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Caravelle Sea Hunter

Sale price$995.00

The Ruggedness of a Explorer Dial Sub

and Without the Price Point.

DESCRIPTION

Coming Soon!

BRAND HISTORY

Caravelle was introduced by Bulova in 1962 as a more affordable alternative to their more expensive lines while maintaining high-quality standards. The name "Caravelle" was chosen to evoke the era of the caravel, a small, highly maneuverable sailing ship used in the 15th to the 17th centuries, reflecting the brand's spirit of adventure and discovery.

Bulova, an established American watch brand, had already made a name for itself with innovations in watchmaking and marketing. With Caravelle, Bulova aimed to capture the mid-priced watch market without diluting the prestige of the Bulova name. Caravelle became known for offering stylish and reliable timepieces at a lower price point, which made it quite popular.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Caravelle competed directly with other affordably priced watch brands and was marketed as "the beautiful buy in a fine watch." The brand distinguished itself with diverse designs, ranging from dress watches to more sporty and durable models. Caravelle watches were advertised extensively, with a focus on their affordability and style. These marketing efforts helped establish Caravelle as a household name.

In the 1970s and 1980s, as the quartz crisis hit the traditional watchmaking industry, Bulova, along with Caravelle, was among the brands that transitioned to producing quartz watches. This shift allowed Caravelle to continue offering affordable watches with the accuracy and convenience of quartz movements.

Throughout the decades, Caravelle evolved to match contemporary styles and trends. The brand was known for adapting quickly to market changes and consumer preferences, often offering watches with fashionable and modern designs.

In more recent years, Caravelle has continued as a separate line under Bulova, which itself became a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Citizen Watch Co. after its acquisition in 2008. Today, Caravelle designs watches that blend contemporary styling with the latest trends, aiming to appeal to a broad audience with its accessible price points and updated designs.

The brand remains part of the affordable fashion watch market, offering a variety of styles for both men and women, including analog and digital watches, with features such as water resistance and chronograph functions.

Caravelle represents a significant chapter in the broader narrative of Bulova's history, maintaining its identity as a provider of stylish, affordable timepieces in the global watch market.

INFO
  • Model: Caravelle Sea Hunter
  • Year: 1966
  • Style: Diver
  • Bracelet: Hadley Roma Vegetable Tanned Black Leather Strap
  • Sizing: Fits up to 8” Wrist
  • Box: Yes
  • Papers: no
  • Other Accessories: None
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The previous owner of this watch is a retired Bulova representative who acquired the watch from the original owner who purchased the watch in 1967 in Fountain Valley, CA.

The watch was hardly worn through the years and it really shows in the pictures.

The case is completely unpolished with only hairline scratches throughout.

The bezel is faded with small scratches throughout.

The Dial and hands remained untouched with only a small imperfection at 11 o’clock, most likely done by a drop that caused some of the lume to come off.

The caseback is scratched due to someone trying to open it.

The movement was serviced in February of 2024 and is running very well at +17 Seconds a day.

 DIMENSIONS
  • Case Size: 36.5mm
  • Lug Width: 20.0mm
  • Lug to Lug: 44.5mm
  • Thickness: 11.5mm
  • Weight: 58.2g
MATERIALS
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
  • Bezel Insert Material: Aluminum
  • Case Back Material: Stainless Steel
  • Bracelet Material: Leather
  • Crystal: Top Hat Acrylic Crystal
  • Luminescence: Tritium (Original)
MOVEMENT
  • Manufacturer: Miyota
  • Caliber: Miyota 11DP
  • Country: Japan
  • Movement Type: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17
  • Power Reserve: ~42 Hours
Caravelle Sea Hunter
Caravelle Sea Hunter Sale price$995.00

The Ruggedness of a Explorer Dial Sub

and Without the Price Point.

DESCRIPTION

Coming Soon!

BRAND HISTORY

Caravelle was introduced by Bulova in 1962 as a more affordable alternative to their more expensive lines while maintaining high-quality standards. The name "Caravelle" was chosen to evoke the era of the caravel, a small, highly maneuverable sailing ship used in the 15th to the 17th centuries, reflecting the brand's spirit of adventure and discovery.

Bulova, an established American watch brand, had already made a name for itself with innovations in watchmaking and marketing. With Caravelle, Bulova aimed to capture the mid-priced watch market without diluting the prestige of the Bulova name. Caravelle became known for offering stylish and reliable timepieces at a lower price point, which made it quite popular.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Caravelle competed directly with other affordably priced watch brands and was marketed as "the beautiful buy in a fine watch." The brand distinguished itself with diverse designs, ranging from dress watches to more sporty and durable models. Caravelle watches were advertised extensively, with a focus on their affordability and style. These marketing efforts helped establish Caravelle as a household name.

In the 1970s and 1980s, as the quartz crisis hit the traditional watchmaking industry, Bulova, along with Caravelle, was among the brands that transitioned to producing quartz watches. This shift allowed Caravelle to continue offering affordable watches with the accuracy and convenience of quartz movements.

Throughout the decades, Caravelle evolved to match contemporary styles and trends. The brand was known for adapting quickly to market changes and consumer preferences, often offering watches with fashionable and modern designs.

In more recent years, Caravelle has continued as a separate line under Bulova, which itself became a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Citizen Watch Co. after its acquisition in 2008. Today, Caravelle designs watches that blend contemporary styling with the latest trends, aiming to appeal to a broad audience with its accessible price points and updated designs.

The brand remains part of the affordable fashion watch market, offering a variety of styles for both men and women, including analog and digital watches, with features such as water resistance and chronograph functions.

Caravelle represents a significant chapter in the broader narrative of Bulova's history, maintaining its identity as a provider of stylish, affordable timepieces in the global watch market.

INFO
  • Model: Caravelle Sea Hunter
  • Year: 1966
  • Style: Diver
  • Bracelet: Hadley Roma Vegetable Tanned Black Leather Strap
  • Sizing: Fits up to 8” Wrist
  • Box: Yes
  • Papers: no
  • Other Accessories: None
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The previous owner of this watch is a retired Bulova representative who acquired the watch from the original owner who purchased the watch in 1967 in Fountain Valley, CA.

The watch was hardly worn through the years and it really shows in the pictures.

The case is completely unpolished with only hairline scratches throughout.

The bezel is faded with small scratches throughout.

The Dial and hands remained untouched with only a small imperfection at 11 o’clock, most likely done by a drop that caused some of the lume to come off.

The caseback is scratched due to someone trying to open it.

The movement was serviced in February of 2024 and is running very well at +17 Seconds a day.

 DIMENSIONS
  • Case Size: 36.5mm
  • Lug Width: 20.0mm
  • Lug to Lug: 44.5mm
  • Thickness: 11.5mm
  • Weight: 58.2g
MATERIALS
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
  • Bezel Insert Material: Aluminum
  • Case Back Material: Stainless Steel
  • Bracelet Material: Leather
  • Crystal: Top Hat Acrylic Crystal
  • Luminescence: Tritium (Original)
MOVEMENT
  • Manufacturer: Miyota
  • Caliber: Miyota 11DP
  • Country: Japan
  • Movement Type: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17
  • Power Reserve: ~42 Hours