Tag

Bulova

Browsing

Accutron expands the color options within its groundbreaking electrostatic-powered Spaceview 2020 collection with three new models. These include a brown-dialed collaboration with the La Palina cigar company, a new dark grey-dial edition and a version with a full green movement plate with contrasting, darkened bridges.

The new Accutron x La Palina Limited Edition Spaceview 2020.

With an openwork design, the Spaceview 2020 displays its dual electrostatic ‘turbines’ and accumulator framed by a clear bezel and connected bridges, all within a 43.5mm steel case. One model from the initial 2020 launch is cased in gold.

Retaining that original layout, Accutron commemorates the La Palina partnership by coloring the watch’s dial and outer ring brown and adding light green luminosity to the markers, hour and minute hands. Accutron then adds a cigar-friendly warm yellow second hand and a matching brown alligator strap to the new watch.

Finally, Accutron rolls the entire package into a humidor set with a cigar cutter and ten ‘Accutron blend’ cigars. The custom-designed humidor, which will hold a minimum of fifty cigars, is handmade by master craftsmen in
the Nicaraguan region of Estelí.

The new Accutron x La Palina Limited Edition Spaceview 2020 watch is a limited edition of 222 pieces. Priced at $5,000, it is available for pre-order with a fall delivery.

Grey and green

Just prior to the La Palina debut, Accutron also added two new models the ongoing Spaceview 2020 collection.

The first new style boasts a smoke-grey open-work dial with signature Accutron green accents and transparent outer ring, light green super luminous markers, hour and minute hands and orange second hand. Finished on a matching stainless steel bracelet, the watch is priced at $3,850.

The second style features a new green dial treatment with 
transparent outer ring, grey bridges, light green super
luminous markers, hour and minute hands and orange
 second hand. Offered on a charcoal calf leather strap, this model is priced at $3,450. Both watches feature a 43.5mm polished stainless steel case with domed scratch resistant sapphire crystal and water resistance to 50 meters.

 

 

Bulova expands its vintage-inspired collection of military watches with the new Avigation Hack A-11, an updated version of the WWII-era Bulova A-11 watch.

Bulova’s new Avigation A-11 Hack watch.

The original Bulova Avigation Hack A-11 watch was issued to U.S. soldiers during WWII and was one of the first watches of its kind. Its dial was highly legible with luminescent numerals, hands and markers while its large crown and solid one or two-piece straps were ideal for constant wear.

The watch and many others like it were known as ‘hacking’ watches because soldiers could pull out the crown and stop, or ‘hack’, the seconds hand at the 12 o’clock position to synchronize their watches. With a now-small 32mm case, the original A-11 was specially made for navigation.

The new model retains the original’s clean dial and distinctive coin edge case while expanding its color options and, literally, its case size (now at 37mm). Bulova is purposefully differentiating the new Avigation A-11 Hack watch from the many other military watches in its collection with a more contemporary color combination, namely a blue dial with red accents on a brown NATO strap.

Bulova stamps the back of the new watch with the same Military Spec information seen on the original A-11. Inside the new Avigation Hack A-11 you’ll find a reliable automatic movement (Miyota 82S0 3-hand movement with hack feature) boasting a 42-hour power reserve. Price: $450.

 

Bulova has partnered with online gaming community and marketplace D-Cave to develop two new versions of Bulova’s digital-display Computron LED watch reboot.

Both new Computron D-Cave models include new visual concepts inspired by the gaming world, and one Special Edition features an exhibition mineral crystal case top that showcases a gaming circuit board.

The Computron is a futuristic trapezoidal-cased watch that Bulova originally debuted in the late 1970s and re-launched in 2019 with steel and gold-colored cases and blue or red LED displays.

The new Bulova Computron D-Cave, with Special Edition model at right.

These new models feature a sleek black IP stainless steel case with a mineral crystal that shields the LED’s luminous green accents. The front-facing green LED displays digital hours and minutes with a dual time function. Bulova attaches a black silicone strap with three-piece buckle to the case.

The Special Edition Bulova D-Cave Computron LED.

The special edition of the watch retains the black IP case but adds a gaming circuit board to the top and a green acid-etched case-side decoration inspired by computer towers. This special edition watch will be made available to those who also purchase an NFT via D-Cave.

Bulova will present the watch in a custom box with D-Cave design elements featuring a QR Code that will guide users to the dedicated Bulova-D-Cave space on Decentraland.

“For over 145 years, Bulova has been about innovating and exploring new worlds,” says Jeffrey Cohen, President of Citizen Watch America. “Through our partnership with D-Cave and the iconic Computron, Bulova interfaces with the metaverse and the gaming universe, allowing us to reach new consumers and opportunities.”

Price: $450.

 

Bulova celebrates Apollo 15 with the 50th Anniversary Lunar Pilot Limited Edition, a new quartz chronograph from the storied brand.

Bulova will make 5,000 50th Anniversary Lunar Pilot watches.

Bulova has a long history with NASA and has been involved in multiple space missions. The watchmaker specifically celebrates Apollo 15 because on August 2, 1971, Apollo 15’s mission commander David Scott made lunar history while wearing a Bulova chronograph. You may recall that the original watch sold for nearly $1.6 million at auction in 2015.

The Bulova Chronograph Worn by David Scott on the moon sold for nearly $1.6 million at auction in 2015.

Bulova notes that its partnership with the U.S. space mission ran from the mid-1950s until the 1970s. To learn more about Bulova’s links to U.S. space exploration, visit the digital Bulova Museum.

New case

Bulova’s celebratory release replicates the style and dial layout of Scott’s watch from Apollo 15, with technical updates. The new model is cased in a new and larger 45mm titanium case, and includes new gold-tone accents and pushers.

Inside, Bulova places proprietary high frequency, high precision quartz movement, which boasts a frequency of 262 kHz, eight times the frequency of traditional quartz watches. This is the movement, with its apparently ‘sweeping’ seconds hand, that Bulova inserts into its Precisionist collection, which Bulova debuted in 2010.

The watch’s retro-styled dial includes the original Bulova logo and dial layout with a sapphire crystal. A sharp-looking grey leather NATO strap holds it to the wearer’s wrist, and the watch is water resistant to fifty meters. On the screw-down case back you’ll find an engraved image depicting a moon walk and the watch’s limited edition number. Bulova will make 5,000 50th Anniversary Lunar Pilot watches and will package each with a storybook and commemorative NASA coin. Price: $995.

In recent months my inbox has been a repository of reminders about classic American watch design. And while plenty of digital missives arrive from the encouragingly high number of youthful watch designers active across the United States these days, I’ve been especially impressed by the retro-design regimen currently underway at Accutron.

Accutron’s Legacy collection transports us back decades with its studied re-introduction of dials and cases that truly met, and in many ways help define, the Swinging Sixties and the Space Age. The collection’s aerodynamic curves, electrical references and rampant asymmetry are a treat to both the eyes and the wrist. And by retaining vintage sizes Accutron enhances the nostalgia, setting the imaginative dials within their proper proportions.

The newest version of the Accutron Date and Day Q.

A stylish reminder of Accutron style from this era can be found in the Accutron Legacy Date and Day Q, a Legacy release that echoes the original 1971 streamlined ‘flying saucer’ 34.5mm oval case design and 4 o’clock crown.

Updated Bulova Classics

Bulova also understands the value its design archives. The Bulova Oceanographer ‘Devil Diver’, its Computron and Bulova’s array of military watches are prime examples.

Just recently Bulova notes that it is expanding its array of Bulova Classic designs with new versions of the 1948 Sutton and the 1960s Aerojet.

The newest Bulova Sutton reprises a 1940s design but with a contemporary dial aperture and case size.

Both these re-releases are automatic models powered by Miyota movements. The new Sutton automatic ($395) recalls Bulova’s President watch, circa 1948, though the new model offers an updated 33mm by 49mm case size and a contemporary dial aperture to expose the movement. Bulova is offering the watch with a white dial on a brown alligator grain leather strap or with a black dial on a black alligator grain leather strap.

My favorite among the recent debuts is the new Aerojet, reprising a Bulova design from the 1960s. Bulova unveils two new 41mm steel-cased versions featuring the Aerojet’s signature cross hair dial with a bi-color Day/Night indicator and vintage Aerojet logo.

The new Bulova Classic Aerojet reprises a 1960s design.

These come with colorful sunray blue or brown dials with a degrade effect. The blue model is available on a black distressed leather strap for $450 and the brown on a multilink bracelet for $495.