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BULOVA ACCUTRON GEMINI REVIEW - CRAFTSMANSHIP ON A BUDGET [2020 UPDATE]

Bulova’s a brand we’re huge fans of. Their timepieces are super classic and are built to last a long time. We especially love that they offer many collections. One of our favourites is the Accutron Gemini – you’re looking at exquisite Swiss automatic pieces.

As there are a couple in the collection, our Bulova accutron gemini review will take a look at one and compare it with the rest.

Bulova accutron gemini review

The Watch - At A Glance

We decided to review the 63C113. The following table runs through its specs.

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Bulova Accutron Gemini
Bulova Men's 'Gemini' Swiss Automatic Stainless Steel Casual Watch (Model: 63C113)
Water resistance
165 feet (50 meters)
Crystal
Sapphire
Strap
Stainless steel
Movement
Swiss automatic
Case (size)
1.65 inches (42 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Colour
Silver & black
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Bulova Accutron Gemini
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Bulova Men's 'Gemini' Swiss Automatic Stainless Steel Casual Watch (Model: 63C113)
Water resistance
165 feet (50 meters)
Crystal
Sapphire
Strap
Stainless steel
Movement
Swiss automatic
Case (size)
1.65 inches (42 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Colour
Silver & black
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63C113

The Watch - A Review

Design

Something you’ll notice about the line is that its watches come in all sorts of designs. The 63C113 is a vision in silver. It’s made from quality stainless steel, so it’s shiny. There is a pearl-like effect to it – we think it was ion plated.

We’re fans of the shape of its crown. It’s onion-like which you don’t see that often. The timepiece has two pushers on it. They aren’t there for fun; they work its chronograph.

The watch isn’t small, but it isn’t big either. We think it’s in the “goldi-locks zone” of case sizes – it’s 1.65 inches (42 mm). Although its face isn’t on the larger side, its strap is. It’s seriously wide which will collect sweat.

What do you think about heavy watches? We like them as they feel more premium. The 63C113 comes in at 6.88 ounces (195 grams) - it isn’t anything to write home about.

Being a Swiss automatic, we would’ve loved it if it came with a skeleton dial.  Bulova decided to disappoint us but many of its siblings come with such a display. If you look at its rear, you don’t get an exposed back either.

Dial

You don’t have to worry about the 63C113 handling a beating, its display is sapphire. The material is the hardest you could get for your window. Something else we like about it is that it’s flat – this makes it look more modern.

There aren’t any Arabic numerals on it. There are metallic rectangular markers instead.  As you can imagine, they don’t host any lume. If you’re expecting pigment from its hands, know that you don’t get any either.

Its second hand has a sharp red tip. Against the black dial, it contrasts beautifully.

You’re met with 3 chronograph sub-dials. They read the seconds, minutes and hours passed. The hour chronograph tracks up-to 12 hours. What exactly is the feature, though? It’s a stopwatch. The pushers that work them feel great against your finger.

We’re fans of timepieces with calendars. The 63C113 has a day-date feature. It’s in the 3 o'clock position, so you won’t be straining your neck.

Speaking of its dial, there is a sunburst effect. It makes it look more expensive.

Strap

As mentioned, it has a thick strap. When worn for long periods, you won’t be comfortable as sweat will collect. That being said, its strap looks great as there’s a pearl finish to it.

Attached to its band is a deployant clasp. There are myriads of them on the market. The type on the 63C113 is the push button. Yes, it works just as its name suggests. Countless push-button deployant ones come with extra safety mechanisms – this isn’t true for the one on the timepiece.

Water Resistance

The 63C113 can’t handle much water. It’s only resistant to 165 feet (50 meters). It is not marketed as a dive watch or is it said to be pool-ready, so we’re not mad. As it’s made from quality stainless steel, it is very water-proof.

Bulova says that along with a couple of splashes, it can handle recreational swimming. If you happen to use it submerged, remember that its dial doesn’t light up.

Movement

Swiss-made devices are revered in the watch industry – a lot of craftsmanship goes into them. As you’re well aware, it boasts of a Swiss automatic movement. There are countless automatic mechanisms out there. We, unfortunately, don’t know the name of the one used. We do know that it’s reliable, though. We also know that it’s one of Bulova’s many AccuSwiss units – their affordable watches that contain quality swiss automatic movements.

Alternatives

Now that you know everything you need to, comparing it with its siblings will give you a better look at the collection.

Bulova Men’s Accutron Gemini 65B145

Unlike its counterpart, it doesn’t have a stainless-steel bracelet. It’s made of leather. The leather on it is genuine and feels like a million bucks. It’s embossed well, making it look like alligator-skin.

The timepiece has a different design from its brother– it has Arabic numerals on it. They’re a rose gold which contrasts against the dark-black dial.  The time is read in a 12-hour format, but if you look close, you’ll see an inner ring with military time.

There is no lume on it. The pigment isn’t on its hands either. Speaking of its hands, its second hand is needle-like. You’ll notice a fourth one. It reads the military time in the inner ring. We’re fans of its crescent tip.

We prefer timepieces with calendars. The Gemini has one in the 3 o'clock position. But it only reads the date.

The watch isn’t that big. Its case stretches 1.65 inches (42 mm) across.

Inside it is a Swiss automatic movement. Just like the 63C113, we have no idea what its specific mechanism is. Unfortunately, you don’t get a skeleton dial. You don’t get an exposed back either. But we know how many jewels it has – there are 21. The more jewels present, the smoother an automatic device will run.

The 65B145 is water-resistant. It can handle 165 feet (50 meters). As its strap is leather, you probably shouldn’t get it wet; it’ll take forever to dry. Leather is known to soak a lot of water too.

You’re looking at a pretty hefty unit. It comes in at 16 ounces (453.5 grams)

Did we mention the crystal on its dial? It’s sapphire, so you can get rough with it.

Bulova Men’s Accutron Gemini 63C009

The timepiece has a 1.65-inch (42 mm) case. Compared to its siblings, this isn’t out of the ordinary. However, its dial is small. There’s a large bezel that hosts a tachymeter. Speaking of its dial, you’ll notice a very fine print. We think it makes it look more interesting.

To read the time, you’ll be utilizing Roman Numerals. Some of them aren’t there, though – like there isn’t a marker for 3 o'clock. There is a calendar in its place instead. The calendar is a day-date feature.

3 sub-dials are on its front. As you can imagine, they are its chronographs. They read the seconds, minutes and hours passed.

There is lume on its hands. Is it the brightest? Not really, but it does a decent job. There isn’t any pigment on its markers, sadly.

It’s stainless steel and shiny. The quality of the metal is high. Not only is its body durable but so is its window – sapphire is what it’s made from.

The 63C009 is a Swiss automatic. Once again, we don’t know the name of the mechanism used. It’s reliable, of course. We would’ve loved if there was a skeleton dial or exposed back, but you don’t always get what you want.

Just like the other Accutron Geminis, the 63C009 isn’t that water-resistant. It can only handle 165 feet (50 meters). As it’s made from quality stainless steel, you know how water-proof it is.

Final Thoughts

So, what did you think about our Bulova gemini review? We think Accutron Geminis are pieces worth your time. Not only do they look gorgeous, but they come with Swiss automatic movements. You usually see them in more expensive devices, but Bulova decided to spoil us.

Overall, the brand is known amongst watch enthusiasts for quality products. We think their Geminis will last you a while. We ran through the 63C113, comparing it with its siblings to give you a better idea of how they work.

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