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Switch the too-thick strap. Great pilot styling
on April 29, 2015
Update: I've added pics of the watch with the original strap for those that wanted to see it.
I've had my eye on a Pilot/Flieger style watch for a while. Although there are a few low cost alternatives out there, such as the TICINO or LACO or MARATAC, this Citizen is a great alternative. Although it isn't a straight replica, it does have many Flieger/Pilot design clues such as the shape of the hands and having the minutes more pronounced than the hours –but you can see all that from the images. Now on to the review.
As far as size goes, this is on the bigger side at 44/45mm and I would not recommend this watch for anyone that has a smaller wrist than 7." But it's not Invicta large –fits well in the larger fashion watch era we're currently in.
The Lume (located only on the Hour and Minutes hands) is a nice blue color and activates quickly, but don't expect it to last too long. You might be able to see it 20-30 mins into a dark movie theater.
The strap is the weak point of the watch. It's a nice honey-brown color with contrasting black edging. But the darn thing is THICK. Another reviewer mentioned that it's too thick to properly strap on and loop through, and I agree 100%. It might get softer with wear and age, but after 2 weeks of constant wear I didn't see too much of an improvement. Instead I opted to switch a strap a similar colored NATO (as seen in my pics) the comfort is much better and I'm no longer thinking about the strap, but the beautiful watch I have on my wrist.
All in all it's a great looking watch, with great quality that you will enjoy wearing –just so long as you change the strap.