BASELWORLD 2016

Bulova Special Edition Moon Watch Chronograph (Updated With Live Photos)


In the 1960s and ’70s, American watch brand Bulova was a frequent partner with NASA’s space programs, and personally gifted a one-of-a-kind, customized chronograph watch to the commander of 1971’s Apollo 15 mission, Colonel Dave Scott, in 1971. This historic timepiece, which was engineered specifically to withstand lunar conditions, became the first Bulova watch to be worn on the moon. At a recent auction, the watch — whose cloth strap bore the wear and tear of re-entry and whose dial still showed traces of lunar dust — sold for a record $1.62 million. This year, Bulova launches a replica of its first “moon watch,” updated with modern technological advances and at a decidedly down-to-earth price.

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Bulova Moon Watch Replica - front

 

The Bulova Special Edition Moon Watch Chronograph is aesthetically a very faithful re-creation of the original, but is outfitted with a modern, exclusive UHF (Ultra-High-Frequency) quartz movement, which Bulova says gives the watch an extremely high degree of timekeeping accuracy, losing just seconds per year. It also powers a continuous sweep seconds hand for the chronograph function, a feature rare in quartz chronograph watches. The classical tricompax dial features what the brand calls “super-luminous” treatment on the hands and hour markers and is surrounded by a tachymeter scale for calculating speeds. One other consolation to modern tastes and convenience is the small date window at 4:30. The brushed stainless steel case, equipped with the model’s very distinctive elongated chronograph pushers, is water-resistant to 50 meters.

Bulova Moon Watch Replica - side

Like the original watch, a prototype that was given to Scott — the seventh man to walk on the moon and the first to drive the lunar rover — and never made available commercially, the replica version of the Bulova Moon Watch comes with two interchangeable straps, one in textured leather and the other an old-school textile strap with hook-and-loop fastener. Available now at retail, the watch carries a retail price of just $550.

Bulova Moon Watch Replica - box

Below please find some original photos we snapped of the Moon Watch in Bulova’s exhibition booth at Baselworld 2016.

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14 Responses to “Bulova Special Edition Moon Watch Chronograph (Updated With Live Photos)”

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  1. Jacek

    Got one today for my 45th birthday,I was 3 days old when Apollo 15 mission was lunched.
    That is the way to commemorate the 45 year old event.
    Very accurate movement that will be maintenance free for a very long time.
    Amen.

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  2. Philip Douglass

    It looks pretty but its quartz! No one really interested in a quality watch is going to buy a bloody quartz offering. Money spent on quartz is money wasted

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    • 550us is pretty respectable for a high frequency watch that also has history and a lot of high quality material for this price. I think your comment is justified and has very little backup. This watch requires little to no maintenance and has been proven so far for better accuracy than the Omega Speed Pro. I would suggest you start reading more on the subject .

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      • ross shefchik

        Amen. I own Omega, Fortis, and Certina automatic chronos but I love the quality and super accuracy of my 5 Bulova UHF/Precisionist watches. Many 1/1000 second analog chronos.

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  3. Bob Vickowski

    When will the new Bulova be available for purchase and where?

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  4. Nick Houston

    How did Omega feel about Bulova’s watch being worn on the moon? Why didn’t Bulova cash in on that news from a marketing move? As an Omega collector I was totally unaware of Bulova’s moon watch until now…It does seem very good value for money-I’m tempted, but I think I would separate it from my Speedmaster Moonie!

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    • My understanding is the plexiglass crystal on Scott’s Omega popped out so he wore his personal Bulova on the mission.

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  5. Virgil Howarth

    This watch was an unauthorized stowaway that never passed the 1972 NASA tests. Word has it that the original contained a Universal Geneva movement since Bulova didn’t make a chronograph. The pressure to have a Bulova was probably Omar Bradley who was CEO of Bulova and was a “Buy America” advocate for the space program. Just my opinion. And…no wonder the movement in the present watch is a quartz movement. They would’t want to reuissue it with the original Swiss movement.

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    • Rachel Gordon

      I seriously doubt a Bulova restraint to be associated with a Swiss movement. After all, they proudly sell their Accu-Swiss brand, and make a a marketing statement to peddle “Swiss Made”.

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  6. srhardy

    OPEN LETTER TO BULOVA, Please Bulova beg, borrow, steal or reinvent the eco/solar recharable watch face and add to your line of clean sweep quartz as its the ONLY missing feature that i dearly love that MISSING. Its not like i haven’t emailed you, posted on every forum and generally made a nuisance of myself but its a MUST as a +10&> year battery life should be the norm by now!

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  7. It looks like I’m going to be making room in my watch case for a new Bulova. A sweet looking timepiece.

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