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- Stainless steel watch featuring light-powered eco-drive with date window at three o’clock position and low charge warning
- Japanese quartz movement with analog display
- Protective mineral crystal dial window
- Features quick-start ability, natural sunlight and indoor recharge function, and fold-over clasp with double push-button safety closure on link bracelet
- Water-resistant to 100 m (330 ft): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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Featuring light-powered Eco-Drive technology, the sleek and sophisticated #BM8430-59E from Citizen never needs a battery. Boasting the precision of quartz movement, this elegant timepiece features a polished stainless steel silver-tone bezel, case, crown and screw-in caseback, as well as silver-tone markers, white indices, and small luminous markers on a bold black dial. An analog day and date display keeps you organized, while water resistance to 100 meters (330 feet) helps guard against wear and tear.
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: 8 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- ASIN: B0019K9WDQ
- Item model number: BM8430-59E
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 12, 2003
- 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|
|Clasp||Fold-Over Clasp with Double Push-Button Safety|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||36 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||9 millimeters|
|Band Material||Silver tone|
|Band width||16 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel|
|Calendar||Day and date|
|Special features||Water Resistant|
|Item weight||15.84 Ounces|
|Water resistant depth||330 Feet|
Top customer reviews
The watch seemed to be running as soon as I took it out of it's cylindrical box. I thought that was odd until I read that as soon as the watch is exposed to light, it starts. I left it on the window ledge of my home the first day in bright sunshine and it has kept running since. Setting the time, day and date was rather easy after following the instructions. So far, after almost 1 month, my watch has lost about 1 second compared to the analog atomic clock in my home - not to shabby to say the least!!
This watch is also a bit smaller in diameter than many contemporary watches at 36mm. I am grateful for this because I have a thin wrist. I wanted a new watch that would not look like a pocket watch strapped to my wrist (and indeed, some watches today are the diameter of old pocket watches!). Furthermore, it fits easily under the cuff of my shirt whereas I am not sure that a large diameter thick watch could.
All in all, I have a well made, solar powered, highly accurate watch that looks good in practically any setting. I am very happy with my purchase and recommend Citizen.
As for the ongoing debate on whether the face is black or gray, I think it's safe to say it's more black than gray. By that I mean I see why some people see gray while others see black. As an amateur photographer, true black really makes other colors stand out because all the colors seem sharper and richer. IMHO, and on a blackness scale of 1-10, I would rate the blackness a 9. I think the face on this watch isn't a 10 due in part to the fine rings engraved on the face, which causes a glare/reflection. This causes the black to appear lighter.
Bonus - it's an eco-drive so no batteries to swap out. My husband likes it so much, I'm buying another one for my father-in-law!
I'm glad that I bought it.
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I had my old Rolex completely cleaned and reworked about 6-8 months ago for $475.00 and it stopped keeping good time about 2 months ago.
Good time for a Rolex is just close to accurate. I decided to retire it since I inherited it from an uncle who bought it in the early 1960s. This Eco-Drive Citizen is spot on. I check it with a cell phone and so far I notice no difference in times. One reason I got the BM8430 is that
I don't like the big and thick cases on a lot of watches today. The 9mm thick and 37 mm diam feels great and is about the same as my Rolex. It was easy to set and easy to change to daylight savings--if you have the instructions that come with it. When I got mine I needed to remove a link from each side of the band. I ordered one of the SE 16 pc $5.95 watch tool kits by Micro-Tools. They have everything you need to work on a watch other than watchmaker stuff.
But before it came I wanted to wear the watch, so I took a
gym clip that would fit the pin holes in the band and straightened it then bent it at 90 degrees about 5mm. from the end. I sat the band on a washer then gently tapped the bent clip on top of the short piece till the pin came out enough to catch it with a pair of small pliers. It didn't take as long to get the pin out as it has taken me to type this. I didn't get to use my nice tool kit but if you don't like challenges and fooling with home made tools I would get the kit anyway. It will make adding or removing links a breeze. Order it when or a little before you order the watch so you don't have tho wait to wear it.
The Eco -Drive is special in itself. Unless something bad happens to it I shouldn't need another watch for a long time.