Baume & Mercier Capeland S XXL

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Baume & Mercier Capeland S XXL

Post by koimaster » December 28th 2021, 10:44am

In early 2003 Baume & Mercier released a new model to their Capeland line-up, it was called the Capeland S XXL and it was a timepiece to tap into the lucrative Dive Watch market that B&M had not sold into previously. A Lot of innovative bespoke parts were created for this one model which was to be a premium product for B&M and a tool watch for hard working divers. Sadly it all went wrong for B&M with slow sales due to lack of bracelet, customers not wanting a ‘yellow’ dial and poor customer awareness of the B&M brand. By 2006 the watch was discontinued from the catalogue as internet remaindering sites were still selling brand new watches made in 2004.

But is it really that bad? Not at all! In fact this is one of the best tool dive watches ever made… It’s a bit like one of those B Movies that become a hit once they bomb at the boxoffice...

Its well thought out and beautifully finished. The dark Ti case and bezel are gorgeous, as is the woven Kevlar dial, domed crystal, Omega SM300 style hands and the applied indices. The yellow stitched Kevlar "Toile de Voile" sailcloth strap is well made and comfortable and includes a polished stainless steel buckle. The supplied rubber strap with all stainless steel hardware including signed pushbutton clasp is a innovative wonder, it is easy to adjust and copes well with the expansion of the wrist due to varying temperatures.

The watch comes supplied with a great boxset and manual which includes a BERGEON screwdriver for strap changes. The bespoke manual is 10mm thick and explains the use of the rubber strap along with the other features.

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