By Gordon Henderson
A constant question in the watch community, especially with so many younger collectors entering the arena, is what are the options for affordable pieces from respected watch makers? As many people do not have several thousand dollars to spend on a watch, the under $1,000 category is a price point that is eagerly monitored. Now, Bulova’s latest release, the Precisionist X Sport, is attracting some attention in that realm, as it packs a lot of form and function into a watch that sells for just $975 to $995.
Originally launched 10 years ago by Bulova, the Precisionist has, over the years, offered some of the most advanced technology for a chronograph timepiece with a continuously sweeping seconds hand. Now, in celebration of its 10thanniversary of this important watch, Bulova releases a sportier version with a fresh aesthetic.
The piece is powered by a proprietary 262kHz movement that is able to keep time to 1/1000th of a second, which is outstanding for analog timepieces. The case of the Precisionist X Sport is hexagonal in shape, like the original, and measures 45mm x 47mm. The multilayered chronograph dial is intriguing to look at, since certain parts of the movement are visible on the dial side. The bold seconds hand stems from the center of the dial, while a square aperture showcases the date between 4:00 and 5:00 on the dial. The blacked knurled crown is a highlight of the watch, offering a cool, almost technical appeal. The watch is water resistant to 300m.
There are three variations being offered. Two are crafted in dark grey stainless steel with a brushed blackened steel bezel and pushers and are offered with either a rubber strap or a steel bracelet. One version features a dial in gray and black with bright red accents, while the other version is bold blue with rose-gold-hued accents. Hands are markers are coated with Super-LumiNova. On colored straps matching the dial color, the watches are priced are $975. On stainless steel bracelet they sell for $995. The third version is a limited edition of 100 pieces in grayed steel with gold top ring. But that retails for just over $3,000.
For those looking to consider a piece under $1,000, the Precisionist strikes a number of notes, among them being the precision to the 1/1000th of a second. The watch also offers striking design appeal and can easily go from the office to the weekend barbeque or almost anywhere. It is bold, beautiful and incredibly versatile.