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Delighted with this watch, EXACTLY what it should be!,
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This review is from: Citizen Men's BM8180-03E "Eco-Drive" Canvas Strap Watch (Watch)
I completely do NOT understand the nay-sayers and their nagging critiques of this Citizen Eco-Drive.
"The band is too tight (or too short.)"
"The sweep second hand doesn't hit the marks within an atom's width."
"The flat crystal is too easily scratched."
"The luminosity isn't a neon sign like Indiglo!"
"It's too ugly to wear in the Boardroom."
"Why can't I set the day/date anytime I want?"
"The dial face is so small it makes me look gay."
I own a Hamilton Moon Watch, a Tudor Chronograph, and a Rolex Explorer II GMT. I bought the Rolex as a reward for myself in 1992 when I made Chief in the seagoing service and was still taking position star sights with a sextant. It has been my "daily driver" every day since ... except every three-to-four years when accuracy becomes erratic and I have to send it away to Rolex Dallas for a month for $750 service oiling, upkeep, and rehab maintenance. Now in the drawer waiting until I have funny funds for yet another service.
Once I received this Eco-Drive with two-day Amazon+ free delivery I put it on my wrist in direct sunlight for a few hours, set the time, and away we went. Set the day and date within seconds once I was outside the 9PM - 4AM window specified by the manual. Never take it off now. For a watch in this price range you can't engineer a set of switching gears for day/date change that can also handle an owner messing around with the settings by pulling out the crown at the same time. So wait until morning to do it. What's the big deal?
The luminous hands glow brightest just after you turn out the lights, which is perfect because at that time your eyes are still burnt out from staring at the LCD screen all night surfing Amazon reviews. When I wake up at 3:23:19 AM and my eyes have dark adapted again I can still see the hands including the sweep second hand. The Citizen canvas band is stiff until you wear it enough to break it in to the shape of your very own wrist, and then it sits very well when you wear it in Real Life® rolling your ulna and radius reaching for another beer. Just try to find the right-size jeweler's screwdriver to remove links from the Rolex diver's band to fit your wrist! (Even the damn band is multi-hundred$)
I am not NFL lineman big, but 6'1" @ 200 lbs. and nobody has made whimpering noises at me for wearing this watch. This is the kind of tough, no-nonsense, utilitarian looking time utensil that Abercrombie & Fitch made back in the day when Hemingway was finding leopards on Kilimanjaro or pulling in bluefin off the Finca before they sold out and began outfitting punkers and 1%ers on Wall Street. The Explorer II crystal hangs out enough MMs from the stainless case that it had a noticeable chip out of it before a year was out and I learned how it catches every steel rail or rock outcrop in sight. The 24-hour bezel paint flakes off EVERY YEAR wearing it in salt water or just your shower. The Citizen fits close, feels light, and catches nothing.
I am not sure of the press-fit crown and WR 100 meter rating, this is not an Oyster case and screw-down crown, but this is also not a $5,000 timepiece. I have not been swimming or diving with the Citizen. The quality of the rest of the watch is enough to give me confidence it will perform as advertised, and if it should not, I can buy another <$100.
This budget watch is thousands of miles and light years and many dollars ahead of any of its' true competition. I don't want a rubberbound button-filled busy ultramarathon Ironman digital display gizmo. I want a tough good-looking analogue watch that keeps excellent time, and I believe the promise that the Eco-Drive will keep it going, and going, and going ... while the rest of the stable appreciate in value on their way to or back from service.
I want a watch to tell me precise time, and maybe the day and date while it is at it. Not jewelry. Seriously, buy this watch.
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Initial post: Dec 13, 2011 8:59:12 PM PST
desert rambler says:
I enjoyed this review - very entertaining writing.
Posted on Mar 5, 2012 7:57:16 PM PST
Robert Lacour says:
Awesome review..thanks for the clarification
Posted on Sep 5, 2013 1:05:29 PM PDT
One of the best reviews I have ever read. Nice job.
Posted on Sep 5, 2013 1:15:46 PM PDT
P. Wolf says:
Coming up on two years later, this watch is still running strong and trouble-free.
I will admit one fault that those reviews I belittled did get right: I find that the right fit on my wrist *does fall* between the grommet choices on the band.
I wear it in the second hole, which is a little loose, and could cinch it into the third hole, which is too tight.
However, it varies as much by time of day and how swollen my wrist is at the time, so it is a tie.
Accurate, tough, good looking. A keeper still
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2013 9:42:44 PM PDT
M. Rael says:
Much appreciated review. You sold me.
My Seiko has had the battery changed many times with the result that the back lets moisture in and steams up the face when I wear it while working hard / hardly working. That will not be a problem now. I liked your review of the watch. You should try to review 'time itself'... theres a challenge for you.
Posted on Jan 9, 2014 1:32:39 AM PST
John Smith says:
Bravo Zulu on the review Chief.
Posted on Feb 14, 2014 2:19:23 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 14, 2014 2:20:07 PM PST
Pete Bellanger Jr. says:
Very nice review! You had me sold when this is in the company of the other fine time pieces you have and you said such good marks about it. A good everyday kinda watch...just what I'm looking for!
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