Bulova Accutron II Alpha 98A136 Review

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Jacky Chou

The Bulova Accutron II Alpha 98A136 is a quartz watch that offers the classic look of an automatic wristwatch without compromising on its accuracy. It features 10-year battery life and a bi-directional rotating bezel for time measurement, as well as date indication.

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Bulova Men's 98A136 Accutron II Analog Display Japanese Quartz Black Watch
  • Powered by Bulova's exclusive high performance quartz movement...
  • Skeletonized dial with black border, white and black hands and...
  • Japanese-quartz Movement
  • Case Diameter: 42mm
  • Water resistant to 30m (100ft): in general, withstands splashes...

The obvious curb appeal of the Accutron II Alpha cannot be disputed.

Even less often do you come across anything with the black on green color scheme or a timepiece that openly displays its quartz mechanism. The Accutron II Alpha is distinctive only based on appearance, but the true showcase is the movement within.

The current Accutron Spaceview Alpha is a reimagining of the Accutron Spaceview Alpha's from the 1960s, and it has a similarly distinctive design and a very precise Precisionist movement.

I've spent a lot of wrist time learning about the Alpha, and I think I understand it well now. It's a wonderful addition to both my collection and maybe yours.

Technical Information on the Bulova Accutron II Alpha

  • The 98A136 model number
  • MSRP: $450
  • 42mm case diameter
  • Alternative Models: Various straps and color schemes are available.
  • Bulova BA101.10 Precisionist Quartz Movement
  • No complications
  • Estimated battery life of three years
  • Water Resistance: 99 feet/30 meters
  • Mineral makes up the crystals.

Bulova Accutron II Alpha Aesthetics & Design

The Alpha has been designed by Bulova to resemble a police badge. The Alpha stands apart aesthetically from other watches in its class because to this one characteristic. The whole appearance is rather athletic when worn with a black stainless steel mesh bracelet, with just the right amount of restraint to make it appropriate.

The black on black case and dial stand out significantly when compared to round faces and polished casings. This watch has a high-frequency mechanism, and Bulova did an excellent job at exposing the parts without being overbearing about it. The recessed and engraved crown is flush with the side of the case, giving the watch a highly modern appearance.

Although the lume on the hands and hour markers is bright, I thought it faded very rapidly. Aside from that, my only major aesthetic criticism is that Bulova decided not to apply an anti-reflective coating to the crystal, which makes it difficult to snap pictures of and requires you to stare at the Alpha almost directly (lest you see a reflection of the surrounding scenery in the dial).

It has some weight to it yet is thin on the wrist. It doesn't weigh much, but just enough heaviness to feel satisfying.

Build quality of the Bulova Accutron II Alpha

The Alpha follows the company's standard for quality construction in Bulova timepieces. While the black coating on the case is done properly and within strict tolerances, the same cannot be stated for the bracelet.

Crystal, Case, & Dial

Although sapphire would have been my first choice, the Alpha's street price of about $200 makes the usage of mineral materials not unexpected. At 12 o'clock, the crystal has "Bulova Accutron II" written on it and has a little dome.

Although other variants have steel or gold cases, this one has a black finish. In terms of aesthetics, I choose the model 97A110 in gold and brown. When the recessed crown is lifted to set the time, the case and the watch both have a high-quality feel to them.

The focal point, the dial, does not let down. It looks fantastic up close and when zoomed in since it is well-appointed and well crafted.

Bracelet & Clasp

The Bulova 98A136 Alpha watch comes with a deployment clasp and a black steel mech bracelet. A number of the links at the mesh bracelet's end may be taken off to adjust the size. Happily, this characteristic does not seem to extend to the black coating on the case. When sizing mine, I discovered that the black covering on the links was simple to scrape off.

Ordinary deployment clasp. It clicks shut with a pleasing sound, but when you open it, it feels mushy. However, it seems pretty sturdy and won't suddenly open.

The remaining detachable links on the bracelet and the bottom of the clasp both exhibit minor wear.

Information Regarding the Bulova BA101.10 Precisionist Quartz Movement

As a "high performance quartz," according to Bulova, the Accutron II does a decent job living up to its billing. It features 8 jewels and operates at a frequency of 262 kHz.

The seconds hand on the Alpha indicates the passage of time by sweeping the dial at a high frequency. There is hardly any visible tick, and it is pretty smooth.

The BA101.10 inside of this Alpha, according to, is accurate to -2 seconds every 10 days. That amounts to almost -6 seconds every month, which is really pretty impressive.

The movement of Bulova watches is covered by a three year guarantee. With Bulova watches, reliability is often not an issue, but it is wonderful to have a lengthy guarantee nevertheless.

Setting the Alpha

  • Pull the crown to position 2 to set the time (furthest). To set the time, turn the crown.

A Fun and Interesting Watch Is The Accutron II Alpha

It's rare to find a quartz watch for under $200 that's really fascinating. The Alpha depends on your curiosity in the quartz movement that it openly shows on its dial rather than using cheap tricks to entice you.

Everything about it is meant to be intriguing, from the design of its cover to the color palette of green on black. When you check the time, the exposed screws and gears on the dial serve as a constant reminder of the Alpha's meticulous construction.

I like the style I'm wearing now, but I think the other variations look nicer. But you'll really enjoy how it wears if you like how this one looks.

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Jacky Chou

Jacky Chou is the co-founder of Uberwrists and has gotten into watches from his father from a young age. His first watch was a black G Shock that was comedically large for his wrist. He appreciates watches from Seiko to a Patek Philippe.

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