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- Light powered eco-drive Japanese-quartz movement; charges in natural sunlight or indoor light
- Durable, hardened mineral crystal
- Case diameter: 42 mm
- Titanium case; black dial; day-and-date functions
- Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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This men's Eco-Drive timepiece is fueled by light, so it never needs a battery. The sporty timepiece is complemented with a titanium case and black rubber strap. Additional features include a day/date indicator, luminous hands and hour markers and water resistant to 100 meters.
As a true manufacture d’horlogerie, CITIZEN integrates a comprehensive manufacturing process from creating individual components to a watch’s final assembly. It’s an artisan’s approach to watch making based on pushing forward the boundaries of technology and leveraging our experience toward exploring new possibilities.
One pivotal technological breakthrough was the development of a light-driven watch. CITIZEN pioneered this engineering innovation well ahead of other watch manufacturers as early as 1976, which led to the launch of the highly acclaimed Eco-Drive in 1995. Utilizing electrical power converted from virtually any light source, this extraordinary innovation changed forever the way watches could be powered. Eco-Drive eliminated the need to ever replace batteries, which made it especially beneficial to areas where such specialist batteries were not obtainable. This leveled the field for citizens of virtually every country to be able to experience unrestricted joy of wearing and using a CITIZEN watch.
The product development policy, “The Fusion of Technology and Beauty,” remains a constant motivation for us to merge cutting-edge technology with perfection of design beauty, which as a consequence inspires people to strive to be their best at any time.
CITIZEN launches a new campaign in collaboration with Wieden+Kennedy, Better Starts Now. This is the simple belief that no matter who you are or what you do, it is always possible to make something better — and now is the time to start doing it. We believe that better and now are both infinite, and that there is always a next ‘better’ and a new ‘now’ in which you can start pursuing it. It was clear from the onset of this project that we are dedicated to this ideal…not to the past but to the present, and all the way we can improve it. To help communicate this belief to the world we have created a new global CITIZEN brand movie, brand identity and brand website that represents out Better Starts Now philosophy.
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- ASIN: B000EQU0BO
- Item model number: BM8290-05E
- Date first listed on Amazon: September 28, 2006
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Citizen|
|Dial window material type||Mineral|
|Case diameter||42 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||10 millimeters|
|Band width||23 millimeters|
|Calendar||Day and date|
|Item weight||16 Ounces|
|Water resistant depth||330 Feet|
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This watch is great. I have worn it every day for almost 5 years now and it has earned it's keep due to surviving everything and everywhere I've taken it to. I don't really take it off much other then Airport Security checks. I take showers with it. I swim with it. I snowboard with it. I sleep with it. I do everything with it. I don't take it off.
It has a medium face, with a day of the week and a day of the month display on the 3 o'clock position. The day of the month display is 31 days, so if a month has 30 days, 28/29 in February, you will have to manually cycle thorough it to get it to the correct day.
The watch has an appealing look, and is easy to read even at night as it has markings that glow in the dark.
I bought it due to it's strong Titanium housing, tough glass on top and the Eco-Drive technology.
It is made of a Titanium housing which is really durable and takes a beating. I've worn the watch every day for the past 5 years and it doesn't show much wear on it. There are very few small scratches on the metal that are visible only when paying close attention. Nothing to worry about really.
The tough glass on the watch is also good. It has resisted a quite a few dinks and knocks. It's done good in my book. There are however some scratches on it which I'm kind of questioning. Some of them are rather visible and can be seen. Yes, I have worn this watch for every day for the past 5 years, but I've also worn Swiss watches for equal time and have been surprised by how well their glass stays clean and scratch free.
Eco-Drive is amazing. Probably best technology for watches hands down.
Standard battery powered watches may last years, but eventually the battery WILL run out. The self wind watches WILL stop working if not worn constantly. This will NOT stop working as long as it sees a bit of light once in a while. Eco-Drive is my favorite type of power source for watches. It just never stops, unless you leave it in a drawer for an extended amount of time, which I don't since I wear it.
Broke almost at the the 5 year mark. Customer Service SUCKS. I sent them a broken watch, they charged me a bunch of money, and returned my broke watch still broken.
The watch's "week day" display broke. Now it still cycles on its own, but if you try to change it yourself, it does not work. You can wind it all day long, and it attempts to move it over, you can see how it moves a bit, but it doesn't quite catch and lands back to where it was.
I naturally, being warranted for 5 years, I ended up calling customer service. They said, sure send the watch in to our repair department along with proof of purchase and write a note explaining the issue. So I did, packed everything up, and sent it over via UPS. Eventually, I received an email that my watch had been examined and it would cost me as follows:
Labor - $8.00 - Pretty bad warrany that charges for labor
Movement Eco-Drive ESM - $0.00 - No charge because the warranty only covers "Movement" and this is part of it
Gasket-Caseback - $4.30 - they explained to me that this will need to be replaced too. Whatever.
Crystal-Mineral - $20.00 - This is the glass you look at the watch through. Now while it had a few
small scratches, it was by no means damaged. I was still taking showers with it, swimming with it, etc. and no problems. When I called them and asked why they are replacing it, they said "To guarantee the watch is waterproof". Fine. I accepted the 20 dollar charge too.
Sales tax - $3.14
Freight - $11
TOTAL: $46.44 (Plus another $10 or so for shipping it to them)
AND THE WATCH IS STILL BROKEN. After I paid everything, they eventually "fixed" my watch and sent it over. I got it and was really happy - for about 2 minutes. The "weekday" display was still broken. It cycles on its own, but you cannot manually change it. Same as before. I had to put the watch in a drawer, let the battery backup drain, and wait for the day it was displaying to come, so when I expose it to light and it starts working again it would be on the correct date. I guess I am lucky in the sense that it was showing the date in English, since it also has a Spanish option. Otherwise it would have been stuck on Spanish, with no work arounds.
So what did I pay roughly $55 for? (AND 2 x $50 for bands) To have a perfectly fine glass replaced, pay for a two way shipping and receive my watch in the same broken state. So far I spent the amount of money in repairs as the value of the watch.
Now at this point, I am very unhappy with Citizen. I did not contact them about them not fixing anything, simply because I do not want to pay more money. I will wear the watch up until the next breakdown and then toss it to the garbage.
Although this isn't a high end watch, I expected a better service.
The Band SUCKS too.
It is a decent looking and very comfortable band, but expect it after about a year and a half to get it replaced. It will break on you in one spot or another. I'm currently on the end of the life of my third band. First band broke itself in the middle of the side that has the latch. Not sure why really, I haven't folded it or anything, it just stays on my wrist. Same with number 2. The band I'm using now seems to have it's rubber degraded and I expect something to happen to it within a few months. A the fist band I replaced ran me about $50 including installation which is unbelievably a lot considering the watch is $150, but it is worth it to me because the watch has earned it. The hoops holding the overlapped part of the band, also break. Expect those to go first, and eventually the band itself.
So right now, the watch is few months short of 5 years. I've changed the band twice, and sent it to customer service to fix my weekday display, for which they charged me money, but didn't fix anything. With the same value or actually even more spent on repairs than the watch costs, I'm sad to say I probably will not buy another Citizen watch. Even though this isn't a high end watch, it makes me question Citizen. The watch was good while it lasted, and had Citizen fixed the issue I would probably give it the original 4/5 stars with one being taken out for the poor quality bands. Right now, even though the watch was good to me for almost 5 years, I'm not super happy about it.
I CANNOT recommend this watch with a clear conscience. I hope this review can help you. Not everything is bad here. There are a lot of very good things like listed above, but there are also few issues.