The Devil’s in the Details

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The Devil’s in the Details

Postby koimaster » September 14th 2017, 9:48am

If you’re not familiar with this watch by now, you should be. With a ranger-style dial, no date, and the ubiquitous 666 depth rating, there’s not much to dislike about this piece – unless you’re paranoid, of course! For those who aren’t as familiar, the Caravelle Sea Hunter was produced in multiple configurations beginning in the mid-60's and running through the mid-80's. As a brand, Caravelle was positioned to be Bulova’s Tudor - a lower priced brand that still met the quality standards consumers expected from Bulova. The Sea Hunter filled the role of dive watch in the line.



Throughout the production run, the Sea Hunter was produced in a few different configurations, with the date of production indicated on the case back as a letter and a number. The letter represents the decade, and the number the year of that decade: M6 is 1966, N0 is 1970, and so on. This 1970 example is the earliest style, which is manually wound with dauphine hands, and a dial reading “Waterproof.” I believe that production of this style began around 1965. Around 1970, Caravelle introduced baton hands with a lollipop seconds and a dial that read “Water Resistant.” Sometime thereafter, the watch was produced with automatic movement and a date window at 3 o’clock.


My research indicates an overlap of dates and styles up until the switch to automatic – 1969’s with lollipops, and 1970 examples like mine with dauphine hands. Movements are not dated, so it becomes difficult to determine if Caravelle was simply working through a stock of parts before the switch to automatic, or if parts were replaced during regular service. I lean toward the former because when these watches were originally produced, they cost $29.95 – even considering inflation, which puts the cost at $150 in 2017 dollars, I have a hard time believing that someone would send this watch back to Caravelle for service.



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Re: The Devil’s in the Details

Postby AJC » September 14th 2017, 9:55am

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Always wanted one of these. Could never find one in good condition for a decent price when I had the funds available.
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Re: The Devil’s in the Details

Postby foghorn » September 14th 2017, 10:05am

I had one in the early 70's. A few guys I knew did. They were the nuts!
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