I have been contemplating the purchase of this watch since it was introduced last year. At the time, my dealer was only carrying the limited edition model. One thing I never do is buy first year models of products, so I decided to bide my time. From what I have been able to research on the internet, this watch does not seem to have generated a great deal of interest. There are a only handful of videos and reviews. I find this watch to be very appealing and it fills a void in my small collection. I was first drawn to it by the simplicity of the dial. I have been considering a formal watch for some time, especially one with a time only display, and this fits the bill nicely. Although the general consensus seems to be that formal watches should have a white dial and leather strap, this watch works for me.
I enjoy looking at the finer details of any watch. The Eco Drive One did not disappoint. From arms' length, the dial appears to be flat and uniform, without texture. Also, it has a sparkling quality when the light strikes it. Upon very close examination, the dial has small vertical stripes over the entire surface. The movement and case are very, very thin. Yet, on the wafer thin dial, Citizen created minute flat surfaces to apply the indexes, minute markers, and logo. The hour and minute hands are chamfered. This produces a nice contrast on either side of the hands and increases legibility. The Citizen logo is apparent, but not crying out for attention. The minute hand moves in small increments as it advances. I counted fifteen ticks from one minute to the next.
The stainless bracelet is nicely finished in polished and brushed links. It wraps easily around the wrist and sits well on the wrist. The buckle is a double lock type which some people may not find appealing. My opinion is that it gives the watch a more integrated and seamless appearance.
The watch is listed as having a 39 mm diameter. On my medium sized wrist (7") it seems a good and balanced fit.
This watch will probably not appeal to a large number of people. Being an Eco drive powered, quartz movement, it will appeal to even fewer. This watch does speak to me, and I will enjoy wearing it. Who knows, it may even create some conversation.
Calibre; 8826, Eco Drive(light powered) quartz movement
Accuracy; +- 15sec/month
Dimensions; Approximately 42 mm X 39 mm X 2.98 mm
Case; Stainless steel, water resistant, cermet bezel
Glass; Sapphire with clarity coating, anti-reflective coating
Warranty; 3 years Japan, 1 year international
The Cermet bezel provides a good contrast between the dial and bracelet. Its' color varies depending on the lighting.
The inner ring also appears to change color in the light. Also, you can see the contrast provided by the chamfered hands.
Barely visible in this photo, the flat surfaces on the dial for the placement of the indexes, minute markers, and logo.
The double lock clasp. Was the inside of the clasp given added detail with machining marks, or is it simply unfinished?
On the wrist.