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First off, I've had just two watches in the last 20 years - A Movado Museum and a Rolex Date. About a month ago I decided to buy a new watch, and I've bought six since then.

I'm not an expert, so please cut me some slack if I screw something up. :)


Bulova Accutron Eagle Pilot's Chronograph Model 26B64 - List $895, Online $300 - $400

From the Manufacturer:

Description: With pinpoint precision and superior reliability, the eagle Pilot's Watch delivers the high-performance functionality to meet the most exacting timekeeping challenges. Inspired by the 100th Anniversary of aviation, this superbly engineered Swiss-made chronograph offers a precision dual-hand flyback chronograph for unlimited incremental readings, with cumulative minute and split-second subdials. Signature caseback honors Buzz Aldrin, pilot of Apollo 11 Eagle lunar module.

* Black Dial
* Flyback chronograph
* Tachymeter
* Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
* Luminous hands and markers
* Screw back with Buzz Aldrin signature
* Screw down crown
* Stainless steel case
* Black leather strap
* Deployment buckle closure with lock
* Water resistant to 100 meters /330 feet
* Retail $895



Overview

The first thing I noticed about this Accutron Eagle is the distinctive case. The way that the sporty shaped case blends into the industrial-looking triple lugs really works well. The combination of polished and brushed SS is also a nice touch, and compliments the polished crown and buttons. The back of the case depicts a tribute to Buzz Aldrin. I measure the case width at exactly 40mm, not the 42mm claimed by the dealer.

The chrono buttons all easy to operate and provide a nice 'click' feedback that you call feel when activating. The screw-down logo-engraved crown, however, seems to be more difficult to operate than necessary. It requires somewhere around 15 to 20 turns to open or close, and does not click into position as it should.

The lugs are gracefully tapered to a thick black leather strap that is also tapered. The strap is secured with a polished SS butterfly deployment with the Accutron tuning fork on the clasp. On my smallish wrist, the butterfly mechanism is very uncomfortable. The release buttons just happen to situate directly on my tendon. The fact the strap is 26mm limits aftermarket choices for a replacement.

For lovers of the classic white-on-black dial, this one does not disappoint. White Arabic numerals are at each hour marker except for 2, 6, and 10 markers which are occupied by the sub-dials. The generous white hands are easy to read at a glance, or in low light. The hour hand and both chrono second hands extend to the minute makers. The date window, located radially at four oclock, is large and easy to read also. The 31mm crystal is a flat sapphyre and adds to the overall quality look of this piece.

Three subdials - time seconds, 1/10 seconds, and chrono minutes - are also white-on-black with the exception of the 1/10 seconds and chrono minutes hands which are red. These red hands might sound like a minor design feature, but the red hands help keep the dial from becoming too busy.

Pros

Swiss quartz, high quality, ergonomic dial and hands, great looks

Cons

The strap and clasp are uncomfortable, quartz movement requires battery, crown is difficult

Review and pics by - Merkus 2008/06/01







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Great review!
Thanks.
I wonder if you can find a bracelet for it.
I have the ivory dial on a bracelet and it is very comfortable.
I know that Bulova was bought out by Citizen but it might be worth a shot.
 

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Good review.

I also have a small 6 1/2 inch wrist and my Eagle bracelet sized perfectly and is very comfortable. I cant wear straps with that type of deployant clasp either.

Crown on mine seems "notchy" on moving but works fine. Sure you are not mistaking the quick set hour hand and date feature for a problem? Bothered me at first until I read the manual.
 

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Good review.

I also have a small 6 1/2 inch wrist and my Eagle bracelet sized perfectly and is very comfortable. I cant wear straps with that type of deployant clasp either.

Crown on mine seems "notchy" on moving but works fine. Sure you are not mistaking the quick set hour hand and date feature for a problem? Bothered me at first until I read the manual.
Max,

I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one with that issue.

The crown functions. It just seems to me that it's more difficult than it should be. I guess I'm a nitpicker too. :)
 

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Great review!
Thanks.
I wonder if you can find a bracelet for it.
I have the ivory dial on a bracelet and it is very comfortable.
I know that Bulova was bought out by Citizen but it might be worth a shot.

foghorn,

I tried replacing it with a rubber strap. That didn't work out too well. After carefully trimming the rubber to fit the lugs, the rubber immediately started to split. I haven't been able to find a strap made for this piece.

I did not know that Citizen acquired Bulova. Funny - I have a Citizen Eco ordered and it should arrive today.
 
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