Hi guys, this is my first review so I apologize if there are any inconsistencies or errors. Please feel free to correct me if I state something wrong about the watch. I just received the Citizen Grand Classic and could not be happier with my purchase. I bought it off of Amazon for $670 before tax (it was discounted). The watch came packaged in a nice Citizen Signature leather box and also came with a lengthy 5 year Citizen warranty. I feel like if this watch had a Swiss brand name on the dial it would easily be 2-3 times worth what it actually is. Now, on to the review.
Movement: The Grand Classic houses the new Miyota 9010 movement which is 24 jewels, has a frequency of 28,000vph, and 42 hours of power reserve. I can't comment on the accuracy yet since I haven't broken in the movement, but will report back with an update after experimenting with positioning and comparing its accuracy to an atomic clock. It should be noted that many owners have been reporting superb accuracy (+ or - 3s per week) and some are touting this as a potentially legendary movement. The movement itself is beautifully decorated, and there is a nicely engraved Citizen "Signature" logo on the rotor.
Case Features: The case is very well constructed and has a nice wrist presence for a sporty dress watch at 42mm in diameter, and the sapphire crystal is double AR coated so it looks as if you are peering right into the dial. Try as I might, I couldn't find any reflections off of the crystal, even under intense light. Everything is beautifully brushed and polished and I could find no inconsistencies or marks on the case. The case also features a date complication and is 100m WR (although no screw down crown). The crown is really solid with a buttery smooth winding, and no wobbliness while pulling it out and adjusting the date and time. While some people might be put off by the fact that the crown isn't signed, it doesn't really bother me considering how much watch you are already getting for the price. Another feature that is nice is the lume that Citizen applied to the hands and around the indices. It has that strong, cool blue Citizen glow, and is really nice in conjunction with the beautiful blued hands. The exhibition case back also features a sapphire crystal, and has a really interesting coin edge around the crystal itself. I think this adds a nice touch and spruces up the back of the watch.
Bracelet: The bracelet is very well constructed and features a nice combination of polished and brushed links and a dual push button deployment clasp that blends nicely into the bracelet. The clasp itself is made out of forged steel, and feels very sturdy with no wobble or squeaking at all. The end links are solid and fit so nicely between the lugs that the bracelet actually looks like it is built into the watch itself! My two big pet peeves with bracelets are spaces between end links and lugs, and squeaking. This watch does not have any of those annoying issues.
Summary: I am more than happy with this purchase and I can't believe this it is available for such a great price. I think Citizen really hit it out of the park with this model. Who knows, maybe in the future it will become a legendary timepiece within the watch community. I hope you enjoyed the review, and please feel free to ask me any questions about the watch or let me know if I missed any details. Thanks!