Bulova Revives Its 1970s Parking Meter Chronograph

American timepiece manufacturing company Bulova is adding a favorite from the 1970s to its Archive Series, the ‘Parking Meter’ Chronograph and it is limited to 5,000 pieces.

While they’re not the only brand plumbing their archives, Bulova’s historical slate is enough for many a watchmaker to be envious of. While the obvious one is the phenomenally cool Accutron, this time they’ve gone for something a little bit funkier: the 1973 Chronograph ‘31008-6W’, better known as the Parking Meter Chronograph.

Originally released in 1973, the bullhead chronograph earned its name due to its dial configuration  that sees its central blue-on-silver dual-time dial and small seconds form the shape of a parking meter.

What has changed in the almost 60 years since the Parking Meter was first launched however is the movement. The original was the first Bulova to use the then-advanced ‘ChronoMatic’ automatic chronograph movement, a seriously impressive calibre. Bulova has opted a Miyota quartz movement for the 2022 limited edition of 5,000 pieces.

The uniquely shaped case is made of stainless steel, surrounded with blue ion-plated outer ring, while the hands are picked out in bright orange. The chronograph pushers sit at the top of the case, either side of the crown at the 12 o’clock position, which is used to adjust the time and date, while a second crown sits at the six o’clock controlling the second timezone.

When it drops in the fall, the Bulova 2022 ‘Parking Meter’ Chronograph will individually numbered and supplied on a padded brown leather strap with blue-grey stitching. It’s damn cool, the silver and blue colourway is timelessly lovely.

The new Bulova ‘Parking Meter’ Chronograph is a limited edition of 5,000 numbered pieces will be available at selected stores worldwide and Bulova’s official website for $595. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Bulova.

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