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    A Bulova dilemma

    I am fighting myself over a choice here and only my fellow watch enthusiasts will understand and can offer a different point of view.

    I am torn between 3 choices and each have a certain attribute i've been wanting to add to my collection. The only common thing is that they are all Bulova. My 96yr old grandfather still wears his Bulova everyday which is why i'd like to have one.

    Bulova Aerojet Automatic - 98A187

    I am a sucker for grey crosshair dials. I love automatics and the skeleton view.

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    Bulova Marine Star - 98B301

    I've been wanting an all stainless watch and a chrono but the overall look fits the bill. It is a quartz but I figure with the stainless, blue and gold and chrono look it makes up for not being an automatic.

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    Bulova Automatic - 96A194

    Square, black dial, automatic and all stainless. This one caught my attention because of the skeleton, black dial. It differs from the other two in that it is rectangular but that has also been an item to add to the collection.

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    Prices are in the $200-300 range, and mostly casual wear that can be dressed up when needed. Which would you choose and why not the others?

    If you own one of these please post pictures. Action shots greatly help. Thanks!

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    Re: A Bulova dilemma

    Of those 3 choices, I would actually choose the first one, except I already have a version of the second one without the gaudy gold, which usually wears off eventually and looks bad when it does.



    So I voted with my wallet....Marine Star, skip the gold.

    Comparing, I see other issues.....200m vs. 100m WR,
    Date location
    Internal vs. external dive bezels,
    Different bracelets
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    Yankee, good observation! That internal bezel gives it a "sportier" look and I didn't consider the gold potentially wearing off. At roughly $70 cheaper that is a good option I did not consider. Thanks!

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    Re: A Bulova dilemma

    The Aerojet Automatic is the classiest of the three, IMO.
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    Re: A Bulova dilemma

    Saw that particular Marine Star with the rose gold last weekend while on a cruise, and fell in love. Gonna pick one up soon, so that would be my choice.
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    Re: A Bulova dilemma

    I'd take the Aerojet. I'm a big fan of skeletonized watches, but the third one just isn't my style due to it's square shape. The first one provides a nice little view into the heart of the watch while still maintaining a very nice and cohesive design. I'd take it over the chronograph as well simply due to the fact that the design doesn't really do anything for me.
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    Re: A Bulova dilemma

    Just a couple of thoughts, I like the Automatic, but if you decide to go to a Quartz then go for a Precisionist as that has the incredible 262kHz movement that is still one of the best accurate watches that you can get.

    This one is my latest acquisition :

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    I bought mine from this eBay seller in the US http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/watcheshalfprice/

    But they seem low on offerings at the moment except for one Curve that might pique your interest.

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    Re: A Bulova dilemma

    If I was picking the middle one would be a shoo in.

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    Thank you all for the comments, keep them coming!

    The Precisionist is a little jump in price but i'll keep an eye on ebay.

    The square automatic isn't getting much love. I figured there'd be a small handful of you that would be an easy pick.

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    Re: A Bulova dilemma

    For that price range... and if you are going to go with Quartz... I would go for the precisionist. 94B129 for example.
    Yesterday I saw the Lobster at $130

    Out of the three, I would also choose the Marine Star.
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