Welcome back to week 18 of this exciting series, our Watch of the week!! Once again, we will nominate one watch from a sea of competitive products to be crowned, the king. Today, we will go through the watch of the week number 18, the Bulova Classic series 43mm. If you are ready, then let’s dive straight as we are getting excited!!
Bulova 43 mm classic (Source: Amazon.com)
As usual, we will go through the materials of this watch first. In fact, it is not that hard to guess but the majority of this watch is made out of stainless steel. However, I want to point out the difference in surface finishing for different stainless steel parts. For example, the bezel is given a polish surface finish while the bracelet is given a regular brushed finished. On top of that, mineral glass is used as the crystal protecting dials.
TMGK 26.5 mm Mineral Glass (Source: Amazon.com)
If you haven’t already noticed, this watch is huge. The diameter of this watch is 43 mm across from the 3rd Hour to the 9th Hour, as well as the 6th Hour to the 12th Hour. On top of that, the total thickness of this watch from the crystal to the case back is 12 mm.
Stuhrling Size Guide (Source: Stuhrling.com)
Other notable dimensions to be mentioned include the width of the bracelet, starting at 22 mm wide. Extra information you should take notice is the weight of the watch, which is 181g or 6.40 ounces (Imperial Unit), which is slightly heavier.
Enclosed inside the 43 mm diameter stainless steel case is the Miyota 8N24 Automatic movement, a typical three-hand Japanese movement. For your information, this movement has a dimension of about 11.5 ligne or approximately 26 mm in diameter. Also, it has a height of 5.55 mm, which is the thickness indicator of the movement. Other details worth mentioning include the 21 number of jewels as well as a vibration frequency of 21,600 beats per hour.
Miyota 8N24 (Source: Miyotamovement.com)
Finally, we have come to the most exciting part of the watch, which is the design. One of the first thing which caught my attention is the blue color Roman index markers. On top of that, Bulova also makes sure to match the blue index markers with a blue color minute and hour hands. Besides that, the blue watch hands also were designed with the shape of the pencil, one of the variations of the famous baton style.
Side View (Source: Amazon.com)
Moreover, the watch hands are also partially skeletonized, with the luminescent product added on the top and bottom half of the hands to improve visibility. Turning to the side view of the watch, you can see the logo Bulova inscribed onto the crown surface. Another feature that is eye-catching is the integrated bracelet. If you look carefully at the lugs from the bottom view, you can see how the bracelet is integrated.
Crown view (Source: Amazon.com)
On top of that, the 22 mm wide bracelet also comes in the style of the engineer bracelet. In case you forget, the engineer bracelet is a variation whereby there is a total of 5 links in one row. It is this combination of 5 links which makes the engineer bracelet one of the sturdiest and toughest bracelet. Other notable mentions include the tri-fold clasp as well as the case back which is also mineral glass.