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Bulova Precisionist Jet Star Series Review

18th Mar 2024

Bulova Precisionist Jet Star Series Review

Bulova's Jet Star watch marks a significant stride in the realm of high tech quartz timepieces, catering to the growing community of collectors who appreciate precision alongside mechanical movement watches. Departing from Bulovas Precisionist series bold design aesthetic, the Jet Star series aims for a broader appeal while retaining the Precisionist ultra-high frequency quartz movement. With its compact look yet stylish design, this series is reminiscent of its 1973 namesake. The Jet Star embodies vintage charm coupled with modern precision.

Measuring 40mm wide but wearing closer to 38mm due to its short lugs, the stainless steel cases exudes a blend of gentle curves and angular elements. While the case design diverges slightly from the original 1973 model with its octagonal shape lines, it retains a distinct character. Notable details include the polished upper surfaces and lugs, which accentuate the case material, along with unique sunburst dials between the bezel and case surface. Despite a traditional case back design and modest water resistance of 50 meters, the Bulova Jet Star series exudes sophistication and attention to detail.

The dial layout, available in deep merlot red, silver grey, grey, limited edition silver, or the standout butterscotch hue, showcases Bulova's commitment to craftsmanship. The various dials evoke a nostalgic '70s aesthetic. Paired with simple baton hands, coated applied indices, and a white date wheel, the dial maintains a harmonious balance between retro charm and modern functionality. The Precisionist sweeping dial hand completes the overall aesthetic of this series of Bulova Watches.

Driving the Jet Star is Bulova's in-house Precisionist high-accuracy quartz movement, operating at an ultra-high frequency of 262,144 Hz. This movement ensures a sweeping seconds hand and superior accuracy, with Bulova claiming a deviation of +5/-5 seconds per month. Although not matching the precision of pricier competitors, the Precisionist offers a significant improvement over traditional quartz movements.

The Jet Star series is made up of 5 distinct colour ways. The Merlot dial 96B401The Silver-Grey dial 96B414The Grey-Gold dial 96B415The Butterscotch dial 97B214 and lastly The Limited Edition Silver dial 96K112.

In conclusion, the Bulova Jet Star represents a milestone in the brand's pursuit of high-accuracy quartz movements. Its blend of handsome design, meticulous detailing, and affordability positions it as a compelling option for enthusiasts seeking precision timekeeping without compromising style. With its Jet Star series, Bulova extends an invitation to a wider audience, bridging the gap between traditional mechanical watches and cutting-edge quartz technology.

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