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    Mini-Watch Review Citizen Promaster Diver BN0085-01E

    I have had this watch for almost a year. However, in order to get the wrist time it deserves, I have found myself trying out many straps / bracelets. This watch, which is 47mm, wears rather tall. At first all was well with the OEM rubber strap. However, after a week or so I noticed that the strap would slip and start undoing itself. So, I decided a variety of different straps, but could not find one that would fit well and that would look good. The watch wears tall and when it is on a strap it looks funny.

    I decided to try the strap from another watch I have, a Bulova Snorkel. I swapped the mesh bracelet on that one because I did not like the look of the mesh on that model. I placed it on this one and for some reason I really like how it looks. The mesh seems to visually provide the strength to hold on to the watch. (BTW, since the mesh is from Bulova, I guess the watch is arguably still on OEM bracelet) You will be the judge as you look at the pictures below. If there are any recommendations on successful alternatives, I would love to hear them.

    In terms of features, this watch has one of the best lume applications I have seen. You can tell in one of the wrist shots that the lume can be seen in daylight. Its very powerful. I like the combination of green and blue and also like the fact that the lume is also applied to the 60 marker on the bezel.

    The watch has what appears to be black coated SS on the ends and on the bezel. It helps slim the watch down, but not by much. A feature I really like is the blue second hand and the cardinal markers. One feature that I do not like is that this watch feels heavier than I imagined. If you don’t like heavier watches, then this one is likely not for you.

    I hope now that I have it on this new strap that I will get to wear it more often. Time will tell…

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    Re: Mini-Watch Review Citizen Promaster Diver BN0085-01E

    That looks like one fomidable wear. Thanks for the review!
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    I just purchased this same watch in the Bahamas and could not believe the lume on it. Almost like a flashlight and last all night too. I have a sudo-nato strap and I kinda like it. Light and non sweaty. The rubber strap made me sweat alot. And as you said the loops would slide down and the end would be hanging all over the place. Great watch.
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    Re: Mini-Watch Review Citizen Promaster Diver BN0085-01E

    do you have any pictures of yours so we can compare the look? I am still not fully sold on the mesh.....

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    The only issue I've been having as of late is the watch will stop for about 10-20 minutes unless I pull the crown as if to set it and it will start working again. It will go for 2-4 weeks then it will stop again 2-4 time a day the go back to normal operation again. I leave it in shaded sun light so it get sun but direct sun so it won't overheat. May have to send it in. Kinda upset as the other 3 Citizens I have have had NO issues for 3-7 yrs. respectively. I love the watch alot so I'm a bit sad to say the least.
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    Re: Mini-Watch Review Citizen Promaster Diver BN0085-01E

    I've always liked the mesh style of bracelet. My have to get one.

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    TThanks for the review I have the same Citizen and need to replace the rubber strap. What size mesh strap is that? Any suggestions on where to source a good mesh strap? Thanks in adVance.

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    Re: Mini-Watch Review Citizen Promaster Diver BN0085-01E

    Divers look great after you take off the rubber band and for a metal one.

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    That's a beefy piece. I love the face details.
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    Nice watch. How has the bezel held up? Does the black finish in the bezel and 3 and 9 o'clock scratch easy?

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