Bulova Special Edition Chronograph C ‘Stars & Stripes’ Watch Hands-On

Bulova Special Edition Chronograph C ‘Stars & Stripes’ Watch Hands-On

At Baselworld 2017,  Bulova reintroduced a watch model from its past with the Bulova Special Edition Chronograph C, whose vintage ancestor was nicknamed the Bulova Stars & Stripes (given the red, white, and, blue color scheme). This is essential for a now standard “Archive Series Collection” set of watches that Bulova will continue to produce for its consumers who are additionally fans of its set of experiences. Bulova, a company with a rich history, is quick to bank in on the success of other “retro reissue watches,” and has seen success in different models such as the Bulova Moon Watch Chronograph .

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This is especially evident when Bulova—who recently had a solid number of mechanical watches in their collection—is again apparently reevaluating their product methodology. I think the brand will be decidedly focused on sub-$1,000 products, yet however many of them as could be expected under the circumstances need to have a feeling of implicit enthusiastic allure. That is exactly what you get with a vintage reissue such as the Special Edition Chronograph C Stars & Stripes. This is one of an increasing number of “accessible” vintage re-issue timepieces for collectors who aren’t ready to spend a few thousand dollars on products such as this.


Our companions at Fratello investigated the first Bulova Chronograph C watch here . Outwardly, the 2017 and 1970s unique are strikingly comparable. Size-wise they are extraordinary, and of course the first had a physically wound mechanical development while the enhanced one has a high-frequency Bulova 262kHz quartz chronograph development. The first Chronograph C was 43mm wide, while the cutting edge understanding has developed to a bigger 46mm wide. This is enormous, yet not gigantic truly given the absolute lack of hauls. The watch comes with a decent, thick steel network metal bracelet. To estimate it appropriately there are some removable connections in the base. Bulova additionally compassionately offers a blue cowhide lash with the Special Edition Chronograph C watch.

What helped make the first Bulova Chronograph C vital wasn’t simply the splendid colors and “edgy” (in a real sense) dial plan. All things being equal, the Chronograph C stood apart because it was not normal for basically whatever else Bulova was making at that point. One can take a gander at the dial plan and ask themselves Bulova’s opinion. Are those hands expected to be rockets? Are the hour markers expected to be unpretentious tokens of the huge office structures in New York City? Or then again is this simply a period suitable 1970s particular game watch that played with visual components to focus on strong looks and intelligibility. Right now especially, timepieces were being enlivened by measures on a scope of vehicles and mechanical gear. Thus, originators were not modest about utilizing brilliant colors to advance neatness and contrast. Thinking back on such plans we can envision what those architects probably been thinking. Notwithstanding, actually I think it was only an endeavor to take a few plans that came before it, adjust them a piece for Bulova use, and attempt to produce a product that appeared to fit customer expectations.

Breitling was one of the companies during the 1970s making a ton of the watches that Bulova may have been enlivened by—or it may have been the other away around (in spite of the fact that I question it given Breitling’s rather prolific volume of brilliantly colored chronographs with blocky dial components). You can see a few components of that in the case also, despite the fact that Bulova is just replicating what the company may have recently replicated years back. The 46mm wide steel case has an attractive bezel—but one that doesn’t pivot as the plan appears to infer. The original’s bezel didn’t move by the same token. Collectors will truly like the utilization of the period proper Bulova brand logo.


The case is water impervious to 50m (it very well may be 100m, the Bulova site at the hour of composing composed both and I’m getting it is the previous water resistance measure) and 13.8mm thick. Over the colorful dial is a domed and AR-coated sapphire crystal. It has all the earmarks of being a solitary vault plan, so when you take a gander at the dial from a point there is some contortion—however this is common at this price point.

A clean dial without a date window and an accentuation on the first eccentric plan of the Chronograph C is the reason individuals will like this watch. The chronograph is present day and measures down to 1/100th of a second, yet it’s contained in a charming vintage-themed (rather than current) package. Thus alone, I think a great deal of more current watch darlings not intrigued by actually getting a finicky vintage watch, will appreciate how Bulova is doing the 2017 Special Edition Chronograph C Stars & Stripes. All the more in this way, it shows that despite the fact that Bulova is consistently changing its product focus, it is tuning in to collectors of its vintage models, and giving close consideration to what they feel may be to their greatest advantage to reissue straightaway. The Bulova Special Edition Chronograph C Stars & Stripes has a retail price of $750 USD. bulova.com