Bulova Chronograph A
This Retro Chronograph Watch Comes in Affordable Quartz or Swiss Automatic Versions
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Some of the funkiest chronograph watches from the Seventies featured colorful, motorsport-inspired dial patterns with stripes, checkers or oblong, surfboard-like shapes. Now, Bulova is bringing back one such rare example originally produced between 1970 and 1971 nicknamed — naturally — the “Surfboard.” Officially called the Chronograph A, Bulova is releasing a range of three affordable quartz models for $695 as well as a more exclusive, limited-edition model featuring a Swiss automatic movement for $2,950 that’s aimed at collectors.
Available in different eye-catching color schemes, both versions are moderately sized: The quartz model features a 40.5mm steel case, while the automatic version has an appropriately vintage-feeling 38.5mm steel case. Both have a box-shaped sapphire crystal and 200m of water resistance.
The limited edition Chronograph A, which is powered by the Sellita SW510 BH B movement with 48 hours of power reserve, is closest in its design to the vintage model, while the quartz watches riff on the same theme with some color changes. Die-hard Bulova fans might be ready to shell out the $3k for the limited edition on its steel bracelet with special surfboard-themed packaging, but for the rest of us, the $695 quartz version on its silicon bands is plenty cool enough.
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