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    Re: New Citizen Promaster Professional Diver BN0151-09L some pics

    anybody buy the black dial?
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    Re: New Citizen Promaster Professional Diver BN0151-09L some pics

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    Will do. Thanks for the tip!
    So an Eco-Drive will need a battery at some point?
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    New Citizen Promaster Professional Diver BN0151-09L some pics

    Quote Originally Posted by 59yukon01 View Post
    So an Eco-Drive will need a battery as some point?
    Yes. The watch is powered by a capacitor that is recharged by solar power. Just like any rechargeable battery, it has a limited amount of power cycles over its life.

    Some people have reported getting less than 10 years from an Eco-Drive and some people have reported over 15 for some of the earlier models.

    The best thing you can do is keep it charged - exposed to light. I know Citizen says they can run in complete darkness for 9 months or something like that, but that will cause a significant discharge/recharge cycle.

    I'm not sure what Citizen or a watchmaker would charge to replace a capacitor, but I know they are available from Ofrei for less $20 if you do it yourself when the time comes.
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    Re: New Citizen Promaster Professional Diver BN0151-09L some pics

    I am thinking this is going to be an instant classic just like the Citizen Nighthawk. I am about to join the club and get my own. The local JC Penneys has one and I got a chance to play with it. The bezel feels great, the watch feels great and solid with some heft but not too heavy. The crown is signed(A diver's watch that retails for less then $300 and is considered as an entry level watch has a signed crown but you cannot find that on a Seiko diver until you pay double then that) Citizen has stepped up its game.

    Oh and those with small wrists, the watch looks good on 6.5 inch wrists and it does not look out of place.
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    Re: New Citizen Promaster Professional Diver BN0151-09L some pics

    Thanks for the info! All my watches are Seiko automatics, but really like the looks of this Citizen, and it'd be nice to have grab and go diver. Going to wait though for that price I can't refuse.

    Quote Originally Posted by brandon\ View Post
    Yes. The watch is powered by a capacitor that is recharged by solar power. Just like any rechargeable battery, it has a limited amount of power cycles over its life.

    Some people have reported getting less than 10 years from an Eco-Drive and some people have reported over 15 for some of the earlier models.

    The best thing you can do is keep it charged - exposed to light. I know Citizen says they can run in complete darkness for 9 months or something like that, but that will cause a significant discharge/recharge cycle.

    I'm not sure what Citizen or a watchmaker would charge to replace a capacitor, but I know they are available from Ofrei for less $20 if you do it yourself when the time comes.
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    Re: New Citizen Promaster Professional Diver BN0151-09L some pics

    Quote Originally Posted by 59yukon01 View Post
    So an Eco-Drive will need a battery as some point?
    I believe I was talking about the battery for the caliper I got. Sorry for the confusion.
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    Re: New Citizen Promaster Professional Diver BN0151-09L some pics

    Might have to go to a JCP near me and see if they have one. Can't decide between black or blue. I already have a black mako, ovm 2.0 and an 009...which color would fit the collection best?

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    Re: New Citizen Promaster Professional Diver BN0151-09L some pics

    I really like the cleanness of this watch's design (compared to so many of Citizen's watches, which are SUPER busy), as well as the nice combination of modern elements and nods to the classic diver.

    I was actually waiting for Seiko to come out with something like this... a simple Solar tool diver that combined the grab-and-go convenience and accuracy of the SNE107 with the more comfortable 4 o'clock crown and more traditional aluminum bezel of the SKX007. I really loved my SNE107 and SNE245 (PVD version of the same watch) but the sharp, pointed 3 o'clock crown just killed my wrist every time I wore them. And the polished, starfish-shaped bezel was just a little too blingy to look like a real tool diver, especially on the non-PVD model.

    I also prefer the matte blue dial to the obvious solar panel dial of something like the BN0000-04H or even the more subtle sunburst dial on the SNE107.

    While the case size on the Citizen is 44mm, it wears more like 42mm thanks to the case/bezel shape and the 20mm lug width. The watch has a modern presence but is still wearable even on my small 6" wrist:

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    I did end up cutting about an inch off the end of the strap, though.

    I also think the watch is overpriced at the moment. As nice as it is, it has its share of quirks and flaws: The crown action is finicky, as others have noted; the bezel on mine doesn't line up perfectly with the dial markers; the seconds hand only hits half the seconds markers spot-on; the lume is not as good as Seiko; the bezel is only 60 clicks; and the silicon strap, while comfortable, is nothing to write home about.

    The going rate seems to be $200 currently - more expensive than the 4R36 Monsters. Movement preferences aside, the Monsters have better lume, a better crown, a domed crystal, a 120-click bezel, and come with a nice OEM bracelet. ~$150-165 on the grey market would be a better representation of this watch's value relative to its competitors. I imagine grey market prices will drop after the watch has had more time on the market. But even $150 might be a little high, considering you can get the SNE107/109 on rubber for $130-145.
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    Re: New Citizen Promaster Professional Diver BN0151-09L some pics

    The question I have how is the blue dial ? I am hesitating of the blue....I likely need to see it in person. I see that JCpenny has it, I probably need to make a trip there.
    Is the blue wearable, I mean is a light blue, or a bright blue ? is hard to tell from the pics...thanks for the input.

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    Re: New Citizen Promaster Professional Diver BN0151-09L some pics

    looks quite dark to me from pics ive seen

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