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Bulova Archive Series Men’s Watch, Stainless Steel Lunar Pilot Chronograph, Silver-Tone (Model: 96B258)

Bulova Archive Series Men’s Watch, Stainless Steel Lunar Pilot Chronograph, Silver-Tone (Model: 96B258)


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  • Imported
  • Special Edition
  • Moon Watch
  • Case Diameter: 45mm
  • Water resistant to 50m (165ft: in general, suitable for short periods of recreational swimming, but not diving or snorkeling
  • Case height: 13.5 mm

Specification: Bulova Archive Series Men’s Watch, Stainless Steel Lunar Pilot Chronograph, Silver-Tone (Model: 96B258)

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Model number


Part Number


Item Shape


Dial window material type

Anti reflective sapphire

Display Type



Fold-Over Clasp with Hidden Double Push-Button

Case material

Stainless Steel

Case diameter

45 millimeters

Case Thickness

14 millimeters

Band Material

Stainless Steel

Band size

9.75 inches

Band width

0.79 inches

Band Color


Dial color


Bezel material

Stainless Steel

Bezel function




Item weight

15.87 Ounces



Water resistant depth

165 Feet

Photos: Bulova Archive Series Men’s Watch, Stainless Steel Lunar Pilot Chronograph, Silver-Tone (Model: 96B258)

9 reviews for Bulova Archive Series Men’s Watch, Stainless Steel Lunar Pilot Chronograph, Silver-Tone (Model: 96B258)

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  1. Alex

    Really please with this watch. I have another precisionist boluva watch but this one is much better looking IMHO – its better looking on the wrist and in the hand that it is on screen – recommended if you can get it at a good price.

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  2. Shaf Law

    Here are some impressions having just received mine. First: the size. I have a 6″ wrist, thin bone structure, and this is the absolute largest watch I could wear. The case is elongated to a huge 52 mm from lug to lug, but with only a 20 mm lug width. However, the dial portion of the case is only 45 mm, so the watch wears smaller than its dimensions suggest. These proportions, on a tonneau shaped case, are classy and flattering but no one would ever regard a watch this size as dainty.

    The dial has a very 3D appearance, which has white applied stick indices, recessed chronometer markings in lieu of a chapter ring, and a raised tachymeter ring that is under the flat sapphire crystal (vs. on a bezel like a dive watch). White markings on a black background are very high-contrast and legible.

    I find diver-style fold-over deployant clasps easier to manage than the butterfly-style double deployant clasp on the “President” style bracelet, but it’s solid and rattle-free with solid endlinks. The chronometer pushers actuate with crisp clicks, tactile feedback that is not often found on chronometers at this price point.

    Finally, the mixture of finishes gives the Moon Pilot an interesting look that distinguishes it from typical brushed steel watches. The case has a satin bead-blasted finish, the pushers and crown are polished, and the bracelet is brushed. I think people will either love or hate this unusual mixture of finishes. But the matte case finish helps offset the large size, which is too often associated with overly bright, blingy, hypermasculine watches (e.g. Nixon 51-30). Also, the flat sapphire with barely visible chamfer is not flush with or slightly recessed below a bezel, but is exposed about a mm so may be more vulnerable to dings.

    No one will mistake this for an Omega Speedmaster, but it’s a solid watch for the price.

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  3. Barry

    Beautiful watch. I already had the black version so was waiting for this at the right price. 262khz mvt is amazing to watch in action. You will need to buy 20mm curved spring bars if you want to wear this on a nato strap.

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  4. A. Jones

    I have had an Omega Moon Watch for 25 years. It is of course the ultimate mechanical chronometer, and it always will be.

    But I eventually got tired of daily morning winding, spending money on maintenance, and eventually the bracelet on the Speedmaster fell apart. The authentic Omega replacement bracelet retails at ~ $800. Not an attractive option.

    So I started to look around, actually bought a couple watches, some quartz, some automatic, and I love them. But they are all missing one thing: they have not been to the moon! That’s it: I bought the Omega because as a kid I wanted it because it went to the moon.

    Then I saw the Bulova: it has a beautiful layered black and white dial for legibility, a convenient and super accurate quartz movement, the stop watch feature I use almost every day, and …. it’s been to the moon!

    I bought it right away. One of the most satisfying purchases of my life. Then my wife said she’d pay for it: for my birthday! She too thinks it’s beautiful. Thanks honey!

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  5. Barry

    I bought this watch for myself for Christmas. On opening the box, given the price, I was really surprised by the quality of the watch case and bracelet. The finish is really top drawer. There are no rough or sharp edges anywhere. The case back is also very nicely engraved. There was a sticker on the case back which read “Japan movement case and bracelet China”. This is not surprising seeing as Bulova is now owned by Citizen. Don’t let this put you off buying because Citizen know how to make a good watch.
    I really wish that the watch had been automatic or solar powered, but never the less, it’s a great addition to my collection

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  6. A. Jones

    I have always loved the omega speedmaster professional (moon watch) and was doing my research on the countless reference numbers when I stumbled upon the Bulova Moon Watch. I was torn between just saving some more and getting the omega speedmaster reduced (about 2k) or just scratch the itch and hope it’s goes away with the Bulova.

    Since I recently made a big purchase and bought a new Rolex datejust II, I figured why not try the Bulova For the $370 I paid (now listed at $350).

    I have to say, I am pretty pleased with the Bulova Moon Watch. The bracelet is comfortable and butterfly clasp is outstanding. The watch is precise as hell. The monochromatic dial is appealing and I find myself staring at it often when I wear this on the weekends. The raised sapphire crystal is a really cool and unique feature that I look at often as well.

    There are some cons in my opinion. Firstly, while this watch is not too big for my wrist (7.25 inches in diameter), Bulova should not have gone larger than 42mm. Even on the substantial bracelet, the watch is top heavy.. also, I wish the bracelet tapered. Lastly, I do wish the entire case matched the brushes surfaces as the bracelet. It’s not screaming at me when I look down but just a little thing to note.

    I do not think this watch is suitable for anyone with a wrist smaller than mine or 7″ at most. It’s a big watch (not like silly invicta big).

    I do recommend this to someone who is looking for an omega speedmaster alternative. It satisfied my itch and has a really cool story to tell when people mistake it for the omega or just wonder what’s on your wrist. For me, it’s in the weekend rotation only since I wear a suit and my Rolex to work everyday.

    I hope this helps some of you on the fence.

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  7. logical_frank

    You really want an Omega Speedmaster Professional but you can’t afford it.
    The Bulova Luna Pilot is the often overlooked choice.
    It has the pedigree of being “the other” Moon Watch the big differences are that this watch is actually accurate. Yes it’s a Quartz but a super accurate quartz. Even the most expensive mechanical / automatic watches like the Speedmaster often do not keep particularly good time.
    This watch is more affordable than the Omega. I am not knocking Omega, I would love one but they are now a Swatch watch.
    The Bulova looks great, it is well finished and extremely accurate. If I have to find a negative it would be that I would prefer it to be a little more water resistant (it is rated 50M) and with a screw in crown.

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  8. Shaf Law

    For the price, this watch is as good as it gets. I wanted an Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch, but they are 10-12 times more expensive than this one, and this one’s appearance is very close to the Omega. Bulova is a respected name in the watch world, as they were first to have an electronic watch movement, the famed Accutron.

    I finally reached a point where I could get one of these, and was so excited when it arrived. Beautifully boxed and presented. Documentation lies under the watch in the box in a recessed cavity. I took it out, removed the center cushion, and put it on my wrist. And then my heart sank. I’m a small man, and this watch covered my entire wrist, meaning from edge to edge, such that the strap dropped perfectly vertical across both sides of my arm. It’s just way too big for me, and I’m not aware of a smaller version. At 45 mm across, it’s one of the largest sizes I’ve seen, 3 mm bigger than the Omega. So I’ve returned it. Damn.

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  9. T. M. Kelley

    Received the reference with the strap instead the one with the bracelet. The watch was very cool, however, I wouldn’t be able to buy a bracelet separately as this model has different spring bar positions within the lugs… I had to return it. I don’t know if it us worth buying expensive watches from Amazon…

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