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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, highly accurate, April 26, 2011
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This review is from: Bulova Men's 96B130 Precisionist Longwood Stainless-Steel Bracelet Watch (Watch)
When compared with Seiko and Omega (and other very high quality Japanese and Swiss timepieces), the Bulova Precisionist is also very good but not exactly 'perfect', as far as looks and manufacturing. The luminescence is poor and only on the hands (not the hour indeces), and the Bulova tuning fork emblem (their trademark) is very slightly off-center from the 12 o-clock index. WIS's (watch idiot-savants) and purists will notice this right away. The date window seems to line up okay, and otherwise, the case and steel bracelet are very good, typical for a Japanese and Chinese-made watch (Bulova is owned by Citizen, so the high-frequency quartz movement is made by Miyota). Clasp holds good, be aware it's a butterfly-folding clasp so you'll need both hands to put it on. Now about the timekeeping accuracy and precision, well, in 4 weeks it has gained 2 seconds, so that averages out to about +26 seconds per year (Bulova advertises +/-10 seconds per year). That's awesome, nevertheless! But you can get a Seiko Grand Seiko that should only gain +5 seconds per year, but you'll pay more (or get a radio-controlled watch if you require +/-0 seconds per day accuracy). The date is easy to set, and it is hackable (seconds hand stops when crown is pulled out all the way). Be aware that like all watches, you need to set the minutes hand a bit ahead of the minute index you are setting it at, that way the hour, minute and seconds hands are all 'synchronized' and read sensibly (you don't want the minute hand to read, for example, 25 and half minutes when the second hand is at 12). This is a big, heavy watch, you'll know it's on your wrist. For something lighter, check the gold-tone version with leather strap, or one of the other models. The dial will remind you of a Rolex Datejust(disk and 'Precisionist', which reminds me of the word 'Precision' on older Rolexes) and an Omega DeVille Hour Vision ('railroad tracks' on outer circle with indeces), so you know where they copied some of their design ideas from. Not blingy but large, will get noticed. If you're into precision and accuracy, this is a good watch for you.
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