Bulova Archive Series Oceanographer ‘Devil Diver’ Watch Hands-On

Bulova Archive Series Oceanographer ‘Devil Diver’ Watch Hands-On

At Baselworld, Bulova delivered a couple of legacy motivated looks for their Archive assortment. Both depend on the brand’s pad cased Oceanographer jumper of the 1970s. With an all the more consistent with the-first and costly form in the orange dial Bulova Archive Series Oceanographer Devil Diver Limited Edition and a fairly refreshed interpretation of the plan with the bigger, non-restricted Archive Series Oceanographer Devil Diver, Bulova have attempted to satisfy various types of fans with various takes on one of their most adored plans. Here, we go hands on with both of the Oceanographer Devil Divers to draw a nearer take a gander at Bulova’s handiwork.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

Most integral to the Devil Diver’s look is the dial. The two adaptations highlight the huge, applied, round iridescent hour markers, sitting right within a printed line encompassing the dial. The more modest restricted release adaptation has an orange dial, straightforward moment marker lines imprinted in white, and an external ring and focal cross hair theme imprinted in dark. Additionally consistent with the first is the dial text, with an applied Bulova signature and “programmed” at twelve and “snorkel” alongside “666ft” at 6 o’clock. With a dark dial, the non-restricted rendition highlights red features and a wordier dial with “Oceanographer” printed under the applied brand signature at twelve. The two watches have date capacities situated at 3 o’clock, with a day/date work on the restricted form and a basic date window on the standard version.


Hands are not the same as one model to the following also, with quirkier chrome plated radiant hands on the orange dialed restricted model and pared down stick hands on the standard variant. The two dials are perfect, exceptionally readable, and reminiscent of the period in which they were planned. The two forms are additionally consistent with their predecessors, with without a doubt, extremely inconspicuous changes to separate their situation on the brand’s timetable. The greatest contrasts are in the game plan of text on the bigger dark dialed form, likely a push to adjust the dial when introduced in a bigger variant. The two watches are, with regards to their precursors, housed in treated steel pad cases.

Popular during the 1960s and ’70s, pad case shapes for watches were pervasive particularly in jump watches. Doxa is another brand that used the plan for their Sub series and still does with their advanced assortment. The Archive Series Oceanographer Devil Diver models both component close to indistinguishable case plans, with the foremost distinction being size. The restricted rendition is 40mm wide while the standard model talks more to present day tastes with a 44mm case. The two cases are bended to fit the wrist comfortably and include a screw down crown in the conventional 3 o’clock spot.

Colorful acrylic bezels, extremely popular in the ’70s, are highlighted on the Devil Divers, with a highly contrasting bezel on the restricted model and a shading coordinated dark and red bezel on the standard rendition. Box sapphire enemy of intelligent precious stones and basic screw-down casebacks on the two renditions complete the 200m water-safe bundle and shield the development within.


The standard distinction between Bulova’s Devil Diver varieties other than size is the decision of development. The restricted release (and more costly) orange dial adaptation houses a Swiss made Sellita SW 220 programmed development with 26 gems and a pace of 28,800 vph though the standard model uses a Miyota programmed type. The various developments show how Bulova has situated the two watches, with a Swiss controlled restricted release form for the authorities and an all the more moderately named rendition for the masses.

Rattly, over-complicated wristbands are another sign of plunge watches from the 1970s, and the Limited Edition Archive Series Oceanographer Devil Diver exploits the look and feel of the first in its celebration arm band plan, while the bigger and heavier Archive Series Oceanographer Devil Diver has a more refreshed looking wristband to coordinate the expanded haul. Some vintage plunging geeks might be left needing for a ‘tropic’ elastic variety yet with what have all the earmarks of being 20mm and 22mm drag widths, secondary selling choices are plentiful.

So called “vintage reissue” or “legacy” watches, which are everywhere, will in general fall into two classifications. In the first place, and frequently, you’ll see the reconsidered take on a brand’s most loved model or models, with old school plan DNA close by current materials and execution. The Tudor Heritage Black Bay is a genuine illustration of this thought. At that point, there are the genuine reissues, precisely equivalent to their ancestors in look and feel, but quietly refreshed with tech with regards to the present norms. Seiko’s as of late delivered Golden Tuna reissue is an incredible model. What’s truly cool here is that Bulova did both, setting out to endeavor to satisfy everybody as opposed to just looking down on the individuals who figure they ought to have done one or the other.

At $1,495 for the Archive Series Oceanographer Limited Edition Devil Diver and $795 for the Archive Series Oceanographer Devil Diver, Bulova appear to have made a strong pair of alternatives in the vintage jumping domain with a sensible sticker price to accompany the old fashioned looks. bulova.com