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Citizen Men's BM8242-08E "Eco-Drive" Gold-Tone Stainless Steel and Leather Strap Watch

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  • Citizen successfully marries classic style with modern technology in this Eco-Drive watch, which can be charged in natural sunlight or indoor light.
  • Japanese Quartz movement with analog display
  • Protective mineral crystal dial window
  • Day and date function
  • Water-resistant to 10 m (30 feet)

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Product Specifications

Watch Information
Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Citizen
Model number BM8242-08E
Part Number BM8242-08E
Model Year 2011
Item Shape Round
Dial window material type Mineral
Display Type Analog
Clasp Buckle
Metal stamp none
Case material Gold-tone stainless steel
Case diameter 36 millimeters
Case Thickness 7
Band Material Pig skin leather
Band length mens
Band width 20 millimeters
Band Color Brown
Dial color Black
Bezel material Gold-tone stainless steel
Bezel function Stationary
Calendar Day and date
Special features Black Dial, Day-Date, Brown Leather Strap
Item weight 16.01 Ounces
Movement Japanese quartz
Water resistant depth 30 Feet
Warranty type Contact seller of record

Product Description

A men's Eco-Drive timepiece at its' best. The gold tone stainless steel case, brown leather and simple black dial, bring every outfit together. The timepiece is highlighted with day/date indicator, gold tone stainless steel hour indicators and water resistance.

The company was established in 1918. The founding fathers selected the name Citizen so it would be "Close to the Hearts of People Everywhere" and soon after adopted the company’s formal name, Citizen Watch Company.

During the last seventy-five years Citizen has expanded its business throughout the world and has achieved recognition as the global brand. The past twenty-five year period has coincided with the company’s dramatic rise to its current position as the world’s largest watchmaker, a distinction Citizen has held every year since 1986.

Beyond sheer size, Citizen is also recognized as a worldwide leader in advanced technology. From the world’s slimmest LCD watch to the first voice recognition watch and the world’s first professional dive watch with an electronic depth sensor, Citizen’s record of "world’s firsts" is unmatched.

More recently, Citizen has staked out a new position as the leader in timekeeping with its Eco-Drives watches that are light powered. With models ranging from dress models to sports models to professional dive watches, Citizen Eco-Drive runs continuously in any kind of natural or artificial light for a lifetime of use. Fueled by light, it never needs a battery.

  • ASIN: B000EQU0NW
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 0.4 x 0.8 inches; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: BM8242-08E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243 in Watches (See Top 100 in Watches)
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    Customer Reviews

    Never needs a battery - gedoutaheah!
    David Block
    I strongly recommend anyone who is looking for a beautiful watch to buy.
    Amedaho Miton
    Bought this as a graduation gift for my son and he absolutely loves it.

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    190 of 197 people found the following review helpful By David Block on September 10, 2008
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    I'm a little embarrassed that I'm singing about a watch, for crying out loud. Maybe it's because we all are just craving a little honesty this election year. Anyway, as an old(er) coot, I needed a watch for business (my waning days) and pleasure (hopefully) and being a curmudgeon. This watch is perfect.

    The circumference and thickness kind of make you remember older days in watches. The numbers are easy to see against the background (large 4, 8, and 12), and the gold double bars to indicate the other hours are sized perfectly compared to the actual numbers. You can see the watch without reading glasses - at least, I can this year - and I can even make out the day and date without glasses. Whoever designed the face probably has been studying those Golden Ratios, or whatever: there is a pleasing relationship between the circumferences on the face (outer and inner) and the diameters of the outer ring (hours section) and inner circle (most of the day-date, the Citizen logo, and the main whatchamacallit that the hands attach to). The color of the gold is not bright yellow; it kind of grades to the ochre red-gold - certainly a watch for the Beowulf wannabe's out there (like me). The band is, or was, an alligator-steer genetic fluke, I suppose; reasonably soft. And the color of the band picks up the reddish quality of the metal. It is a very light-weight watch.

    Plus, it runs on light, man! Light! (Must have said that during the 60's sometime....) Pretty cool to think that nobody REALLY knows what's powering this thing. Never needs a battery - gedoutaheah! Really!
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    41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Chambers on October 23, 2008
    I bought 4 of these for groomsman's gifts for my wedding. Three out of four will barely take it off. The other will only wear it sparingly because he is afraid to scratch it. The age ranges are from 16 to 33. Maybe this helps if you are considering this as a gift. One thing to consider for bigger guys, go ahead and buy a longer strap the same time you buy the watch. I bought my 4 from a brick and mortar jewelry store so I can't speak about Amazon's service in this instance. One thing to note about eco-drives, if you leave them in the dark for extended periods of time (say in a safe deposit box whilst on a year long deployment) it may take up to a week for the capacitor to charge sufficiently.
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    34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By carmelinmist on February 26, 2008
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    When husband needed a watch and his birthday was approaching, I laid my eyes on this one after some research. I love the idea of never needing a battery for a watch. Husband told me that he loves this watch several times since.

    For one, it keeps perfect time. He travels all over different time zones and it operates easily. He does have to change the time manually though. For two, no worries about batteries getting weak EVER. It is powered by light, outdoor and indoor as long as there is adequate light. It saves us money for not needing to buy battery for this ever. And it is environmentally friendly since discarded batteries contain toxic chemicals.

    One easy recommendation though: Leave it face up when not wearing it to prevent discharge. Hubby only got it discharged once during the first week and it has never happened since we ordered this from Amazon 8 months ago. This could present a minor challenge to some neat freaks who have to put all clutter (keys, watches, wallets, cellphones...) in a drawer or dresser chest. This watch doesn't like total darkness. It can only move in light, even if just a bit of twilight.

    The day&date setting process could be confusing so you have to follow the instruction closely and do it at the right time of the day. It doesn't glow in the dark - a feature I wish it had.

    Couldn't be more pleased with the purchase. My next watch will also be an eco-drive.
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    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Cocklin on August 28, 2008
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    I have owned many watches in my 73 years but this is one of the best. No winding and no batteries to replace. I am a very satisfied customer.
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    20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amateur Cook on November 20, 2008
    After the watch I'd worn for years finally died I purchased a multi-function Seiko watch. Although it had a lot of features (world time, digital and analog displays, chronograph . . .), it weighed a ton and felt like I was carrying a brick around my wrist. Although it probably helped develop and tone the muscles in my watch arm, I decided to look for a replacement. So, I browsed the Citizen watch website for an Eco-Drive "Dress Strap" watch and was drawn to this gold-toned watch for its stylish design. After reading the positive reviews on Amazon, I purchased the watch and have been extremely pleased with my decision.

    The watch had a sufficient charge to run right out of the box, and I immediately strapped it on my wrist. The first thing I noticed was how light it was and how comfortable it felt. Just as the watch had caught my attention, my wife commented how nice it looked when I showed it to her. Although I purchased it as a dress watch, I am just as happy wearing it with jeans and a t-shirt.

    Although some reviewers commented that the day/date was a bit hard to set, as with any 12-hour dial you have to determine whether the time displayed in morning or afternoon before setting the day/date. So, before setting the day/date, run the hands around the dial until the day/date changes to ensure that the displayed time is the morning. Set the correct time (passing 12 o'clock again if it is afternoon), then set the correct day/date and you're done until the next change in daylight savings.

    The only feature I wish the watch had is a luminescent dial, otherwise, it is a great watch which you will surely enjoy.
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