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OK for a Work Watch
on May 7, 2014
This is your basic mid price range Citizen watch. What is unique about this watch face, is the outer numbers are numbered in five minute increments so users can more easily read the minutes, versus by hour. I find this helpful, if you're working and need to quickly determine dry times or how long since you've performed a task in minutes. The outer perimeter minutes also help to quickly determine in between quarter hour minutes. (ie. The minutes design used on perimeter of this watch face diminishes the amount of time to distinguish between 1:05 & 1:10, 1:20 & 1:25, 1:35 & 1:40, ...) This also seems to help with memory retention as the minutes are not commonly shown on a normal watch face, requiring the minutes to be visualized instead of seen. Then later the minutes are usually more difficult to recall.
All in all, I'd say this watch has an unusual but well thought-out and logical watch face design!
1) Easily distinguishable numbers with outer edge minute markings.
2) Luminescent for night time use.
3) Soft leather within the inner clothe strap; very comfortable wearing.
4) Citizen quality.
5) Citizen watches now appear to have standardized straps, making interchanging straps easy without any fuss of the watch then looking weird.
1) Advertised models are confusing when looking at their website. There are also black (BV1085-14E) and tan (BV1085-31E) strapped versions of this same similar watch face. (ie. List or group all BV1085-* models onto the same page.)
I'll probably buy a tan strap later for this green strapped (BV1085-22H) model, so that this watch doesn't look so military looking.
Since there's delicate leather on the back of these fabric cloth bands, probably a good idea to treat the leather with Lexol leather cleaner and non-darkening conditioner. (Reason for using the non-darkening condition versus regular Lexol conditioner, the leather on the underside of the strap is a delicate leather. Correct leather experts?)
2014.07.08 - After acquiring the watch I originally wanted or set-out to buy initially, the Citizen BM8180-03E watch; I tend to like the face of the BM8180-03E watch much better then this one reviewed. The Citizen BM8180-03E watch does still include the designations for the minutes, but more subdued then the hour designations making the Citizen BM8180-03E watch much easier to read. However, the Citizen BM8180-03E watch has a thinner wrist band then this watch reviewed here and is non-interchangeable for this watches band. So I like the Citizen BM8180-03E watches face, but enjoy the wider more comfortable and easier to use Citizen BV1085-* watch wrist bands. (The Citizen BV1085-* watch faces with the larger bold minute designations are much too difficult to read for everyday use.)