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One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby abduksion » July 20th 2014, 3:27pm

At least twice a year I go out and buy myself a watch usually for my birthday and christmas without feeling guilty on cost.
Last week I decided to try Amazon, overstock, ebay etc for my next watch to no avail. First place I tried Wal-Mart of course being Wal-mart you had the brands like Casio, Timex, Armitron and a few miscellaneous brands. Next it was off to the mall stop by JCPenny, Zales, Kay jewelers and Hannoush which the people there know me but their over priced. By this time I was about to give up but remembered I had two other stores I hadn't gone too. The first was a jewelry store that focused more on jewelry more than watches but had some used brands like Baume & Mercier, Tag, Ebel and a few others. Don't get me wrong there was some good brands but I wouldn't trust this place because this is the same store I mentioned I could of gotten a quartz Omega Seamaster for $150 last year. Finally I went next door to TJ Max was about to give up saw two Bulova precisionists models an all black Tissot Chronograph, a few diesels and other brands. Then finally just when I thought I've given up hope I saw the watch I wanted a Marine Star from Bulova asked how much said I'll take it. On to the specs.

42mm
11mm thick
black IP case
screwed down case back/crown
200m/20bar/20atm=660ft
japanese movt probably a citizen movt?
Unidirectional bezel can't tell if its 60 or 120?
date.
soft rubber strap

pros

good size
smooth roating bezel with a cool
half blue/half black look
wave pattern dial think seamaster look
Tuning fork logos at the 12, crown, and buckle
second hand touches every minute marker

cons
Strap is a little short especially if your wrist are bigger
than 8 inches.
Lume is ok does the job but could of been better
quartz is nice very accurate but an automatic would
of been nicer

Bulova has a msrp of $250 which to me is a little low even with the negative things
I mentioned. If this had Seiko, Tag Heuer, Tissot on the dial it would easily be $400-800.
I managed to get this for $106.45

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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby conjurer » July 20th 2014, 3:35pm

Nice review, Kev! I just visited my local TJ Maxx after hearing of several WISs scoring pretty good there; alas, nothing in the showcases of any interest whatsoever.
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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby biglove » July 20th 2014, 3:45pm

Glad it is working out so well!

Still wondering what a black wjean mesh would look like on it? His Omega style mesh bracelets are quite comfortable. Not as nice as a Watchadoo but dang close!

Hope you get many years of joy from this one!
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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby abduksion » July 20th 2014, 3:50pm

conjurer wrote:Nice review, Kev! I just visited my local TJ Maxx after hearing of several WISs scoring pretty good there; alas, nothing in the showcases of any interest whatsoever.

Thanks for liking my review. Don't feel too bad I've been there its a hit and miss at the place. TJ Max now as a website
but alas no watches there. Its also one of those stores where you have to be there at the right time.
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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby abduksion » July 20th 2014, 3:53pm

biglove wrote:Glad it is working out so well!

Still wondering what a black wjean mesh would look like on it? His Omega style mesh bracelets are quite comfortable. Not as nice as a Watchadoo but dang close!

Hope you get many years of joy from this one!


Me too and to think I almost didn't even buy it. I've also wondered what a mesh would look like? I've been looking at the Isofrene straps
but if you order a 22mm with a black buckle comes out to $228. Pretty pricy. I've never owned an Accutron but this is pretty damn close without spending $500.
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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby bedlam » July 20th 2014, 4:35pm

Looks good. Can't miss either with that entry price. Nice score Kev!
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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby abduksion » July 20th 2014, 4:38pm

bedlam wrote:Looks good. Can't miss either with that entry price. Nice score Kev!


Thank you.
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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby catnap » July 21st 2014, 6:29am

Nice review of a somewhat hoity toity timepiece . Wear it well
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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby Kahuna74 » July 21st 2014, 6:39am

conjurer wrote:Nice review, Kev! I just visited my local TJ Maxx after hearing of several WISs scoring pretty good there; alas, nothing in the showcases of any interest whatsoever.


Same for me. The good stuff goes out the door with a quickness.
Glad you are liking this one Kev. I think it looks good.
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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby abduksion » July 21st 2014, 1:08pm

Thanks Catnap and Kahuna74.
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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby Mortuus » August 15th 2014, 6:30am

Sorry I came so late to the party, Abby-D... :oops: Great review of what I believe to be a superb watch; I have a blue/yellow dialed Marine Star, and it's a classic, IMHO. Excellent find, sir! 8-)
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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby AJC » August 15th 2014, 6:45am

abduksion wrote:
biglove wrote:Glad it is working out so well!

Still wondering what a black wjean mesh would look like on it? His Omega style mesh bracelets are quite comfortable. Not as nice as a Watchadoo but dang close!

Hope you get many years of joy from this one!


Me too and to think I almost didn't even buy it. I've also wondered what a mesh would look like? I've been looking at the Isofrene straps
but if you order a 22mm with a black buckle comes out to $228. Pretty pricy. I've never owned an Accutron but this is pretty damn close without spending $500.


???

A black 22mm Isofrane with black buckle is $139 direct from their website.



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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby codguy » August 15th 2014, 7:04am

abduksion wrote:At least twice a year I go out and buy myself a watch usually for my birthday and christmas without feeling guilty on cost.


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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby abduksion » August 15th 2014, 2:07pm

Mortuus wrote:Sorry I came so late to the party, Abby-D... :oops: Great review of what I believe to be a superb watch; I have a blue/yellow dialed Marine Star, and it's a classic, IMHO. Excellent find, sir! 8-)

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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby abduksion » August 15th 2014, 2:08pm

AJC wrote:
abduksion wrote:
biglove wrote:Glad it is working out so well!

Still wondering what a black wjean mesh would look like on it? His Omega style mesh bracelets are quite comfortable. Not as nice as a Watchadoo but dang close!

Hope you get many years of joy from this one!


Me too and to think I almost didn't even buy it. I've also wondered what a mesh would look like? I've been looking at the Isofrene straps
but if you order a 22mm with a black buckle comes out to $228. Pretty pricy. I've never owned an Accutron but this is pretty damn close without spending $500.


???

A black 22mm Isofrane with black buckle is $139 direct from their website.

Last I checked they want over $200?

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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby abduksion » August 15th 2014, 2:09pm

codguy wrote:
abduksion wrote:At least twice a year I go out and buy myself a watch usually for my birthday and christmas without feeling guilty on cost.


Happy birthday

Thanks better late then never :D
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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby biglove » August 15th 2014, 9:08pm

I keep looking at the Marine Stars. Like I need another dive watch. Damnit!

Just spent $400 on a DIY LED light setup for my aquarium so going to have to wait a bit.
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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby abduksion » August 15th 2014, 10:06pm

biglove wrote:I keep looking at the Marine Stars. Like I need another dive watch. Damnit!

Just spent $400 on a DIY LED light setup for my aquarium so going to have to wait a bit.


Do you have one of those cool looking skeletons and pirate ships?
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Re: One week review of my Bulova 200m Marine Star.

Postby biglove » August 15th 2014, 10:26pm

abduksion wrote:
biglove wrote:I keep looking at the Marine Stars. Like I need another dive watch. Damnit!

Just spent $400 on a DIY LED light setup for my aquarium so going to have to wait a bit.


Do you have one of those cool looking skeletons and pirate ships?


LOL. Nope; but I do have about 500# of Arkansas River rock, 180# black sand and four Mama fish holding and a bunch of babies in the tank.
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