In-Depth: The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Steel

Technically speaking the Satin Polished Steel version and its predecessor are almost, but not entirely, identical. The movement is the same, of course; that’s the ultra-thin Bulgari caliber BVL 138 Finissimo movement, which winds via a micro-rotor and comes in at a knife-slim 2.23mm (and which is 36.60mm in diameter). Despite its thin profile, it manages a power reserve of 60 hours (this is one respect in which one of its closest competitors, the AP caliber 2120, does show its age just a bit, as the latter movement, which debuted in the late 1960s, has a 40-hour power reserve, albeit in a 28.4mm case). Other than the case and bracelet finishing, there are only two differences between the existing and new models. One is that the new model is very slightly thicker – 5.25mm, vs. 5.15mm for the existing watch. The other, perhaps more noticeable difference, is in water resistance: The new watch has a depth rating of 100 meters, which handily exceeds that of the 30-meter water-resistant sandblasted steel model.

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