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Bulova Marine Star watch – bulova diamond watch Review 2024
Bulova may not be as well-known as Seiko, Citizen, or even Casio, but they have been manufacturing high-quality watches for more than a century.
Yes, for that long!
They have a long history of innovative watch industry inventions and were even competing with Omega to be the first to put a watch in space back in the 1960s. When the Omega Speedmaster watch failed during a mission, the Bulova stepped in!
They are currently owned by Citizen, a larger watch company, and continue to create beautiful yet inexpensive watches today. Just like the Marine Star, which is the subject of today’s study.
The Bulova Marine Star watch Features
Bulova’s current Marine Stars include a diving watch bezel with a three-dial chronograph that, at least from the face, is evocative of the Rolex Daytona.
This watch has several fantastic features that many watches at this price range do not have, but they have had to make some cost cuts on areas like the glass. Here are the specifications:
- Japanese Quartz Movement
- Scratch-resistant mineral crystal
- 43 x 12 mm stainless steel case
- Stainless steel bracelet with fold-over clasp/safety
- 100m / 330ft water resistance
- 3 sub-dial chronograph (minute, second, 1/10th second)
- Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock
- Uni-directional bezel rotated with left-hand crown at 10 o’clock
Bulova Marine Star Chronograph Dial
The Marine Star dial is very contemporary, with its deep blue display and contrasting white markings and lettering.
I like how Bulova used little flashes of red on this dial to create color highlights on the face. The tip of the second hand and subdials, as well as the date digits.
The hour and minute hands are traditional sword shapes, but not unduly sharp for a contemporary diving watch. They are huge and bright enough to be helpful if you took this watch underwater, but the 100m water resistance would prevent you from diving with it. This is far from adequate for diving.
The Marine Star dial is thoroughly contemporary, with its deep blue display and contrasting white markings and lettering.
I like how Bulova used little flashes of red to create color highlights on the dial. The tip of the second hand, the subdials, and the date digits.
The hour and minute hands are typical sword shapes, but not unduly pointed for a modern appearing diving type watch. They are huge and bright enough to be helpful if you took this watch underwater, however the 100m water resistance would prevent you from diving with it. This is far from sufficient for diving.
There is a complete diving bezel on the exterior, but this Marine Star model has it on the inside, which is rather unique. The majority of diving bezels click and spin from the outside with your fingertips. This one must have the second crown at 10 o’clock.
The angle of the inner bezel numbers and the recessed sub-dials complement the overall appearance of this watch. Overall, it reminds me of a $500 watch, despite the fact that it is frequently far less expensive. (You may view the current pricing using the button below).
dial bulova marine star Chronograph
The Case & Strap
Of course, a watch of this design should be made entirely of stainless steel, and Bulova does not disappoint. You can obtain various versions of this watch with leather straps, but I don’t think they function as well. Diver watches, in my perspective, are either stainless steel or rubber strapped. You may disagree.
The Rolex Daytona-style protected crown and chrono pushers on the case side give this watch a distinct appearance. One that you just cannot ignore, and which, in my opinion, is a slight step above your normal SKX Seiko type diving watch.
The strap is a regular 3-link stainless steel kind, but I appreciate how they included both the folder-over clasp and the safety to prevent the strap from snagging and mistakenly opening.
It’s hardly unexpected that for this price (a few hundred dollars or more), you receive a dependable and long-lasting Japanese quartz movement rather than an automatic. The advantage is that the casing is much thinner at 12mm, but the disadvantage is that you can’t brag to your friends about the watch’s inner workings.
In the end, though, an automated is more difficult to maintain and is more likely to waste time each day (and require adjustment). And. To maintain running, it must be worn continually or placed on a winder. As a result, while many individuals love owning them, the majority dislike the drawbacks.
Yes, there are several reasons why Quartz is so popular, and it’s not only because it’s less expensive to create!
Water Resistance & Dive Watch Specs
As previously said, this is not only a diving watch. It is just 100m water resistant, considerably short of the necessary 200m required for diving. But, there is significantly more to the ISO criteria for diving watches than that anyhow, and this watch does not adhere to many or any of them either.
So, enjoy wearing this watch in the shower or the pool, but don’t plan any Belize diving vacations around it. It will not survive!