16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
What a watch..I had literally been browsing through thousands of watches online in the weeks leading up to Christmas to put together a list of 3 watches to give to my Wife so that she would get one of them for me as my 'BIG' gift and at least I would still be surprised by not knowing which watch She chose for me....That was of course until walking by a Zales in my local mall I saw this watch and its Big Brother with a bracelet and I was stopped cold in my tracks..Thousands of watches and somehow I had not stumbled upon these two Masculine Beauties..I tried them both on and though I instantly loved them both,I went home and told my Wife emphatically that I will not be surprised this year...THIS IS THE WATCH THAT I NEED TO HAVE!!! Despite it's size and weight (though still lighter then with the bracelet) this watch feels perfect on my wrist with it's delightfully comfortable rubber strap that allows me to wear it all day... Everyday.. Amongst other watches,I now own 5 Bulovas and My Wife has 3 (All gifts from me mind you lol).This Beauty is Sporty with its Black Rubber Band and Beautifully Designed Chronograph Face that includes Bold red accents and its Mesmerizing Red Sweeping Seconds Hand which works in Perfect Harmony with its State of the Art Precisionist Movement Technology.I could go on and on and on even more then I already have,so I will finish with this..There are very few watches out there that even come close to this Bad Boy for the $500-$600 price range,so don't be shy and go grab one..You most certainly will not be disappointed..Oh and though I buy many watches through Amazon,at the time this one was bought through the Macy's website for it was by far the best deal at the time.Anyway,I LOVE MY NEW WATCH!!! Thanks Baby...And Rock On Watch Lovers!! :-)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2014
and I mean that literally. It's not the most beautifully designed watch in the world, or even in my small collection, but I have no doubt it's the most accurate. And FINALLY a real sweep second hand, so often claimed but never delivered. This watch has the real deal. I find it fascinating to watch (but that's just for watch geeks). I did have to go to Bulova's website to get instructions because it doesn't work like any of my other chronographs, and Bulova doesn't supply specific instructions, only the usual all-purpose manual for every watch in the world. Specific instructions really helped a whole lot. Now I get it.
This watch is certainly aptly named, "precision" being its principal feature, down to thousandths of a second. What I didn't realize when I bought it, though it was obvious, is that it also counts one hundredths as well as tenths, those both on the top subdial using two hands and inside and outside scales. Oddly, the sweep of the second hand isn't available when the watch is in chronograph mode. The second hand then becomes like every other second hand on every watch. At 9:00 is the minute counter and at 3:00 is the hour counter. At 6:00 is the thousandths counter.
Not that the watch isn't attractive. It is. And as owner of a number of large Invictas, this watch feels compact by comparison. For some it might feel fairly large. it's definitely lighter as well. The only things I object to are the facts that the bezel is stationary (rather strangely) and the crown is difficult to pull out. It's a screw-down, so remember to unscrew it before pulling. And remember to screw back in tightly, lest you void your warranty if/when the watch takes a soaking. Anyway, those are fairly minor flaws, not worthy of taking off a star.
This is as five-star a watch as they come, well worth more than I paid for it. I think it's better, if not as attractive, as either of my pricy Tissots. I'm going to try to see if it keeps time to within a few seconds over the coming year, as Bulova claims, or at least from when we change our clocks to DST and then back again come next winter. Bulova makes the claim based on a two-prong quartz that vibrates at a much higher frequency than any other quartz out there.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2014
The watch looks great in person. It is large and a bit flashier/taller then I anticipated, so that will take a little getting used too. Overall very happy with the purchase, it draws plenty of attention & compliments. One thing that did surprise me is the rim around the face is actually chrome not silver like I originally thought. If you are looking for a big face watch under $400 this is by far the best option out there.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2014
This Bulova Precisionist Chronograph (98B172)watch is just stunning. As the owner of several high end watches, I can state categorically that the Precisionist is the best, most accurate, watch I've owned. It is handsome, yet elegant, easy to read and gives perfectly accurate time, literally to the second constantly. Using the chronograph feature is simple, while it gives precise accuracy to 1/1000th of a second. It is intriguing to experience that level of accuracy. I obtained my watch on Amazon for a very reasonable price. Kudos to Bulova.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2014
WOW !.. OK, I love watches.... I own a gold and stainless Rolex Datejust, an Omega Speedmaster, and a beautiful Corum $25.00 quartz 1896 gold piece. Also have 2 Citizen eco drive atomics for everyday wear.
Aesthetically, this Bulova compares favorably with any of the more expensive watches I own or have owned. The sweep second hand is a great feature. That feature is reserved for high end time pieces. Photos do not do it justice. It looks like a 5 or 6k Zenith watch. I'm serious. It is light years more attractive in person.
Set up is easy. Used the downloaded manual from the Bulova site. If it keeps the time as well as promised by Bulova and the other reviews here it's pretty much a special watch at a crazy low price point.
Chrono features are really perfect.... Watching that 1/100 of a second dial is fun. Another feature usually found on watches costing 10x as much.
This is a must buy..... Check out all the fine print... I received a 20% off Amazon discount password.... Ended up paying $269.00 for the watch...... An amazing value!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2013
This watch is awesome the size and weight is perfect if your looking to buy a watch and you like one that stands out buy this one its big but not to big the sweeping second hand is something that i personally like it show quality to me. I don't think you could wrong buying this watch I've bought a lot of watches none come close to this one, you'll love it.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The venerable American watch company established in the late 19th century by Bohemian immigrant, Joseph Bulova, has a storied history in the watchmaking industry. It was recently acquired by the Japanese Citizens Watch Company.
One of the latest offerings is the Precisionist model, a marvel of watchmaking technology.
What makes the watch stand out, other than its elegant design, is its innovative and unique mechanism. While the majority of analog quartz watches vary in accuracy about 15 seconds per month, the Bulova Precisionist maintains the correct time within 15 seconds per year. This is because of the advanced design of its resonator, to which a third prong has been added resulting in vibration frequency eight times more than the standard mechanism. This in turn allows a sweeping motion of the "seconds" hand instead of a pulsating action; but this also drains a lot of energy from its lithium battery, which lasts an average of two to three years, instead of the expected eight to ten years.
The Bulova Precisionist model is the most accurate watch on the market, second only to the "Atomic watches" that are tied by a signal to the national Atomic Clock.
The description of the watch details is in the promo. The Precisionist model comes in different presentations including steel and black, various dial designs and colors, steel bracelets or leather or rubber straps.
The Precisionist would be a great value at even twice the MRSP and the Amazon reduced price makes it even much more attractive. It should be in every serious enthusiast's collection.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
This watch will stand toe to toe with any "high end" watch made. Super value with high technology included.
Great fit with a real rubber band. No polyurethane here.
This is a stunning and beautiful watch to see in person.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2014
This is a great watch. The second hand is very smooth. My only complaint is that it is a VERY large watch. I have an 8" wrist and even I think it is large. Before buying, I searched all around to try to find out if the band would fit my large wrist. I was not able to find any measurements on the band. So for those of you with larger wrists, mine is 8" and I am at the third to last hole on the band. I have it a bit more snug than I wear other watches. This is due to the weight of the watch and its tendency to shift on my wrist.
I actually left the plastic protector on the face and wore it around the house to make sure I was OK with the size and weight. To be honest with you, I have become accustomed to the weight and it doesn't bother me anymore. The width of the face is OK for those with larger wrists. I think it would be too big for a smaller wrist. The one thing that still bothers me a bit is the thickness. Although I have yet to hit anything with it, I fear that I might. It is about 11/16" thick.
The design is beautiful and the band is comfortable. If you think you can skip the chronograph, the regular Precisionist might be the way to go. It appears to be significantly thinner.
It will be a battery eater. The manual says to expect replacement every year.
Overall, I am very happy with the purchase.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2013
This is my 4th Bulova. All are Precisionist, which I love the accuracy of the time keeping. I have always wanted a chronograph with the main second hand as the chrono second hand. This watch not only does that but the second hand moves smoothly on the watch setting, and jumps seconds when on chrono. This allows a direct reading off the tachymeter, giving units (mph, kph, steps, etc?) per hour of the timed unit. It is a bit heavy and thick, but at 5 oz. on my kitchen scale it's not the heaviest I have, and I can forget I have it on. It is big enough to be easy to read in all but the dark. For the quality, function and looks, this is hard to beat if you like the many function look.