The new Bulova Oceanographer GMT is a watch that pays homage to the brand’s heritage while offering a modern twist. It is based on the iconic Devil Diver, a dive watch that was introduced in 1972 and had a distinctive 666-foot depth rating. The Oceanographer GMT adds a second time zone function, making it a versatile travel companion.
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New: Bulova Oceanographer GMT
The Oceanographer GMT comes in three versions, each with a different color scheme and bezel style. The Pepsi version has a blue and red 24-hour bezel and a black dial with white and orange accents. The Root Beer version has a brown and black 24-hour bezel and a gold-tone case and bracelet with a black dial. The Lume version has a luminous dive bezel and a lume dial with dark metal case and rubber strap. All three versions have a 41mm steel case, a domed sapphire crystal, and a Miyota 9075 movement that offers local jumping hour hand adjustment.
The Oceanographer GMT is a watch that combines vintage charm with modern functionality. It has a distinctive design that is faithful to the original Devil Diver, but also adds some contemporary elements such as the GMT hand, the sapphire crystal, and the Miyota movement. The 41mm case size with a short lug profile makes it easy to wear without sacrificing on water resistance. The watch is well-made and priced between $1,295 and $1,395, which puts it in competition with Hamilton and Seiko. At this price one might expect however, a more accurate movement which might just be the main downside of the watch. The 9075 is rated at -10 ~ +30 seconds per day.
Bulova, renowned for its exquisite timepieces, pays homage to its iconic 1972 Oceanographer watch, fondly known as the “Devil Diver,” by launching an exciting trio of Oceanographer GMT watches. Merging timeless designs with contemporary elements, the Oceanographer collection receives a significant upgrade with the addition of GMT functionality.
Designed for the modern traveler, the new Oceanographer GMT features the high-performance 9075 premium Miyota automatic movement. This remarkable timepiece enables easy tracking of a second time zone by adjusting the standard 12-hour hand, allowing globetrotters to effortlessly maintain both local and foreign time. With exceptional accuracy of -10/+30 seconds per day and an impressive 42-hour power reserve, the Oceanographer GMT offers excellent value as a vintage-inspired masterpiece.
This distinctive design originates from Bulova’s history of supplying reliable, waterproof timepieces to the U.S. military. Originally conceived for diving expeditions, the watch snugly fits on the diver’s wrist and includes a rotating bezel. The timepiece acquired its memorable moniker, “Devil Diver,” when the brand boldly inscribed “666 feet” on the dial, signifying its underwater depth rating according to the Imperial system, deviating from the conventional 200m standard used by Swiss watchmakers.
Bulova proudly presents the new Oceanographer GMT in three captivating color combinations. The first, affectionately called the “root beer,” features a bi-directional rotating bezel in classic brown and black tones, complementing a striking IP plated rose gold tone stainless steel case and bracelet. The second variant, known as the “lume” watch, boasts a striking high-contrast monochrome aesthetic, with a gunmetal IP plated case and bezel, unidirectional elapsed time indication, and a grey silicone textured strap set against a full luminous white dial. Finally, the “pepsi” version showcases the timeless red and blue hues typically associated with dive watches, presented alongside a stainless steel case, a bi-directional rotating bezel with 24-hour GMT indication, and a matching bracelet.
Noteworthy features of these captivating timepieces include a 41mm case with a screw-down crown, a double-domed box sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating, and an impressive water resistance rating of 200m, symbolized by the iconic “666 feet” displayed on the dial. Priced between $1,295 and $1,395, the new Bulova Oceanographer GMT watches are now available for purchase at https://www.bulova.com/.