I have read numerous posts on this forum from various people and they have been a great help in my decision process. I already have a white dial Grand Seiko SBGX267 and would like to add a black dial watch to complement it. From reading all the posts and looking at pictures the JDM Citizen watches look great and the accuracy and technology seems to be a step above Grand Seiko. Being in the UK I am limited to actually seeing any of the Citizen watches in person, so it makes distinguishing between the models a real pain as I only have pictures to go on.
As stated I want the dial to be black. I am really not a fan of white date wheels on a black watch dial, so those models are out. I am also not bothered by bracelets and will almost certainly wear the watch on a strap so the bracelet quality is not a priority. The front runner at the moment seems to be AQ1010-03e (Pic below):
However I can’t tell from pictures how the side of the case is finished. Does anyone know if it has a polished or brushed finish? I get the impression a lot of the models have a polished finish. Anybody know any models from Citizen that have a brushed finished on the side of the case, as its much more to my taste. A bit like the Omega 2517.50 Aqua Terra below (Another watch possibly in the running):
Please chip in if you think there are other models I should consider. I see the AQ1000 models are cheaper, is there much difference in the case finishing quality to the AQ1010?
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