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    Citizen AT4010-50E Review

    I posted this review in the Main Reviews Forum and thought that it may be helpful here in the Citizen Watch Reviews area as well.

    After owning the Citizen AT4010-50E watch for a short time, I have decided to post some pictures and add this casual review. This review may help someone decide on whether or not to buy this watch. I am not a collector or any type of expert but just a lover of watches. I am retired from the Engineering field and wanted to upgrade my daily wear watch (my previous watch of 30 years was an Oris chrono automatic). My choice for a new watch was the Citizen AT4010-50E and I am super pleased with my decision to own this watch.

    I ordered this watch and received it in quick order from Princeton Watches on-line for $524. Princeton is an authorized Citizen Watch dealer so it came with a 5 year warranty. The watch came enclosed in a case with a user booklet and instruction CD. This watch is gorgeous!! The titanium case and bracelet are very lightweight and a joy to wear. It would be a shame to replace the comfortable and handsome bracelet with any aftermarket strap! The brushed titanuim is beautiful with the polished ss inserts. The first night that I received the watch, I placed the watch on my bedroom counter to recieve its nightly 2am radio signal from Denver. In the morning I checked the signal strength and it completed with a HIGH signal. After checking the on-line atomic time with my watch, I could not help but giggle as the watch was set to the correct time to the second! The high tech nature of this watch will appeal to anyone that wants a sporty looking watch that never needs to be adjusted or batteries added! The time, date, and power supply of this watch and pretty much hands off once you have it set. All you need is a little light to keep things going! The chrono is really nice and I will use this from time to time. A daily reminder alarm can be activated and I actually use this as a get out of bed reminder for my daily farm chores (collect eggs and feed the goats). I doubt that I will use the Tacymeter but it is nice to have and gives the watch a bit of a sporty look. Overall I am loving this watch!! Absolutely perfect for my needs. I love looking at this watch daily!! Below are some brief specs for the watch and pictures that I have taken. Feel free to PM me if you need any specific measurements or have questions. See you around on WUS. Fredrick




    • Atomic timekeeping in five different zones
    • Citizen Eco-Drive solar powered technology
    • Perpetual calendar
    • 1 Second chronograph measures up to 60 minutes
    • Alarm
    • Day and Date
    • Power reserve indicator
    • Non-reflective sapphire glass crystal
    • Water resistant to 200 meters (660 feet)
    • Tachymeter
    • Titanium case and bracelet
    • Bracelet features a hidden double push button release clasp
    • 42mm case width (approximately 1 5/8 inches)



    My wrist is fairly smallish at 6 1/2" to 6 3/4". The 42mm case is a perfect size in my opinion.

    The Watch has great lume. The lume shot is an 8 second shot in mostly darkened room.




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    Re: Citizen AT4010-50E Review

    Quick question about this watch timer is noted that as the seconds. Curious still not 1/10 or 1/25 th , is it true.
    The term chronometer is not suitable.
    Thank you for your answer
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    Re: Citizen AT4010-50E Review

    Rorry,
    this watch has a chronograph or timer that can be used as a stopwatch to time events up to 60 minutes to the nearest second. If you need sub second accuracy then you want a chronometer. You will pay much more for the accuracy of a chronometer.
    regards, fredrick

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    Re: Citizen AT4010-50E Review

    I have a Citizen watch very similar to this one and with the same dial layout. The chronometer (in my watch) IS a true chronometer but it displays the 1/10th seconds only when you stop the chrono. The same subdial at 2 o'clock shows the minutes elapsed but if you press a button then she hand quickly moves to the 1/10 seconds position; if you release the button, the hand moves again to the minutes position.

    A big complaint I have to move to this watch is that it has great functions and probably all the ones you need but they are difficult to be accessed. Another issue is that the hours hand is driven by the minutes hand so when you change function (for example second timezone) you have to wait a lot until the hands position to the right time. This is a little boring to me, therefore I use the secondary function very seldom and I leave the watch in "time" mode (display of the main time).

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    Re: Citizen AT4010-50E Review

    Great review I have the same watch, and bought it in August. Liked it so much I bought the SS version with black silicon band (AT4008-01E) also... They are great watches and people do notice them I do agree that it is a bit of a pain to start the chronograph. Except for that they are excellent watches!!
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    Re: Citizen AT4010-50E Review

    Congrats and thank you for the extensive review and high quality pics. This is imo the most beautiful watch that Citizen has made so far. I have owned a Skyhawk Titanium, so I know how exceptional the quality is that Citizen produces. This watch is stunning. And it seems like it wears very well on the wrist. Beautiful finish on the bracelet with the polished highlights and wonderful cool blue accents on the dial and buttons. And the blue lume...gorgeous! I am very tempted to get me one, however it doesn't seem available (yet) in Europe.

    Anyway...thanks again for the informative review.

    Btw I'd be interested to know the weight of the watch.

    The only question mark still remains for me is how to set the watch up for Paris timezone *and* have it do atomic sync (A-TM : no sync). I found some info on WUS already...set timezone to London and manually set hour hand +1 hour. That way the watch should also do atomic sync. Still not convinced this will work 100%...as in keep perfect timing, and with DST switch twice a year.
    Current watch(es) : Damasko DC58 with yellow chronohand.


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    Re: Citizen AT4010-50E Review

    Quote Originally Posted by daffie View Post

    Anyway...thanks again for the informative review.

    Btw I'd be interested to know the weight of the watch.

    The only question mark still remains for me is how to set the watch up for Paris timezone *and* have it do atomic sync (A-TM : no sync). I found some info on WUS already...set timezone to London and manually set hour hand +1 hour. That way the watch should also do atomic sync. Still not convinced this will work 100%...as in keep perfect timing, and with DST switch twice a year.
    You are very welcome!

    I don't know the weight of the watch but the titanium has advantages over the stainless steel. Titanium is extremely resistant to saltwater and other forms of erosion.... it is hypo allergenic... it is a poor heat conductor so it has a great feel in cold or hot weather... it is roughly twice as strong as steel and about 1/2 the weight. Citizen has some models made of Super Titanium which are five times stronger than steel (basically titanium with an ion plating coating). I love the look of the brushed titanium of the case and bracelet along the various polished accents! The watch and bracelet have maintained a perfect finish after several months of wear.

    Some people have mentioned that they like the extra weight of SS but I prefer the light weight of Titanium (the watch stays firmly in place on the wrist) as well as the benefits mentioned above.

    The shipping weight of the titanium version (box, manuals, packaging, etc...) is 181g
    The shipping weight of the SS version (box, manuals, packaging, etc...) is 431 g

    Sorry that your location is outside of one of the 5 time zones. I just know that this watch will not radio sync in the AT-M mode. In the not too distant future, many models (Citizen has just one model right now) will have GPS capability that will allow your watch to sync with atomic time anywhere on the planet! Gotta love technology. fredrick

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    Re: Citizen AT4010-50E Review

    Thanks again for the helpful reply.

    I know the differences of Ti vs SS, as I have owned both. I particularly like the smooth feel of Ti on the skin, the darker grey (brushed Ti) look, and of course the much better weight. My old Skyhawk SS weighed in at 185-190 grams! While the Ti version tipped the scale at a mere 125 grams. That's a massive difference on the wrist, especially when a watch doen't have micro-adjustment on the clasp and consiquently when it's too loose on the arm, the watch will slip constantly...which was very annoying to me. With the Ti version I did not have that problem, it was a "perfect" fit. Therefore I'm sticking to Ti, or a SS version that has micro-adjustment on the clasp. A perfect fit doesn't exist really, as a wrist will expand or get more loose during the day depending on my activities.

    The only drawback, as you mentioned as well, is that some Ti can scratch more easily than SS. The Ion plated or Super Ti is much much better, basically scratch-proof, but often also much more expensive.

    GPS in a watch...well so far only the Seiko Astron and Citizen Appleseed, which are both very expensive...not to mention both imo not very attractive...I find the Appleseed damnright ugly. No, radio-transmitter works just fine imo for now. It has never failed me, as I live in Europe (as opposed to Australia for example where radio signal often doesn't work apparently).

    I will try and keep my (limited) wallet closed for now, and hopefully find a definitive answer on the atomic-sync issue. Then hopefully I'll be able to get the watch from an European seller. Otherwise import duties and taxes will definately make the watch out of my price range...
    Last edited by daffie; October 21st, 2012 at 13:30.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daffie View Post
    Thanks again for the helpful reply.

    I will try and keep my (limited) wallet closed for now, and hopefully find a definitive answer on the atomic-sync issue. Then hopefully I'll be able to get the watch from an European seller. Otherwise import duties and taxes will definately make the watch out of my price range...
    No problem... I am also particular with having a nearly "perfect fit" on the wrist. I seem to have got lucky with the sizing for this watch. After removing a few of the links, the bracelet has an ideal fit for me! I am a huge fan of the titanium. This watch may be in the 90 to 100g weight area but I am not real sure. It is great that you have a Skyhawk watch as well. Those are really great watches and I would own one if I were still flying (I flew Piper Cherokee single prop planes years ago but I don't fly anymore..... I am retired).

    Good luck and I hope that Citizen expands there atomic models to allow syncing in more time zones. I agree with you on the Appleseed.... They need several years to refine the technology and designs. Fredrick

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    Re: Citizen AT4010-50E Review

    Quote Originally Posted by fredrick View Post
    No problem... I am also particular with having a nearly "perfect fit" on the wrist. I seem to have got lucky with the sizing for this watch. After removing a few of the links, the bracelet has an ideal fit for me! I am a huge fan of the titanium. This watch may be in the 90 to 100g weight area but I am not real sure. It is great that you have a Skyhawk watch as well. Those are really great watches and I would own one if I were still flying (I flew Piper Cherokee single prop planes years ago but I don't fly anymore..... I am retired).

    Good luck and I hope that Citizen expands there atomic models to allow syncing in more time zones. I agree with you on the Appleseed.... They need several years to refine the technology and designs. Fredrick
    Fredrick, thanks again. The weight of the watch sounds perfect! Imo up untill 120-130 grams is good, below 100 grams is just perfect! Nowadays a wear 2 Casio watches (GW4000-1A Aviator and G9300 Mudmen) which both tip the scale at a mere 70-80 grams. So very light you won't even feel the watch on your wrist. Really nice I must say. However I'd like to be able to alternate with a Ti/SS watch from time to time though. I miss the feel sometimes of "steel" on my wrist, as both Casio's have rubber straps, and I don't own the Skyhawk anymore. Yeah I know...big mistake getting rid of that one, what was I thinking

    You must have one or two "aviator" watches as well, being a retired pilot?

    Cheers.
    Current watch(es) : Damasko DC58 with yellow chronohand.


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