Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Bulova DayDate with crystal bezel

Today's watch is a shiny looking design with lots of crystal, but it's got me wondering about its authenticity.

The watch is by Bulova, and is a model described as a DayDate (all one word on the dial). Unsurprisingly, this means that it has both a day and a date window on the dial, but the day window actually has the full word rather than the first 1-3 letters. It is a 3 hand dial design with a quartz movement and a stainless steel case. The dial is in a shiny royal blue, and the hour markers are small crystals (or glass). The bezel around the dial is also filled with many small crystals too, making the whole watch catch the light. The strap is also stainless steel, matching the case, and has a hidden clasp.

Bulova are an American watch manufacturer who were founded in 1875 (which is quoted on the back of the watch), but have also manufactured watches in Switzerland. Since 2007, Bulova has been part of the Citizen Watch Co family.

The thing with this watch is that something doesn't feel right about it, but it may just be me. The weight and build quality do not match the normal products from either Citizen or Bulova, although both brands have produced cheaper lines of watches, so that could be the reason. The design is also one which I've seen before, supposedly from different manufacturers - I've seen an almost identical watch with Rolex branding, and the consensus where that was posted was that it was fake. So I think that this is either a low price original which has been copied by others, or someone has been making this design and branding it with all manner of different names.

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