By TLex Let's get straight to the nitty gritty; the new Bulova Acturon II Snorkel is powered by a highly accurate quartz caliber with a sweep seconds indicator, has a water-resistance of 200m, can be had on mesh, looks damn fine and retails for just shy of 500USD!
The Snorkel is a reissue of sorts - as it has been seen over the years in a number of guises - some with internal bezels (like this one) and some with external types such as the Oceanographer Snorkel. One particular feature of the vintage Snorkel that has failed to make its way onto the latest version was its 666ft WR and dial text. Vintage Snorkles typically had 333 or 666ft of water-resistance printed on their dials; a charming little quirk.
The Snorkel is equipped with a Precisionist movement that is fitted with Bulova's proprietary quartz torsional resonator (a third prong fitted to a standard two prong quartz crystal), which makes it up to six times more accurate than the standard quartz movement!
Its Stainless steel case measures 43mm in diameter with a thickness of 13.5mm. It is fitted with a domed K1 hardened mineral crystal. Divers features include: a screwdown crown (4 o'clock) and caseback, an internal divers bezel - operable via a non-screwdown crown at 2 o'clock, and a water-resistance of 200m / 660ft / 20 ATM.
Strange, that Bulova put this message on their site relating to the Snorkel: "These watches are not recommended for professional or scuba diving due to sport watch construction. For serious diving, watches constructed specifically for that purpose should be used." Well, it is called 'Snorkel'!
The Snorkel can be had in four color variants: steel with either black, orange and white, black and red, blue and white or black steel with black and grey. If the the blue internal bezel's 12hr marker looks wrong - it is. However on the production model the triangle is framed in blue, so it looks fine.
Also, check out the new Bulova Marine Star 200M . . .