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Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection

Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases

The legacy of Bulova is one of the longest continuous stories in watchmaking, with the brand tracing its roots all the way back to founder Joseph Bulova in 1875. Beyond instilling the brand with his own unwavering commitment to craft, Joseph Bulova helped shape the Swiss watchmaking world as we know it today by bringing the first dedicated watch factory to Biel, Switzerland in 1912. For 2019, Bulova has decided to celebrate Joseph Bulova’s incredible contributions to the art of horology with the limited-edition Joseph Bulova Swiss Automatic Collection. In total, the collection includes 16 unique styles based on three iconic Bulova models produced between 1928 and 1935, including the Banker, the Breton, and both a 34 millimeter and 38mm version of the classic Bulova Commodore. Each model is proudly American-designed in New York City and manufactured in Switzerland.

Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases

At the heart of every model in the Joseph Bulova Swiss Automatic Collection lies a richly decorated SW200 3H Date automatic movement, celebrating Bulova’s commitment to excellence in mechanical horology. Visible on all models through a display caseback, this SW200 3H Date movement proudly displays a unique custom-designed rotor.

Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases

The overall designs of all 16 models in the Joseph Bulova Swiss Automatic Collection are remarkably faithful reinterpretations of classic Bulova styles of the ‘20s and ‘30s. The simple and flowing Art Deco lines of the Banker’s 33mm stainless steel tonneau case perfectly evoke the streamlined elegance of the original model, while the more rectangular 32mm Breton series case exudes quiet, timeless refinement. The case of the Commodore model, while at first glance a more conventional circular case design, incorporates the original Commodore’s signature rounded wire lugs seamlessly for a style with unmistakable personality.

Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases

Like the cases of the Joseph Bulova Collection, each dial variant echoes the classic look of these historic Bulova models. Every detail, from the large ornate Arabic numerals, railroad minutes tracks, classic color combinations, and even the period-correct fonts help to create timeless styles that remain as attractive today as the original models. While the dial designs of the Joseph Bulova Collection stem from iconic Banker, Breton, and Commodore models of the past, the quality of the finish is thoroughly modern with crisp printing, brilliantly polished hands, and a variety of beautifully executed dial surfaces from shining sunbursts to dynamic grained patterns.

Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases

In keeping with the classical style of the Joseph Bulova Collection, each model is offered with a selection of complementary straps. Banker variants are paired with either a black crocodile pattern leather strap or a sleek multi-link bracelet, while Breton styles offer a choice between the multi-link bracelet and a lizard pattern leather strap in black or brown. Similar to the Banker, both sizes of the Joseph Bulova Collection Commodore are showcased on a choice of multi-link bracelet or a crocodile pattern strap in black or brown.

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Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases

In an age of limited edition vintage reissues and reinterpretations, the new Joseph Bulova Swiss Automatic Collection sets itself apart through its impressive variety and commitment to the ethos of quality set down by Joseph Bulova himself. Each of the 16 unique variants in the collection are limited to 350 pieces with prices ranging from $995 to $1495. All models are available for purchase now on the brand’s site.

Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases

Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases

Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases Bulova Pays Tribute To Its Founder With 16 Unique Limited Edition Styles In New Joseph Bulova Collection Watch Releases

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  • The square and tonneau ones are very nice…and good Cartier/Tiffany alternatives! And although I’m a bracelet guy this is a strap-only watch.

    • Lingua Franca

      Not just Cartier and Tiffany,,, there’s some Hermès Arceau action going on here!

      • True. I was referring to the tonneau and square cases — but I like many of Hermes’ designs as well.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    These are not blued. These are the black(ed) screws, that shows you how to take away the rotormodule. So you don’t take off the rouage bridge accidently which would create a funny reaction from the movement when the main spring is still fully powered.

  • DanW94

    Some pretty nice vintage re-issues here, and with a Sellita to boot instead of the usual Miyotas you seen in the Bulova automatics. Should be able to get these discounted at some point making it an even more attractive proposition.

  • Mahfuzaini Shahril
  • Mahfuzaini Shahril

    Origin or not

  • Ugo

    all very beautiful.
    maybe the least accomplished is the round one, but the numerals save the situation.
    love the bracelet of the square…

  • Luciano

    Being “tribute” pieces they should have kept the date window away. Aside this, the ones in tonneau are quite interesting.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Gorgeous selection of ladies watches.

    • Rob Crenshaw

      Sigh, you’re right. I find myself liking ladies watches a lot these days. They’re generally thinner, simpler, and without the macho pomp and circumstance so many brands mire their designs in.

  • I’d prefer the much more accurate, fascinating historical Bulova Moonwatch reedition 2015 or a Bulova Lunar Pilot Chrono 2017 for half the price?

  • Swiss_Cheese

    Quite nice collection, usual date window gripes apply though, here’s a mock-up of the tonneau one minus date:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8435daae9f1b9bfc3b3115df6610531820ffd4ab82558ce58339f02649091673.jpg

  • Leonarr

    Skip the date window + use a movement with a subdial for the seconds THEN we have a nice new vintage piece. It’s kinda like someone took a 1930’s car and put modern tyres and rims on it!

  • Lingua Franca

    Thanks. I guess what I am jonesing for is a non-round, non-square watch!

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    Bump up the case size and offer a solid gold case.
    Then I’m in.

  • Dan F

    Great to see Bulova continuing to get back to their roots by honoring more of their past models! This new “old” line looks pretty cool! It reminds me a lot of Tiffany’s vintage line, which is also based on Selitta, but of course five times more expensive! Interesting, that a mass market brand like Bulova is making this line available only as a small limited edition directly from Bulova.com. It might make them more expensive, but also helps them hold their value. That’s a pretty good trade off for watch collectors, and maybe the answer for manufacturers to help combat the deep discounting of the grey market. Seems to be the direction the market is going. It’s also a great example of how modern globalism should work. An American company founded by a European Immigrant using American designers to style watches after their historic models, but building them in Switzerland like before. There’s a certain authenticity to that, rather than just buying a company for the brand name, and cheapening the product. Kudos should go to their Japanese owner, Citizen, in allowing each partner of the team to do what they do best.

  • egznyc

    Unlike a few comments I’ve seen, I think these sound like an appropriate size for the style. They look reasonably nice – though I assume there’s no radium – or any other lume – on these dials. Oh well, they’re dress pieces, after all. Pricing seems a little high but if they’re really well finished I’d strongly consider.

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