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3.0 out of 5 stars Great but not perfect., April 8, 2009
This review is from: Citizen Men's BL5250-02L Titanium Eco-Drive Watch with Leather Band (Watch)
As others have said, this is a wonderful watch for many reasons. Made of Titanium and steel, it is a proper large size man's watch, but not heavy to wear. The leather band attached to it is heavy duty and will last, and the watch is beautifully designed and eye catching. The bezel (outer ring) is a little loose but easy to turn, and the dial is surprisingly clear and easy to read due to the strong design of the sword hands. The luminosity is brilliant too, as these things go, and will last a decent period. (You will be able to read the watch for the first few hours at night after you switch the lights off. No watch, from any company, luxury brands included, really lasts very long.) It has a perpetual calendar, so once set, you never have to think about it again, as long as it gets enough light.

The watch does have some quirks. You require patience to set it. As others have pointed out, changing the settings requires you often to wait until the hands travel back or forth from whatever time they're currently set at, to the new function you're changing to. Be careful of date setting. Depending on the setting, you have to wait for a few revolutions of the smaller hands before the date window moves, one date. If you're changing the date from the 2nd to the 29th, you'll be there a while. This watch requires commitment! The alarm is not only soft, but SHORT! About 15 seconds at best. The watch is a not really a chronograph. Those extra sub-dials you see don't really function in that way. Yes, there is a limited chronograph function but it is so poorly designed so as to render the watch useless for that function. The second time zone is handy but the alarm is not sychronized to it.

On the plus side, the watch is accurate, never needs to be fiddled with once it's set AND as long as it gets regular light, is very comfortable to wear and gorgeous on the wrist. I changed out my stitching for a Hirsh carbon black strap with white stitching, and it looks fantastic. The lesson is, buy this watch if you'll wear it regularly and don't really care too much about the fiddly details. If you're likely to forget it in closets or cupboards for long periods, beware!
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Initial post: Mar 4, 2010 8:33:42 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 28, 2011 2:26:28 PM PDT
Ken-Obi says:
Can not agree more.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 4:21:11 AM PDT
Fran says:
Curious what size strap you got. The OEM strap says 22, I measured 22m, but another person on here got a 20mm strap.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 6:29:27 AM PST
Victoria says:
If he wanted a digital, I'd recommend Casio, not Timex. Anyway, most men wear watches to say something a bout themselves and this is surely more handsome than a Timex. My only wish is that it had a sapphire crystal.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 11:30:45 AM PDT
Thank you for the comment about the chronometer not really being useful. I was wondering about that too, and nearly decided that it is not a useful chronometer by just looking at the photo of the watch. I was reading the reviews to find out about that. You confirmed my suspicion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 7:28:39 PM PDT
Victoria says:
Indeed it is not a useful chronograph but how many of us use them often anyway? They're for looks. Think of Breitling. Very good price but truly who need a perpetual? And the company makes a better perpetual movement anyway.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 6:41:29 PM PDT
daviggi says:
Axel, my Luminox glows so bright at night, that it could almost qualify as a night light...(the word lumi nox actually means night light) and it glows all night's absolutely never fades like most other watches you referred to in your review. My Submariner fades after just a few hours in the dark.

Posted on Jul 6, 2014 8:34:55 AM PDT
-1 says:
Axel, why do you say this watch is "[m]ade of Titanium and steel"? The Citizen web site only mentions titanium, and the same is true of the listing here on Amazon. Obviously, strictly speaking the watch does have steel (buckle, internals, etc.), but as far as the case and bezel, aren't those titanium?
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