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    Re: New Lunar Pilot 96A225 Mirror Finish

    Have you seen the actual one worn on the moon? Plenty of scratches.


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    Re: New Lunar Pilot 96A225 Mirror Finish

    The original watch was designed as a tool watch, and so given the bead-blasted finish. I have the 96b251 and like it a lot, the matte finish on the case sort of complements the business-like nature of the dial.

    The shiny finish on the new model is attractive, but doesn't really go with the dial as much...it's more of a contrast than a complement. To really look good with the shiny case, the dial should have some shiny elements also (perhaps more shine around the applied indices, polished hands with a narrow luminous strip, shiny edge around the subdials?). I'm thinking something like this Casio...but without the red accents.

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    I don't really care about date/no date on this watch, as the date window is not obtrusive, and setting the date is not a problem like it is on watches without a quick-set date.
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    Re: New Lunar Pilot 96A225 Mirror Finish

    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    Have you seen the actual one worn on the moon? Plenty of scratches.


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    Yep, I ended up keeping the polished version.

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    Re: New Lunar Pilot 96A225 Mirror Finish

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    Yep, I ended up keeping the polished version.
    I currently own the black version. The new polished version is on its way. One will stay and the other will go. I have a feeling it might be the polished model, but we shall see.


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    Re: New Lunar Pilot 96A225 Mirror Finish

    Good Day everyone,

    I saw this "Mirror Polished" version again at Macys this weekend.
    Looks like the crystal has an AR coating with blue tint, beautiful.
    Very nice finish on the case, to have a deformation free mirror reflection on a curved surface/case like this is impressive!
    Well done Bulova, beautiful watch.

    Best regards.

    PS: Meanwhile a picture of my 96B251 that is always with me, I admire very much the overall design on this watch!!!
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    Re: New Lunar Pilot 96A225 Mirror Finish

    Great choice!
    I to have the matte or bead blasted finish.
    I am really liking the polish though.
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    Re: New Lunar Pilot 96A225 Mirror Finish

    I have the bead-blasted bracelet version. Wish I had picked up the blacked out no-date version though. I love no-date watches, and the logo is the dated version. But I still like mine. It's my only chrono (not a chrono guy...), and I rarely wear it, but keep it because project Apollo kicks ass, especially the J-missions. (I even burned the entire ALSJ to a mp3-CD and listen to it in the car during my commutes... Sickening, I know).


    I'm 6.5" wrist, so there's some lug over-hang for me. Not the end of the world, but it is my tallest, widest, and longest watch in my whole collection. But, that's Bulova for ya...
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    Re: New Lunar Pilot 96A225 Mirror Finish

    Polished Steel just arrived. It’s a keeper. Saying goodbye to the black version.








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    Re: New Lunar Pilot 96A225 Mirror Finish

    I think we need a Facebook Bulova Lunar Pilot Group










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    Re: New Lunar Pilot 96A225 Mirror Finish

    I like that polished look. Yes I know, bead-blasted is representative of a tool watch, but face it, this is a tribute watch. 262khz did not go to the moon. So it's at best a self-homage and at worse, an in-brand replica (ooh the R word), with license to innovate in the name of taste and fashion. The fact that they offer both is good as it caters to both sides of a contentious and most likely, irreconcilable argument. Go with what tingles your gonads.
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