Bulova Caliber 8136
Bulova 8136

Bulova Caliber 8136

Bulova Caliber 8136

ManufacturerBulova (Citizen/Miyota)
Caliber Number8136
TypeQuartz
Lignes15”’
Diameter
34.6mm
Height4.9mm
Total Height
8.5mm
Battery Cell
SR927W (395)
Battery LifeUnconfirmed
Frequency262.144 kHz
Quartz TypeTuning fork type quartz crystal
Jewels0
Hacking?
Yes
FunctionsHours, minutes, central chronograph seconds, 1/20 seconds subdial at 3:00, small seconds at 6:00, 60 minutes chronograph hand at 9:00, some models have a date (at 4:30 or 6:00)
Country of ManufactureJapan
Known Models
Lunar Pilot Chronograph (96B258 ), Sea King Chronograph, Add your watch in the comments below…

The Bulova caliber 8136 is a quartz chronograph watch movement that was introduced in 2014. Bulova refers to it as a 3 eye chronograph movement. It is made in Japan and has 0 jewels.

In Bulova’s own words:

“Six-hand chronograph movement features proprietary high-performance quartz technology with 262 kHz vibrational frequency for precise accuracy.”

Miyota Base?

There is virtually no information about this caliber provided by Bulova, but we think we have narrowed it down to being based on a Miyota 6S20 movement.

The major difference is that the Miyota 6S20 runs with a frequency of 32,768Hz, and the Bulova is cranked up to an Ultra High Frequency (UHF) of 262 kHz as it is advertised on the dial of watches with the 8136 (similar to the P102). This would mean that it is using Bulova’s 3 prong quartz crystal that vibrates 8 times more than a standard quartz crystal (32.76 * 8 = 262).

Bulova and Miyota are both owned by Citizen.

Ultra High Frequency Technology:

Accuracy:

Bulova claims their Ultra High Frequency movements are accurate to about +/-5 seconds per month. Please share your experience in the comments below.

Battery Life:

According to Miyota, the correct SR927W battery cell should last about 4 years in the caliber 6S20, but the Ultra High Frequency movements seem to have shorter battery life than standard quartz watches. That is not to say 8 times shorter, but we need more information to confirm the expected battery life from the 8136. Please share your experience in the comments below…

What we do know is that running the chronograph means the watch is working harder and this reduces the battery life. For example, Miyota’s battery life claims are based on using the chronograph function for 60 minutes or less per day. For that reason, it is advised to only use the chronograph when you need it. If you are not going to wear your watch for a while and want to save the battery, pulling out the stem (aka hacking the movement) will reduce the battery consumption.

Resetting the chronograph to zero

If your chronograph hand is not resetting to 12:00 or “zero” position, then you can try the following steps:

  1. Pull the crown to position 2 (time setting position).
  2. Press button A to advance the chronograph hand forward until it is lined up with 12:00. If you long-press A, the hand will move forward faster.
  3. Press button B to advance the 1/20 second subdial.
  4. Push the crown back to position 0

Miyota 6s50 Reset The Chronograph To Zero

Note: if you push the crown back in to position 0 while the chronograph hand is still advancing forward, then it will stop the chronograph hand and recognize it as zero position. In this case, you will have to start over again.

Examples of Bulova watches with similar movement:

Additional Resources:

  • Bulova Precisionist official manual here

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11 months ago

[…] Sin embargo, la reedición viene equipada con lo que Bulova denomina un mecanismo de precisión: el calibre 8136 de […]

MARK WOLFSON
MARK WOLFSON
5 months ago

What is the difference between “calibre” 8136 and the NP20?

MARK WOLFSON
MARK WOLFSON
3 months ago

Ok, I have the Lunar Pilot with 8136, getting 1.75 seconds fast in first 30 days. Is this caliber 10 seconds per year, or 5 seconds per month rated?

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  MARK WOLFSON

The little booklet that came with my Lunar Pilot claims +-5 sec/mo accuracy.

MARK WOLFSON
MARK WOLFSON
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Ok, don’t know where people are getting 10 seconds per year, You tubers are bragging about this claim! Say Paul, may I ask, what are you getting? And thank you for responding.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  MARK WOLFSON

Maybe the 10 sec/year figure came from Bulova’s claim when the Precisionists came out. Since the Lunar Pilots use a 262 kHz movement, I suppose it makes sense to assume the same performance. One LP I have gets about 10-12 sec gain per year and the other is closer to 33 sec gain per year.

Harpo Marx
Harpo Marx
1 day ago

Before claiming that 262kHz is “ultra high frequency”, you would do well to consult the internet and learn the frequency bands. It is, in fact, the LOW FREQUENCY band (30kHz to 300kHz). UHF spans 300mHz to 3gHz. Bulova lied and you repeated it.

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