Bulbul Pebble Watch Review

Bulbul Pebble Watch Review
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Bulbul Pebble 04 and box

Elegance and design don’t have to be expensive. This is the Pebble reference P04, from new Danish brand Bulbul. Founder Jacob Juul worked with KiBiSi and Mega Design to produce a finely made quartz watch that was inspired by the shapes of pebbles on a beach.  The design is two years’ work, which Jacob started after visiting Baselworld in 2011. He calls the Pebble “…classic Scandinavian design with a little twist.”

If you’re me, the next thing you ask about is the company name. A bulbul is a small, mohawk-wearing bird.

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Bulbul Pebble 04, dial view

In checking out the Pebble, it’s very obvious that this is a fine watch. It’s not just a fashion quartz by any means. Bulbul bought the best and sweated the details.

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Bulbul Pebble 04

It’s got a bead-blasted stainless steel case, clearly custom, with hidden lugs, matching buckle and a knurled crown set jauntily at 1:30. The Italian leather strap is well finished – notice for example how the end of the strap is rounded and folded for a neater appearance.

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Bulbul Pebble 04, caseback

The movement is good stuff, a gold-plated Rhonda 762 with a ten-year battery lifespan. Four jewels, too.

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Rhonda 762

The crystal is sapphire, and from what I know that unusual shape was not cheap.

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Bulbul Pebble 04, dial angle

Dimensions are a slender 7.8mm thick, 36.8mm wide (max) by 40mm lug to lug. It’s not small but can do dress or unisex. My wife is already angling to borrow it. Weight is a barely-there 47 grams. more »

8 comments
SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

As previously mentioned, the case looks more like plastic than anything else, and the design may be unique, but it's highly contrived. It's wearing a sticker about 400% too high, even with the sapphire. 

spiceballs
spiceballs

Not for me - lot of money for a Swatch look-alike and crown in that position apart from impractical looks prone to damage?

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Sure makes a Movado museum watch look busy in comparison. The case, while stainless steel, still looks like plastic. So this appears to be a $40 plastic quartz watch at first glance. If the case looked like the metal that it is, or had some visual interest beyond the rounded rhombus shape it might do better. If you are going to be that minimalistic, you have to look very classy and refined. Otherwise, it just looks cheap and uninspired. Perhaps it's a great watch but first impressions count and this one misses for me.Good luck selling 'em.

bichondaddy
bichondaddy

This kind of reminds me of something Skagen would do...and charge maybe $100.  Nothing that I would consider...like others have said...the case back doesn't seem to fit properly...and the WR is next to nothing!  Heck  living here on the gulf coast of Texas....I'd imagine the humidity alone would do in this watch.   

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Bulbul means "nightingale" in Persian and Arabic.  It's very minimalistic and looks like a quality timepiece (except for that case back that doesn't seem to fit properly).  I find watches with no indices next to useless and feel they pander to the fashion crowd no matter how expensive and serious they claim to be.  Still, I appreciate that it is trying to be different.

Maki
Maki

"Bulbul" means pubic hair in Tagalog language - Philippines.