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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice watch, November 26, 2005
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I ordered this watch from Amazon and it arrived before the estimated delivery date. I love the watch, and it looks much better in person than in pictures on the web. Quality is very good and the hands line up perfectly. The luminova is evenly applied and lasts longer, actually all the way through the night, which I didn't think would be the case. The only feature I don't like is the canvas band, which I found uncomfortable. I'm sure it's fine for others, but still a black leather band for less than (...)(any jewelry store or online store) compliments the watch very well, and it no longer looks like a 'weekend watch'. One small point about the Eco-drive that some other reviews I've read overlooked: Citizen Eco-drive models DO have a battery. The solar cell stores energy in a rechargeable mangenese-titanium battery. The battery should last a very long time according to Citizen engineers who project that even after 20 years the battery should retain 80% of recharge capacity (on their website), but only time will tell... no pun intended. Speaking of time, the watch is pretty accurate. I've had the watch for one month and during that time it has lost less than one second when compared to the US national time ([...] In sum: this is a very well constructed watch that I feel is worth the money.
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Initial post: May 1, 2009 4:56:53 PM PDT
OldGuy says:
Permalink sold me on everythinng he said, however I think I will love the canvas, it may take me back to my long past Army days.


Posted on Jul 17, 2009 8:48:07 AM PDT
Mine died after 18 months... hardly 20 years. I think it was a defect.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2009 2:34:23 PM PST
Might have been a defect. You could try contacting Citizen. I have a different Citizen Eco-Drive that I bought in November of 2000 and it still works great. It was dead for a long time (due to being in a watch box for months) and I left it in the sun for a few hours and it started working again. Regular indoor lights however did not recharge it once it was completely dead.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 1:08:07 PM PST
Paul H. Dunn says:
Good review that covered needed info.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2010 11:51:50 AM PDT
I think Citizen has a 5-year warranty, so you are set.

Posted on Dec 11, 2010 10:22:12 AM PST
M. says:
I have a 13 years old eco drive. It still works, but in the last 5 years it stops often during the night in winter. So I would say the rechargeable battery maybe gives up after 10 years.

I wear this watch every day since 13 years and I am very surprised, that it still workes that good and I just have 1 scratch since 1 year. I think the citizen watches are very durable and now I am thinking of buying a new one.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 12:43:17 PM PDT
APRoush says:
I've had a Citizen Eco-Drive for 8 years and it has never needed a battery change. The time kept messing up on it over night, and I was concerned until I determined the culprit was my magnetic wallet which must have played havoc on the watches internal functions. Once I quit putting them in there together I have never had the issue. Just thought I would throw that out there in case someone was doing the same thing.

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 6:08:21 AM PDT
Fred W. says:
I agree with all said but I love the canvas. Very good looking comfortable watch.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 2:23:08 PM PDT
saturnine says:
Does anyone know, should that internal rechargeable battery die/fail, is it replaceable?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 11:59:57 AM PST
Had this watch 7 years in jan 2012 neer missed a beat,the only thing replaced is the watch band.Its a fabulous watch worth a lot more than i paid for it.
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