37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The search ends here. Time to buy.
Published 10 months ago by nathan
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but flawed
I love this watch. My wife has a terminal illness and she decided she would get me the watch so I would always have something of her with me. I did not find it too complex as some have said, or difficult to operate as others mentioned. However, I am conflicted about what to do with it. The pins that hold the bracelet together pop out at random times and I am terrified...
Published 10 months ago by M. Plunkett
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The search ends here. Time to buy.,
This review is from: Citizen Men's AT4010-50E Perpetual Chrono A-T Watch (Watch)
Here's a quick review of the Citizen AT-4010-50E Men's Watch. It's a watch filled with cool tech, features and great materials. In this video, I cover the material, its features and my thoughts on it. Ultimately, I highly recommend this watch to anyone who is looking for a great looking, great performing and long lasting watch.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great watch!!!,
This review is from: Citizen Men's AT4010-50E Perpetual Chrono A-T Watch (Watch)A brand new product in the Citizen range, the Perpetual Chrono A-T watch does everything you could possibly want. Previously, I'd been looking for a Citizen watch, but was unable to find one which combined all of Citizen's best features. At a $525 price point, it's incredible to get an eco-drive watch, with perpetual (atomic) time, titanium band and sapphire glass.
Having worn the watch for a week, I can say that it's not cumbersome like some watches. It sits nicely on my wrist and doesn't appear "too big". The watch has a very comprehensive instruction manual and adjusting the time is very easy. There are a lot of functions and it will take a while to get used to them all. Many functions and indicators work by rotating the watch's second hand which can be somewhat confusing unless you're used to it and know what the readings are. It's not always intuitive.
The watch is useful for American users (with LA, Denver, Chicago and New York) but only has one timezone outside America (London). However, there's an "alternate" time zone which can be used for most other locations, but it would be nice if the watch had genuine world locations (such as NY, London, Tokyo, etc.) It's possible that Citizen has released the watch with localised timezones in other regions.
That's the biggest downside of the watch (US oriented timezones). Another small negative is that the alarm is quite soft (hard to hear). I wouldn't rely on it to wake me up! Carry a regular alarm clock (or phone with alarm) instead.
Overall, the watch is great. The face is clear and easy to read, the band (titanium) is light and looks good. I'm very pleased with this watch.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good value,
This review is from: Citizen Men's AT4010-50E Perpetual Chrono A-T Watch (Watch)If you live in the continental USA this Citizen AT4010-50E is probably one of the most accurate watches you can own. The radio synchronization feature re-sets the watch every night. You can spend thousands of dollars on a Rolex or an Omega Speedmaster... But you will not find a more accurate watch than a radio controlled quartz watch. If you are not familiar with radio controlled watches... You need to place them near a window facing Colorado. (Where the WWVB radio station broadcasts a 60 kHz signal.) If you live on the east coast or west coast you will probably not receive the signal in the daytime. But it will work late at night when the watch tries to synch up at 2:00am.
On the other hand... If you live in Hawaii, Alaska or many places on earth where the watch cannot receive a signal and synch... This watch is not particularly accurate. Probably not more accurate than a $20 Quartz Timex. (+/- 15 seconds per month is typical for inexpensive quartz watches.)
The Titanium case and bracelet seem well made. If you have never had a Titanium watch... They are about 1/2 the weight of stainless steel. For a large watch like this one... the titanium makes a big difference. Titanium also is hypoallergenic and feels warmer to the touch. On the downside... some people feel that it scratches more easily than stainless. But you can always re-brush the watch with a scotch-brite pad or take it to a jeweler and have it polished up. I am a bit concerned about the black bezel around the crystal. I am not sure what this black material is or how easily it will scratch. It appears to be some sort of PVC coating. Also the crystal sticks up above the bezel to the edges of the glass are exposed making it subject to chipping. This is the first watch I have owned with an anti-refelction coating on the sapphire crystal. The anti-refelctive coating gives the watch face a deeper & richer look. I will also say the face is quite attractive. I am pretty sure the actual face material is mostly plastic to let the light penetrate the solar cell... But it looks like metal. The luminous hands are just average brightness. They fade after exposure to light like most "glow in the dark" paint. I wish this watch had an LED light for night viewing. But alas no. Overall this watch looks more impressive in person than photos. I like the looks of it.
For those who say the watch is too complex... I think you should not buy things that look complex. I found this watch to be VERY SIMPLE to understand. Basically you set the time zone... Set it near a window at night and that's it. You don't need to wind it. You don't need to set it. It tells time and date. What could be more simple than that? Sure it has an alarm. It has a primitive stopwatch. But like most owners you will probably not use those much.
I will mention that to use the stop watch or alarm you have to pull the crown out and change to mode dial. I was somewhat disappointed that you have to remove the watch from your wrist to use the stopwatch or set the alarm. To me it's odd that Citizen chooses to use the buttons to check radio synch instead of more commonly used functions like the stopwatch. I would rather pull the crown to check the radio synch if it gave me access to the stopwatch. Also... the stopwatch does not have a sub second hand. If you need 1/10th of a second precision this watch will not satisfy you.
In summery this is a very nice looking watch made from real Titanium. Here are some pros and cons.
1. You don't need to change the battery for 20 years. (Solar powered.)
2. If you live in the Continental USA you don't need to set the watch. (Supper Atomic accuracy)
3. Lightweight Titanium case.
4. Anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
5. Attractive analog indicators for time & date.
6. Alarm if you need it.
1. Stopwatch and Alarm require you to remove the watch from your wrist and pull the crown.
2. Black bezel may scratch. (Wait and see...)
3. Stopwatch is only accurate to 1 full second.
4. Must remove watch & pull crown to set alarm.
5. Titanium scratches slightly more easily than SS... But weighs 1/2. (And can be polished easily at home.)
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Citizen Perpetual Chrono A-T: Beautifully modern; retro touches; my son will inherit this one,
This review is from: Citizen Men's AT4010-50E Perpetual Chrono A-T Watch (Watch)I've only been wearing it for two hours, but I'm pleased enough to share my impressions:
Prologue: This is the second Citizen watch I've owned; my first was a Skyhawk/Blue Angels with a stainless steel case and band, circa 2005. I'm sold on Citizen for two primary reasons: 1) I love the brand name, and the company history; and 2) Eco-drive is just an elegant accomplishment from the standpoint of both design and (power) technology. Having said all that, my stainless Skyhawk, though I loved it, was just too damn heavy. I'm a big guy, with big arms, but I was much more aware of that watch than I wanted to be. Also, the complexity of functions provided by the watch's computer also turned out to be overkill for what I truly needed a watch to be.
This Perpetual Chrono A-T (titanium) solves both of those problems, while staying true to the Citizen brand & Eco-drive. It is just a beautifully modern analog watch with retro touches in the subsidiary dials. The watch face is quite large. If you're buying it based upon what you see in online photos, know that this is more than a "black-face" watch. The face's components are variously designed in black, matte grey, silver, and white, and there is quite a bit of stylish detail that doesn't stand out in online pics. The timepiece has color accents in the form of a mode hand that is blue; the upper and lower buttons have a circumferential stripe in the same color. This watch is definitely eye-catching without being flashy. The titanium band also has a two-tone look, as it is mostly a brush finish, but with link ends that are highly polished and look like nickel.
The titanium case and band are much lighter than I thought they would be. If you like a larger watch face, then you need a titanium case and band. This watch feels like half the weight of my old S-S Skyhawk. Out of the box, with no adjustments, the watch sits comfortably on my wrist and is not a distraction even as I type this on my laptop.
I was familiar with the watch and had it set to my time zone, time, and date within 20 minutes of sitting down with it. This included doing an "on-demand" (i.e., manual) activation of the receiver for the atomic clock radio signal. Nice to know that daylight savings (on or off) is part of the atomic signal info. I agree with those who criticize the watch for being too U.S.-centric in the time zone labels, but I imagine that Citizen sells other configurations of the watch that are localized for different countries. With this watch, you get a "home" time & zone, and an alternate time and time zone. Quite enough for me, as it lessens the complexity of the feature set quite nicely. This is not a watch with layer upon layer of settable functions, as the Skyhawk was. Trust me, you want to wear a watch that doesn't demand that you carry its manual around with you.
Two last observations: The Perpetual Chrono A-T strikes me as an elegant hybrid of three other expensive watches that I've owned: a Rolex Submariner, a very stylish and sturdy Sector, and the aforementioned Skyhawk. This watch has all of the best design and tech features of these other watches, with none of the adversities. At half the price of the Rolex, it is a much better watch, hands-down. Finally, I've heard people say that wrist watches are becoming passe, now that everyone carries a mobile phone. However, if you are a highly productive person who gets things done and keeps to a schedule, there is nothing more satisfying than being able to glance quickly at your wrist -- no fishing for a phone -- and instantly see highly accurate time.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite watch,
This review is from: Citizen Men's AT4010-50E Perpetual Chrono A-T Watch (Watch)This is a review of the Citizen Perpetual Chrono A-T 4010-50E not the seller. I bought this watch sight unseen because I couldn't find it anywhere locally. I did see the other stainless steel versions and based my decision on those. I have owned this watch for only a few days so I will not speak on reliability or durability yet. Instead I will focus on my initial impression and a competitive comparison. My first impression of this watch is that it is pretty big. This doesn't bother me, but may bother someone. From what I can see this watch is pretty new and there were not many reviews for it at the time of my purchase (6). My criteria for purchase included the following features; perpetual calendar, ecodrive, titanium case & band, sapphire glass. I found this very difficult to find below the signature line price points. I looked at the Citizen CB0030-56E model Citizen Men's CB0030-56E World Perpetual A-T Watch, but didn't like it because of the plain face. My prior watch was a Citizen calibre 8700 Citizen Men's BL8097-52E Eco-Drive Calibre 8700 Black Ion-Plated Stainless Steel Watch, which has a lot of style. I did not want to feel like I was taking a step backward. I wanted titanium because it is hypoallergenic. On my 8700 the case back and the clasp were not hypoallergenic. Unfortunately my skin reacts to nickel. I was expecting a greyer watch. The brushed texture of the watch band makes it look like a stainless steel one. It is very lightweight despite the size. Surprisingly my smaller 8700 is a heavier watch. The atomic time feature worked well. All I needed to set was the city and then wait for the radio signal update. I sized the watch myself and feel I have to mention that it uses a center tube as well a pin. It won't hold the pin without the tube. Make sure whoever sizes it pays attention as the tubes are really small and easy to lose. I also compared this to the Seiko kinetic perpetual line Seiko Men's SNP017 Coutura Kinetic Perpetual Watch. The citizen was cheaper with more features(alarm and chronograph) and offered titanium. To be honest, sometimes it feels a chore to move around enough to keep a kinetic watch charged. With ecodrive I only need to get some sun occasionally. A few reviews indicated that this watch is complicated to use. I do not agree with that all. Once you read through the manual once, you will remember all of the most important tasks (Especially if you had a Citizen Calibre already). This is my new favorite watch. It looks great, has high-end features, at an affordable price (below $600). I don't know what took Citizen so long to sell a watch like this. Every watch I have purchased before this one has been a compromise somewhere.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All good, two small flaws,
This review is from: Citizen Men's AT4010-50E Perpetual Chrono A-T Watch (Watch)I shopped around for a LONG time for a good Citizen's Watch made with Titanium metal while also having a perpetual calendar. I finally decided on this one because of its looks. I've had it for about 3 months, and for the most part, I love the watch. I wouldn't go into the pro's because others are already singing the watch's praises.
Instead, I'll focus on the two minor flaws I am experiencing.
1. The Chronograph looks cool, but in reality, is superfluous at best. I don't mind the steps required to activate the function, but the fact that it keeps count in 1 second intervals religates the chronograph to the normal second hand. What's the point of using a 1 second chronograph when I can basically use the watch's normal time-keeping function?
2. The watch band, while being titanium, scratches quite easily. The side of the watch band that faces outward has already had several significant scratches on it after a month of normal daily use. Though I will say that I travel a ton for work and the fact that I'm contantly in airports and on airplanes could mean that the watch is exposed to more scratch-prone environments than normal. Regardless, I'm still some what disappointed on how quickly the scratches showed up.
Over-all, I love the watch and doesn't regret purchasing it. However, if these two complaints weren't there, this would absolutely be the last watch I own. As it stands, I'll probably shop for another one in a few years.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Watch!,
This review is from: Citizen Men's AT4010-50E Perpetual Chrono A-T Watch (Watch)This is the second watch I've had from Citizen, and the third one I've purchased (the other was for my girlfriend), and while they've always been great on build quality, accuracy, and just plain good looks, this one has been by far my favorite. The titanium makes it deceivingly light, especially for a watch this size. It's not too big, but on my smallish wrists I don't think I'd go much bigger. It actually weighs significantly less than my previous Citizen which was a smaller watch (calibre 8700). I live on the east coast, and even here in Boston where I've read of many people having issues with atomic (radio controlled) clocks and reception, even at night, I figured my watch would never be able to sync unless I left it on a west-facing window at night; well, while it doesn't manage to sync every night, it does get a solid lock at least every 2-3 nights, even inside my bedroom with the watch on my wrist, definitely frequent enough to ensure it's always accurate. It is also is accurate on it's own; most watches are accurate to +/- 15s each month, I turned off the reception for over a week, and when I checked, it hadn't lost or gained even a fraction of a second. If I had to complain about something, it would be the fact that its not a true world watch as it only has one timezone outside the US, as others have mentioned, but that's if I had to nitpick. Overall, every feature I could want in a watch, light (titanium) and scratch-proof (sapphire), I couldn't want anything more.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, light weight and most accurate watch!!!,
This review is from: Citizen Men's AT4010-50E Perpetual Chrono A-T Watch (Watch)I got this watch as a gift from my daughter on father's day! As soon as I got this watch, I was so much glued to it. It took me a day to get used to all the features and now I don't need the manual. I resized the watch strap myself using this inexpensive but useful tool set. 16 PCS Watch Tool Kit
This watch links use a different type of pins which has small tubes with it. They are really small and if you lose them then the pins won't hold the links. Be careful when you resize, the manual on how to resize the watch yourself is on citizen website. Ask me if you can't find it. As I am in east coast and my windows are facing NE, it's difficult to get the watch in sync at 2am when the watch enters the sync mode as a routine nor does the manual sync work. But when I take my watch to a window facing west, the watch syncs with ease and to my surprise the time is accurate to the second. I LOVE IT! The titanium casing and bracelet is super lightweight especially when you compare the same model with stainless steel. Anyone who notices this watch on my wrist will surely ask me about it. It looks cool. I did not try the chronograph and I am not a fan of it anyways. This being my first eco-drive watch and I don't have to worry about changing batteries in its life span makes it my favorite watch of all in my collection. I would highly recommend this watch!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Luminous not working well,
This review is from: Citizen Men's AT4010-50E Perpetual Chrono A-T Watch (Watch)bought the watch a week ago, I really like the watch, I researched it a lot before I bought it. My son also bought a black Citizen from Costco which is also an atomic, eco, perpetual watch. My problem is the luminous hands on mine is unreadable in dim light. I have always had a watch with luminous hands and I could always wake up during the night and be able to read the time. This watch I cannot. In normal house light, performing test with my sons watch, all conditions exactly the same..when we compare our watches in a closet mine is about 5% as bright as his, I have to hold the watch a few inches away from my eyes to see it. Is this normal for this particular watch? I called citizen and they tell me they vary in luminous and I cannot compare my watch with another. Would like to get feedback from those that have this watch if you can see and read it using the luminous hands at night and if you wake up during the night and look at it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing watch!,
This review is from: Citizen Men's AT4010-50E Perpetual Chrono A-T Watch (Watch)This is a beautiful watch! Very light for it's size. Of course, being an atomic clock, it keeps perfect time. I can see why this is in high demand.
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