So, the idea of a perpetual calendar grabbed you, but yesterday’s Seiko was a bit too steeply priced for your taste? Well, then, let’s try this Citizen on for size, why don’t we?
Speaking of size, this is yet another large watch – 43mm by 13mm thick. Surprisingly, though, it’s only been mated to a 20mm leather strap. So, while that’s somewhat similar to the Seiko from yesterday, and they both have perpetual calendars, that’s where the similarities end. This Citizen packs in a lot more stuff, including:
- Eco-Drive E812 Quartz Movement
- Chronograph with alarm, 24 hour, and 1/20th of a second sub-dials
- Unidirectional bezel
- 200 meter water resistance
Now, if you’re not familiar with the Eco-Drive movements, they’re an interesting twist on a standard quartz. Basically, it relies on light (sunlight or artificial lights) to recharge the battery. This means we’re also dealing with a power reserve, which can be up to 270 days once it drops into power save mode. You’ll also get a warning 5 days prior to completely running out of juice.
Add in the chrono, alarm, and improved water resistance, and it’s pratically a slam dunk decision when it comes to this or the Seiko. But I haven’t even told you the best part about this blue and brown beauty. It can be found for $240. Now that’s a price I can get behind for a quartz, especially one that packs this much into the case. However, if this is still too steep for your wallet, I may have another one up my sleeve that’s even more affordable. More on that later!