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This WWII-Inspired Bulova Is Only $175 Right Now

An homage to the field watches used by American troops in the 1930s and 40s, this Bulova is a lot of watch for not much money.


On the battlefields of WWII, when precise coordination between forces was essential, troops came to rely on a specific innovation in watchmaking: the hacking seconds hand. Hacking (or “hackable”) watches function such that when you pull the crown out all the way, the seconds hand stops ticking completely. This allowed soldiers to keep time as a unit down to the exact second, which proved crucial when a five-second error could cost lives or ruin an entire mission.

Bulova created this watch, a 38mm quartz model on an unadorned leather strap, in homage to the timepieces of that era and the soldiers they served; this model is more accurate than any hand-winding watch from the 1930s or 40s (and likely more shock- and water-resistant to boot). And today it’s a whopping 36 percent off MSRP, making for great deal on a classic, simple watch that’s awfully hard not to love.

Buy Now: $275 $175

Gear Patrol also recommends:
Seiko 5 SNK809 ($75)
Timex MK1 Steel 3-Hand($109)
Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm ($400)

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