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    Citizen BN0151 vs Seiko SNE499

    Iíve done a quick search and nothing much came up that I found to be of use, ie. a head to head comparison. Iím interested in both these watches, however Iím curious as to what other peopleís opinions are. Like which one is better and why. Does the higher price of the Seiko reflect a better watch?

    Iím new to the world of solar watches, having used automatics for years; so donít really know much about them. Iím attracted by the increased accuracy and low maintenance with no regular battery changes etc. Iím currently using an SKX which is a great watch but Iím looking for something different.

    Iím generally a one watch guy rather than a collector so getting both isnít an option haha.

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    Re: Citizen BN0151 vs Seiko SNE499

    I own the Blue Citizen, it is one of my favorites and was pretty much the least expensive watch in my collection until I added the OEM bracelet. I'm not a fan of the Tuna shroud for purely aesthetic reasons, so I can't say which one is "better", I suspect that quality-wise they are both on pretty equal terms. I'm sure someone will chime in with why one movement is better than the other.

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    Re: Citizen BN0151 vs Seiko SNE499

    Neither is "better"than the other.The Seiko is a so called Limited Edition & the dial looks kinda cool but NOT worth the $450.00 retail.The Citizen is the solid value choice here,unless you absolutely must have the PADi edition & can get it for $300.00 or less...I will also add that Tuna's look killer on mesh!
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    Re: Citizen BN0151 vs Seiko SNE499

    Another tricky one. On reflection I think I’d go Seiko.

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    Re: Citizen BN0151 vs Seiko SNE499

    They're quite different watches and one is substantially more expensive than the other. That said, I own a Seiko SNE498 and STBR008 and I wear and really enjoy both. Were they "worth" the price I paid, retail? For me, sure but then I'm a Seiko fan. Buy the one you love most.

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    Re: Citizen BN0151 vs Seiko SNE499

    I am more of a Seiko fan, but I will say my experience with solars is that Citizen's tech is far superior.

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    Re: Citizen BN0151 vs Seiko SNE499

    Quote Originally Posted by 3-1-1 View Post
    I am more of a Seiko fan, but I will say my experience with solars is that Citizen's tech is far superior.
    I'm curious, in what way? I charge up my solar Seikos and they are good for a couple of months. They're accurate to within about 10-5 seconds per day at least and overall, they're as close to set and forget as any watches I own. What else am I missing out on?

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    Re: Citizen BN0151 vs Seiko SNE499

    For me it would be the Citizen because I really do not like the shroud on the Seiko.

    Eventually some dirt or other matter is going into those crevices.

    If I was regularly bumping around wrecks and reefs I might feel different.
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    Re: Citizen BN0151 vs Seiko SNE499

    I have the BN0151. Recently got it a couple weeks ago. I would say that the fit and finish are quite spectacular. Iím not sure of the exact model Seiko you have mentioned, but something their quality can be underwhelming.

    However I still like my Seikos, just the quality and price on the Citizen is hard to beat. I usually go for the bracelet options, but I havenít ordered it yet and the diver strap is pretty comfortable.

    Itís really your personal preference and what you are looking for.

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    Re: Citizen BN0151 vs Seiko SNE499

    I like Seiko a lot for mechanical watches but it seems like I have heard more problems than with Citizen. The Citizen Eco-Drives are very nice and I have only had one die on me and it only cost about $140 to have a completely new movement installed in it. This was after about 12 years of use. Still I would not hesitate to buy a Seiko Solar watch if I liked the watch otherwise. My newest Citizen Eco-Drive Professional Diver will hold a charge for a year in the dark. I also have a Casio G-Shock that is solar powered as a work beater watch and it has not had any type of problem.

    These are my current Citizen Eco-Drives.

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