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    Warning: Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E

    I'm disappointed to report that within a week of buying a Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E, a significant number of scratches have appeared on the crystal. It hasn't even seen hard use yet. Considering that I am a wildlife biologist who spends a lot of time in the outdoors, I do not expect it to last long. Especially when I start using it for work.
    It may look like a rugged outdoor watch, but it doesn't appear to work as one. My impression is that this is a watch made to look outdoorsy but not to actually function in outdoor conditions.

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    Re: Warning: Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E

    They just don't make sub-$100 watches like they used to.

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    Re: Warning: Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E

    An $89 watch with a mineral crystal...you get what you pay for.

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    Warning: Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E

    Sounds like it’s doing what it’s supposed to. The crystals are likely cheap to replace. Worst case, you’d replace the watch. (I have that same model by the way.)

    Would you have bought this watch if it were $295 and had a sapphire crystal?

    Also, check out this thread if you haven’t already. There’s some good conversation about this sort of watch need in there!

    https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?sha...7&share_type=t

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    Re: Warning: Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E

    Citizen is undoubtedly a quality brand, but this phenomenon on the crystal (on thin sapphire too) and the casing knows that it also appears on more expensive models...
    Nighthawk (all versions) is also very easy to scratch the glass , casing and bracelet, and it belongs to their most popular models from the lower-middle price range.

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    Re: Warning: Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E

    My suggestion would be to either replace the crystal with sapphire or find a way to up your budget and purchase a watch that comes with a sapphire crystal. Your watch has a mineral crystal which is essentially a type of glass (soft). A sapphire crystal is literally artificially grown sapphire and is just slightly softer than diamond... you will not scratch it.

    Having your crystal replaced will probably cost you around $100 which isn't really worth it on your Citizen. Good quality watches that come from the factory with a sapphire crystal probably start around $400

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    Re: Warning: Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E

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    Re: Warning: Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E

    You purchase a very low budget watch with a mineral crystal... Hhhmmmm

    Get a G-shock and be trouble free.

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    Re: Warning: Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E

    Quote Originally Posted by supawabb View Post
    You purchase a very low budget watch with a mineral crystal... Hhhmmmm

    Get a G-shock and be trouble free.
    Most G-Shocks also have mineral crystal, but the bezel will protect it from most, but not all scratches.


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    Re: Warning: Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E

    Quote Originally Posted by Seldom View Post
    I'm disappointed to report that within a week of buying a Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E, a significant number of scratches have appeared on the crystal. It hasn't even seen hard use yet. Considering that I am a wildlife biologist who spends a lot of time in the outdoors, I do not expect it to last long. Especially when I start using it for work.
    It may look like a rugged outdoor watch, but it doesn't appear to work as one. My impression is that this is a watch made to look outdoorsy but not to actually function in outdoor conditions.
    Next time do some research and ask for suggestions on this forum before pressing the buy button.

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