Bulova Taps Their Archives for the Moon Watch 2.0 and the Chronograph C “Stars and Stripes”

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Last year, the Apollo 15 “Moon Watch” was the first revival from the Archive Series, which is focused on bringing back iconic designs from the past for modern audiences. For 2017, Bulova is following up on that successful release with a blacked-out version of the Moon Watch paired with a black leather NATO-style strap. Differences between version 2.0 and last year’s variant include the introduction of a new sans-serif Bulova logo and the exclusion of a date–two small, but impactful changes. The case dimensions are otherwise identical to that of the first iteration. There is no accompanying bracelet option.

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The new blacked-out case gives the Moon Watch a decidedly aggressive look.

Bulova has also done something that surprised even us–they reintroduced a modern interpretation of the Chronograph C, otherwise known as the “Stars and Stripes.” Like many historical watches, “Stars and Stripes” is a nickname coined by collectors due to the colors resembling the American Flag. Introduced in 1970, the original Chronograph C sported the popular Valjoux 7736. As with current Bulova offerings, the new version comes with the high precision Bulova quartz movement.BULOVA_CHRONOGRAPH_C_5

The watch will come with a Special-Edition box presentation which includes two straps—a stainless steel mesh and navy leather. The stainless steel mesh is a nice touch as the original Chronograph C was supplied with one, too. The original “Stars and Stripes” was a rather big watch at 43mm in 1970. This modern version is not much of a stretch at the current modern sizing of about 46mm, which wears smaller due to the lugless design. Furthermore, the modern version is faithful to the original with a minor change between the three and six o’clock sub-dials to support the quartz movement.BULOVA_CHRONOGRAPH_C_2Pricing on the Chronograph C reissue is to be determined. The new Moon Watch is $595 with a slated release date of around August. Bulova

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As a collector who splurged during the glorious dotcom 1.0 days, Hung acquired a sizable collection of Swiss watches. Now married with two kids and a mortgage, his watch tastes and pursuits are more down-to-earth. His other interests involve design history, technology, and collecting Star Wars Action figures. He brings a seasoned perspective to the worn&wound team. Hung grew up and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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  • mrneddles

    Is there any water resistance in the new Chronograph C? You could unscrew the crystal and bezel on the vintage model giving scary access to the dial.

  • Terrance Steiner

    I have one of Bulova’s high beat quartz chronographs. The black PVD coated Sea King. I have to say I was impressed by the overall quality and I really like the movement. Considering I only paid $170 it is a heck of a watch. The Chrono hand runs at 8-beats a second giving it a more mechanical chrono feel. The running second actually beats twice per second so it has a much smoother motion then a traditional quartz movement. One odd thing. I have to assume that the minute totalizator is mechanical. It snaps back to zero when you reset the watch. The second and 1/20th second hand both rotate back as a typical quartz would.

  • Jesper_SB

    Will the moonwatch 2.0 only be available in black PVD?

  • Rich Wentz

    I’m digging the new Bulova stuff. Well done!!!

  • Mark

    Hung, thank you for this informative article. In the second W&W podcast, there was the briefest mention of these two watches introduced at Baselworld. Since that cast, I’ve been burning up bytes searching for more information to no avail. This article and your pictures really fill in the blanks for me. I really like the Cronograph C. Even though it is 46mm (compared to the 43mm original), I still want to add it to my collection.

  • CamelJockey

    Is this Chronograph C going to have the Precisionist movement?

  • Max KC Lee

    I have to be agree with you.

  • Spraghnum

    They have their fantastic UHF movement—why would they not use it? If you want a mechanical watch go buy a Rolex.

  • Day Ottaway

    I just found an original Chronograph C “Stars and Stripes” yesterday, I’m looking forward to getting up and running

  • 서동혁

    hope they decreased the size as 42 with same shape. but keeping the movement. I like it actually

  • DaddyFlip

    I like Bulova, but I cannot make myself purchase any watch with a tachymeter, not even for nostalgia’s sake. I don’t like useless information/complication. Maybe one day a most irresistible piece will surface and I’ll change my mind.

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