To all the self-proclaimed ascetic spiritual gurus out there, it may seem difficult to be “free from the world” when toting around a $500 watch. The world of form can be enjoyed and recognized for what it is…temporary. After all, why do so many watch aficionados, collectors or hobbyists have so many watches? One is never enough. Two, three or four can never satisfy! So the lesson, enjoy form, but don’t get caught by craving because it’s a black, bottomless pit that leads to discontent and emptiness.
OK! Back to the watch!
This watch is a men’s Bulova analogue mechanical watch model 96A118. It comes from the BVA-Series 120. It is a self-winding mechanical timepiece with a 21-jewel movement visible through an on-dial aperture and exhibition case back.. There are two circular sections in the front that exposes the inner mechanism, so it is a partial “skeleton watch.”
Being mechanical, this watch is powered by the wearer’s own movement–no battery required. It measures 42mm in case width and 11mm for case thickness. It’s made of stainless steel with domed mineralized crystal (scratch resistant sapphire), silver-white patterned dial with Roman numeral numbers, classic blue metallic hands with luminous fill, 24-hour subdial, small sweep, screw-back case, double-pusher deployment buckle and is water resistance to 30 meters.
This watch does not indicate where it is made, either design or assembly. Since Bulova is now owned by Citizen, my guess would be that Bulovas are designed in Japan and being made in Malaysia, China, Korea, etc.
It has a MSRP of $499. You can find one for considerably less if patient. Even local vendors should be able to sell this watch for $100 under the MSRP.
When setting this watch, the second hand does not stop. The crown pulls out to one position only and that is for adjusting the hands of the watch, excluding the second hand. Unlike the classic Seiko 5 mechanical, this watch can be wound by turning the crown. I’ve heard some say it doesn’t matter because it will wind when you move around. That’s a terrible answer! How many times do you favor one watch over another? Maybe you don’t feel like wearing your mechanical watch but want to keep it wound and in good shape! Sorry Seiko 5 owners. You’ll have to put the watch on and jog around the house for 20 minutes! Also, once an automatic mechanical watch stops (due to not wearing), it’s handy to quickly and thoroughly wind the watch with the stem. With this Bulova, you can do that easily.
Personally, I’ve always preferred a long second hand–too bad this watch has the short second hand instead.
This watch is also quite bare bones. No date, day of the week, alarm, back light, chronograph or timer here. Just time. Since pulling the crown doesn’t stop the second hand, even the time isn’t something to get too excited about. Then again, is anyone with a mechanical watch really striving for atomic accuracy? It is classy though.
The band feels comfortable enough. The quick-release feature is very handy. The buttons don’t dig into your wrist like some Citizen bands. Unlike many of the Invictas, this watch does not weigh a ton. If you have small wrists, worry not. This Bulova fits well without being overly intrusive.
If this watch looks worthy of you, you can find it at a local mall kiosk, jewelry store or online at my Amazon store.