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5.0 out of 5 stars A sharp watch that doesn't break the bank, October 4, 2012
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This review is from: Citizen Men's BV1085-06E Sport Eco-Drive Strap Watch (Watch)
Full Disclosure: I purchased this watch after a two year old Wenger wristwatch of mine broke.

The Good:
- The watch's face is extremely visible, day and night.
- The band is made out of durable leather-lined nylon that does a great job of not attracting moisture and odor, and metal eyelets that prevent tearing at the closure.
- The size of the watch face is roughly what I would consider to be standard, and the band can easily accommodate those with very skinny (or very wide) wrists.
- From what I can tell, the watch is fairly accurate, with a negligible monthly change as compared to my radio-controlled clock at home.
- I love the look of this watch; obviously, looks are up to the individual, but this is certainly a contender.
- Internal mechanisms are completely silent
- Extremely clear, solid glass face
- Water resistant

The Bad (which I am going to preface by saying that there really is nothing I dislike about this watch):
- Minor gripe #1: The small second hand dial and the date window are not illuminated.
- Minor gripe #2: The minute hand is large enough to occasionally obstruct the second hand.

The Unknown:
- I haven't been able to determine what a reliable test for luminescence of the hands and numbers might be.
- My watch gets plenty of sun exposure, so I have no way to verify Citizen's "6 months without recharging" claim.

THE BOTTOM LINE:
- This is an excellent timepiece for anyone who wants both quality and simplicity. I'm sure that (barring a total fluke) this will be a five-star product for others as it was for me.

If you have any questions about this product or this review that I did not cover here, feel free to comment and I will respond shortly.
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Initial post: Sep 17, 2013 11:45:21 AM PDT
John L. Rich says:
Thanks for the thorough review. It's now almost one year later; is there anything you'd like to add?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2013 8:19:41 PM PST
A. Steuer says:
Sorry for taking so long to respond; I hadn't noticed that there was a reply to this review.

For what it's worth, I still love the watch. After daily wear in some occasionally rough conditions, the watch is holding up remarkably well. The bezel and dial have some small scratches on them that I picked up while moving rock, but these are barely noticeable and will almost certainly buff out if I take the watch to a repair shop. The band, meanwhile, is in almost perfect shape, with almost no fraying on or around the stitching and eyelets. Some threads have started to get a little fuzzy (for lack of a better term) on the band's edge, and there is a slight bit of pilling between two eyelets on the strap, but this all seems well within normal wear for over a year of continuous use. Aside from this, I can't think of much else to say except that the band is relatively easy to clean, a feature of its construction that I have enjoyed. Hope this helps!
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