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Ignore all the bad information here. While the Seiko 5 is an amazing timepiece steeped in horological traditions (ancient aliens), it’s not the official moonwatch.
A very quick search with the Oracle of the Amazon revealed this hidden truth. Here is the grail you seek: Bulova Men's Lunar Pilot Chronograph Watch 96B251 [link]
Not on Amazon. When I bought it it was sub $300.
Compared to a Speedy at 3k-5k it's still much cheaper.
And you can now buy a rough facsimile of the "moon watch" for a few hundred dollars on Amazon.
>"Replica of astronaut Dave Scott's personal Bulova chronograph worn during the Apollo 15 moon landing"
Even less on Amazon
well, it "lists" for $650 or so, but I got it from amazon for 375
keep an eye on it.. they come and go.
There are three of them --
-- and you can find them on Amazon. The model on leather tends to fluctuate in price between about $300 and $400 -- [link] -- there is a version with a stainless bracelet that is usually about $50-70 more. They both come with a nylon strap with the emitted frequencies marked on it. There is a more expensive version with a black PVD case, that doesn't look like the original, due to the case color.
I'm interested in a Bulova Lunar Pilot. I'd like to know why there's such a huge price disparity between the official bulova site and Amazon. I know the models are slightly different numbers. I'm guessing the Amazon one is gray market. Is it worth the risk or should I go with a Bulova AD I know?
In case you still want it and didn't buy from op it's the same price on Amazon
Same price new on Amazon
The Bulova Lunar Pilot shares a look with the Speedmaster while also retaining its own identity as a watch used in official NASA missions. They're quartz, yet highly accurate and can be easily picked up via amazon and are relatively inexpensive. Here is a link https://www.amazon.com/Bulova-Lunar-Pilot-Chronograph-96B251/dp/B01AJE2WAW/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1IS4RVRV0452B&keywords=bulova+lunar+pilot&qid=1570640015&sprefix=Bulova+%2Caps%2C597&sr=8-3
Hope this helps!
Ok just did a quick search for most viable speedmaster alternatives, honestly I don't think any of these quite does it.
The Bulova Lunar is the most obvious: [link]
The Bulova kind a looks like crap to me, I'm not sure why. Also it's not a mechanical watch, which I'd overlook if it looked awesome.
I found this Tissot, which doesn't look similar to the Omega, but is definitely within he same category, is an automatic, and has a decent look to it: [link]
at $900 is still pretty pricey for me, but for a Swiss made automatic, makes sense and is kind of a good deal.
This other Tissot is neat buy only Quartz: [link] not bad though!
Suggestions welcome :)
I know you said moonphase, but what about the other watch that went to the moon?
The one ranonranonarat is talking about is the 96B251, it has the carbon fibre stamped leather strap, and a very odd "not quite a nato strap" that has a velcro closure. The box is great, and the springbar tool is outstanding, overall a very good presentation. I highly recommend this watch, with one caveat, 45mm is pretty big for some people.
I tend to wear mine on a Barton leather nato, but I have worn the nylon strap a fair amount. The nylon doesn't thread through like a nato, but rather has to be put on like a standard two-piece strap, but it also has a layer that goes under the watch. It looks like a nato, but sits more flush since it is only has one layer under the watch. While I talk about it being odd, it is very comfortable, and fits nicely with the watch.
They are still on Amazon,
It is usually around $300, and a steal at that price. Two straps, a sapphire crystal, and runs at the same accuracy as a quartz Grand Seiko.
There is also a 96B258 with a bracelet instead of the leather strap ( but tend to be closer to $400 ). This black ion coated is also on Amazon, but the only review speaks poorly of the strap.