nd 2018, 10:18am

Damn.
I was hoping they wouldn't turn a great re-issue into a giant.
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby svaglic » April 2nd 2018, 10:28am

44mm leaves me out. I had been looking forward to this.
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby koimaster » April 2nd 2018, 10:32am

svaglic wrote:44mm leaves me out. I had been looking forward to this.



Allison, if it indeed wears small you might be able to pull it off. I might suggest looking at one in person and trying it on the wrist first. You were an NCO, a saucer should not scare you. :twisted:
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby foghorn » April 2nd 2018, 10:44am

There’s nothing wrong with a 44mm dive watch, but if you’re putting out a supposed “reissue” it totally fucks up the vintage vibe when you go that freaking large. At least Hamilton,Oris, and Timex keep their versions of watches past more reasonably sized.
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby svaglic » April 2nd 2018, 10:52am

koimaster wrote:
svaglic wrote:44mm leaves me out. I had been looking forward to this.



Allison, if it indeed wears small you might be able to pull it off. I might suggest looking at one in person and trying it on the wrist first. You were an NCO, a saucer should not scare you. :twisted:


I think an actual vintage would be better for me in this case. I'll see if I can find the new one to try on, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be too large for me. I did wear some larger dive watches in the Army, they didn't stick out in uniform as they do with what I wear now.
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby TemerityB » April 2nd 2018, 11:22am

Large or not, I'd watger when the smoke clears they'll have sold these watches as fast as they can make them. The new moon watch for Bulova (popularity-wise).
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby foghorn » April 2nd 2018, 11:25am

Conventional wisdom says to wait on any new Bulovas. In about a year they drop in price by quite a lot.
Happenned with the Precisioists , then the "UHF" versions , the moonwatch, and the curv. This one might do the same.
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby JAS1125 » April 2nd 2018, 12:35pm

svaglic wrote:44mm leaves me out. I had been looking forward to this.


I thought the same about the Turtle, but it turned out very wearable
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby Racer-X » April 2nd 2018, 1:10pm

The original was 40mm, why make this 44mm? And even $500 street price seems too much when you can get a PADI turtle for way less.
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby Pubbie » April 2nd 2018, 7:22pm

44mm? Lost interest. It’ll look dorky at that size.
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby conjurer » April 2nd 2018, 7:32pm

A Miyota movement, for eight bills?? Who the fuck do they think they are, a Kickstarter microbrand??
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby MAX » April 3rd 2018, 4:54am

Does it or doesnt it remind you of this:
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby foghorn » April 3rd 2018, 5:07am

But the Bulova is a copy of a watch they origianally issued in the 70's,back when Lalo was fleecing his kindergarten classmates out of their lunches by offering them genuine swiss chocolate bars made by hershey.
So the Bulova is a copy of an Invicta that is a copy of the Bulova that the Bulova is a copy of.
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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby OTMF » April 3rd 2018, 5:26am

MAX wrote:Does it or doesnt it remind you of this:
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Bulova, now Asian owned I believe copying from Invicta, a turn around. I like the Invicta better actually.


I believe that Invicta is a copy of Oris with that unique bracelet

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Re: More info on the Devil Diver

Postby bobbee » April 3rd 2018, 6:09am

Original advert from 1970, and two examples of the originals.
All Bulova Oceanographer dive models are called 'Snorkel', as per the ads.



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