Fratello On Air is back with another brand-focused episode. This time, Balazs and Mike focus on Bulova. Finding six favorites from this legendary brand was a real task, but we’ve pulled out some winners. We hope you enjoy it!

Bulova, the brand founded in New York in 1875, is on the hot seat. We do our best to find six attractive models to help paint a picture of how varied this brand was during its heyday and even after the quartz crisis. Expect the unexpected — especially when it comes to Balazs’s picks!

Handgelenks Kontrolle

Before getting to Bulova, we take care of our Handgelenks Kontrolle. Balazs kicks things off with a new arrival, his “NOS” vintage Excelsior Park EP 4 chronograph. Congrats on the arrival of this long-awaited stunner!

Mike is doing his best Balazs impression with the late ’40s/early ’50s Siduna Commander. This is a Danish brand, but a Swiss watch with a 36.5mm “waterproof” stainless steel case and an ETA 1110.

Despite looking like a watch made for America's bicentennial in 1976 and the brand's longtime affiliation with New York and the USA in general, the Bulova Stars and Stripes was actually produced in 1970 and seemingly for only one year


For the main part of our show, we discuss six of our favorite models from Bulova. Before doing so, though, we give a little bit of history and bring in some stories about how we were personally impacted by this brand. Then, it’s time to hit the watches. We discuss the following:

  • Bulova “Parking Meter” Chronograph ref. 7392 from 1973, a watch that Mike declares as his favorite bullhead
  • Stars and Stripes” Chronograph C from 1970 with its incredible dial and mesh bracelet
  • Accuquartz “Woody,” a 1973 collection with wood-grain bezels and even a diamond!
  • The Accutron series, which debuted in 1960 with a focus on the Spaceview and Railroad-approved models.
  • Sea King, with its small whale on the dial and Seamaster-like looks
  • Bulova Sea Hunter chronograph, a weird child of the early ’80s with a Squale-like case and Valjoux 7736

We hope you enjoyed today’s show! As always, if there’s anything you’d like to discuss, feel free to let us know.