Continuing A Tradition Of Legendary “Firsts”
In yet another “first-of-its-kind” signature innovation, Bulova takes an unprecedented step with the launch of the ultimate cobranded timepiece–the Manchester United Club Watch–as a tribute to the world’s most storied football club.
The modern classic boasts nine design links to Manchester United’s prolific history, expressed as touchstone details on the dial, case and leather strap, and is powered by Bulova’s proprietary UHF high-performance quartz movement. The Manchester United Club Watch debuts on September 1, 2015, kicking off with an exclusive presale event through the team’s online store, United Direct (store.manutd.com), with further rollouts to the Megastore at Old Trafford in October, and global markets in November. The watch will retail for US $499.
Notes Bulova President Gregory Thumm, “This historic launch of the Manchester United Club Watch was shaped by a singular design vision, and with utmost attention to quality and craftsmanship.”
Nine Links to Design History. Destined to quickly become a collector’s item, the Manchester United Club Watch not only mines the franchise’s rich history, but also scores on design ingenuity.
— The 1878 at the 18- and 78-minute markers recognizes the club’s
beginning as a team of railway workers and its original green and gold
— A flourish of train track, between the 12-hour and 18-minute markers,
signifies the importance of the Lancashire & Yorkshire railroad to
Manchester’s development as the world’s first industrial city;
— The 7(th) hour on the watch, in bold red, is a nod to the #7 jersey,
worn by many of the club’s most memorable players;
— A blacked out 23-minute marker commemorates the fatalities in the tragic
1958 plane crash, killing eight players, journalists and supporters;
— The “United Trinity”–Best, Law, Charlton–is honored by the red 7-, 9-
and 10-minute markers on the watch, representing their jersey numbers;
— A red 20-minute marker highlights the club’s league title haul–the
highest in the English game;
— Iconic details include the club crest on the dial, the Red Devil emblem
on the crown, and the strap made from vintage-inspired genuine leather
to pay homage to the footballs used in the early years of the game;
— Powered with Bulova’s proprietary UHF high-performance quartz movement
for unparalleled accuracy.
Manchester United’s Group Managing Director Richard Arnold comments: “Bulova has been creating quality time pieces since 1875, just three years before the Club was formed. They understand how the Club’s history makes us who we are and we are delighted Bulova has commemorated some of United’s most important moments within this specially designed watch.”