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    Default Bulova Accutron Deep Sea and Deep Sea "AB" Variant Guide

    I have a lot of love for this particular model Accutron, and I think it deserves a dedicated thread for research. I have compiled a lot of information and photographs which I will add here in hopes to make this guide something valuable to others. Note that "Deep Sea" might sound like it covers a lot of Accutron models. This particular watch has been called "Deep Sea" and the Deep Sea "AB" on mybulova based on advertisements. I will be continuously editing/updating the reference and welcome feedback since I am not the greatest at describing the handsets. This guide does not cover the deep sea "B" and various other 218 caliber diver watches that have the "deep sea" name on them. Additional watch models bearing the "Deep Sea" name will need their own guides since they all have different dial/hand variations.


    Production Information:
    Most observed watches occur in the M8 to N0 date code range.
    Black Bezel Variant: Case 702
    Black/Red Variant: Case 702-1 – Red indicates 15 minutes of dive time
    Swiss Variant: Observed using both bezels, so it would use the corresponding case ID.
    Crystal: Inverted cyclops magnifier – 702AWD (armored white)
    Calendar Wheel: 2 variants – You commonly see these interchanged
    1) Black Bezel: Black Text, Silver Background
    2) Black/Red Bezel: Red Text, Silver Background

    Bezel Variants

    Black: Solid black Bakelite rotating press fit plexi ring, 15 minute intervals.
    Red/Black (Coke): Same as above. 0 to 15 is solid red. Markers for every second.
    Swiss: Black or Red/Black. Triangle marker at 12 is tritium lumed.


    Case/Caseback Variants

    Stainless Steel Case: Faceted straight lugs the same on all variants
    Caseback V1: Text says “666 feet, Bulova, Patented, Stainless Steel”, six digit stamped serial
    Caseback V2: Text says “Bulova, Stainless Steel”, six digit stamped serial
    Caseback V3: Text says “Bulova, Stainless Steel”, six digit etched serial
    Caseback V4: Text says "Bulova, Stainless Steel, Super Waterproof", six digit etched serial


    Dial Variants

    Standard: Triangular luminous painted hour marker at 12, luminous painted dots at 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, luminous rectangle marker at 6; metal applied logo “Accutron” or rarely seen applied metal “Bulova Accutron”; painted white text “DEEP SEA” next line “666 FEET”

    Swiss: Nearly identical to the Standard dial except the markers are lumed with tritium and says “T SWISS T” at the bottom of the dial.


    Hand Variants

    Standard Dial Black Bezel:
    Spear: Hour/Minute hands. Silver luminous wide blades taper to a tip. Slightly bent ends.
    Tuning Fork Seconds: Silver tuning fork shaped base and straight shaft

    Standard Dial Black/Red Bezel:
    Square with Arrow: Hour/Minute hands. The hour is sometimes referred to as the “Broadhead” and is also found on simple silver astronaut watches. The hour is silver, luminous, and has a large triangle end. Minute hand is silver luminous with a thick rectangular shaft and pointed end.

    Arrow Seconds: White painted shaft with red painted arrow tip

    Swiss Variant (either bezel):
    Crawl: Hour is a large bulb with added arrow tip. Minute is a reverse taper with arrow tip. Both are tritium lume
    Ball Seconds: Small bulb at base of hands, large bulb/ball end with stick end – tritium lume



    Bracelet/Band Variants:

    Black Bezel – JB Champion stainless steel fold over bracelet – parallel markings running down the center link, large Accutron logo on clasp, end links perfectly form to the case
    Black/Red Bezel – Kreisler Stelux – Small Accutron Logo – Stainless Steel - Flat sides – end links perfectly form to the case
    Tropic Black Strap: Commonly seen with swiss deep sea/snorkel watches in advertisements

    Cross Reference: Hands, calendar wheels, bracelets, etc are commonly interchanged amongst these models, but this is the best reference as to what would be a factory correct variant.

    Model # Bezel Dial Hour/Minute Seconds Bracelet Calendar Wheel MyBulova
    Deep Sea “AB” - 702 Solid Black Standard Spear Tuning Fork JB Champion Black or Red Text, Silver Background Standard Dial/Hands not in Database
    Deep Sea
    702-1
    Red/Black (Coke) Standard Square with Arrow Arrow Kreisler Stelux Red Text, Silver Background Link
    Deep Sea
    702-1
    Red/Black (Coke) Standard Spear Tuning Fork Any bracelet/band Either black/red text wheel No link
    Deep Sea
    702 or 702-1
    Black or Red/Black (Coke) Swiss Crawl Ball Observed with either band and on tropic black straps Wheel depends on which bezel variant is used Link
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    I don't have any advertisements for the black/red bezel. My own photos:

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    Kreisler Stelux Bracelet:
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    Caseback 702-1 Marking (Common to see gaskets gooey on these watches)
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    Caseback V1: From my 702-1 red/black watch

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    Caseback V2:

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    Caseback V3: From my swiss black bezel watch

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    Caseback V4:
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    Some additional good photos of the Black Bezel Model along with its JB Champion band. Note how the end links match the bracelet and perfectly fit the case:

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    M9 stamp.
    USA made
    Version2 caseback
    Red date wheel
    Spear hand set, tuning fork sweep hand
    I didn’t get it with a bracelet, so the tropic strap will have to do.


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    Based on observations of watches for sale, I am thinking that the red/black bezel watch needs 2 variants: 1) spear handset 2) square with arrow set. There seems to be plenty of examples of them with both sets. The USA black bezel seems to only have one correct handset though. Another observation I made seems to confuse things even more on these watches. The inside of the 702 and 702-1 casebacks say "swiss" and those come from the dials that do not have swiss markings (I call them USA dials). I will re-label it from "USA" to "Standard"

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