I was looking for something that would keep good time, didn't require winding or adjusting every week, something I could work AND play in, and something that I could get wet...all for a relatively inexpensive price. Basically I wanted a good-looking, everyday watch that I could wear no matter what I was doing. My Aquis (and a couple of others) aren't going to be used while I'm working around the house or out on the motorcycle, and I wanted something a little more "traditional" than my G-Shocks.
I chose to go with the Citizen Promaster Diver. The BN0190 (black), BN0191 (blue), and BN0198 (gray) are only different in color. The BN0190 and 0191 both have a silver colored bezel that matches the case, the top of which is color-matched to the face of the watch. The the whole bezel on the BN0198 is gray, with the numbers being a lighter shade than the bezel ring. From here on, all said applies to all three of the pieces that I have unless otherwise stated.
To me, they're really good looking watches. The nicely done case is the right size for my 7.25" wrists: right at 45 mm with the crown, 12 mm thick, and about 50 mm lug-to-lug. It fit my needs so well - and I was able to find really good sales - that I ended up with 3 different variations. Many aren't fans of quartz movements, but it's hard to beat the ease and dependability of the Eco-Drive technology Citizen uses...a little light and away we go.
The layout of the dial is extremely easy to read at a glance with right-sized applied markers, but the date window is a little small for me to read without my glasses. All of the faces have a nice "sunburst" finish and a subtle grooved ring (track) that circles it where the minute markers are applied. The second hand hits all of its marks (slightly off only a couple marks on the BN0191), and the 60 click bezel is spot-on in its alignment. The accuracy is well within the +/-15 seconds per month specs - mine are within +/- 5 seconds per month (which works out to +/- 1 minute per year). The screw-in crown looks small - and it is - but its shape makes it easy to manipulate. The lume on the hands/indexes (or indices if you wish) is a greenish blue with the bezel pip being green...all easily visible at 0600 after being "charged" at 2200 the previous night (8 hours). I would rather have a sapphire crystal as opposed to the mineral one, but for around a couple hundred bucks I'm okay making this concession.
The rubber strap that comes on the watch is okay...but I'm not really a fan of it. Since the lug width is 22 mm, it was easy to replace it with a leather strap that I like better. The bracelet that is available with this watch is a nice one for this price-point with solid end links. It's a little dressier than I'd prefer on a daily basis, however, I've kept it on the BN0190 for those instances when I want a little nicer look. The deployment clasp has a "push button" open/close mechanism with a fold over lock and 3 micro-adjust holes. There is no wet suit extension, which I find odd for a dive watch.
Although I'll likely not go deeper than the deep end of the pool, the watch is an ISO certified diver. To emphasize its diving capabilities, it came in one of the "scuba tank" boxes that I think is pretty cool. I'm not a packaging guy, but my son is going to love it.
Bottom line: This family of Promaster Divers really fills a need in my collection. They're nice looking watches that don't have to be babied or require a lot of (any?) maintenance. I think anybody looking for a relatively inexpensive watch that is at home in a variety of settings should look into these models.
(A BN0190 review was previously posted to the general "Reviews" section, but I modified it for posting here in the "Citizen Reviews" section)