Bulova Marine Star Wrist Watch Review (Quartz and Automatic)
Bulova's Most Popular
Bulova Marine Star is one of the brand's leading collections, and is probably its most popular. The line offers an eclectic synthesis of elegance, sports utility and horology precision; some of the models display notable Rolex and Tag Heuer influences – Bulova aiming to position itself as an equal between these high-end watchmakers.
Men's department contains over thirty models: round or rectangular, bracelet or strap, and usually equipped with a chronograph function. Most watches carry a bezel, and project a characteristic sports look. Ladies segment offers two versions – a mix of fashion and high style enhanced by mother-of-pearl, diamonds, and stainless steel.
Men's Marine Star fit into multi-purpose category of watches that can function as speed timers (chronograph, tachymeter scale), diver's tools (water resistance up to 100 meters), and evening or casual accessory (two-tone variations).
The bracelets and the straps interact effortlessly with the case, creating an unhindered linear flow; the dials further accentuate harmony by avoiding too sharp compositions and colors. Possibly the most interesting models are the rectangular gold plated chronographs – they allude to Tag Heuer Monaco without compromising their own character.
Overall, what distinguishes men's Marine Star from other Bulova collections – and from many competitors – is the sense of solid stability: it's an effective compound of qualities that combine well together. Prices hover around $500 from official retailers.
Women's line, though considerably smaller, stands apart by injecting the watches with a potent mix of elegance and jewelry features. Diamonds, stainless steel and light mother-of-pearl (bluish or whitish tones) produce a cool palette that might be conceived as aloof – an important psychological element to keep that in mind when choosing a watch.
Despite the differences with men's, the common thread of eclectic effectiveness leaves a distinct Marine Star mark on these watches. Prices are usually around $500.
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