WatchAffairs.com has reviewed a series of watches with Precisionist movements, and what is important to know about them is that they are more accurate than traditional quartz movements and they have a sweeping seconds hand like mechanical watches.
At Baselworld 2014 one of the new Bulova watches released was the Accutron II Alpha collection, which is in honour of the iconic Spaceview.
While most existing Precisionist-based watches are quite thick, for 2015 Bulova has released a slimmer collection of Precisionist-based watches under the Accutron II sub-label.
A few years ago Bulova (owned by Citizen) released an interesting new family of quartz movements called Precisionist.
You might be surprised when I get excited about a three-hand quartz watch such as this Bulova Accutron II Surveyor ref.
It is important to note that the Precisionist movement in the Accutron II collection of watches is slightly different than the movement in the larger Precisionist watches (collection).
So while the larger Precisionist movements are “way” more accurate than most quartz movements, the Accutron II Precisionist movements are “much” more accurate.
2014 sees the release of the Accutron II collection from Bulova, but explaining it within the historic and modern context of the Bulova brand is a bit complicated.
Expensive watches tend to be those which have the best materials, most interesting designs, coolest movements, and overall better composition compared to more mass market watches that strive to remain at or below a certain price level.
Accutron was the name of the sub-brand Bulova launched in 1960 to house its highly successful electronic tuning fork movements.
Further, the 2014 Accutron II collection is very much made up of classic designs, such this Bulova Accutron II Surveyor and other models.
Precisionist movements have sweeping seconds hands like those on mechanical watches.
To maintain the same three-year battery life Bulova slowed down the frequency of the watch so that uses a bit less power.
Having said that, you really don’t hear people complain about the accuracy of traditional quartz watches.
So what does all this mean? Basically, in order to have a watch that is not so large, Bulova decided to offer a bit less accuracy.
They don’t tick and it would be easy for someone seeing these to believe an Accutron II is a mechanical watch.
So where does that leave this new Bulova and the new Accutron II collection?
Now having said that a common misconception some people have is that I only like expensive watch watches.
The Accutron II Precisionist is I believe accurate to about 5 or so second per month operating at a frequency of 262,144 Hz. Check out more of WatchAffairs reviews and drop us your email to stand a chance to win our monthly exclusive watch giveaways