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Claude Bernard Sophisticated Classics 70149 3 BB

Before I comment about the watch…

Here’s a history of the brand… From their website

History

CB History 1

1536 – The Claude Bernard Story

In the mid-16th century, the 27-year-old Frenchman John Calvin broke with the Roman Catholic Church and fled to Geneva, Switzerland. Numerous French Huguenots followed him. As a result of religious policies Calvin banned all jewellery, such as beads, bracelets, gold and gemstones, because they had no place in the worship of God. Consequently, goldsmiths and jewellers were forced to turn to a new craft – watchmaking. It was the perfect thing to do for these highly skilled fabricators.

CB History 2

1540 – Les Genevez, the place where everything started

Many of these highly skilled mecaniciens moved north and master mechanic Claude Bernard was one of them. He discovered the gorgeous, almost divine, high-plateau in the midst of the Jura headlands, a secluded mountain-range along the French border. As a tribute to his hometown Geneva (French Genève) he called this charming hideout “Les Genevez”.

If you want to see the entire write-up, you have to visit their website

I did a Wikipedia search…

Yes, there’s a John Calvin but he fled to Basel…

Although according to Google Maps… It should only be around half a day walk

Wikipedia also mentions that by June 1536, Mr. Calvin was already in Paris!

Although their website mentions that it was a guy named Claude Bernard from Les Genevez who was a “master mechanic” I cannot find any information about him online.

Another FYI… Les Genevez’s Wikipedia page does not mention anything about “watch making”… Compared to Biel/Bienne which mentioned their watch industry

Here’s a more realistic(???) history about the brand from A Blog to Watch

Before we begin discussing the watch itself in more detail, let’s take a brief moment to acquaint ourselves with the brand itself. Claude Bernard was a Swiss watchmaker who established his company in 1973, in a small town along the Swiss Jura mountains. Today, the brand belongs to Victor Strambini, who also owns Edox Swiss Watches, meaning that Claude Bernard is more or less a sister company of Edox. In essence, with Claude Bernard, we are not looking at a brand that boasts extensive history – but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The concept behind the brand is a rather contemporary one, as it aims to offer Swiss-made quartz and mechanical watches in the highly competitive 150 to 800 dollar price segment.

Enough about the brand…

Here’s a little background on why I purchased a Claude Bernard Watch…

I was hoping to find an inexpensive watch from The Swatch Group’s mid-range brands… But I cannot find a ladies watch (something below 36mm) with a date.

The watch will be a gift for daily use and the recipient prefers one with a date.

Also had no luck with Aigner… And fashion brands…

OK, some fashion brands did have a date window, but it also came with crystals…

I really hate those cheap crystals in watches… They loose their shine and tend to look cheap a couple of years later…

Why Claude Bernard?

It’s Swiss Made, which means at least 60% of it is made it Switzerland!

Claude Bernard Swiss Made

Again, according the this website, this (70149 3 BB) particular model has a ETA F06.111 movement.

The Claude Bernard 70149 3 BB…

Claude Bernard 70149 3 BB

Claude Bernard 70149 3 BB back

The “70149 3 BB” (yes, that’s the model name) looks like a love child of a Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic and Daniel Wellington’s St. Mawes

Hamilton

DW

The strap and the watch’s feel also reminds me of the St. Mawes

Would be nice if the strap used a deployment buckle, although it may add to the watch’s price…

For the 70149 3 BB’s price, it can be a good option as a gift… Or for those who prefer simple and light watches.

It looks like something from Daniel Wellington, yes its that simple!… But personally, having the date window is a big plus.

Being quartz, I cannot recommend it to everyone… But if you need something that tells time and date… You should consider Claude Bernard‘s watches.

P.S. If you check Claude Bernard’s website, the 70149 3 BB should be under their Sophisticated Classics line… It looks very similar to the 54005 3 AIN which uses a Ronda 585 movement.

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