We Always Enjoy a Citizen Watch On Our Wrist
Citizen watches are synonymous with the innovations that have made the brand well-known all over the world. Citizen has an overwhelmingly positive reputation, earned after decades of innovating and expanding their catalogue of movements and styles. Their watches feature quartz, Eco-Drive, and mechanical movements.
Our experience with Citizen watches is limited to their Eco-Drive movements, though we intend to change that soon by getting our hands on a Grand Classic. All the Citizen’s we have reviewed to date are among the more affordable end of their offerings, and our experiences have been positive overall.
Our Favorite Citizen Watch
On October 14, 2016 we released our Citizen Skyhawk Blue Angels review. This is our favorite Citizen to date, as its impressive set of features and awesome U600 Eco-Drive movement really to set the Skyhawk apart.
The version we reviewed is the non-titanium model, though you can get the Skyhawk Blue Angels with Citizen’s “super titanium”, which is 5 times harder than stainless steel. Now, if they would just fit a sapphire crystal to it…
Citizen Eco-Drive Movements
While Citizen does use quartz and mechanical movements in their watches, they are best known for their Eco-Drive movements. Eco-Drive movements derive power from light (though sunlight is best), making them a “set and forget” watch that doesn’t need to be wound or have its battery changed. Citizen pioneered this technology in 1976, evolving and adapting it in the decades since.
Most Eco-Drive movements have a 6 month power reserve. Once the watch has a full charge (usually 1 or 2 days of regular wear), it can be stored for up to 6 months and still be running accurately.
About Citizen Watches
Brief Company History
Founded in 1918, Citizen is known for incorporating innovative technologies and advanced features into their watches. Their Eco-Drive movement is powered by the sun and features a substantial six month power reserve (or longer) once fully charged.
Citizen is one of the largest watch companies in the world, producing millions of watches each year. They also own Bulova, a formerly-American watch brand, and Miyota, a manufacturer of automatic, mechanical, and quartz movements.
Featured Citizen Watch Review
Citizen Skyhawk Blue Angels Review
There are a lot of adjectives I could use to describe the Skyhawk: complex, robust, macho, intricate, capable, high-tech, and so on. Beautiful won’t be among them, but that’s by design.