Bulova Unveils Rare Mil-Ships Dive Watch

Historically known for its relationship with the U.S. military, Bulova produced various Mil-Spec timepieces at the request of the government, particularly through WWII.

As a new diver emerged under the Navy Experimental Diving Unit: The Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) and Explosive Ordnance Divers (EOD), Five Star General, Omar Bradley, leader of research and development at Bulova in the 50s, was called upon to create a watch that was robust enough to withstand the missions these divers were assigned.


64 years after the first prototype was born, Bulova is proud to unveil its latest Archive Series timepiece inspired by the original MIL-SHIPS-W-2181 watch.



Featuring a 41mm sandblasted stainless steel case, the look of the new Bulova Mil-Ships watch is distinct with its black dial accented with Super LumiNova luminous hands and markers and tapered lugs. True to the original, the dial boasts a unique Litmus paper strip that gauges the moisture levels inside the watch. Should the watch ever lose its water resistance (up to 200m) the paper will change color. The watch also features a push lock rotating top ring that only rotates once pressed down, along with a double domed sapphire crystal with AR coating. A “Master Diver Helmet” relief is featured on the case back and lends additional unique details along with the finely woven nylon NATO strap, made to withstand continuous contact with water.

Standard Edition

A non-limited version featuring a blue NATO strap and housing a Miyota 82S0 movement is available for $895.

Special Edition

A limited edition version featuring a black NATO strap and housing a Sellita SW200 movement is available for $1,990.
The limited edition version is numbered to 1,000 pieces and is presented in a special gold-tone Diver Helmet designed packaging with serial card, storybook and plaque.


Use code MYMILSHIP for
a free copy of the Bulova, A History of Firsts book ($175 value)
with a purchase of the Limited Edition MIL-SHIP-W-2181 Submersible!

Note this offer is limited to residents of the United States only.