Bulova Lunar Pilot

Model: Bulova Lunar Pilot 96B251

Condition: Not used

Year: 2021

Case: stainless steel

Dimensions: 45mm diameter, 48mm lug-to-lug, 13.5mm thickness

Dial: black with applied hour markers, date at 4 o’clock, 3 subindexes, tachymeter

Movement: Bulova high-frequency quartz

Glass: sapphire

Bracelet/strap: original Bulova textured black leather + velcro nylon NATO

Water resistance rating: 5 atm (50 meters)

Functions: date, chronograph

Content: watch with original box and papers


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Established in 1875 by Joseph Bulova, born in the Czech Republic, Bulova started as a small store in New York City dedicated to jewellery and later developing into a large watch company. They were also the producers of the first radio advertisement broadcast in 1926 and the first ever television advertisement in 1941.

Regarding Bulova’s horological advances, there are a few worth mentioning. In the 1960s one of their most important models was released, the Bulova Accutron, which was the first completely electronic watch ever developed with an accuracy of 1 minute per month. Bulova also partnered with NASA, where it provided timepieces for 46 missions, from the 1950s to the 1970s. The best known history is that of “the other moon watch” when, on 2nd August 1971, astronaut Dave Scott wore his Bulova Chronograph watch in the Apollo 15 mission to the Moon, which had been customized for lunar conditions. In that mission the Omega Speedmaster had again been chosen and issued to all astronauts, but when the crystal popped off from Scott’s Speedmaster he was able to wear his Bulova during the rest of the mission. In 2015, Scott’s Bulova was auctioned for the final price of $1,625,000.

The Bulova Lunar Pilot Chronograph presented here is a special edition in honor of the events occurred in the Apollo 15 mission. This watch is powered by Bulova’s high performance quartz movement with a frequency of 262 kHz, protected by a solid 316L surgical-grade stainless steel case in silver-tone. The black dial has a lot of details for your eyes to admire. First it’s very easily legible with its super-luminous white indices and pencil-shaped hands, all of which can be admired through the anti-reflective sapphire glass. The dial also shows some well thought depth details, with a raised tachymeter scale and the sundials appearing just a  step bellow the main dial. The back of the case is inscribed with a tribute to the Apollo 15 mission, including the specific location on the moon where the Bulova was worn. This watch comes with two interchangeable straps, one made of textured black leather and the other of black nylon with a nubuck leather patch that indicates the date of mission (DOM) as 08021971.

This watch was never worn and comes in factory condition, with its  full set and stickers, as shown in the pictures.

This timepiece allows you to have a beautiful and reliable watch linked with the space exploration history, within almost everyone’s budget. It’s a perfect daily piece with which you can make your statement while adding a piece of heritage to your watch collection.

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