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    Citizen AVION Eco-Drive - AW1361-10H

    Didn't see this reviewed on WUS, so here is a quick review of the Citizen AVION AW1361-10H:
    https://www.citizenwatch.com/en-us/w...del=AW1361-10H

    Got it from Amazon for around 150 USD:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    First impression: What a huge watch!

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    At 45mm without the crown, the AVION is a monster. Crown is huge as well bringing the watch to a staggering 50mm width. It is also equally fat and imposing with a "double crown" (an additional outer ring on top of the body) as well as slightly domed glass:

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    Speaking of the product photos, I was expecting the red highlights to be strong, but they are quite sedated, almost like a sandy orange color:

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    The dial was what got me interested in the watch, it has a great sense of depth, composing of 4 "layers" if you include the date aperture. Minutes, military time and regular hour marks are present.

    One thing I like is that the seconds hand always seems to be on-beat with the seconds markers on the dial, something a lot of quartz watches have problems with.

    I had read that Eco-Drive watches were difficult to service and required to be sent into a Citizen repair shop to do a battery replacement, so I was happy to see that the movement layout was similar to regular quartz watches, with easily accessible battery. The battery model is Panasonic MT621. (Rechargeable)

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    (Look at that huge movement spacer!)

    Back feels quite solid and has a rubber gasket bringing the water resistance to 10 Bar. Crown feels very smooth to operate, I think there is a gasket there as well.

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    I am fond of the back engraving featuring a globe:

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    So, does such a big watch feel heavy? It's a bit heavier than most my watches, but it's not proportionately based on the size. It weighs in at 86.5g, which is 26.5g heavier than the Seiko SNK.

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    Being fairly low-weight, it's still quite comfortable to wear and the leather strap is quite soft, albeit very thick.

    Conclusion
    Overall, I like the watch, but I feel its size and thickness limits its practical use - it bulges over shirts and other formal attire yet you can't really wear it outdoors due to the leather band either. A beautiful piece, but a bit impractical. Will probably be a rare wearer, so it's nice that it's a quartz watch as opposed to mechanical.

    My first WUS review, let me know if you have any questions/feedback!
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    Re: Citizen AVION Eco-Drive - AW1361-10H

    That's one formidable watch. Thanks for the review!
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    Re: Citizen AVION Eco-Drive - AW1361-10H

    Great review. I was just looking for information on this watch tonight, and you are right, there isn't much information on WUS.

    I have the same model. I love the domed crystal. It's a big watch, but solid. I put mine on a Crown and Buckle strap. I agree with you about the second hand hitting all of the marks. Citizen does a great job at that.Name:  uploadfromtaptalk1434250664289.jpg
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    Re: Citizen AVION Eco-Drive - AW1361-10H

    Randomly found a knockoff of this watch last night on Ali:
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    At 16 bucks, I'm almost tempted to see what you get...

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    Re: Citizen AVION Eco-Drive - AW1361-10H

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    I ordered mine from creation watches a while back. The model number was AW1360-12H. Not sure what the difference is, though. It's a large watch, that's for sure. The one thing that took some getting used to was the LARGE crown that doesn't screw down. Other than that I love the watch. Not that it matters to me much, but I've gotten numerous compliments on it. I LOVE the fact that the second hand lines up with the tick marks ALL the way around the dial. I've returned many watches that couldn't perform this phenomenon.

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    Re: Citizen AVION Eco-Drive - AW1361-10H

    How is the lum on this watch? I've had two different Citizen watches and the lum was great on one and not no great on the other.

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    Re: Citizen AVION Eco-Drive - AW1361-10H

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    Flash: The lume isn't terrible. It's the standard Citizen bluish-green. I do wish that more points on the dial were lumed other than the hands.
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    Re: Citizen AVION Eco-Drive - AW1361-10H

    Does anyone know if and where you can get a sapphire crystal for this watch? I've put a few pretty noticeable scratches in mine on account of I'm clumsy and it's big. I figure it will likely happen again with the standard replacement mineral crystal so would like something better.

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