The case back boldly states "Patent Pending," and with that it refers to the "interchangeable crown tube system." Also referred to as a patented crown guard, this small section around the crown can be removed thanks to the four screws around it. The crown itself is, although large, remarkably comfortable thanks to its curved edges. If and when it contacted my wrist I never felt it digging or carving into it like so many other, large crowns do – even on similarly priced watches.
Until relatively recently, Bulova was an American watch company, one of a few major ones such as Hamilton which dominated the wrist watch landscape for much of the 20th century. The advent and proliferation of the quartz watch toward the end of the 20th century changed the watch industry forever, shifting focus to Asia, when it came to the design and manufacture of mainstream timepieces. Europe remained and grew as the epicenter of luxury goods, and the United States focused on other technology such as the quickly advancing software and personal computer industries. Bulova was eventually purchased by the Japanese watch company Citizen, but it remains operated in the United States, where it has been historically located in New York. Soon, Bulova will be returning to New York City (to a large space in the Empire States building) from its current longstanding location in Queens.
ABTW: Do you serve mostly locals or tourists, or is it a good mix? Also, what percentage of your customers would you call "knowledgeable watch collectors?"
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On either version of the Black Bay, this element of the crown design is covered by a color-matched ring. The Tudor Heritage Ranger, in all of its functional charm, forgoes such ornamentation. I have to admit that for the first day or so of the few weeks that I had the Ranger, the crown gap did bother me. That said, after a bit more time on wrist, I barely noticed the crowns unconventional position. In use, the crown is wonderfully solid and very well executed.