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- Analog-quartz Movement
- Case Diameter: 45mm
- Water resistant to 50m (165ft: in general, suitable for short periods of recreational swimming, but not diving or snorkeling
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Bulova, an American brand, is known for its innovation, craftsmanship and advanced technology. Since 1875, when founder Joseph Bulova opened his store on Maiden Lane in downtown Manhattan, Bulova has remained true to his legacy - mastering the classic art of timekeeping while always embracing the future.
A Bulova Watch is not only a timepiece; it is a piece of history.
Bulova Men's Lunar Pilot Chronograph Watch 96B258
Bulova Men's 96B258
Inspired by the Bulova chronograph worn by Apollo 15’s mission commander in 1971, our Lunar Pilot Chronograph Watch has been authentically recreated and updated with our exclusive high performance quartz technology for unparalleled accuracy to seconds per year.
- Chronograph Movement
- Black Dial
- Sapphire Glass
- Date Window
- Deployant With Pushers
- Water Resistant 100 Meters
Deployant With Pushers
Stainless Steel Case
Find a look of unparalleled history and brilliance with the Moon watch from Bulova®! The Moon watch is a replica from the Bulova watch worn on the moon during Apollo 15's space mission in 1971. Bulova was partnered with NASA from the 1950's into the 1970's and engineered many of the timing devices on board 46 board NASA missions. The original was worn by the 7th man to ever walk on the moon and was created to withstand lunar and anti gravity conditions, and was used to ensure safe re-entry back into the earth's atmosphere. Today's replica also includes anti-reflective sapphire glass, a tool for easy strap removal and interchangeability, and Bulova's proprietary high-frequency movement with unparalleled accuracy. Stainless steel case. Stainless steel bracelet with fold-over, double push-button release. Round face. Three-hand analog display with quartz movement. Black dial features white-tone hands and hour markers, three subdials, date display window, minute track, and Bulova detailing. Chronograph functionality. Water resistant 165 feet. Display case included. Imported. Your Bulova watch is covered by Bulova's 3-Year Global Warranty.
From the Precisionist Collection. Featuring Bulova’s proprietary Precisionist accuracy, this advanced chronograph offers 1/1,000-second precision over a twelve-hour time frame, with accuracy to within seconds a year. In stainless steel with curved crystal, multiple-layer black carbon fiber, blue, silver and black dial, chronograph measurement of hours, minutes, seconds, 1/10-seconds, 1/100-seconds and 1/1,000-seconds, yellow continuously sweeping second hand, luminous hour and minute hands, luminous markers, tachymeter, calendar, screw-back case, screw-down crown, double-press fold-over clasp with safety lock, and water resistance to 300 meters.
Providing an extraordinary level of timing accuracy, the Bulova Precisionist Chronograph is the only chronograph to combine stopwatch timing to 1/1,000-second with Bulova’s exclusive Precisionist-class torsional resonator movement, proven in laboratory testing to be one of the world’s most accurate.
Easy and logical to read, each style features four subdials to display the cumulative time at a single glance, with individual measurements on the combined 1/10- and 1/100-second counter, as well as the hour and minute dials, dual-duty floating second hand, and a distinctive 1/1,000-second track with retrograde indicator.
At the heart of the watch is the Bulova Precisionist-class torsional resonator movement, custom-engineered to provide accuracy to within seconds a year using a three-prong quartz crystal that creates a vibration frequency of 262.144 kHz, the highest of any watch in the world and far greater than that of a standard quartz crystal. In laboratory testing, the Precisionist-class movement has been shown to be three times more accurate than standard quartz. This proprietary manufactured movement, including the signature floating second hand, also offers a resistance to gravitational error that makes it superior in performance to any mechanical watch on the market.
Summary of Features
In 1875, Joseph Bulova, a 23-year-old immigrant, set up shop in New York City and a legendary American watch brand was born. Since then, Bulova has stood proudly in the vanguard of timekeeping innovation, committed to the legacy of creativity and excellence established by its founder.
A pioneering force in the industry, Bulova transformed how watches were worn and how time was perceived, registering over 50 patents as he and his company built a record of creativity including the first full lines of men’s (1919) and ladies’ (1924) wristwatches, the first clock/radio (1928) and the first electric clock (1931). To ensure the utmost in precision, in 1920, Bulova even established its own observatory – located atop its New York skyscraper. With that same spirit of innovation, following World War II, determined “to serve those who served us,” Bulova established The Bulova School of Watchmaking, using new and unique methods to train disabled veterans for positions in the watch and jewelry industry. Then, in 1960, Bulova changed timekeeping forever with the revolutionary Accutron, the world’s first fully electronic watch. An integral component of U.S. space technology, Accutron timing was used on 46 NASA missions, including Apollo XI, the first lunar landing (1969).
Today, as one of the world’s most recognized brands, Bulova has expanded across the globe, with four separate watch brands, Bulova, Bulova AccuSwiss, Bulova Accutron II and Caravelle New York, as well as the award-winning Bulova Clocks.
The signature Bulova brand provides an extensive selection of watches for every occasion, crafted of the finest materials, including 315L surgical grade stainless steel, diamonds, mother-of-pearl, carbon fiber, top-quality leather and Bulova’s proprietary Duramic nylon/ceramic composite, and powered by Precisionist-class quartz, automatic and quartz movements. An industry leader in diamond watch styling, with the new Diamond Gallery offering exquisite designs in stainless steel with sapphire crystals, Bulova is also known for Precisionist, featuring Bulova’s proprietary Precisionist-class quartz torsional resonator movement for accuracy to within seconds per year, the Marine Star collection, combining high-performance sports timekeeping with superior durability and water resistance to a minimum of 100 meters, and a comprehensive selection of classic styles, each with a three-year limited warranty.
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.81 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B01D2S3KF8
- Item model number: 96B258
- Batteries: 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required.
- Date first listed on Amazon: April 12, 2016
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Bulova|
|Dial window material type||Anti reflective sapphire|
|Clasp||Fold-Over Clasp with Hidden Double Push-Button|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||45 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||14 millimeters|
|Band Material||Stainless steel|
|Band length||9.75 inches|
|Band width||0.79 inches|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel|
|Item weight||16 Ounces|
|Water resistant depth||165 Feet|
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But I eventually got tired of daily morning winding, spending money on maintenance, and eventually the bracelet on the Speedmaster fell apart. The authentic Omega replacement bracelet retails at ~ $800. Not an attractive option.
So I started to look around, actually bought a couple watches, some quartz, some automatic, and I love them. But they are all missing one thing: they have not been to the moon! That's it: I bought the Omega because as a kid I wanted it because it went to the moon.
Then I saw the Bulova: it has a beautiful layered black and white dial for legibility, a convenient and super accurate quartz movement, the stop watch feature I use almost every day, and .... it's been to the moon!
I bought it right away. One of the most satisfying purchases of my life. Then my wife said she'd pay for it: for my birthday! She too thinks it's beautiful. Thanks honey!
Since I recently made a big purchase and bought a new Rolex datejust II, I figured why not try the Bulova For the $370 I paid (now listed at $350).
I have to say, I am pretty pleased with the Bulova Moon Watch. The bracelet is comfortable and butterfly clasp is outstanding. The watch is precise as hell. The monochromatic dial is appealing and I find myself staring at it often when I wear this on the weekends. The raised sapphire crystal is a really cool and unique feature that I look at often as well.
There are some cons in my opinion. Firstly, while this watch is not too big for my wrist (7.25 inches in diameter), Bulova should not have gone larger than 42mm. Even on the substantial bracelet, the watch is top heavy.. also, I wish the bracelet tapered. Lastly, I do wish the entire case matched the brushes surfaces as the bracelet. It's not screaming at me when I look down but just a little thing to note.
I do not think this watch is suitable for anyone with a wrist smaller than mine or 7" at most. It's a big watch (not like silly invicta big).
I do recommend this to someone who is looking for an omega speedmaster alternative. It satisfied my itch and has a really cool story to tell when people mistake it for the omega or just wonder what's on your wrist. For me, it's in the weekend rotation only since I wear a suit and my Rolex to work everyday.
I hope this helps some of you on the fence.
Imagine the shock-wave throughout the horological community as NASA astronaut Colonel Dave Scott announced that there was another watch worn on the moon. In the 1971 Apollo 15 mission, Colonel Dave Scott wore a Bulova brand chronograph to replace his NASA issued Omega Speedmaster. The story is almost too perfect: the hesalite crystal on the flight approved Speedmaster popped off so Scott replaced the Omega with his personal backup prototype Bulova watch. Not only was a Bulova wristwatch worn on the Moon but it replaced a broken Speedmaster.
Scott's Bulova went secretly into a safety deposit box where it remained largely unmentioned for over 40 years. The watch was extracted from the safety deposit box and on Oct 22, 2015 put to auction. It sold for a record $1.625 million.
This reproduction of the Bulova chronograph is a more "earth-friendly" variation of the 1971 wristwatch that went to the moon. Most prominently, the crystal in the reproduction is a scratch resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal, rather than a hesalite crystal that went to the moon. Hesalite is shatter-proof, which makes it a great choice for enclosed, zero gravity environments, but sapphire is a very hard and long lasting mineral and is a great choice for surface dwelling Terrans.
The movement is a Bulova patented quartz UHF. The movement is extremely accurate to seconds per year rather than by gaining or losing seconds per day like a Speedmaster. This is my 3rd Bulova and I have tested the accuracy of the UHF movements against the atomic clock at time.gov and I can attest the movements are indeed among the most accurate you will find.
The dial is nearly perfect. A running second hand ticks every half-second at the 6 o'clock position. A date window appears between 4 and 5 o'clock. The lume is functional, though not the best in the industry.
The tachometer hand remains stationary unlike some of Bulova's other UHF movements. When the top depressor is activated, the tachometer goes into an extremely smooth sweep. 1/10 second increments sweep at the 3 o'clock position. At the 9 o'clock position minutes are cataloged up to 60. The tachometer can be paused and re-activated by using the top depressor. The bottom depressor resets the tachometer. This is Bulova's best tachometer yet.
The case is a beautiful brushed surgical stainless steel. The crown and depressors are polished. There is a bit of play/wiggle on the depressors, but the lack of precision on the depressors does not have any negative impact to the function. The crown does not screw down. The top of the crystal sits about 1mm above the rest of the case. The case back is sharply engraved with the Bulova tuning fork logo. There is an inked memorial of the 1971 Scott moon eva.
Overall, the wristwatch looks very classic but is also fresh in all the right ways. This Bulova wristwatch might lack intricacy of an automatic or the exclusivity of a brand 10 times the price, but with the history and brilliant execution of this watch, it is worthy of the wrist real-estate of the most discerning enthusiast.