Timemachine.fi made a review from Bulova 98A156 which has the first curved chronograph watch caliber in the world
Background of review and Bulova 98A156
Even though I have watches and watch accessories for sale and Im running online store, I sometimes like to buy new intresting watches. I mainly love vintage watch and that is why I rarely buy any new watch. This time I made exception because I found a good offer from a intresting watch. I bought Bulova 98A156 from Bulova´s CURV collection. Bulova watch brand has been familiar for me even before this purchase. Few years ago I owned Bulova Sea King automatic vintage from 1969. Bulova is famous USA based company which has established by Joseph Bulova in 1875. Bulova started to sell watches in 1911 and wristwatches in 1919. Nowdays Bulova belong to Citizen Corporation.
Bulova introduced intresting new CURV watch collection at Baselworld in 2016. Once again Bulova made history by CURV watch collection. Bulova bends the rules with the ground breaking debut of the world’s first curved chronograph movement. Called the Bulova CURV, the collection is a marvel of technical engineering with a sleek ergonomic design and a slim case never before possible in a chronograph movement. Five-hand chronograph in titanium and stainless steel case, dark grey exhibition dial with rose gold-tone accents, exhibition screw-back case, curved sapphire glass with black metallization on the outer crystal, black rubber strap with 3-piece buckle closure, and water resistance to 30 meters. Bulova CURV is engineered to perfection with a high-performance quartz movement that vibrates at 262kHz frequency for precise accuracy and it is the world´s first curved chronograph movement features high performance quartz.
Box/papers and first impression
Bulova 98A156 is delivered in silver coloured cardboard box. Box has Bulova logo on top of the box. Construction of box seems to be pretty robust and quite well-made. Of course wooden box would give better impression and more of “WOW” effect, but considering the price of the watch, I can understand why this watch is not delivered in wooden box.
Watch is delivered with user manual and it has about 80 pages. Manual is translated for several languages like English, German, Italian and Russian. Bulova gives 3 years warranty for original owner, which is nice. There were also plastic tag attached to strap.
When took watch itself from the box first time, it gives great impression. The design of frame is unique because of curved frame design. Rose gold-tone frame, grey bezel, dark grey dial with red hands looks good combination. Watch has also curved sapphire glass which is super nice from user point of view, because sapphire is highly scratch resistant. Alligator grain black matte leather strap is thin and it does not feel very quality product. Buckle has Bulova logo and is partly brushed and mirror finished.
Review after usage
Bulova has 43mm case diameter, but it feels a bit smaller in your wrist. The reason for this is the shape of the case. Watch frame and case back has curv shape and watch fits very well for your wrist. For this reason watch accommodate almost perfectly your wrist and it has better fit to your wrist than other watches. This better fit to your wrist has been probably reason for design. Another engineering achievement is Bulova’s high-frequency quartz movements which operate at 262kHz for accuracy above and beyond “standard” quartz movements. Normal quartz watch has the frequency is 32768 Hz so Bulova´s curv movement works at higher amplitude. This feature is seen when following ticking of subdial. It operates more constantly than normal quartz watch movement. Bulova is very famous from their tuning fork movement (Bulova Accutron) and if compared CURV movement to Accutron, Accutron movement runs much more smoothly almost without ticking effect.
Another distinctive feature of this movement is that this one does not have center second hand. It has only chronograph sub-second, minute counter and hour counter hands. Some of users maybe would like to have second hand function. It took a moment to get realize that second hand is missing so maybe second hand is not necessary function in this watch because you can use sub-second to cover this function. Unfortunately the original strap is not the best. It is very thin and not even padded. It seems to be the weakest point in this model. Strap is not very well made and does not give reliable feeling. This watch deserves much more better handmade leather strap. Otherwise brown alligator grain like original one looks great with rose gold-tone case. Water resistant of watch is 30m. This means that watch is not suitable for swimming. It just splash and rain resistant. When watch has chronograph function, it promise you more than normal quartz watch. It should be able to use in sports or racing etc. Now when watch has 30m water resistant, part of the fun is missing, because you can not use this watch in some cases.
Band Color: Black
Band Material: Leather
Case Diameter (MM): 43
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Crystal: Curve Sapphire
Dial Color: Black
Warranty: 3 Year Bulova Limited Warranty
Watch Movement: Quartz
Water Resistance (M): 30
Overally Bulova chronograph CURV collection 98A156 watch is a nice watch. You can purchase it by reasonable price, it has unique and recognisable design, and most important it looks good in your wrist and it´s comfortable to use. It is also nice to have 3 years manufacturer´s warranty. Detail and finishing level of the watch is great compared the price of the watch. Probably any watch is not perfect, so neither do this one. It has only 30m water resistant which means that you can not use this watch for example in swimming. Watch deserves also better quality strap than original one. Otherwise watch is highly recommended. Bulova 98A156 seperates positively from other watches on the market.