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    Citizen BN0118-55e new "Ray Mears" pics and musings

    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


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    Titanium case and bracelet.

    Case is 40mm x 12mm

    Sapphire crystal

    Bracelet has solid end links

    The clasp has a divers extension

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    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.


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    Screw in crown which is signed with the Promaster logo

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    Fit is just ok – the crown is not centred between the crown guards.

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    When taking these pictures I have also noticed the crown guards are slightly different shapes. This is not noticeable to the (my) naked eye.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Cheers

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    Current collection: Glycine Combat 6 GL0106, Hamilton Khaki Mechanical H694190, Seiko Sarb 033, Citizen "Ray Mears" BN0118-55E , Casio Edifice EF-503D-1A, VSA Alliance, Citizen NY0040-09e, Seiko "Turtle" SBDY015, Lorus field watch RXF41AX7, Pulsar field watch PS9045, Seiko 5 SNXS77, SNXS73, Favre Leuba Vintage watch.
    Gone but not forgotten: Oris Big Crown Propilot, Seiko SKX009, Orient Star Classic, Citizen "Excalibur" BN0100-51E, Citizen NP4020-51A, Citizen BM8180-03E, Citizen BM6400-00e, VSA Officers day date
    Capture and release: Oris BC3, Hamilton Khaki Field, Timefactors Speedbird 3, Citizen World Timer CB0027-51E

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    Re: Citizen BN0118-55e new "Ray Mears" pics and musings

    If you paid full rrp, and have the receipt, personally I'd take it back and show the shop staff. Then I'd swap it for a perfect one. I reckon it's a rogue because Citizen are normally better than that.


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    Re: Citizen BN0118-55e new "Ray Mears" pics and musings

    I tried to buy from U.K. online seller last night but was stopped at checkout as they will not ship this model to the US. Calling them today to clarify why.

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    Re: Citizen BN0118-55e new "Ray Mears" pics and musings

    Quote Originally Posted by smilton View Post
    I tried to buy from U.K. online seller last night but was stopped at checkout as they will not ship this model to the US. Calling them today to clarify why.
    Was able to source the strap version for $393.00 shipped. Had this in the RM version and it is a tank. So glad they decided to come out with no affiliation or branding.
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    Re: Citizen BN0118-55e new "Ray Mears" pics and musings

    Where did you manage to get it? Can you let me know as I want to get one too.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Citizen BN0118-55e new "Ray Mears" pics and musings

    Quote Originally Posted by Adman View Post
    Where did you manage to get it? Can you let me know as I want to get one too.

    Thanks.
    John Lewis will export. You need to go to delivery options on their site and contact their Oxford Street location via email and they will ship. I dealt with Ebele there. Very nice to deal with.

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    Re: Citizen BN0118-55e new "Ray Mears" pics and musings

    For just a little more, around $450 on a good day, you can get a similar PMD56-2951/-2952 on ebay, shipped from Japan. I find the typography aesthetic a bit more balanced, and love it so much I bought both colors (one new, one used).
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    Re: Citizen BN0118-55e new "Ray Mears" pics and musings

    Quote Originally Posted by smilton View Post
    I tried to buy from U.K. online seller last night but was stopped at checkout as they will not ship this model to the US. Calling them today to clarify why.
    Just get a drop ship Forward2me are great. Although some reviews say otherwise but I have used them for years been fine. I wll be doing that.
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    Re: Citizen BN0118-55e new "Ray Mears" pics and musings

    Base Titanium versus Super/Duratect have to wonder how much polishing one would be doing. Given a standard Titanium watch is T2 and without Duratect or SuperT as it is now called Base must mean no treatment so ergo start polishing. Weird they would do that when the PMD is Duratect and Mont Bell is SuperT so they scam us all with a Base T. Just reissue the original charge 300GBP $400US or $500 AUD and we'd all be happyt and they would sell a million without blinking.
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    Re: Citizen BN0118-55e new "Ray Mears" pics and musings

    I did email them, I had an original Ray Mears back in 2002 they seemed a bit small this newest model I believe is a bit larger case.

    Awaiting a reply from them on pricing and shipping most likely Monday

    John

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