Bulova Chronograph C “Stars & Stripes” Reissue
By: Michael Penate
One of my favorite aspects of following brands and their releases during Baselworld is the sheer volume of new watches being revealed. We saw just how easily a great watch can be overlooked and forgotten until it surfaces at ADs later in the year. This year, Bulova teased something that I wasn’t expecting and with the exception of a few Instagram posts popping up here and there, I’m not sure much has been said about it. It’s the Bulova Chronograph C “Stars & Stripes” watch – a visually unique, Space Age offering from Bulova’s archives. After falling head over heels in love with their Moon Watch line-up, this is another watch that is pulling me in as far as Bulova’s Archive Collection goes.
Originally introduced in 1970, the Bulova Chronograph C was offered with a Valjoux 7736 chronograph movement. With the little evidence we have now, it seems like Bulova will opt for their 262kHz precision quartz movement. Like the Moon Watch, this should prove to be a solid combination that results in a retro-inspired, everyday wearer without the vintage hassle. For a guy that’s pretty into “safe” and often, monochromatic watch designs I have to say, this might be a winner for me (if I can get my hands on it).
The Bulova Chronograph C reissue will supposedly come with both a mesh bracelet and a navy leather strap. The only thing that bugs me is the rumored size increase that blows the case up from 43mm to 46mm. With the lugless design, it shouldn’t be too bad. Sadly, Bulova isn’t really too clear about solid release dates. When the Bulova Moon Watch was first announced, a year nearly passed without any kind of concrete release info. Some of us watch lovers even thought the project got cancelled. Hopefully, this isn’t the case but price and the release date have yet to be determined. So what do you guys think? Is this a step in the right direction for Bulova? Let us know in the comments. Bulova
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Michael Peñate is an American writer, photographer, and podcaster based in Seattle, Washington. His work typically focuses on the passage of time and the tools we use to connect with that very journey. From aviation to music and travel, his interests span a multitude of disciplines that often intersect with the world of watches – and the obsessive culture behind collecting them.