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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Look -- Cronograph leaves something to be desired, July 5, 2011
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This review is from: Citizen Men's AT0200-05E Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Green Canvas Band (Watch)
I love analog watches. And I like collecting watches in general. I've got a couple stylish ones, and some that I just want to wear when I don't care if they get beat up. Lately, I've been on the lookout for a good analog watch that I can beat up but still last a while. However, I must have a chronograph function. I don't care about a tachymeter, or any fancy bezels, but a functional chronograph is a must. My purpose for a watch like this is daily use and one that I can use to time workouts and such with.

I've been using this one for about a week now and I have to admit I'm disappointed with it despite absolutely loving the look and overall design of the watch. My main complaint is with the chronograph function. If you're timing anything under a minute, it will work great. But anything over a minute and you better have some sharp eyes or a magnifying glass to read the minute dial. I realize most chronographs like this will have a small minute counter, but this one takes it beyond the pale. Where many chronographs will include only a 30 minute counter with possibly an hour counter, this one has only a single 60-minute counter. This makes it extremely difficult to gauge elapsed minutes. If they were going to go with only one counter then they should have made it 30 minutes and damn the hours. FYI, the third counter simply shows what hour you are at in relation to a 24-hour clock.

The Eco-Drive function seems to work flawlessly. When I received this watch it had been in packaging for quite some time. The battery must have died because the second hand had gone flat. It wasn't out of the box for more than a few seconds before the second hand came to life. This was opened in an office environment, so limited lighting. According to the user's manual, a significant amount of time is required to fully charge the battery by indoor lighting, with significantly less time required in direct sun. I was worried that I wouldn't get enough charge in it to last the night, but this was not the case. I haven't lost more than a second in the week I've been using it and I haven't intentionally left it in the sun for a charge. Sitting in indoor lighting with the occasional 30-45 minute walk outdoors seems to be more than enough to keep it ticking. A note on this, though: The manufacturer considers a full charge to provide 6 months of use. According to their chart, 2 minutes outside on a sunny day is enough for a single day's use.

This really is a good watch for the money. The strap is decent and doesn't get too nasty if you get it wet--a plus for daily use--and its simplistic design and Eco-Drive function should keep it ticking on your wrist for years to come. However, without a functional chronograph beyond 1 minute, it fails in a significant task when billed as a chronograph.

Bottom line, if you want an inexpensive, rugged looking watch, but don't care much about the actual function of the chronograph, then go with this. It's still a nice looking watch, and I can't complain about its looks or general function. But if you want a functional chronograph, then look elsewhere.
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