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5.0 out of 5 stars Big and Beautiful!, April 25, 2013
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This review is from: Bulova Men's 98B143 Precisionist Charcoal Grey Dial Bracelet Watch (Watch)
Don't buy this watch if you're intimidated by large timepieces on your wrist.

This stainless steel (case and bracelet) watch is formidable and simply shouts, "LOOK AT ME!" when you wear it on your wrist. The most unique feature in this price range is the smooth sweep second hand. Seiko has a smooth sweep second hand, but you're going to pay in the neighborhood of $3,000 for that watch when you can get this one for about 10 percent of that.

The hidden part may be the best. It sports a three-tined tuning fork that significantly speeds the sampling rate of the Japanese quartz movement so much that the advertised (I have no way to measure it.) accuracy of the watch is +/- 10-15 seconds PER YEAR! Wow! I don't think you can get that kind of accuracy with much more expensive wristwatches.

I have to admit, I am more attracted to a wristwatch by how it looks than by how accurate it is. It's a weakness, I know, but if you want accuracy, get an inexpensive Timex or Casio quartz watch that will serve most needs for accuracy. If you want to wear a thing of beauty, a work of art, start looking for watches like this Bulova Precisionist Champlain and you will find both accuracy and beauty in one timepiece.

I wear this Bulova almost every day. I have several good looking timepieces in my collection, but this is my favorite for daily wear. I have another Bulova Precisionist, a Longwood, that I bought on Amazon.com and wear for occasions when a dress watch is preferred. The Champlain 98B143 is more of a sports watch and it's massive. The Longwood is a dress watch with a leather strap and smaller case diameter. I prize them both for their place in my collection, i.e., the Champlain for every day, the Longwood for special occasions.

Do I recommend this watch? Sure, but don't everyone rush out, or click on the Amazon.com item, to buy it because I want to preserve the uniqueness of mine. You know, the "Nobody has a watch like this one." syndrome. You'll feel the same when you get yours.
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