BL1030-53A review

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    This watch retails for between $75 and $99. It's not an automatic or even an Eco-Drive and it comes on a truly awful folded bracelet so you may be wondering why I bought it in the first place. I bought it because it reminds me of a watch I've been lusting after for some time now, the beautiful CTQ57-0934 Chronomaster, only bigger. And cheaper. MUCH cheaper. What can I say, I have a thing for watches with blue second hands. The lowly 1030's second hand is painted blue, unlike the CTQ and most other watches with blue second hands, which use a heat treating process to actually change the metal. But it is blue nonetheless, and it's a Citizen, and that's unique as far as I know in the below $100 price range.
    I knew I wasn't going to like the folded bracelet, but I didn't know how much until I realized that the cheesy little hair pincher had no provision for micro-adjustment. I wasn't able to get an acceptable fit so I went hunting for 20mm replacements in my strap drawer. Barton canvas straps looked pretty nice and felt great, but the winner turned out to be a Seiko oyster with solid links and micro-adjustment. It looks very similar to the original but feels vastly better. I had to use the end pieces from the Citizen but the mismatch is barely noticeable. Now I have a watch that looks and feels great that I can enjoy until my grail blue second handed Chronomaster makes its way into my collection.

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    Last edited by audiomagnate; July 20th, 2018 at 15:16.

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