7 Best Bulova Watches of All Time

There is something about a watch brand that is nearly 150 years old that appeals to a passionate horologist’s vintage taste. Bulova is one such watch brand that has a splendid history and some fine quality watches to its name. 

In this article, we have compiled a list of a diverse range of Bulova watches to suit different tastes. Each of these watches has a different design and a history of its own.

History

Established in New York in 1875 by Bulovian immigrant Joseph Bulova, the company has come a long way in manufacturing accessories, clocks, and watches. Few people know that the company was sold to Citizen in 2007.

Bulova was involved in technological research in addition to watches—in 1927, the business constructed an observatory in New York to calculate the accurate universal time. It was also here that they invented watchmaking tools and other horological breakthroughs.

The construction of the first tuning fork-based electronic was one of these revolutionary concepts. This is the Accutron that enabled them to create the world’s most precise watches at the time.

One of its greatest achievements is a radio broadcasting an advertisement in 1926 and introducing a Photometer with the space missions of NASA. 

Are Bulova Watches Good?

Absolutely! 

As an American luxury brand, Bulova watches are loved by horologists. Some people find them better than brands like Fossil and Ball, and a few other Japanese watch brands. However, some people find it an unnecessary luxury. 

Nevertheless, the company has innumerable first watches milestones to its name.  It has a stellar reputation for producing highly accurate and sturdy watches that will last you a long time. 

Some of the watches like the Precisionist sports chronograph watch beat even the best dive watches in several aspects. The most important one is that it is water-resistant up to 300 meters. 

Best Bulova Watches

1. Bulova Rubaiyat

Bulova Rubaiyat

Specifications:

  • Case diameter: 35mm
  • Case material: Stainless steel with student diamonds
  • Strap material: Leather
  • Water-resistance: up to 30 meters
  • Color options: Black, pink, and silver

The Rubaiyat is Bulova’s most elegant and exquisite watch that features 73 hand-set diamonds on the case perimeter. It has a 35 mm stainless steel case that looks beautiful on a feminine wrist. The textured dial is accentuated by the silver-toned hands. 

It is a quartz movement watch and has a sapphire crystal that is double curved and protects the watch from scratches. It is water-resistant up to 30 meters. The push-and-pull blue cabochon crown adds to its beauty.

2. Bulova 96k101 Special Edition Chronograph

Bulova 96k101 Special Edition Chronograph

Specifications:

  • Case diameter: 46mm
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Strap material: Stainless steel
  • Water-resistance: up to 50 meters
  • Color options: Silver

It is a chronograph watch with quartz technology for 6 functions. The blue and white dial houses bright red accents in a stainless steel casing. This clock is a 6 chronograph with quartz technology for great performance. 

The 96k101 Special Edition Chronograph has a blue and white dial with red accents and is housed in a stainless steel casing. The anti-reflective curved sapphire crystal complements this beautifully.

A stainless steel net band with a fold-over buckle closing completes the look. It also has size links that you can remove. This style is inspired by Bulova’s 1990 designs, giving it a classic, timeless appeal that goes with every outfit.

3. Bulova Precisionist Sports Chronograph 98B312

Bulova Precisionist Sports Chronograph 98B312

Specifications:

  • Case diameter: 46.5mm
  • Case material: Stainless steel and forged carbon
  • Strap material: Black nylon with yellow accents
  • Water-resistance: up to 300 meters
  • Color options: Black

Bulova describes its Precisionist series as “advanced timekeeping at its best” on its blog. This is the company’s timepiece series, which has 1/1000th of a second precision and a continuous-sweep second hand. This watch is designed for individuals who require a reliable and accurate timepiece for their outdoor activities and travels.

In respect to appearance, the Bulova 98B312 Precisionist has a lot going on, yet each feature serves a purpose. The case is made of forged carbon and black stainless steel and features an eight-hand chronograph, calendar, and tachymeter. 

This watch is waterproof to 300 meters (so it’s suitable for heavy water activities but not for scuba diving), and it has a curved mineral glass and a screw-on back.

4. Bulova Precisionist 96B158 Watch

Bulova Precisionist 96B158 Watch

Specifications:

  • Case diameter: 42mm
  • Case material: Stainless steel 
  • Strap material: Leather
  • Water-resistance: up to 99 meters
  • Color options: Black

The ultra-high frequency (UHF) quartz caliber in the Bulova Precisionist 96B158 is remarkable in that it vibrates at a rate of 262kHz, which is nearly eight times faster than conventional quartzes. So, what does this addition bring to the table?

First and foremost, the higher frequency ensures greater precision — a Precisionist watch deviates only about +/-10 seconds every year, compared to the same result in a month for a standard quartz watch. Also, rather than ticking, the second’s hand glides, creating a fluid sweep arm movement with its 16 ticks per second movement.

This Bulova piece’s look is likewise significant. The watch’s patterned dial and silver-toned markers and arms give it a sophisticated yet casual vibe, making it suitable for a variety of outfits and events.

The mineral crystal rather than sapphire glass and the comparatively low water resistance of 30m are two minor drawbacks (100ft).

5. Bulova Lunar Pilot Men’s Watch

Bulova Lunar Pilot Men’s Watch

Specifications:

  • Case diameter: 45mm
  • Case material: Stainless steel 
  • Strap material: Leather
  • Water-resistance: up to 50 meters
  • Color options: Black

Bulova releases a new special edition watch to the Archive Series.  This piece takes inspiration from the original chronograph on the Apollo 15 mission. It is a 45mm robust watch featuring a six-hand chronograph movement.

The high-performance quartz movement performs with a 262 kHz vibrational frequency. This guarantees accurate timekeeping throughout its lifespan. 

It comes in a stainless steel case that showcases a matte black IP finish. It also features an anti-reflective curved sapphire crystal that prevents scratches. A black leather NATO-style strap with three-piece buckle closure completes the look.

6. Bulova Marine Star 98B301

Bulova Marine Star 98B301

Specifications:

  • Case diameter: 45mm
  • Case material: Stainless steel 
  • Strap material: Leather
  • Water-resistance: up to 200 meters
  • Color options: Blue

Bulova’s renowned Marine Star Collection’s 98B301 is a wonderful illustration of how the company incorporates sleek dress watch elements into a classic sports watch.

Rather than the usual bubbly indices, the hours are indicated by lean two-tone bars. The predominantly blue dial is accented with rose gold accents.

The 98b301 Marine Star Chronograph features a six-hand chronograph mechanism with waterproofing of 200 meters.

On a ramped rotating bezel, the stainless steel frame has a rose gold-toned border and a cobalt blue inlay. Also, the dial is blue with luminous arms and hour markings, as well as a date display at 6 o’clock.

A dome mineral crystal and a screw-back case protect the clock. The watch is completed by a rose gold stainless steel bracelet with a fold-over buckle and a safety bar.

7. Bulova Devil Diver Oceanograph Dive Watch

Bulova Devil Diver Oceanograph Dive Watch

Specifications:

  • Case diameter: 45mm
  • Case material: Stainless steel 
  • Strap material: Leather
  • Water-resistance: up to 200 meters
  • Color options: Blue

This is yet another reissued watch with an interesting backstory. The Oceanographer diving watch debuted in 1972, and this Devil Diver Oceanographer is the upgraded model. A revolving bezel with dramatic black and red colors, an anti-reflective finish, a unidirectional bezel, and a double fold-over buckle closing are just a few of the primary characteristics of this deluxe edition 44mm timepiece. Additionally, it can withstand 666 feet of water (ISO-certified) which explains its name.

It has an automatic mechanical movement and a sapphire crystal which makes it a timeless watch.

Conclusion

Hopefully, the list of the best Bulova watches has impressed you as much as it has impressed us. Each watch has a distinct functionality and movement which each one unique. Our best pick is the Bulova Rubaiyat which is an elegant timepiece to adorn on any feminine wrist. Which of these are you going to buy? Tell us via the comments.

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