You may be stunned once I get excited a few three-hand quartz watch comparable to this Bulova Accutron II Surveyor ref. 96B213. I do know, it’s unusual for me, however learn on within the evaluate, and I’ll clarify why I feel this can be a timepiece assortment value understanding about.
Typically I come throughout as being a serious watch snob; and in impact, that’s true. I’m extremely judgmental in how I consider timepieces from each a technical and aesthetic perspective. Positive style is a matter of opinion, however inside my set of opinions I’m moderately essential as to what I like and what I do not. Now having stated that, a standard false impression some individuals have is that I solely like costly watch watches. That is not precisely the case.
Costly watches are typically these which have one of the best supplies, most fascinating designs, coolest actions, and general higher composition in comparison with extra mass market watches that attempt to stay at or under a sure worth degree. In fact I’m going to be most excited by gadgets produced the place value is much less of a problem than these which should make sacrifices for the bean counters. For that purpose, it could typically seem that my private pursuits lay solely with excessive-finish fare. However that is not true.
A great instance of my broad tastes is how excited I get when reviewing a brand new Casio G-Shock with improved options or a easy device watch that focuses on strict utility. So it is not that I do not like low cost watches, it’s fairly that I do not like poorly executed, unfocused watches. So the place does that depart this new Bulova and the brand new Accutron II assortment. Briefly, these are a superb strategy to get a genuinely cool watch at a worth beneath $500.
2014 sees the discharge of the Accutron II assortment from Bulova, however explaining it inside the historic and trendy context of the Bulova model is a bit difficult. Accutron was the identify of the sub-model Bulova launched in 1960 to deal with its extremely profitable digital tuning fork actions. These pre-quartz actions have been the peak of watch know-how for a few decade. At Baselworld 2014 one of many new Bulova watches released was the Accutron II Alpha collection, which is in honor of the long-lasting Spaceview. You’ll be able to learn that article for a bit extra historic context.
A number of years in the past Bulova (owned by Citizen) launched an fascinating new household of quartz actions referred to as Precisionist. aBlogtoWatch has reviewed a collection of watches with Precisionist actions, and what’s essential to find out about them is that they’re extra correct than conventional quartz actions they usually have a sweeping seconds hand like mechanical watches. Whereas most present Precisionist-based mostly watches are fairly thick, for 2014 Bulova has launched a slimmer assortment of Precisionist-based mostly watches underneath the Accutron II sub-label.
It is very important notice that the Precisionist motion within the Accutron II assortment of watches is barely totally different than the motion within the bigger Precisionist watches (assortment). That’s as a result of as a way to scale back the dimensions of the motion for these extra basic timepieces Bulova wanted to make use of smaller batteries. To take care of the identical three yr battery life Bulova slowed down the frequency of the watch so that’s makes use of a bit much less energy. So what does all this imply? Principally with a purpose to have a watch that isn’t so giant, Bulova determined to supply a bit much less accuracy. Having stated that, these are nonetheless far more correct than “conventional” quartz actions. So whereas the bigger Precisionist actions are “approach” extra correct than most quartz actions, the Accutron II Precisionist actions are “a lot” extra correct.
How correct? Properly the unique Precisionist was correct to about 5-10 seconds per yr. The Accutron II Precisionist is I consider correct to about 5 or so second per thirty days working at a frequency of 262,one hundred forty four Hz. Having stated that, you actually do not hear individuals complain concerning the accuracy of conventional quartz watches. Although what individuals do complain about is the tick, tick, ticking seconds hand of a quartz watch.
Precisionist actions have sweeping seconds palms like these on mechanical watches. They do not tick and it will be straightforward for somebody seeing these to consider an Accutron II is a mechanical watch. Additional, the 2014 Accutron II assortment could be very a lot made up of basic designs, such this Bulova Accutron II Surveyor and different fashions. There’s a very wholesome Accutron II selection this yr, and I anticipate that many extra will proceed to return.
This specific dial fashion comes matched to a spherical case or this quasi-cushion-formed case. At 41mm large, I felt the dimensions was good, being neither too small or too giant, and the distinctive look of the case makes the straightforward dial really feel a bit extra fascinating. For a watch at this modest worth degree the match and ending are fairly good.