This is the Red Arrows Skyhawk! Available in Europe and not sold in the USA.
First off, I am not going to review the Skyhawk. There are many reviews on the internet. I will review the differences between this model and the other versions.
This will be the FIRST public appearance of this version that is not pictured in an advertisement (at least I could not locate any pics).
I think i will let the pictures do the talking. The concept of this watch is Red on Black, opposed to the other version-yellow, white, and orange on black. Other differences will have the words "Red Arrows" and "Royal airforce" with a very small red dot and white circle enveloping the dot located under the citizen ecodrive logo and the back of the watch is the royal airforce crest... Very nice touch!
Everything else is the same. It even lists the USA as a sync zone. (and yes, it does sync in the usa)
Now the Red arrows has 3 versions available.
1. On a leather strap- Mineral Crystal
2. On steel strap- Mineral Crystal
3. On a Titanium strap-- Sapphire Crystal
The differences between my version (Titanium) and the others is the casing and strap is made of Titanium. The ring is actually a red shiny outline opposed to the black of the other 2. Also, the work "Titanium" appears under the UTC portion making it more prominent. Unlike the Blue angels, which appears under the digital read out.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Titanium is the only version that includes a Sapphire crystal. I have contacted Citizen Europe and they will not replace the mineral crystal of the other 2 with a sapphire. If you get a scratch, you can only replace it with a mineral crystal. This is NOT a good thing. I contacted USA citizen, however, the watch is not in their database, so they could not give me an answer. They just said mail it in. So you can take your chances with that if you like...
Some people said it is hard to read in dim lighting. I would agree. Should this put you off of this watch? No, because I believe it just is a characteristic of this watch. Well, onto the pictures! Mind you, I am not a perfect photographer...but these will give you an idea....
In comparison of my 3 skyhawks.
Notice the coloring changes between all three watches
The circular red ring is not a flat red. It is hard to picture, but it is a shiny metalic red.
The Royal Airforce Logo
And some Wrist shots!
This is what is included in the package:
The Box: (This was lost in the NYC Custom and then returned back to Europe. The company then mailed it back)
Would I choose this over the other 2 versions of the red arrows? YES! The sapphire crystal alone is worth it...The titanium is an added bonus.