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BULOVA CURV REVIEW - A WORLD’S FIRST [2020 UPDATE]

Bulova’s CURV line consists of super-accurate timepieces. They’re interestingly the world’s first curved chronographs. There’s a multitude of watches in the collection, so we reviewed one of the most notable – the 98A162. Our Bulova CURV review will be putting it under a microscope while comparing it with its siblings.

Bulova CURV review

The Watch - At A Glance

Give the below table a good read. We’ve summarized the 98A162’s specs.

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Bulova CURV
Bulova CURV Chronograph Black and Titanium Watch 98A162
Water resistance
100 feet (30 meters)
Crystal
Sapphire (curved)
Movement
Japanese quartz
Case (size)
1.73 inches (44 mm)
Case
Titanium & stainless steel
Bezel
Titanium & stainless steel
Strap
Rubber
Colour
Black, grey & rose gold
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Bulova CURV
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Bulova CURV Chronograph Black and Titanium Watch 98A162
Water resistance
100 feet (30 meters)
Crystal
Sapphire (curved)
Movement
Japanese quartz
Case (size)
1.73 inches (44 mm)
Case
Titanium & stainless steel
Bezel
Titanium & stainless steel
Strap
Rubber
Colour
Black, grey & rose gold
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Bulova CURV

The Watch - A Review

Design

From across the room, your eyes will catch the watch. Its gun-metal and rose-gold colourway are futuristic. The timepiece has a skeleton dial that makes it look rich too. The fact that its strap is rubber also catches your attention – you wouldn’t expect to see it on a device like it.

Not only is its front exposed, but so is its back. Its back has a more in-your-face skeleton rear than its front. It’s quite entertaining to watch its insides at work.

The 98A162 looks like a good-chunk of Bulova’s CURV pieces. Some of them are more classic-like, though. The brand says that the line contains “sports and dress watches”.

It is big. Its case stretches 1.73 inches (44 mm) across. Make note if you have smaller wrists. Big timepieces still fit smaller wrists, but they just look more awkward. Speaking of it fitting your wrist, know that its case is curved to fit snuggly – this is something you see across the line.

There are 2 very interesting pushers on its side. They aren’t there for decoration – they work its chronograph sub-dials. The design of them stays almost the same throughout the collection.  

Dial & Case

You don’t have to worry about denting its display. Sapphire is on it which is the toughest glass around. The sapphire on it is curved, to go with its case. It is also anti-reflective, so you don’t worry about the sun blinding your eyes.

It doesn’t have any Arabic markers. Instead, you’re met with rectangular blocks. As you can imagine, they aren’t full of lume. But the 98A162’s hands are. The luminous pigment on them is super bright, but we don’t know its name.

Did we talk about its chronographs yet? They are the three sub-dials you see on the bottom. They read the hour, minutes and seconds passed. If you don’t know what chronographs do, they’re stop clocks. As mentioned, watches from the collection host the world’s first curved movement.

Its case is made from quality titanium/stainless steel – it’s hard to scratch. It also makes it look more expensive.

In terms of the buttons that work its chronographs, they work with ample resistance – we loved the way they felt underneath our fingers. Its crown is seriously small. We hate when crowns slam against wrists, which the 98A162’s doesn’t. It’s grooved well, making it easy to turn.

Water Resistance

The timepiece can’t handle that much water. It’s only resistant up to 100 feet (30 meters). As it looks great, swimming with it isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.

As you know, its strap is rubber. The material is super water-proof – mud, dirt, and other muck won’t stick to it. Don’t forget that its case is made from stainless steel and titanium too; the part is water-proof as well.

If you’re wondering whether you can go depths deeper than specified, don’t. The watch isn’t sealed to handle more pressure.

Strap

The rubber strap on it isn’t thick. This is a relief as having a lot of rubber on your wrist makes you sweat. Attached to its band is a tang-buckle clasp. We think the clasp-type is a pain – you have to pin latches into holes, which might be hard depending on the size of your wrist. Thankfully, you can place a push-button one instead.

We do like the engraving on its clasp, though. It’s Bulova’s symbol and it makes the watch look extra special. Many pieces in the collection wear the marking.

Movement

If you want an accurate watch, picking a timepiece from the CURV collection is what you need to do. The 98A162 has the brand’s super accurate 262 kHz quartz mechanism inside it. It provides vibrations that are up to 10x higher than regular quartz. It is Japanese if you’re wondering. The precisionist movement is seen on the brand’s other devices as well – like the Bulova accutron ii.

Alternatives

Now that you know everything about it, let’s take a look at its counterparts.

Bulova CURV 97A125

The timepiece is a vision in gold. No, the gold wasn’t brushed on – it is ion-plated with high-quality stainless steel, so the 97A125 can handle a beating.

It is on the larger side. Its case stretches 1.69 inches (43 mm) across. Its metal bracelet isn’t that thick. Similar to rubber, having a lot of steel on your wrist will make you sweat. Know that the device has a push-button deployant clasp. If you didn’t guess it, we’re huge fans of it.

You’re getting a curved case. It is made from titanium/stainless steel. The 97A125 also has three chronographs. They are the sub-dials positioned on the bottom of its dial – they read the hours, minutes and seconds passed. As we mentioned, the shape of its chronograph pushers stays almost the same throughout the collection. This is true for the 97A125.

You’re probably wondering what the glass on its window is. Well, it’s sapphire. As you know, it’s super durable. It is also anti-reflective and curved.

It, unfortunately, doesn’t come with a skeleton dial. We’re sad to say that you don’t get an exposed back either.

It is water-resistant. Like its alternatives, it can handle 100 feet (30 meters) underwater. Since it’s made from stainless steel, it’s pretty water-proof. Bulova says that such resistance is great for occasional splashes but not swimming, snorkeling or diving.

Inside of it is a Japanese quartz movement. It is 262 Khz, just like in the 98A162.

We like the effect on its dial. It’s almost upholstery-like, and it makes the watch look more expensive.

Bulova Men’s CURV 96A185

The watch looks different from the 98A162. It has more of a sporty appearance. This is mainly due to its colourway – its chronographs look like some kind of meter. The device is made from stainless steel. As you know, the material is durable and waterproof.

Its chronographs read the hours, minutes and seconds passed. However, their buttons are larger and shaped differently from the 98A162’s. Its crown is still petite, though.

In terms of its water resistance, it can handle 100 feet (30 meters). The most it can withstand is a couple of splashes.

The glass on it is sapphire. It is curved and anti-reflective. It lets you read the time with its rhomboid hour markers. They aren’t full of lume, but its hands are.

You’re getting a very secure clasp. It’s the double pressing fold-over type. It’s a push-button but safer.

It not only doesn’t have a skeleton dial, but its back isn’t exposed either.

The watch is Japanese quartz. The impressive 262 khz movement is inside it.

Bulova Men’s Curv 98A159

Whether you’re a watch enthusiast or not, you’ve probably heard of the Rolex Daytona before. It’s arguably the watch that put Rolex on the map. Yes, it costs an arm and a leg. The CURV 98A159 looks a lot like it – it’s a homage piece. Considering that it’s not that expensive, this is something you want.

It’s pretty big. It’s larger than the 98A162 as its case is 1.77 inches (45 mm). It rocks a full stainless-steel body. Attached to its strap is a double-press deployant clasp. As you know, the material is very water-proof. The timepiece can handle 100 feet (30 meters) underwater.

Its display is sapphire, just like its brother. Similarly, the glass is curved and comes with anti-reflection. Yes, its case is curved. You are looking at a watch from the CURV collection after all.

There isn’t any lume on its rectangular markers. However, you’re getting ample amounts of it on its hands.

Chronographs are present. Its chronograph sub-dials read the hours, minutes and seconds passed. The pushers that work them look like the 98A162’s. They feel great underneath your fingers.

Unfortunately, you don’t get a skeleton dial. Its case doesn’t rock an exposed back either.

As you’re wondering, it hosts a Japanese quartz movement. The mechanism inside is the super-accurate 262 Khz one we’ve seen time and time again.

Did we mention that the gold on it was ion-plated? There’s silver plated on it as well.

There’s an effect on its dial. It’s identical to the one on the entry above. It’s also a regal blue which makes it one of our favourites.

Final Thoughts

What do we think about Bulova’s CURVs? We think they’re a line of super good-looking pieces. They’re a pretty big line too – you have a range of watches to choose from. We love that they’re so accurate. Quartz movements are already more reliable than automatic ones due to the fewer parts, so the 262 kHz mechanisms are the cherry on top.

We love that the CURVs come with chronographs too. The feature not only makes watches look more expensive, but they’re handy as they’re stopwatches. Of course, the Bulova curv chronograph is a world’s first!

We chose to review the Bulova CURV 98A162 as it’s probably the most famous timepiece from the collection. We’re in love with its rose-gold and gun-metal colourway. The presence of the Skeleton dial is also nice.

If you’re thinking of picking devices up from the line, definitely do so. However, if you want to find other Bulova watches, you can check our Facebook out! We regularly review and talk about the brand.

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