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Best value in titanium watches available now.,
This review is from: Citizen Men's BM7170-53L Titanium Eco-Drive Watch (Watch)
Looked at several titanium watches, some Seiko and Swiss army. This watch was as good as Swiss army for half the price and much better and larger face, better crystal than Seiko.
Pros: the Lume is a beautiful light blue, really nice. The face color is really blue in outdoor lighting. I wear a lot of blue and purple clothes and the metal and blue really goes with all my clothings, just spectacular color instead of black and metal.
The weight is great and I prefer that it doesn't have a Chronograph. Not that useful and clutters up the face. Sapphire crystal and big blue face with a hexagon pattern in it to give it depth, lots of compliments.
The face size is big on my wrist, but it looks good. Seiko watches were too small at 39 or 40. I will buy watches of this size in the future, nothing smaller. Big face is really easy to see at a glance.
Cons: wish the bracelet had half links. Watch is nice after removing three links. I'm 5'11", 170 and the watch is the right size. But a half link less would be a perfect fit. I'll see and maybe get rid of another and try that after another couple weeks.
Best value possible. I went to jc penny and got it for 250 out the door. Incredible value with titanium and sapphire crystal. Lume is on every hour and the hands, really pops. Hands and movement are perfect.
Happy year of the snake edit: watch at 6 months.
Still a five star watch. Face is great and crystal is unscratched even though I work long hours and am moving a lot. Wear it all day, only comes off for washing dishes and showers.
Con: Scratches on the band. Nothing too bad, but I can tell in a few years it will probably not look great. Maybe could get buffed out? Dont know too much about that. Titanium does appear to scratch easier.
One comment to this review talked about half links. I checked on the bracelet clasp and its not a link that can be removed, its not the same as the other links. So, no half links. I had another link removed... 4 links off (small wrists I guess) and while it was just a smidge tight at first, I'm used to it now and wouldnt want the the link back where the watch moved all around.
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Initial post: Aug 23, 2012 3:28:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 23, 2012 5:50:25 AM PDT
Devarika Woulf says:
I agree that half-links would be nice. This bracelet is just a little too tight on me. Add a link and a little too loose.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2012 10:20:32 AM PDT
Craig S. Canfield says:
There's a half-link adjustment where the band attaches to the clasp that should get you a little closer, size-wise.
In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2013 6:43:13 AM PDT
If you remove that half link you won't be able to attach the bracelet to the clasp (I think).
Posted on Nov 2, 2013 5:25:57 AM PDT
Hello. Do you maybe have an info where I could get one link? I lost the box where they were in an would need to change one. Would you sell one of yours?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2014 3:17:33 PM PST
Call customer service at Citizen and give them the case number from the back of your watch
- see website for info to locate case number and for toll free phone. The have links for bands.
Posted on Jan 13, 2014 3:23:55 PM PST
Beware that Citizen stops making bands for their eco-drive watches after awhile -- and since most of those watches are particular in their unison of the case and the band, you can rarely find an aftermarket band that will fit. In other words, once they stop making the band you're SOL, even though your watch itself may continue to work (and never need a battery) for a long time afterwards. This happened to me on a Titanium Eco-drive I got over 10 yrs ago; the band is shot, can no longer be fixed and they stopped making the band in 2010. For a supposedly environmentally friendly watch choice, throwing out a perfectly good watch for this reason seems totally stupid, and I don't plan to buy another Eco-drive for this reason.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2014 7:44:02 AM PDT
I would suggest looking into having a leather band made. It is possible to have the head unit matched to a leather strap. It isn't ideal when desiring a metal band, but you can at least save the watch itself. If nothing else, it could make a great present to a younger man in your family, who might not mind the cross-over. This of course doesn't invalidate your comment, but maybe it'll help you salvage your watch!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2014 9:35:59 AM PDT
I did end up salvaging the watch by removing the few broken links and connecting the remaining ones back together. The watch had been a gift to my husband, and is of course too small for him now, but it ended up fitting me perfectly -- and fortunately large watches are in for women right now! I will keep your idea for a custom made leather band in mind if the rest of the original one fails. Either way, I'd never buy another "eco"-drive until Citizen makes them suitable for universal band replacement.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2014 11:51:39 PM PDT
Posted on Aug 13, 2014 8:24:40 PM PDT
titanium though light weight and highly strong, is prone to scuffs and scratches. Having a titanium watch will most likely mean a watch that will last due to its resistance to corrosion and strength, but that watch will have scratches.