Bulova Marine Star - Thoughts?

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Ive never considered Bulova watches before or looked at their watches.
However Im not a brand snob and Ive seen a watch which I quite like, its currently on sale too which is tempting me.

Just wanted peoples opinions on the brand especially if you have owned Bulova watches, whats their durability/reliability like and overall quality of finish etc?

This model is a Bulova Marine Star (model no: 98B131) with a Japanese quartz movement, believe it is a 40-42mm case so not too big for my skinny wrists either and yes it is another Rolex sub homage :D

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The only problem I saw withe Marine Star I wanted, was that the second hand never seemed to line up on the minute/second markers correctly. Very annoying. That was why I started looking at mechanical movements again, which led me eventually to CWL. If they've fixed that problem I think it would be a good buy and a fine looking watch.
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Initially liked the look but in that photo the date window looks wrong in that it cuts into the textured inner part of the dial and isn't midway between 4 and 5. The minute and second hands also look the wrong length. I have no idea of cost. If it was sub £100 I might be tempted but personally I think there are better looking subs. Can't comment on quality at all.
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List price is $275.

Imo, not worth it. It might be if it were an eco drive, but all I can find it's quartz.
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Nothing to hate about it but nothing to like about it either! Sorry not for me, it's just ...... a watch!
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For under £120 thats a very nice watch. http://www.mooresjewellersltd.co.uk/pro ... eedmanager

"98B131 From the Marine Star Collection. In stainless steel with rotating ratchet bezel, black anodized aluminum insert, black patterned dial, luminous hands and markers, calendar, second hand, screw-back case, screw-down crown, locking fold-over buckle with extender, and water resistance to 200 meters"

That is my personal favourite current Bulova design and is a fine watch for the money. If I hadn't just purchased a C6 I'd be very tempted tbh.

And talking of dive watches with dodgy date window positioning, just click that box near the top of each page of the forum ;)
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I noticed that many reviews mentioned the dodgy date window alignment. The other issue I have is that the watch size quoted is ranging from 40-44mm. I have small wrists and so anything above 42mm puts me off.Im not really after a rolex homage at the mo (sorry I meant a C60 homage :lol: ) but did like the sale price....maybe I will just save up for a C60 Trident instead :)
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My money is on it being 40mm without the crown, 44mm with. For me, just too small.
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The watch commander sells them so obviously it's RADICAL!

Quite like some of the precissionist models, but this one's a bit lacking in that certain something for me.
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watchlover1 wrote:....maybe I will just save up for a C60 Trident instead :)
Hi G.
This would be my choice, although the date window is @ 4.15 i don,t see this as enough of a worry to stop someone buying it.

Again, any excuse to throw up a couple of pictures :lol: and with the new style bracelet it will look even better :thumbup:

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footycrazy wrote:
watchlover1 wrote:....maybe I will just save up for a C60 Trident instead :)
Hi G.
This would be my choice, although the date window is @ 4.15 i don,t see this as enough of a worry to stop someone buying it.

Again, any excuse to throw up a couple of pictures :lol: and with the new style bracelet it will look even better :thumbup:

Yep it does really good on new bracelet....the C60 that is.....decisions decisions!
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I had a C60 and was very happy with it. I think it gets away with the slightly irregular date window better than the Bulova by not using a 4 o'clock marker at all. It is also an auto so modifying the movement to place the date window exactly where you want it is much more difficult (read expensive) than it would be to source a suitable quartz movement.
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If you're after a diver in this sort of price range you might want to take a look at the Orient Mako's - Japanese automatic movements with the date window in the right place (3 o'clock). I haven't pulled the trigger on one myself yet so I can't give you a first hand report but I'm sure there are plenty of people on this forum who could guide you on quality.
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watchlover1 wrote:and yes it is another Rolex sub homage :D
No it's not. :roll:

This is a sub homage.
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As is this
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This is too although it is 42mm rather than 40mm
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And the C60 Trident is not a sub homage either.
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This is a real sub (I tried it on at a GTG)
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ianblyth wrote:
watchlover1 wrote:and yes it is another Rolex sub homage :D
No it's not. :roll:
Im a noob,forgive me! I stand corrected :D
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