Bulova Computron Driver's Watch (Stainless)
For driving with one hand on the wheel
The Bulova driver's watch is all about style - 70's style.
1977 Bulova Computron Advertisement
The stated purpose for the side mounted LED display is that it is tilted in such a way that a driver could view the time directly without taking his hands off the steering wheel of a car. This is clearly silly for an LED watch since the driver would need to take the other hand off the wheel to push the button. Then again, if you are driving in circumstances that are too hectic to permit taking a hand off the wheel for even a moment, then perhaps you should be concerned about more pressing matters than the time.
For many decades, hoards of wristwatch marketing people have done their best to convince us (not without some measure of success) that there is a need for special watches tailored to various testosterone exhibiting activities such as driving cars, flying airplanes, manning yachts, or conducting covert special ops missions. You could argue that a dedicated driving watch is no more silly than these others. I like to think of the LED driver's watch as a fashion statement expressing a deep appreciation and fondness for the deeply impractical, the hare-brained, and the ironic.
The sideview design was adopted by a few other watch manufacturers including the innovative Synchronar and the very highly sought after (and extremely expensive) Girard Perregaux "Casquette" models.
Case: Very good.
This watch case is in very good condition with a few minor flaws. The back side of the case has a spot where the chrome plating has partially worn through.
Face / Hands: Excellent.
All LED digits and segments are complete and bright.
Crystal: Very good.
The red crystal is almost perfect with no visible scratches or nicks along the exposed side edges.
Band / Bracelet: Very good.
The highly polished original braclet has a few scratches from normal wear but is in otherwise fine shape.
Being mirror polished, it shows every scratch.
Function / Accuracy: Excellent.
All functions work perfectly. Digital quartz accuracy.