eBay Finds: a Rare Titoni Seascoper, Bulova 666 Diver Chronograph, and More

When it comes to shopping for vintage watches on eBay, it can be a gold mine, but it can also be a minefield. Our very own Christoph McNeill (you all might know him as Instagram’s @VintageDiver) wrote a must-read, common sense guide to buying vintage watches on eBay (check out Part 1 and Part 2). So if you’re looking for a vintage watch, but are still a little nervous diving head-first into those murky waters, then don’t worry—we’re here to help.  Today, we have another installment of eBay Finds, our series where we highlight some great vintage gems looking for a new home. Happy hunting!

Titoni Seascoper

Ok, so this one will definitely need some attention as the lume on the hands is damaged, but the watch itself is so rare that I just had to share it. This vintage Titoni Seascoper is one that almost never shows up for sale, and, lume issues notwithstanding, it is in excellent condition otherwise. The case is unpolished, it comes with the original crystal and signed crown, and to top it off it even comes fitted to the original beads-of-rice bracelet! This is truly a rare find, and a great add to the stable. 


Bulova 666 Diver Chronograph

This Bulova 666ft chrono-diver is for the patina lovers out there. The case is unpolished and comes fitted with an original crown, but the case definitely shows some wear. The aluminum bezel is faded, the red more so than the black, and the lume pip is missing. The dial has changed to a beautiful tropical brown, which is highly sought after these days, so that’s a plus here. I have to say that this is the first example of this model that I’ve seen with a tropical dial like this. The crystal needs some Polywatch and elbow grease to really get that dial shining, but that’s an easy operation. The watch works as it should per the seller, so this one is ready to go.



Circa 1956 Longines (Model Unknown)

Here is a beautiful and uncommon black-dialed Longines automatic. It has a similar case and dial style of the iconic 1950s Conquest models, but this one does not appear to have an assigned model name. The beautiful black dial with faceted steel hour markers looks really clean, and unpolished case looks good to my eye, too. This beauty is powered by the legendary caliber 19AS, the same movement used in the Conquests of the same era. The only drawback here is that the crown is not original. That said, if the replacement doesn’t bother you, then the dial more than makes up for it.


Caravelle by Bulova Devil Diver 666 

This vintage Caravelle diver has a great dial with a white outer ring and black numerical lines. The chunky cushion-shaped steel case is in fantastic condition and unpolished, and if you look carefully at the pictures you can see that the crown is signed with the Caravelle “C” logo. Even the bezel insert looks spotless. While Bulova gets all the love, their sister company Caravelle made really nice divers as well, so this one is definitely worth a second look!


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Christoph (Instagram’s @vintagediver) is a long time collector and lover of all things vintage, starting with comic books when he was a kid (he still collects them). His passion for watches began in 1997 when he was gifted a family heirloom vintage Omega Genève by his step-father. That started him on the watch collecting path—buying and selling vintage watches of all sorts, with a special appreciation for vintage dive watches and Seiko.