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- Aviator-inspired titanium watch with black and orange accents featuring 99-minute countdown timer, rotating slide-rule bezel, and perpetual calendar
- 48 millimeters titanium case with mineral dial window
- Japanese quartz movement with analog display
- Titanium band with fold-over-clasp-with-hidden-double-push-button closure
- Water resistant to 660.0 feet
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Skyhawk redefines atomic timekeeping with radio-controlled accuracy perfection and Eco-Drive technology. Radio signals are received both automatically and on-demand in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, China, and Japan.
- Synchronized Synchronized to Atomic Clock for Superior Accuracy
- Atomic Timekeeping Technology with Synchronized Time Adjustment Available in 43 World Cities
- 1/100-Second Chronograph Measures up to 24 Hours
- Perpetual Calendar
- 2 Alarms
- 99-Minute Countdown Time
- Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) Display
- Power Reserve Indicator
- Rotating Slide Rule Bezel
- Anti-Reflective Crystal
- Movement: Caliber U600
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: 4.3 x 3.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Origin: Japan
- ASIN: B0012IR0U2
- Item model number: JY0010-50E
- Date first available at Amazon.com: January 23, 2008
- 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.
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Citizen|
|Dial window material type||Mineral|
|Display Type||Analog and digital|
|Clasp||Fold-Over Clasp with Hidden Double Push-Button|
|Case diameter||48 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||16 millimeters|
|Band width||21 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Black ion plated stainless steel|
|Item weight||15.84 Ounces|
|Water resistant depth||660 Feet|
Top Customer Reviews
- Light 118 grams before removing any links (almost 1/3 lighter than the stainless steel version)
- comfortable band
- Easy to see the hands day and night
- Lots of features stopwatch, timer, Alarms
- solar powered
- atomic clock synchronization with radio towers in either USA, Germany or Japan (automatic or on-demand)
- built in synch signal tester to let you know if your location has good synch signal
- switches from home to a 2nd time zone of your choice
- LCD displays have a back-light
- water-resistant to 200 meters/666 feet
Cons (these are really just nitpicks nothing really bad)
- weird decision to have a UTC (new term for GMT) 24 hour clock dial instead of letting you chose to make that a time zone of YOUR Choice
if they had done that, they could have freed up the larger LCD display to show Day/Date most of the time instead of making you chose
between 2nd time zone and Day/Date.
- circular slide rule dial on outer ring of watch to calculate various piloting functions. I'm a pilot...I'll use and electronic E6B and a mechanical
E6B as a backup but I won't fiddle with the tiny numbers on my watch while flying. If you want to put something, put an elapsed 60 minutes
time dial as on a dive watch...something simple and useful...or just leave it plain.
- This isn't so much a con as a caveat. I saw several posts about how people's watches wouldn't synch or they couldn't set this or that feature.
YMRTFM (You Must Read The Freaking Manual) For example, if the mode arrow isn't set on CAL, TME or RX-S the watch won't synch, Some
of the directions need to be re-written as they are a bit obtuse and some instructions that should be grouped together are not. The table of
contents could be expanded and clarified a bit as well. Setting the 2nd time zone (world time) was particularly hard to find (page 33-34).
- You need to insure that the antenna (9 o'clock) has a clear shot at the atomic synch broadcasting tower (Fort Collins CO in the USA.)
I get the best results on the 2nd floor with a WNW facing window. My Casio was much more sensitive and will pick up the synch signal
in any place on the 2nd floor. If you live in a metal framed building or an interior room, you may need to do an on-demand synch outside
every few days if the watch tells you the signal is too weak for automatic synch while you sleep.
Again let me reinforce that the cons are more in the nature of nitpicks and I really love the watch. The Amazon website had it listed as 15.4 oz (437.6 grams) but that is a weird typo. The steel Skyhawk is 176 grams or 6.2 oz and this watch is 118 grams or 4.16 oz. It weighs about the same as my plastic Casio G-Shock. Although it's rated for 200 m/666 ft it's NOT rated for scuba diving. I think you would be foolish to dive with this watch for several reason. Many dive computers have a time function and it would be too easy to smash it under a tank on a dive boat or scratch the face on a coral head.
The titanium is light, but not as light as I had hoped. I do like the brushed finish of the titanium better than the shiny finish of the steel version. The face is a little busy, but it fades into the background during regular wear. I like that it shows the day and date on the digital display.
The watch comes with a hardened mineral crystal. I've heard Citizen will replace it with a sapphire crystal, but I've gotten only one tiny scratch on the face so far, so I don't see a need yet.
Sadly the watch doesn't fit my wrist perfectly. It is either slightly too loose or slightly too tight. This would be easily fixed if the band included half links. Unfortunately it doesn't, and I've been unable to find any for the band online.
I love the watch and it looks great, but for such an expensive piece it should come with a sapphire crystal and half links for a perfect fit. That is why I can only give it 4/5 stars.
Original Feb 2012 review below.....
I have been wearing and using this watch frequently for almost a month now and I am extremely happy with it. This is my 2nd Citizen Eco-Drive watch, the first being a Citizen Men's BL5180-57L Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar Watch which I have had for 9 years and it still works great. There are many detailed reviews about the Skyhawk so I will simply address a few things that should contribute.
First of all, the main complaint I see about this watch is the fact that the calendar display is only for the world time. I believe this is actually logical considering the primary target audience for this watch (pilots). If you are a pilot, or frequent long distance traveler, it is very likely that you know the day and date where you are right now, so the most useful information would be the day and date of your destination time zone. If you care about the date in your current location, then change the world time zone to your current location! It is far more useful, and logical, to have the watch tell you information you don't know like the destination time/day/date instead of information you likely do know already since you certainly know your departure day/date by the calendar or other thing you used to show up at the airport. Also, if you are communicating with people internationally, it is better to have their day/date displayed since you can correctly say something like "happy Friday!" while it may be Thursday or Saturday where you are now. And yes, as someone posted, I could see them using the 2nd button for displaying the local day/date/zone instead of the last sync information, but I like how it works as-is. I personally keep the "local time" set to HOM with my time offset, and the world time set to NYC which is exactly the same offset that I configure HOM for. Then I get the local date on the digital display with the local time on the analog display. If I travel, I just change the world time to the destination.
Another common complaint is about the lack of sapphire crystal usage for the dial window. I would agree that this would be a nice feature, but really the material they did use looks great and has very low reflection. Also, I have already bumped and scraped it up against metal (in server racks) and it is still in perfect condition. Only thing I'd say, this is not exactly a cheap watch, just take it off before you do anything that may damage it. I recommend Oakley 07-234 Large Watch Soft Vault Storage Case to put it in.
Yet another complaint is about the hands covering the LCD at certain times of the day. Tilt the watch and look under the hands? No matter what, the hands will cover something on the display. I have only once had to tilt the watch to see a display, and it was actually the UTC display.
I have held the stainless steel version of this watch, and I definitely prefer this version in titanium. Unless you like to have a very heavy watch on your wrist, don't get the stainless version, buy this one instead.
Some people say they have issues with the radio sync. I am in Florida which is pretty far away from the broadcast origin in Colorado. However, from inside my apartment, sitting in a wooden watch box (this one: Diplomat 31-57614 Cherry Wood Finish with Clear Top and Cream Leather Interior 10 Watch Storage Case), it consistently receives a high signal. However, at my girlfriends place, it varies between high and low depending where I place it and the weather. But, she refers to her place as "the bunker" since all cell phones have a ruff time working inside it. To me, this says the receiver is very good. I have also checked the watch against known good sources of "atomic time" (other radio controlled clocks, internet-based sources, WWV shortwave audio) and it is spot on accurate. If you are having trouble with signal reception, check the manual for tips on how to improve it (like setting the watch down with the 9-o'clock position pointing at the signal source).
One more complaint that I've seen a few time is the fact that you need to pull out the crown to change modes. This is actually a design feature I am very happy about. Several times I would find my other Citizen on a different mode then it should have been because I somehow rubbed up against the watch and rolled the crown to a different mode. I do not find myself changing modes often, maybe 1-3 times a day to use the timer for lunch or some other function. It is still much easier to select a mode then most watches that have this many features which require you to push a button many times to get the right mode, and then maybe you may miss it and need to keep pushing it until you get back to the mode you wanted. There is also a nice tactile, and slightly audible, click as you roll through the modes; so changing it in complete darkness is possible.
Another note, the LCD backlight is very good, along with the lume on the hands and hour markers.
I wear this watch more then any other watch I own. The exception is when I know I will be doing something that may give whatever watch I'm wearing a beating, then I put on a cheaper plastic watch. I highly recommend this to anyone that would find its feature list useful, and wants a sharp looking watch which doesn't need battery changes, or watch winders, or time correction (yes, it even changes itself for Daylight Savings Time automatically!).
Amazon replaced the defective watch with new one. I was able to set my home city. The watch is working great. Will give another update after we go in daylight savings time.
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