1974 Bulova Caravelle (Ref. 3286-DP)

The vintage Bulova obsession in the watch community is very real and here to stay! The unique and funky watches that Bulova made from the 60s-80s are always a cause for conversation. Ranging from colorful diving chronographs to eccentric electric watches like the famous Accutron. 

In the early 60s, Bulova introduced Caravelle jeweled watches into the market to tremendous triumph and soon after, become the biggest selling jeweled watch on the American market. Designed to compete in price with other non-jeweled brands at the time, Caravelle was a smashing success. With numerous space-aged inspired designs, Caravelle proved their understanding of the modernist aesthetic takeover of the times. 


Stock # BLVCRVLA-3
Brand Bulova Caravelle
Style Diver
Model 3286-DP
Serial N4
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Black/White
Millimeters 36X39
Bracelet 2pc Handmade Leather Strap


The excellent case retains its factory chamfers and angles, and shows honest signs of use. The bezel is in remarkable condition, displaying minimal signs of previous use, and remains deep black in coloration. The case retains its original signed crown. The case back displays all of its original factory markings in crisp and legible condition. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.


The striking black and white dial delivers a high contrast and legible dial. The white outer track does display some subtle signs of age and wear around the outer track. The inner black dial shows appropriate signs of age. The tritium lume dots have aged to a creamy coloration, under U.V. light inspection the 3 and 4 o'clock lume plots are mostly missing, and the 10 o'clock dot show light degradation. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly, the hour hand shows some lume loss and remains stable when inspected under U.V. light.


None. The watch is keeping time and functioning perfectly, previous service history is unknown.