I have long been curious as to how good this limited edition 214 really was, and whether or not they used old Bulova NOS parts or actually re-made everything. Also, I wanted to know how closely they match a real 214. Well, my questions were answered recently when I got one in for service. Since they only made 1000 of these, they are thin on the ground so I was surprised to get one for repair. So, for those who haven't seen one of these before, I can now give you an opinion of this caliber movement.
The case is clearly styled after the Accutron Alpha. The case itself is a massive chunk of stainless steel, and beautifully finished. The first thing one notices it the size and weight of the watch. It is 42mmm wide, 50.5mm across the lugs and 15.5mm thick. The lugs are 22mm, which are in good proportion to the case size, so pics of the watch might give the impression it is smaller than it really is. The back being assymetrical, is secured by 4 screws. Removing the back we can see the back seal is an O ring. The movement sits in the case snugly and is held in place by the ground strap. We can also see the very nice perlage finish on the inside if the case back and case, there for decoration and adds nicely to the overall effect of a high quality case. The crystal is sapphire, by the way, as probably would be expected on a watch of this price level.
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