This is my first post on this forum, so sorry if its not up to usual review standards. My Rolex Submariner recently bit the dust AGAIN, so while its off being serviced for the umpteenth time I decided to get a sensible watch to keep on my wrist. I wanted a watch that glowed brightly in the dark, was waterproof, and had day/date on it. This watched seemed to fit the bill so I ordered it.
This is an understated but fairly handsome watch, I know alot of people dislike the dark olive green dial but I actually quite like it. It has a black ionized case, thats 42mm in diameter. The mineral crystal seems to have held up quite well over the past two months, and has sustained some pretty nasty hits without a hitch. As far as I can tell the crystal is perfectly flat, and quite reflective. The crown is large, textured, and extremely easy to deal with. It's not screw down, but that doesn't seem to hurt its water resistance, which is rated at a decent 100 meters.
The Lume is really quite nice on this watch. If you spend an hour or two outside with it everyday it will still be easily readable throughout the night if you like to sleep with your watch on like me. Its a nice light green color.
My main complaint with this watch is the smallish band that doesn't really fit properly. The adjustments on it are pretty coarse as you can see in the large distance between holes. Its also pretty stiff, and has gotten quite smelly in two months. My wrist is about 19.7 centimeters (7 3/4 inches) around, and as you can see in the photo the clasp is not centered very well on my wrist. It was probably meant for the Asian market where I assume wrist sizes are smaller. Thankfully, its a standard 22mm strap and I have a silicone diving strap coming in to replace it soon.
The E110 movement on this watch is extremely accurate, typical of quartz watches, and certainly puts my poor Submariner to shame. I set it against an atomic clock in August, and its gained about 7 seconds since then. It's Ecodrive, so I am sure I will get at least a decade out trouble free use out of it, if my other Citizen watches are an example of that quality.
I would recommend this watch as a daily wear "beater watch". I think Citizen would have a real winner on their hands if they made a model that added a sapphire crystal (or acrylic since it can be polished), and a screw down crown. Either way for 123 dollars shipped from Amazon, I am very happy with this watch (outside of the horrendous and smelly band).