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Attractive But Has Shortcomings
on May 6, 2013
This watch is good-looking and the right size for my average wrist, but I have returned it for the following reasons.
First, and I now believe this is true of all of Citizen's Eco chronos, the chronograph timer goes only to 60 minutes. While the watch has three small dials, one of them shows the 24-hour equivalent of the current real time -- a pretty useless feature, in my opinion.
Second, the elapsed minute dial is hard to read accurately, both because the hand does not reach the numbers on the dial and because while the chrono second-hand moves in one-second jumps, the elapsed minute hand moves gradually, rendering it difficult to tell if the elapsed time is, say, 7.5 or 8.5 minutes.
Third, the chrono second hand does not hit the numbers on the outer dial exactly, so it is hard sometimes to tell whether it is at 12 or 13 seconds, for example.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the hour and second hands are thick and easy to read -- but when either or both is between the 9 and the 11 on the main dial, they obscure the elapsed minutes dial! Thus, between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. or p.m. or between 45 and 55 minutes past the hour, if the elapsed time using the timer is between 0 and 15 minutes or 45 and 60 minutes, the hand is quite likely to be hidden by the large hour or minute hand. Alas, this renders the watch's chronograph function not usable for me.