Founded in 1875, Bulova One of the most famous and respected names in American watchmaking history, the brand produced timepieces that were issued to members of the United States military and even worn by astronauts on the surface of the moon. Bulova was one of the most prominent watch companies of the 20th century and produced a wide variety of timepieces, ranging from mil-spec field watches to funky colorful racing chronographs and everything in between. The modern Bulova brand has no problem delving into its history to revive fan-favorites from the archives, and the new Archive Re-Edition Parking Meter Chronograph brings back the design of the original reference 1008-6W chronograph watch from 1973, as it was nicknamed. “Parking Meter” by enthusiasts and collectors.
The stainless steel case of the new Bulova Parking Meter Chronograph measures 43 mm in diameter and follows a “bullhead” configuration, with its pushers located on the 12 o’clock side of its case. While the original model from 1973 had only one crown facing the chronograph pushers at the 6 o’clock position, the new re-edition has two crowns, one placed between the pushers and the other at 12 o’clock. Its direct opposite is in the same position as the original position. The upper crown is used to set the time, while at 6 o’clock provides access to an internal bidirectional dial, allowing for a simplified dual-time zone display or a way to track elapsed hours.
Sitting atop the watch case is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, surrounded by a blue ion-plated bezel that recalls the design of the original vintage model and extends into the protruding areas leading to the two crowns. Chronograph pushers. The integrated lug structure accepts standard 22mm straps and keeps the 43mm case relatively compact, while giving the new Bulova Parking Meter Chronograph a circular overall profile that measures nearly 43mm lug-to-lug. While there aren’t really protruding “lugs” in this case in the traditional sense of the word, the lugs there are are drilled, meaning strap changes are quick and easy if you want to swap out the included brown leather. Strap with channeled padding and blue-grey contrast stitching.
Mounted to the reverse side of the watch is the standard screw-down caseback, which is engraved with the watch’s individual number in a run of 5,000 pieces and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original Bulova “Parking Meter” chronograph. Despite having a pair of chronograph pushers and two separate crowns (neither of which are the screw-down variety), the new Bulova Parking Meter Chronograph still offers users 100 meters of water resistance, which should be more than capable of standing up. As far as any activities you face, it’s completely appropriate given its fun and sports-forward styling.
The dial of the new Bulova Archive Re-Edition Parking Meter Chronograph is heavily inspired by the design of the original 1973 model, but like the rest of the watch, it’s not an exact recreation of its vintage predecessor. Sitting against a silver-tone base is the model’s signature blue frame, which forms the sub-dials and resembles the silhouette of an old mechanical parking meter. In the original vintage model, the upper sub-dial contained a 30-minute counter, while the lower register was devoted to a 12-hour totalizer. In the new re-edition of the Bulova Parking Meter, the lower sub-dial records the minutes for the chronograph, while the top register displays the time of day in 24-hour format. On both models, the date window is in its usual location at 3 o’clock, while the dial is surrounded by a railroad-style minute track with small bright orange luminous accents at the 5-minute markers.
Moving outward from the dial and sitting beyond the inner rotating 12-hour bezel is a tachymeter scale in white, printed with a blue, pointed rehot. A design feature carried over from the vintage original, the tachymeter scale can be used to measure speed or distance in conjunction with the watch’s bright-orange, centrally-mounted chronograph seconds hand, while its blue outer bezel continues the design. And its contrasting color ties in with the rest of the watch. The pops of bright orange continue on the rest of the hands, for the two sub-dials that both appear in the same bold color. Likewise, the centrally mounted hour and minute hands, mostly black, have centers filled with bright orange luminescent material that visually connects them to the rest of the watch, while providing access to the time in low-light. conditions.
Internally, we see another major difference from the original vintage model. Powered by a self-winding mechanical movement version from 1973, the new Bulova Archive Re-Edition Parking Meter Chronograph runs on a battery-operated Miota OS21 quartz caliber. In addition to guaranteeing timekeeping accuracy to within 15 seconds per month, the use of this movement helps explain both the updated functionality of its sub-dials as well as the placement of the crown on the updated model. While some collectors and mechanical purists may roll their eyes at quartz movements, the reliable and maintenance-free quartz caliber that powers a chronograph watch at this price point offers little horological intrigue compared to its mechanical counterparts. Replicas.
Aside from the fact that watches with mechanical chronograph movements have some price tag, future service costs for these complicated calibers are also inherently expensive, and no one wants to pay that much (or more) for service. than its original purchase price of their watch. There’s nothing cheaper or easier than swapping a new battery into a quartz movement, and it means your watch won’t end up in the back of a kitchen drawer when you’re given a service estimate that costs more than retail price. Even the watch. Additionally, the grab-and-go convenience offered by a quartz movement is perfect for a fun and colorful sports watch like the Bulova Parking Meter, which may not be a person’s everyday watch, but a timepiece they reach for. On weekends or when they go on vacation.
Like most anniversary-edition pieces, the Bulova Archive Re-Edition Parking Meter Chronograph will be produced as a limited-edition model, with a total of 5,000 pieces available worldwide. Plus, at the official retail price $595 USDThe watch is firmly placed in the obtainable category, making it ideally suited as a fun and playful sports watch that can be worn seamlessly for all your weekend activities — as its colorful 1970s design should suggest. For more information or to purchase a watch, please visit Manufacturer’s website.