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Bulova Oceanographer 2018 release

Like many of us I enjoy dive watches. My dive watch journey began with the iconic Seiko turtle and has included up to this point the Rolex Submariner. Still like many of us I am always on the lookout for new interesting pieces. I was on a work trip to Arizona recently and happened on a wonderful shop called Arizona Fine Time. I was admittedly after another Grand Seiko but the sheer selection of amazing timepieces was refreshing.

Bulova is not a brand I am drawn to other than my first automatic watch was a Bulova. Having researched a bit on some iconic dive watches I understood the following of the vintage variants. This version is a 2018 Baselworld release and comes in two versions; the regular release version (REF #98B320) and another more true to the original version with a Swiss movement.

Here are the specs straight from Bulova:

"A design tribute to Bulova’s acclaimed ‘70’s Oceanographer diver watch powered by a self-winding mechanical movement. Stainless steel screw-back case with screw-down crown, black/red unidirectional bezel, black three-hand dial with luminescent markers and date feature, box sapphire crystal with blue anti-reflective coating, stainless steel bracelet with double-press fold-over buckle closure, safety bar and extender, and water resistance to 200 meters/666 feet."


Case diameter 44mm
Case thickness 15mm
Double Curved Saphire Crystal
Miyota Non Hacking Movement

I have a 7.25" wrists so can handle the larger 44mm case size with casual clothing; translation long sleeves or dress shirts with this watch would not be ideal. My largest complaint with the watch is the case size even though I can handle it - I still prefer 40-42mm dive watches. For the price point (I paid $636 and have seen some around the sub $600 online) it is not a bad option if you enjoy the looks and can live with a non hacking movement.

I ended up wearing this watch traveling back from Arizona to DC and it was very comfortable going through the joys of modern airline travel. The bracelet is comfortable and features micro adjustments.

The Good:
Finish Quality
Saphire Crystal

The Bad:
44mm size
Non Hacking Movement

In the end while I did enjoy wearing this watch it is hard to justify keeping it in my collection next to dive watches of similar or slightly higher price points. For size comparison I have it pictured next to my GS Snowflake (41mm), Timex (43mm) and Rolex Submariner (40mm).


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