The Drop: Bulova Oceanographer GMT Automatic Watch

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It’s a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

Bulova has been making everyday carry timepieces and watches for decades, but their recent creations have marked a turn towards what EDC and watch enthusiasts have in mind. Gone are the big and bulky watches with garish colors, and in are watches like their new Oceanographer GMT. These vintage-inspired automatic mechanical movement watches are a sight to behold, and they’re a lot easier to find than looking at the used market for a watch that’s older than you.

The Bulova Oceanographer GMT is a variant of their “Devil Diver” automatic watch. It’s rated waterproof down to 666 feet, about 200 meters. I submit that it’s devilishly beautiful. It’s available in classic diver watch motifs, including the classic red/blue “Pepsi” design, a black/brown and rose gold-tone, and a vintage, yet sporty, off-white cream gunmetal release with a lume dial.

The stand-out feature of this watch is the GMT complication, which lets you use the GMT hand in conjunction with the rotating outer bezel to keep track of a different time zone and elapsed time at a glance. It takes some getting used to, but once you master the function, it’s faster to read the time than to ask Siri or Google what time it is back home when you’re on vacation, if you even have internet access in the first place.

What we like: With its vintage-inspired look and 666 feet of water resistance, the Bulova Oceanographer GMT brings a lot of performance and class to the table in a package that doesn’t require you to play the lottery or sit on a waitlist to wear.

What to watch out for: The 41mm case width is something to keep in mind if you have thinner wrists, but as a diver-style watch, it’s in line with expectations.

Final verdict: With its classic styling, quality Japanese Miyota 9075 movement, and beautiful waterproof case, there aren’t many things not to like about the Bulova Oceanographer GMT.

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