Saturday, July 30, 2011

My Favorite Diver Style Watch: The Caravelle by Bulova Stainless Steel Diver Style Watch

[I can't believe I've been blogging about watches for 12 years.  It's been amazing and fun.  Now, I can update some of my original posts with a little more watch wisdom.]

I really enjoy classic Diver Style watches.  They have a simple, clean, functional design, and they usually have a bezel that turns.  A rotating bezel is great for timing things while wearing an analog watch.  My favorite diver style watch is my current Caravelle By Bulova Stainless Steel Watch (Model 45B35K).

It's black.  It's stainless.  It has a simple rotating bezel. What's not to like? 

[As it turned out, there were a few flaws not to like with this good looking watch.  It wasn't the face or case, it was the strap that presented problems.  Within a year, the strap got brittle, and showed signs of white oxidation.  It was also impossible to replace.  Going forward, I would recommend watches with more conventional strap attachments or stainless steel.

You won't find the Model 45B35K Caravelle watch on Amazon anymore, but Caravelle branded watches are still going strong.  Today, I'd be far more inclined to recommend something like this more modern model on Amazon: Caravelle by Bulova Model 43B162.  It has a trouble-free stainless steel band.

To maximize value, visit the Bulova Store on Amazon and check out the Caravelle watches.]

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