The Precisionist collection by Bulova utilises some of the most advanced timekeeping technology available to ensure that they are at the forefront of accuracy. Amazingly, despite being at the cutting edge, every watch in the range is very accessible, well under £1,000. The amount of utility they provide make Precisionists ideal for anyone and now with a sporty version that’s truer than ever. Meet the Bulova Precisionist X Sport Edition.
Considering that the movement is the most impressive feature of the Precisionist range, let’s start there. At the most basic level this is a high performance quartz movement, which doesn’t sound particularly special off the bat, however, what makes it exceptional is that it operates at 262kHz, eight times higher than regular timepieces. The outcome of which is that the Precisionist X Sport can maintain accuracy up to 1/1000th of a second.
In the regular Precisionist models that insane amount of accuracy almost feels like overkill but it makes a lot of sense in the chronograph editions and now in the X Sport Edition. When an extra second here or there can make or break a career and affect the way we exercise and perceive ourselves, being accurate matters.
So, the movement is great for a sports watch but what has been changed to turn the Precisionist into a sports model? The case has been totally redesigned, foregoing the classical circle shape for a much more dynamic octagon, available in either grey or silver stainless steel. Those sporty colour choices are also seen on the dials with the darker version having a black dial with red accents and the silvery one having a blue and white combination.
Those dials are arranged in the Precisionist X chronograph style, which has a rugged, multi-layered design – revealed in full due to the watch’s unbracketed top ring. On display are all the chronograph functions you’d expect, including a continuously sweeping second hand and a calendar window. It also bears the inscription of all those numbers you want to brag to your friends about: 262kHz, 1/1000 and 300m water resistance (which is a big improvement on the 50m of previous Precisionist Xs).
The only thing to watch out for if you’re considering a Precisionist, like the X Sport, is that the entire range is quite large with 45mm x 47mm diameters across the board. Whether that’s an artefact of the high end movement or a design choice, it’s a size that not every wrist will be able to pull off smoothly. But at least it means the watch should be very legible at a quick glance while you’re running and moving about.
Price & Specs:
Model: Bulova Precisionist X Sport Edition
Ref: 98B358 (black dial, grey stainless steel, black rubber strap)
96B349 (blue dial, silver stainless steel, multi-link bracelet)
Case/Dial: 45mm x 47mm diameter (octagonal), stainless steel
Water Resistance: 300m (30 bar)
Movement: 262kHz automatic quartz movement
Functions: Hours, minutes, sweeping second hand, date, calendar window, 1/1000 chronograph
Strap: Black rubber or stainless steel bracelet
Price/Availability: £599, available Spring 2021
More details at Bulova.