1969 Caravelle Automatic Information
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    Question 1969 Caravelle Automatic Information

    Hello, I am new to this forum and recently came across this vintage Caravelle automatic. The Swiss movement is running very well at about +1 minute per day with very good power reserve. I do not know its service history, but think this is pretty good considering its age.

    Can anyone provide information regarding Caravelle, this model or more importantly its movement?

    Thank you!
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    Re: 1969 Caravelle Automatic Information

    Hi!

    That´s a beauty!
    The movement is an AS 1906.
    Caravelle was/is the entry level brand of Bulova. Find some info about Bulova here and at Wikipedia.
    Best regards, Mike

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    Re: 1969 Caravelle Automatic Information

    Quote Originally Posted by mike184 View Post
    Hi!

    That´s a beauty!
    The movement is an AS 1906.
    Caravelle was/is the entry level brand of Bulova. Find some info about Bulova here and at Wikipedia.
    Thank you for your reply! If I put it on a winder, what direction/setting should the winder be on?
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    Re: 1969 Caravelle Automatic Information

    Both directions.
    Best regards, Mike

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    Re: 1969 Caravelle Automatic Information

    Not sure about that. Adolf Schild did use bidirectional winding on some of their calibres (e.g. AS 1701) but on the whole were one of the most fervent advocates of unidirectional winding, The related Cal. 2063 (later version of the Cal. 1906 with date quick setting) is unidirectionally winding - Christoph Loren states is is counterclockwise but I am not sure whether this is looking at it from the dial or the back.

    Das Metatechnische Kabinett - AS 2063

    Naturally, if you set the winder both ways, the watch will still be guaranteed to wind, but you will be wasting half of your winding effort.

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    Re: 1969 Caravelle Automatic Information

    You´re right, Hartmut!
    I looked at Hampel´s "Automatikuhren aus der Schweiz" to get sure - the AS 1902/3/6 etc. actually wind in one direction only. If Christof writes counterclockwise, it´s surely right. Hampel didn´t write in which direction.
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