Like a few on here I have coveted Citizens "Ray Mears" watch for some time.
I could not find the original discontinued model AP0600-52E and the alternatives were the Royal Marines version BN0110-06E or BN110–57E or later the Mont Bell version BN121- 51L or there was the BM6400-00e.
I had always said to myself that if Citizen brought out a version of the Royal Marines / Mont Bell without the respective affiliations/marketing logos and the second hand hit the markers – then Id buy it, whether I needed it or not !
So once I knew that this had been released I was on the look out. The second example I saw in a shop I bought and so here it is.
I paid £369 which is absolutely full retail. I tried to get some discount but they would not budge as its such a new line – I did manage to get a free polishing cloth worth £2.95 so Ive still got it when it comes to bargaining
Titanium case and bracelet.
Case is 40mm x 12mm
Bracelet has solid end links
The clasp has a divers extension
The hands and numerals have blue lume which I would describe as adequate. Its not as bright as my Excalibur was or indeed the BM6400-00e which I put down to both of those watches having applied indices / numerals where a thicker layer of lume was used.
Screw in crown which is signed with the Promaster logo
300m water resistance
Quartz engine which is solar powered (eco drive)
The bracelet clasp is large for the size of the watch to accommodate the divers extension. This means that its not ideal to wear with shirt cuffs.
However the divers extension has been a godsend during this recent heatwave enabling me to loosen it instantly when its getting just too hot and sticky.
The watch and bracelet are nicely finished with the Titanium uniformly brushed with a polished ring that circles the case.
The case back is laser etched rather than stamped which is a little disappointing as I have seen some nicely stamped Citizens on these forums
Fit is just ok – the crown is not centred between the crown guards.
When taking these pictures I have also noticed the crown guards are slightly different shapes. This is not noticeable to the (my) naked eye.
The date window, like nearly all eco drives is too small and deep. My positive spin on this is that it’s a “stealth date” – there when you need it but not something you notice glancing at the time.
The dial is legible and the large clear chapter ring helps to give a precise reading at a glance.
Compared to the BM6400-00e which was similar in styling it feels like the real deal. Ie a tough watch which will be able to take punishment of outdoors adventures – but of course time will tell on that one.