Bulova 96B130 Precisionist Longwood Watch Review

Bulova 96B130 Precisionist LongwoodAs you may or may not already know, the Precisionist quartz movement from Bulova is one of the most noteworthy horological innovations of the past 10 years. Every watch in the Precisionist collections features a superpowered movement which vibrates at a much higher frequency with a slightly different crystal than other quartz powered movements.

The long and short of it is that the Bulova 96B130 Precisionist Longwood will only vary by as much as 10 seconds… Per year! And it has a sweeping secondhand that is actually smoother than what you would find in most mechanical watches.

I have already reviewed a fair number of watches from the Bulova Precisionist collections (here, here and here), so I won’t spend a ton of time on this Bulova 96B130 review, but I did go ahead and do some extra research and put together this nice pros and cons list for you followed by my personal verdict on what this men’s watch offers and for who:

Bulova Men’s 96B130 Precisionist Longwood Stainless-Steel Bracelet Watch

Pros:

  • Slim and sleek – the all silver stainless steel color scheme might seem a little boring at first, but as soon as you see it up close you’ll fall in love with the subtle but powerful textures and tiers that make up the design.
  • The Longwood collection features some of the more reasonably sized men’s Precisionist watches… The Bulova 96B130 is the perfect size at 39 mm wide and just under 12 mm thick.
  • The sweeping secondhand is borderline hypnotic… This is why you’re buying the watch. Normally you can’t get a sweeping secondhand AND near-perfect accuracy, but Bulova makes it possible.
  • Domed mineral crystal is highly scratch resistant, even if it’s not as good as the sapphire crystal you’ll find in more expensive watches.
  • Calendar function located at the six o’clock position is large and very easy to read
  • Despite being one of the smaller Presicionists, it still has a very generous heft to it thanks to its all stainless steel construction… I suppose this could be a pro or a con.
  • Bulova has a history of creating very robust and long-lived watches for both men and women
  • The design is very masculine, but also very subtle. Not gaudy, flashy or over the top at all.
  • It is an absolute *steel* for the Amazon price… Much cheaper than you find in any local jewelry store.
  • Double folding deployment clasp with push pins is almost completely invisible… The watch appears seamless on your wrist
  • Date and time are both very easy to adjust thanks to the hacked crown… In other words, you can pull the crown out different distances to adjust different parts of the dial (seconds, minutes, date)
  • Makes a great husband and wife gift because there is a duet women’s Precisionist watch available… The Bulova 96M108

Cons:

  • If you’re a smaller guy or you don’t particularly care for “heavy” watches, then you may find the heft of the Bulova 96B130
  • The hour markers are not luminous, and the hour and minute hands only thinly so… In other words, don’t count on nighttime readability being the best you’ve ever seen
  • The hyper accuracy and the seamless sweeping secondhand posted by the Precisionist movement does not come free… It is recommended to change the battery once a year instead of the normal once every two or three years.

Bulova 96B130 Precisionist Longwood Case BackClick here to read more customer reviews

As you can see, there is quite a bit going for the Bulova 96B130 Precisionist Longwood. It’s sleek, it’s stylish, it’s hefty and masculine, and you can’t beat the accuracy. And of course, who could forget the sweeping secondhand?! That’s the best part!

My Verdict of the Bulova 96B130 Precisionist Longwood

Bulova 96B130 Precisionist Longwood Case ProfileEven at the suggested retail price of $450, this watch would be a very reasonable purchase. It’s currently under $350 on Amazon, and that is a very good deal.

I really like the Longwood sub-collection, and the Bulova 96B130 Precisionist is no exception. If the silver-white design is appealing to you, I can guarantee you will be satisfied with the performance of this rocket-but-classy men’s watch.

Thanks so much for reading!

You can get more information on the Bulova Precisionists in my next watch review, listed below:

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