Bulova Wilton Automatic Power Reserve

Well Done, Wilton: The Stand Out Of Bulova’s Classics Collection Welcomes Three New Models

The name Bulova carries instant recognition and style at a very accessible price point. With the Wilton Automatic Power Reserve, Bulova continues to build on this tradition with three new automatic offerings within their Classics collection.

By Rhonda Riche
Editor-At-Large

Bulova occupies a unique space in the watch market. As a heritage brand, its name brings with it a lot of horological history. As a U.S.-based brand, it also carries strong associations with so many defining moments in American style and pop culture of the 20th century.
 

Bulova Wilton Automatic Power Reserve

AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE

First off, let’s talk about the mechanics of this family.

This automatic is powered by a six-hand Miyota 26 jewel automatic movement, which is exclusive to Bulova. And, the case back is clear so you can admire its inner workings.
 

Bulova Wilton Automatic Power Reserve caseback

As the name suggests, the Wilton Collection’s new complication is a power reserve indicator featured prominently on the face. Inside, this caliber boasts a 40-hour power reserve. Over the last decade, power reserve indicators have become increasingly popular among buyers because they are both flashy and, more importantly, useful.
 

Bulova Wilton Automatic Power Reserve

They are useful because power reserves show you how much energy the mainspring is holding (just in case you don’t wear it every day), and thus how it will be until winding is required. In short, it acts like the fuel gauge on your car’s dashboard, but it also revs up the design of your watch’s display.
 

Bulova Wilton Automatic Power Reserve

Which brings us to the look of these new additions to the Wilton series.
 

Bulova Wilton Automatic Power Reserve

STYLE COUNCIL

On one hand, these are three very classic timepieces. The dials of the three timepieces come in classic hues: pearly white, classic blue, and elegant grey. Each embellished with intricate textures and paired with a very dignified leather strap.
 

Bulova Wilton Automatic Power Reserve

On the other hand, there’s also a fashion-forward element to the design. In addition to a mix of Roman numerals and bar indexes (one of the signatures of the Wilton collection), the round stainless-steel case lends these pieces a bit more of a casual vibe. The lugs also have a nice heft to them, which makes the watch feel unstuffy.

By embracing Bulova’s legacy, the Wilton Automatic Power Reserve watches elevate this accessibly priced timepiece.
 

Bulova Wilton Automatic Power Reserve

Then there’s that distinctive power reserve indicator at the 12. The Bulova tuning fork logo sits inside the sweeping arc of the gauge, reminding you of the company’s long-time association with accuracy. And all of this is highlighted through a domed sapphire crystal.

THE VALUE

Overall, the Wilton Automatic Power Reserve provides a whole lotta watch for only $895.

Again, the power reserve indicator is an attractive complication. Fine finishes like the guilloche dials, supple leather straps embossed with an alligator grain pattern, and a deployant buckle make this series look quite upscale.
 

Bulova Wilton Automatic Power Reserve

(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)

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