This is the Bulova Precisionist Catamount 98B168 with the blue dial. Must use TECHPREC169 for the discounted $169 price.
There are several dial colors in the Catamount line, and Ashford has discounted at least one of the other versions. I bought the white dial version a few weeks ago and it has become one of my favorite every day watches. Check the above link for the watch's specifications. All versions of the Catamount are identical, except for the dial color.
Briefly, this is a battery operated watch that is advertised as being accurate to within 10 seconds a years. I've had four different Precisionist watches and none has come close to that standard. You should expect a Precisionist watch to be plus/minus perhaps 1.5 to 4 seconds a month, which I can easily live with. The sweep second hand is very smooth due to the high beat nature of the movement. Be aware this is a LARGE and quite heavy watch with a very long (and high quality) bracelet. Unless you have a very large wrist (like me) you will have to remove at least three links, which is not that big of a deal. The locking bezel is very nice, and actually useful. The 300 meter water resistant rating and screw-down crown are great features, even though I don't plan on needing the deep water rating (unless I fall off a cruise ship or out of an airplane).
EDIT: The 98B167 model is now on sale for $169, with AFFPRECISN169 code. Ends 2/15/14.
Regarding the dial thing at the top left, it's the locking mechanism for the bezel. I don't recall seeing this on any other watch, but if I had to guess I'd say it's not unique to this watch. I find the ability to lock/unlock the bezel...that is, to either allow the bezel to rotate, or prevent it from rotating... quite useful.
In my opinion, this would make an excellent primary watch for work or leisure activities. It may not be appropriate as a dress watch, but nowadays people wear all kinds of watches to all kinds of events.
Keep in mind this is a LARGE and HEAVY watch. I personally like large, heavy watches. But I also like smaller, watches. But that's because I collect watches.
I've been wearing this watch every day since I bought it a few weeks ago, and it does not feel as heavy as it really is. But I have a large wrist.
For anyone with a large wrist, who likes large watches, I think this would be a good choice. Returns are fairly easy at Ashford. I've bought many watches from them and have returned several without incident.
TaJumper450 said: Does anyone seriously have THAT much of a problem with the bezel turning? Maybe they should have instead tightened it up a bit rather than adding a huge ugly lock to the top left of the watch.
It looks ridiculous...have fun answering "what the heck is that thing on your watch?" questions because that's all people will notice The watch has a 300m rating and a screw-down crown. With these features, I'm guessing it can be used by divers. I don't know anything about diving, but even if a diver's oxygen tank has a meter or clock on it, I'm guessing this watch's bezel design would come in very handy timing a dive and determining oxygen remaining. And I'm also going guess that a watch without a lock such as this could result in the bezel being accidentally and unknowingly turned one way or the other by bumping it around underwater. The lock would prevent this. Of course, this is all speculation on my part, but it does make sense.
And besides, I LIKE the looks of the lock. As always, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I'm still wearing mine and I still like it a lot.
Slightly OT - I've never seen a bezel that turns clockwise. My guess is that they turn counter clockwise so that if they're accidentally turned, it errs on the side of caution instead of "not enough air remaining."
Once again available at the original link, this time with coupon code DNEWSCATA169, which once again drops the price to $169 shipped for the 98B168. For men with large wrists who like large watches, these Precisionist Catamounts are great watches for $169.
I don't know how to make this deal active again...
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