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- Black ion plated stainless steel case
- Mineral glass crystal
- East to read dial
- Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
Embrace the effortless style that comes with a Citizen Eco-Drive watch. Imaging never having to worry about winding a watch or making sure it has a functional battery. The perfect everyday timepiece that rarely requires your attention, wearing an Eco-Drive allows you to turn your attention to the more important things in life.
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: 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- ASIN: B006D0UB28
- Item model number: BV1085-06E
- Date first available at Amazon.com: January 18, 2012
- Domestic Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
- Average Customer Review:
|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Citizen|
|Dial window material type||Mineral|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||42 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||11 millimeters|
|Band length||Men's Standard|
|Band width||22 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel|
|Water resistant depth||330 Feet|
Top Customer Reviews
- The watch's face is extremely visible, day and night.
- The band is made out of durable leather-lined nylon that does a great job of not attracting moisture and odor, and metal eyelets that prevent tearing at the closure.
- The size of the watch face is roughly what I would consider to be standard, and the band can easily accommodate those with very skinny (or very wide) wrists.
- From what I can tell, the watch is fairly accurate, with a negligible monthly change as compared to my radio-controlled clock at home.
- I love the look of this watch; obviously, looks are up to the individual, but this is certainly a contender.
- Internal mechanisms are completely silent
- Extremely clear, solid glass face
- Water resistant
The Bad (which I am going to preface by saying that there really is nothing I dislike about this watch):
- Minor gripe #1: The small second hand dial and the date window are not illuminated.
- Minor gripe #2: The minute hand is large enough to occasionally obstruct the second hand.
- I haven't been able to determine what a reliable test for luminescence of the hands and numbers might be.
- My watch gets plenty of sun exposure, so I have no way to verify Citizen's "6 months without recharging" claim.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
- This is an excellent timepiece for anyone who wants both quality and simplicity. I'm sure that (barring a total fluke) this will be a five-star product for others as it was for me.
If you have any questions about this product or this review that I did not cover here, feel free to comment and I will respond shortly.
I chose this watch in part because I liked the idea of having a watch that didn't need to have the battery replaced every couple years. Often, unless you replace the seal at the same time as the battery the watch no longer remains waterproof and is quickly ruined. New seals are also not readily available, unlike replacement batteries. I also wanted a large simple easy to read analog watch that could also be read in the dark and preferably with a bit of rugged style.
On the plus side the watch keeps time fairly accurately. It's guaranteed to have an accuracy of +/- 20 sec/month; mine loses 7 seconds every 30 days (compared with the atomic clock).
Also on the plus side this Citizens Eco-Drive watch has a large black face dial that is simple and attractive with large bold numbers and easy to read minute and hour hand. The glow in the dark feature initially has an attractive bright bluish white glow fading later to a more greenish white. The hourly numbers on the dial gradually grow dimmer but stay clear enough to read in the dark for 3-4 hours. After that all you can make out are marks locating the hours. The hands are still easily readable but you need to grip the top and bottom of the watch and position the watch to double check that you are not misreading the hour marks by a hour (for instance 4:30 as 5:30) since the numbers are no longer readable.Read more ›
After a career in Law Enforcement, where I was really tough on watches - I still look for something that will go the distance. I have had a succession of GShocks etc, but have always been underwhelmed by them. I went back to an analogue face a few years ago for everyday wear and have a Timex Ironman for running and workouts.
For me, the test of a watch is you put it on and it just becomes part of your daily routine - in other words you don't notice it until you need to tell the time. When the Citizen BV1085-06E arrived, I took it straight out of the box, put it on and it felt comfortable straight away and I have worn it daily since.
OK, so down to the nitty- gritty. Here my observations on this watch.
The face and characters are really clear and it has good luminosity at night. As many reviewers have commented the only minor (and it is minor) annoyance is the minute hand sometimes blocking the second hand. Although I can't think of a time this has really been an issue. If you need chronograph functionality, then buy a chronograph.
For everyday use, I have found the face of this watch to be very clear and easy to read. I have biggish wrists and I like the size of the Citizen face.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great watch, very nice looking. My only complaint is that there are not enough holes on the band. Rather than the metal circles, a traditional set of holes would be nice. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sean
My boyfriend loves his watch! Great price for this brand, too! It arrived quickly, and looks so good on him! Very happy with this purchase!!Published on August 14, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I own quite a few Citizens, and as always this watch does not disappoint. I wanted a casual watch that would be light and sporty and this watch was perfect for that. Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by Will Bracken
Band was not great, face design was good, but the whole thing felt a bit cheap. Seconds dial at 6 was a nice touch. Otherwise unexciting.Published on March 20, 2014 by J. Schiffer
I needed a nice watch that I could wear too work that wasn't too flashy or classy. I tried a could cheaper ones from the store but they seemed to fall apart within a month or two. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Dan
Let me get one thing out of the way first. I'm not a huge fan of the strap. It's not bad but it's not great and even though there is an attempt at style, I would prefer more... Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by I Like Stuff
Great watch but like all watches from Amazon, the strap is too short for a 6 ft guy with larger than average wrists! Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by chip woods
I know its a little big, a very comfortable ,very accurate watch! Nice x-mas present to myself! The Eco system is quite unique , I never have to get another battery or fool around... Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by B. Bernardini