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Citizen Watches...Any Good?

Discussion in 'Fine Watches, Jewelry, & Clothes' started by REMIX, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. REMIX

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    They intrigue me. Do people consider them crappy and cheap? Total idiotic question, I know, but what would you compare them to?

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  3. darth550

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    A little more rugged than a Seiko and a little notch higher I think.....
     
  4. VTChris

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    Citizen watches are very good for the money.

    Solar powered for the most part.
    nearly ZERO problems.

    Back in the day (10 years ago) they used to state Citizen watches had less than a 2% return rate (for defects) which was the best in the industry.
    I don't know 'technically' how the return rate has changed since.
    But I can tell you, after selling their watches since 1987, I rarely have a problem with their watches.
    And, the problems that would arrise were from customer neglect to the piece.

    Just my .02 cents of 21 years in dealing with them :)

    oh, I still sell them, even here on Fchat now :D
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    I own a Caliber 2100 Titanium and love it. Very nice looking and dead reliable. The light weight for it's size is really nice as well.
     
  6. REMIX

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    Okay, thanks for the comments. So - another newb question here - if they're so well built and reliable, what makes something like a Tag cost so much more? I saw a Tag Monaco the other day and was smitten - but, really, are they worth 8x as much as something like a Citizen Calibre 3100 or Largo?

    I do like Citizen's Blue Angel Skyhawk, though. Being a pilot myself, I think they're pretty cool.

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  8. darth550

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    Next question?
     
  9. mchas

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    I got a Citizen as a high school graduation gift. I've replaced the battery twice since then (almost 10 years), and never had a single problem. I don't wear it much anymore, but I think they make great watches for the money. As to why a Tag costs 8 times as much... I'll defer to the real watch guys here, but I suspect its because most are automatic, and by just holding them and looking at them you can tell they're much higher quality. As with anything, as the quality goes up linearly, the price goes up exponentially.
     
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    #8 FarmerDave, Feb 23, 2008
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    My personal favorites. I had one that I wore every day for 7 years, a chronograph, replaced the battery twice, it still looked good. What is so cool about that one is it looked like a regular chronograph movement, but it was also "digital" and when you press one of the chronograph buttons, it would "magically" advance the hour and minute hand forward or backward one hour. It was like Christmas time every time I crossed a time zone and had to adjust my watch :D

    I wanted a change so I got another Citizen.

    My "new" one is an Eco Drive, and a true "perpetual calendar." I've never had to change the date since day one, and it's only off the atomic time clock by about 10 seconds, 2 years later. Even though this is a leap year, the date will STILL be correct on Feb 29 and Mar 1, without having to adjust... and it will change from the 28th to the 1st for the following three years, and will account for the following leap year! How cool is that?
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  11. Bugattiart

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    I have been wearing Citizen watches every single day since 1981 and I've been hard on them! Still to this day, I NEVER had a single issue with them (except for a battery exchange every three years or so for the older ones).....they are dead on reliable and must be among the most clever, easy to use, precise, and affordable watches in the World!
    I would never rely on anything else but Citizen for my daily use!
    In my oppinion, Citizen offers you sooo much more for the money, and they are in many cases among the most complicated and technically advanced although still dead reliable watches you can buy!!
    Even the most advanced Citizen watches are very easy to learn how to operate!

    To try and illustrate how precise they are: Every day at work, I use a Citizen Promaster Racing (World timer) that I had for years now, and comparing the timekeeping on that one to that of my new radio controlled Citizen Skyhawk AT, it did not yet gain or loose a second for the two weeks I've had the Skyhawk!

    I can higly recommend Citizen watches for anyone.....and if you buy your Citizen from Chris, you'll be sure to get the very best service in the business!! :)


    Best regards

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  13. mchas

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    Your #1 is the exact watch that I have. I love that watch. Advancing the time is bad-azz, and you can also set the time digitally, and the hands will haul ass into position once you confirm. When I met ernie on here, he even commented on my watch. Too bad they don't make that style anymore.
     
  14. jefffromcanada

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    I own 2 Citizens ( Aqualand and the new Shyhawk AT). Great watches for the money and I get compliments on both all the time. Funny you mentioned a Tag. I was going to buy the Formula 1 Chrono (obviously not the most expensive Tag) but a Tag none the less. I ended up buying the Skyhawk instead and I love it. It even came with a DVD to show me how to use it :).

    Great watches, don't hesitate to buy one.
     
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    VERY good looking watch Chris......are you trying to tempt my weak soul once again?? :)
    How much is it??
     
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    Nice looking watch!
     
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    If you are looking for great bang for the buck they are really very hard to beat.

    Best Regards,

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    Been wearing my Titanium Skyhawk everyday for nearly 10 years.
     
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    I had a "Stars & Stripes" and it started behaving funky after about 2 years of every-day wear. I sent it in for repair, and it was fixed -- for about 6 months and gave up again. I threw it away.

    I'm not hard on watches -- I've got a Patek, an Omega, a Raymond Weil and Ebel and none of them have given me any problems at all...
     
  22. prudence

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    I second this! I also received one as a graduation gift 7 years ago and I've replaced the battery once. I rarely wear it anymore but I've never had any problems whatsoever.
     
  23. bsilverman

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    The Citizen is a perfectly fine watch. To put it in forum perspective, they are Pontiacs. They get the job done and they're reliable. They're better than Chevys but they overlap with them as well as Oldsmobiles, depending on the model. That Tag is a solid Buick. Just realize that the Cadillacs are a distance away....and that's just General Motors cars......
    Watches, like cars, cover a huge gamut. Economy, practical, and a whole host of genuine and less genuine levels of luxury, quality, complication and style both real and perceived.

    But watches, just like cars, don't have to please or impress anyone but their owners.
     
  24. masterflex164

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    Yes they can, they just take a lot longer. I love my Skyhawk AT so much. Great watch, always precise
     
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    #22 Delmarco, May 8, 2013
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    love them. the original h610 (2009) and e210 (2006) calibre chronographs
    are my favorites after the Nighthawk-Promaster series!

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    I previously wore the original steel nighthawk for like 10 years before selling it last winter when I picked up the latest Calibre h610 Promaster Nighthawk (2011).

    Outside of luxury watches these are the best timepieces for style, function and longevity.
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    I have a Calibre 8700 on a black leather strap. Love the watch, although changing the various settings can be a pain in the ass. I've never had a problem with it. I haven't worn it in forever and noticed it was dead. Then I remembered it was solar and put it on the window sill for a day and voila, it worked. I'd venture to say Citizen is one of the best watch companies for under $1k.
     
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    Wow, nice jumps. 2008 to 2010 to 2013. :)
     

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