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If I was Citizen I would...
on May 19, 2013
increase the price on this watch.
It is under priced for what it does. This is a set it once and forget it watch. It runs from a battery that recharges in the light so I assume the battery only needs to be replaced when it stops carrying a charge. It says that any light source will charge it but I wouldn't take it on a two week spelunking trip.
The date is preset and leap years are accounted for so there is no changing the date. It is done automatically.
When you change time zones you pull out the stem and move the sweep second hand to the zone indicated by representative cities on the inside of the dial. The watch does the rest. If you are in Newfoundland this might pose a problem since the zone is a half hour not an hour.
The time is kept automatically and corrects itself by connecting to the WWVB Atomic Clock time signal. The watch is never off time.
It has a sapphire crystal - a step up from a mineral crystal which is usually installed on watches in this price range.
The band and push stems are stainless steel. On the last watch I wore the bracelet was stainless steel but the push stems were nickle and I had a skin reaction to the nickle which I am told is quite common.
The chronograph only goes for an hour so you can't time cross country flights. For me this is not a show stopper. And some have said the watch has visibility issues. For me it has not been a problem but it will be a personal preference. I remember looking at the watch in the store and thinking that all the light refracting on the face might be distracting but once on the wrist and in a normal setting there was not an issue.
I recently saw an ad for a smart watch that purported to do what this watch does. It cost $2,000.
The watch is so well made and performs so flawlessly that I plan to buy a spare in case Citizen decides to take this one out of production. I own two Omegas, and one Rolex and this watch is by far superior to those three in terms of fit and finish, comfort, and performance. It is the best kept secret in the Citizen line and watch community and is a highly recommended purchase.