Time on the Wrist: Bulova 96B229 Accutron II 262kHz Military Collection Watch
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Time on the Wrist: Bulova 96B229 Accutron II 262kHz Military Collection Watch

- By Keith Lehman (PA) 1/13/17

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Bulova 96B229 Accutron II 262kHz Military Collection watch. KEITH LEHMAN.

Bulova’s 96B229 Accutron II Military Collection watch is a homage to the original A-11 military watches that it made for the US military during WW II. In addition to the larger dial and thicker case, the watch is nearly identical in appearance to its predecessor. The red 60 marker above the 12 is a nice added touch, and the large lumed numbers and hands shine brightly when the lights are out. The second hand sweeps smoothly around the dial―a classic characteristic of the Accutron movement albeit far more accurate than the original movement from the 1960s. Like its predecessor, Bulova’s 96B229 Accutron II is water resistant up to 100 meters and dust proof.

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Bulova Accutron II 96B229, left, and an original Bulova military A-11 hack watch ca. 1943. KEITH LEHMAN.

Working at NAWCC headquarters I am exposed to a lot of opinions about re-issues of classic watches, especially when they go from a mechanical to a quartz movement. Although I argue in a previous blog that owning an original vintage piece can be a deeply enriching experience, this re-issue came to grow on me. The watch is easy to read and comfortable to wear. I’ve found that with modern military-style watches, they tend to be practical and stylish for a variety of occasions. Its reliability, accuracy, and durability make it a no-brainer for various outdoor recreations, but it also works in an office setting.

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Original Bulova military A-11 hack watch ca. 1943 on wrist, foreground, with Bulova Accutron II 96B229. KEITH LEHMAN.

Much like the Hamilton Khaki Pioneer Chronograph that I reviewed last year, its austere and clean style blends well with an office dress shirt and pants. On the flip side, this watch fits right in a physically demanding or industrial workplace. With the benefit of a NATO strap, stainless steel case and the current price point of around $110 USD, this watch is a solid choice for the budding watch enthusiast.

Watch Specs:

  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date
  • Case: 42 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window
  • Year: 2015
  • Movement: 262kHz Accutron II Ultra High Frequency Quartz Movement
  • Buckle: Military NATO strap
  • Water Resistance: 10.00atm / 100.00m / 330.00ft
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