Bulova Caravelle

I recently bought at a swap meet a Bulova Caravelle with an exhibition back. My research done through local watch collectors said it was a salesman's model. It was used by a Bulova salesman to show the inner workings of the Caravelle without removing the back. The metal around the exhibition back reads Caravelle, Anti-Magnetic, Base Metal Case, Shock Resistant. The movement is marked Caravelle Watch, Seven, 7, Jewels, 11DP. My question is is this assessment correct and if so, wouldn't this watch be quite rare? It has no numbered date as most Bulovas, including Caravelles, have. Thank you.

mybulova_admin
Posted December 12, 2011 - 10:59pm

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Sorry but we tend not to discuss Caravelles here. We understand that they were produced by Bulova but have decided to limit forum topics and watches to Bulova badged only.

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jfoley
Posted December 13, 2011 - 8:57am

will the new bulovas produced by citizens perhaps with japan movements also be flagged for non dicussion? j foley

bourg01
Posted December 13, 2011 - 10:03am

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I don't want to sound snobby or arrogant but " Why would we want to?". The site is pretty much devoted to pre 1970 vintage Bulova's.

Geoff Baker
Posted December 13, 2011 - 10:30am

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Shawn, not to sound offended but I own at least 25 Bulova watches from the 1970's. They are Bulova's and I am proud of them. Stephen named this site myBulova and I always thought he intended to include all BULOVA's.

I submit to his interpretation.

Oh, and I have a couple Caravelles too, and respectfully keep them to myself.

bourg01
Posted December 13, 2011 - 10:50am

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My Bad, Sorry Geoff , It was not my intention to isolate anything after 1970 but only to emphasize the idea of "vintage" over moderan quartz from Japan.

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Posted December 13, 2011 - 9:37am

I certainly hope so unless someone mistakes one for Vintage.

Bob?

simpletreasures
Posted December 13, 2011 - 9:47am

OK Mark, how'd I get dragged into this ;-)

I'll just enjoy all my Westfields and keep my mouth shut  :-p

jfoley
Posted December 14, 2011 - 9:13am

sorry, im a new member and didnt mean to open up a can of worms. just had a caravelle watch that i thought was odd and wanted to know more about it. i have around 50 working vintage bulovas and only know the name of a few, so in the future ill curtail my questions to these and hopefully learn the unspoken rules as i go. jfoley

simpletreasures
Posted December 14, 2011 - 9:16am

Jay, No harm, No foul :-)

I'm still trying to dig up info for you. When and if I get something credible, I'll PM you.

jfoley
Posted December 14, 2011 - 9:22am

thanks a bunch st in the meantime i have a small staircase model, looks like a lone eagle. 10 ae movement no serial no. on movement 8096774 on case. sorry no way to send pic. jfoley

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cuad
Posted December 15, 2011 - 1:07am

bourg01, wouldn't 1974 be a better cut off year for all things Bulova? After all, isn't that the last year the "real" Accutrons were made?

mybulova_admin
Posted December 15, 2011 - 3:50am

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It's a fine line, but members here tend to have a real passion for the pre 1980s Bulova watches only. After that Bulova tended to just use model numbers for their watches which kinda makes it tricky and pointless to identify....'yep thats a model M5432 for sure'..just doesn't seem to have the same appeal.

:-)

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