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Great watch! 4.4 Stars. See why below:,
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This review is from: Citizen Men's BJ8075-58F Eco-Drive STX43 Shock-Proof Titanium Watch (Watch)
I just received this watch yesterday and had the bracelet band adjusted for my wrist this morning. This is my third Citizen Eco-Drive watch I've purchased since the first one came out sometime around 6-8 years ago. Even the very first one I purchased back then still keeps completely accurate time. Much better than any other watch manufacturer I've owned. This watch is no exception. I set it yesterday afternoon when I received it to the naval atomic clock, and when I checked a few minutes ago, it was identical to the very second.
Overall: It is one badass looking watch! Very sporty, cool, and yet elegant in a way. Guys, I can see myself wearing this watch not only for a sports look, but also in certain dress wear. It is extremely easy to read even from a distance. I was a little apprehensive of the orange color based on the picture but in reality, it is a very handsome piece. I love the color and its nice to have the 24 hour military time as a feature. It is extremely easy to set the date unlike others I have owned. So far, 5 stars. The luminance in the dark turns from the orange color to a yellowish-green color and seems to work very well.
Cons: Over all, really none except the following. This is not a true dive watch even though Citizen's website advertises as such and I am a certified PADI diver. It is rated for 666 feet (200 M) yet the manual states it is for skin diving, not scuba diving, I.e some underwater use. Not a huge deal for me though. Biggest gripe is it has a mineral crystal, vs a sapphire crystal. Not that I am hard on my watches, but it just seems this is maybe the only corner cut by Citizen in such a fine timepiece to save costs. I just don't understand why.
I would highly recommend this watch to anyone who likes the look. I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend buying it here like I did on Amazon. Their price is at least 90.00 cheaper than anyone on line and especially at the retail level. Happy watch searching, I hope this helps.
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Initial post: Mar 16, 2013 1:54:39 PM PDT
Good review! Just one note...the first Citizen Eco-Drive watches came out in 1995, much longer than 6-8 years ago. I have one of those first Eco watches, and although I had to have the lithium secondary battery replaced a couple of years ago when the watch refused to hold a charge, it now functions perfectly. So I got 15 years out of the first Eco-Drive watch before it needed service. Not bad!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2013 6:30:57 AM PDT
Time of the Season says:
What was the fee for changing the lithium secondary battery?
Posted on Jan 24, 2014 11:07:49 AM PST
Tom Molesa says:
I was on the fence about this one, but you definitely sold me. Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 6:19:21 PM PST
I think the watch had a complete overhaul, which included replacing the battery, for total of about $80.
Posted on Jun 5, 2014 4:26:43 PM PDT
D. Velle says:
Its my understanding that, though sapphire is harder and more scratch resistant, hardened mineral crystal is less prone to crack or shatter. If scratched underwater, replace the crystal, if cracks or shatters underwater, you gotta replace the watch. I believe many (true) dive timepieces use mineral crytal for this same reason. And, yes, its more affordable. I look for sapphire on ' bling' dress watches, not so much on working watch.
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