Bulova has been making affordable and upscale looking watches since the early 1900s. The company was started by an immigrant to the US, and was owned and headquartered in the States until Citizen (which is Japanese) bought them in 2007.
An Omega might have been the first wristwatch on the moon, but all of the timing instruments inside Buzz and Neil’s Lunar Module ran on Bulova made Accutron movements. Why? NASA wasn’t so hot on the idea of traditional mechanical movement time pieces in low gravity, and Bulova’s Tuning Fork technology had emerged as the bridge between the mechanical watches of old, and what would become the quartz movements of today.
Thus, why Bulova still uses the tuning fork logo.
Quartz has replaced the old tuning forks, but Bulova has stuck to their tradition of making slick looking watches that still remain affordable. Here’s three of their best…
Bulova Canvas Strap – $82.14
A canvas band watch is perfect for the weekend, or acting like it’s the weekend. This canvas strap model from Bulova is strangely formal looking in person. The case is falls off softly at the edges and the numerals and hands are an unmistakable ivory color. The luxury buyers canvas strap watch. At a not so luxury price.
Marine Star Stainless Band – $171.69
Just like a Rolex Submariner, only the styling is better. No seriously, hear me out. The orange second hand is a nice addition, the date window isn’t magnified (you can see it, can’t you?) And the textured dial is a nice touch. Sure it’s not a $6,000 Rolex, but if you’re just fine with dragging around $6-grand of watch on your wrist then you probably have issues.
Marine Star Marine Star Rubber – $272.48
The top of the line Bulova. Rivets around the crown, dark gray numbers, well placed chronograph dials. A big, aggressive looking brown chrono. Expensive though, but about at the top of the cost scale for the brand.