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A step up from the ordinary
on August 24, 2011
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.