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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2011
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As a guy who previously only purchased sub $100 watches, the Citizen Men's CA0020-05E Eco Drive Strap Watch is an entirely new experience for me. I decided to allocate nearly three times my normal watch budget for this purchase just so I could determine whether I would see any useful improvement over my usual budget watches. My last watch is a Seiko that I bought at a kiosk in a Buenos Aires mall and I've always wondered if it was an knock-off since I've never seen its model number in Seiko's online documentation.

The two differences I see between the Citizen and my budget Seiko are size and weight. The Citizen is noticeably larger on my wrist. Not so large as to create the appearance that I'm trying to be a rap-star but I estimate ¼ to 1/3 larger in diameter than my previous watch. At first, I was taken aback by the larger size but now I'm quite used to it and, if choosing another watch, I would prefer the larger size of the Citizen. The weight of the Citizen seems to be half the weight of my previous watch. I used to remove my watch the moment I walked into my house because the weight was distracting. Now I only remove my watch at shower time and even this really isn't necessary since it is water resistant.

Physically, I am a smallish guy. 5' 10" and 150 lbs. My wrist is smaller than the average male's wrist. I need to use the last hole in the wrist band in order to have the watch tight on my wrist. This leaves about an inch of the band flapping. I thought at first this might be a problem but it really isn't. I don't notice it anymore and no one has commented on it. I think that, in general, the leather wrist band is better suited for males of small stature, like myself, because the leather wrist band breaks in over time and the watch positions itself on the top center of my wrist. With a metal band on my small wrist, the watch is pulled to the edge of my wrist and never changes position regardless how long I've owned the watch. This was the case with my previous Seiko which I owned for approximately ten years.

The quality and appearance of the Citizen are leagues above what I've experienced previously in the sub $100 class. On the web site, the Citizen looks like a flat black watch. On my wrist, it has a very appealing reflective gray appearance. I personally think the watch imparts an "expensive" aura and I receive many favorable comments. My only real concern with the watch is that it looks expensive and I am sometimes concerned that I am more at risk of being mugged than when I wore obviously inexpensive watches.

So the bottom line, is this watch worth the additional money? That depends. If money is tight then buy a perfectly functional sub $100 watch and be happy with it. There is nothing life changing about owning a more expensive watch. However, if another couple of hundred dollars is easily allocated, there is a lot of satisfaction to be derrived from having an obviously well built, good quality watch. I don't regret the purchase. I plan to keep this watch far longer than the usual five to ten year replacement cycle of my previous watches. Finally, I can't say how this watch compares to other watches in the same price category or to more expensive watches but, then again, this review isn't directed to those who have experience with what I would call expensive watches.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2010
This is a very classy watch that goes equally well with a buttoned down oxford shirt or a golf shirt. The Black dial with three textured sub-dials and white markings is complemented by the black leather strap with white stitching. Because the case is titanium the watch is surprisingly light. Also I like the fact that the crystal is sapphire instead of mineral glass giving it added scratch protection. The date window is very readable and the 24 hour (am/pm) sub-dial is a nice touch. I used the chronograph feature to do incremental timing of higher speed bursts during my workout runs and it was very easy to use and the button were very intuitive. And the best feature of this watch is the eco-drive technology, basically it never needs a new battery. Finally I like the fact that Citizen company only builds serious watches, unlike most other retail watch brands whose makers also make sunglasses, pocket knifes, t-shirts etc.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2011
I've had this watch for almost a year now and it is amazing! As others have mentioned, the titanium makes it extremely light weight as well as the fact that it has a leather band. It is comparable in weight to a cheap digital watch which makes it much more comfortable to wear. I usually have problems with scratching my watches, but the sapphire doesn't have a single scratch in almost a year of daily wear. This is unheard of in other watches in my opinion. It's a little expensive but well worth it.

Just so you know, the second hand on the watch is the lower subdial. The larger main second hand is only for the stopwatch feature.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2011
I had been looking for a new watch and wanted a sport/chronograph that still looked nice with a suit. I narrowed down my choice to this one and a Hamilton that was very similar. The Hamilton was $500 and at the end of the day, although it was Swiss made, I couldn't justify the $200 price difference. The Hamilton was a quartz model and the Eco-drive never needs a battery. I have 8 watches and my wife laughs at me for seemingly always having one that needs a new battery. Also, the sapphire crystal face and titanium case sealed the deal. The watch is light, with a virtually scratch proof face and looks great. It is also water resistant to 100 M, which was 50 more than the Hamilton. Also tipping me to the Citizen was my 19 yr old Citizen dive watch that still works beautifully and that I still wear all the time for any pool or beach outing in the summer. Proven Citizen quality made me a return customer. You won't be sorry with this watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2012
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I purchased this watch as a replacement for a heavy Seiko stainless steel chronograph watch with a stainless steel bracelet type band. The watch was fine but the bracelet band could not be adjusted to fit my wrist so the heavy watch slid up and down and spent most of the time resting uncomfortably around the top of my hand. I wanted a chronograph watch that was light with a leather band. After researching watches on the internet, I added a synthetic sapphire crystal to my list of requirements because I wanted the greatest scratch resistance available. The Citizen's titanium case makes it light despite the fact it is larger than other watches I've owned. The black leather band is very supple and doesn't look like it will crack in the buckle area. It has a synthetic sapphire crystal. The watch looks great and has only gained a few seconds in a month. I'm very pleased with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
There is no doubt that Citizen has really made some of the most diverse watches on the market from top to bottom. Their Eco-Drive Watches have handled in comfort, and really work with the best distinction. This classic leather strap chronograph works very well from each and every angle. It is a nice chronograph that tells great time, but also works very distinctively as a strong stopwatch that handles well for the sporty side in every man whom likes it that way. I have likes how Citizen has made some of the most classy watches on the market, and they have always been worth the money. I definitely recommend this as a must buy for anyone that wants a solar watch, that doesn't seem to stop on a dime.

Price: B

Style & Convience: B+

Overall: B 1/2+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Bought this watch as a gift for my husband. I wanted to give him a watch in which he doesn't have to constantly change the battery. This watch is nice and practical looking that he can wear it for formal occasions or to work. Also my husband says it's very light on his arm and doesn't pull his arm hair. Overall he really liked it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2012
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Love the styling, great blend of contemporary with classics. Very lightweight thanks to titanium, can barely feel on my hand. Accuracy is amazing - still exact time to a second after a week of use, checked against time.gov. Great chronograph too, very accurate and the buttons have nice sure feel to them.
5 year warranty, 100m water resistant, solar powered eco watch, even comes in a box made out of recycled carton, and the price is right - the definite watch of present and future.
Be careful though when purchasing from Amazon - the first watch I received looked like an open box item with carton box all beaten up and even torn and thick layer of dust on the watch. If you want to buy this as a gift look somewhere else - Amazon provides little protection when packing so watch arrives in a slightly scratched carton obviously damaged in shipping.
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on March 14, 2014
ok, Amazon was out of this watch so I ordered it through another place. I won't say where.
But if you can find one under $200, which I did, get it! This watch is SOLID WINNER.

I've had my shares of expensive Swiss watches. Rolex, Omega etc etc... Been through the phase, I can honestly say that I enjoy this watch so much more. It features 43mm large titanium case with scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Brushed/polished Ti watch case is high quality. It is light thus will sit on your wrist comfortably. I just love this watch. Why pay 10 times more just to have a brand name on your wrist? The accuracy of this watch is what won me over. I do use chronography feature often so that's a plus as well. The fact is this is a lot of watch for the money. Couldn't be happier!
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on February 15, 2014
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Simply love it. Great product. I would recommend anyone to purchase this. No regret. Already have friends asking me where I bought this watch.
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