Reddit Reddit reviews Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch with Date, AT0200-05E

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Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch with Date, AT0200-05E
Military-inspired stainless steel watch with round dial, red contrasting second hand, and rugged green canvas bandJapanese quartz movement with analog display. Operating temperature range is -10°C to +60°C/14°F to 140°FFeatures include protective mineral crystal dial window, date window, three subdials, luminous hands, and buckle closure andWater resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not divingCharges in natural sunlight or indoor light;Case Size 39mm
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62 Reddit comments about Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch with Date, AT0200-05E:

u/jdfellow · 7 pointsr/JapaneseWatches
u/jokes_on_you · 7 pointsr/EDC

I like that watch. Here's an amazon link if anyone is interested.

u/[deleted] · 6 pointsr/Watches

There are dozens of Citizen watches within your price range, and yes, they are respectable, innovative, and definitely worth having! One such Citizen is the AT0200-05E Eco Drive Chronograph. It's solar powered like all Eco-Drives and has a chronograph function which is amazingly useful and fun. No one will look down on you for wearing that sucker, and you'll find that many people here on /r/watches own some type of Citizen, myself included.

u/LogicWavelength · 5 pointsr/Watches
u/imisstheyoop · 3 pointsr/Watches

I've worn the following for 8 years and it hasn't given me any problems: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EQR6H0/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

39mm, and fairly legible. Was my daily driver for 7 of those 8 years.

u/Billbeachwood · 3 pointsr/Watches

Enjoying breakfast and a cup of coffee with my buddy today in Downtown LA and spotted his daily beater. Asked him if I could take a pic and post it here, so I dressed the shot up a bit. :)

Details on the watch:

  • Military-inspired stainless steel watch with round dial, red contrasting second hand, and rugged green canvas band

  • Japanese quartz movement with analog display

  • Charges in natural sunlight or indoor light

  • Features include protective mineral crystal dial window, date window, three subdials, luminous hands, and buckle closure and

  • Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving

    Info on Eco-Drive:

    > One pivotal technological breakthrough was the development of a light-driven watch. CITIZEN pioneered this engineering innovation well ahead of other watch manufacturers as early as 1976, which led to the launch of the highly acclaimed Eco-Drive in 1995. Utilizing electrical power converted from virtually any light source, this extraordinary innovation changed forever the way watches could be powered. Eco-Drive eliminated the need to ever replace batteries, which made it especially beneficial to areas where such specialist batteries were not obtainable. This leveled the field for citizens of virtually every country to be able to experience unrestricted joy of wearing and using a CITIZEN watch.

    He got it for around $200. Found it on Amazon for about $170.
u/ashirian · 3 pointsr/Watches

I think you could find good citizen Eco Drive that has similar function as PRC200 : http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-AT0200-05E-Eco-Drive-Chronograph-Canvas/dp/B000EQR6H0/ref=sr_1_6?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1335766853&sr=1-6

Or a Seiko Kinetic
http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SSB045-Special-Value-Kinetic/dp/B00756FJJ4/ref=sr_1_5?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1335767001&sr=1-5

Another option for quartz since you were looking at PRC200, is Orient TT0Z001B Limited Edition STI Ion Plated chronograph.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TeMpz-cxl8A

The Orient used to give out 50% off coupon but they don't do that anymore just 30%.. so $440 retail, 50% would have been $220.
http://orientwatchusa.com/tt0z001b

For what you get, I think it's good deal at $170. 5 left until sold out. 4 left.
http://www.discountwatchstore.com/Orient-TT0Z001B-Mens-Limited-Edition-STI-Black-Ion-Plated-Chronograph_p_27651.html
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If you want an automatic mechanical watch, I would suggest Orient Mako, Seiko 5 series, or Sea-Gull watch.

http://www.amazon.com/Orient-Mens-CEM65002D-Automatic-Watch/dp/B001EWEQ3K/ref=sr_1_1?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1335767894&sr=1-1

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-MENS-ORIENT-ORIGINAL-DIVER-AUTOMATIC-STANLEY-STEEL-WITH-BOX-GIFT-/350497575972?pt=Wristwatches&var=&hash=item519b489424#ht_1402wt_901

http://www.ebay.com/itm/350497575972?var=620037004130&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649#ht_1402wt_901

http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-Sports-Automatic-Watch-SNZG13/dp/B006BUE84M/ref=sr_1_31?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1335767513&sr=1-31

I have that Seiko SNZG13 and it's great on my wrist. I think for smaller wrist, you should look at 38mm~42mm. I have a 43mm watch and the lugs hover over my wrist. I have two 41mm watches that I wear most frequently and those are Orient and Seiko SNZG13.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Sea-Gull-M186S-automatic-designer-watch-multi-purpose-comfortable-to-wear-/280841797985?pt=Wristwatches&var=&hash=item416379c161#ht_642wt_1141

I'm getting this Sea-Gull next. For the price this is a beautiful piece with classic roman numeral dial with blue hands. I have a cheap Parnis with ST-25 but the movement is just dead accurate. More so accurate than my Orient and Seiko 7s26. I'd say accuracy is Sea-Gull>Orient>7s26 in this order with Seiko being most elusive sometimes. Plus with Sea-Gull automatic, you get the movement that you can hand wind as well as hack. So all in all the Sea-Gull may be your best bet at EXACTLY $120. You'll get a penny back.

Hope it helped.

u/commongiga · 3 pointsr/malefashionadvice
u/Cortez_thekiller · 3 pointsr/Watches

There are a lot of different models from Shinola, perhaps you know of a specific model, or features that he is interested in?

There are bound to be other brands that sell something similar, and possibly for a lot less. Like this Citizen


HOWEVER...

I know that no one would ever buy me a watch as a gift and get it right. Even if you did decide to get a Shinola, you run a very likely risk that you will pick a model that he doesn't like.

Buying a watch as a gift almost always fails.

u/curation · 3 pointsr/Watches

Wow, some of those Vostoks were great looking, but not the style I am looking for currently. Thanks for the suggestion though!

After browsing for a bit more, I actually came across this watch. Aside from cosmetic differences, are there any significant differences between this Citizen and the BM8180 I had posted previously?

The only reason I am leaning towards Citizen is that the low maintenance Eco-Drive seems less intimidating for a newcomer like me.

u/kcrunner · 3 pointsr/frugalmalefashion

If you like the look there is a Chronograph version with a 41mm (vs the 37mm here) case.

Edit: just realized you actually want the smaller version. Oh well, maybe someone else was wondering about a bigger face version.

u/gbakermatson · 2 pointsr/EngineeringPorn

I've got a Citizen that does that, and it's fuckin' great.

u/greatkio · 2 pointsr/Watches

You are going to have a really hard time finding a watch that matches that description in that price range. Nothing I'm gonna tell you in this post is anything that any other member of this sub wouldn't know by heart because there are so few things worth looking at in that range. At ~150 you're almost guaranteed not to find something with sapphire. You looking for analog or digital? There's this - it's not simple/clean, but comes from a decent brand.

In your price range, your best bet is to go with a G-Shock. They're well known for their durability, and there are about a bajillion options to choose from in terms of looks. They have some cool features (radio sync time) but don't necessarily match your aesthetic, as they're kind of busy.

The Citizen Eco-Drive is also highly regarded for its accuracy for the price. I can't speak to its durability though. It's got a mineral crystal. Looks like a pretty decent watch for your specifications.

As for the Timex Expedition...well...you get what you pay for. This is hard - your options would open up radically if you would double your price range you could pick up a Hamilton Khaki or something a little nicer by Victorinox. There's always the tried-and-true, nobody-on-this-sub-ever-shuts-up-about-it Seiko 5, which also has a billion options, and is cheap, but I don't know if they're military durable.

u/mfr220 · 2 pointsr/Watches

They have a similarly styled chronograph with a 40mm case that might interest you.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000EQR6H0/ref=mp_s_a_1_7?qid=1407516075&sr=8-7&pi=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70

u/lAltroUomo · 2 pointsr/CFBOffTopic

I went through a watch nerd phase and have 8 of the damn things. 90% of the time I actually wear only two of them: this citizen quartz that I'm wearing right now is my casual knockabout. Its here but I have it on a NATO strap. The other I wear for more business / business casual dress.

  • What are you looking to spend?
  • Automatic (mechanical movement) or quartz crystal?
  • Dressy, sporty, diver?

    /r/watches has a pretty cool price guide thing in their wiki
u/OneLegAtATime · 2 pointsr/Watches

this citizen?.

Eco-drive, so solar powered and never needs a battery swap.

u/TheodoreRoethke · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I have one that looks great and is a model that gets recommended on reddit a lot: http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-AT0200-05E-Eco-Drive-Chronograph-Canvas/dp/B000EQR6H0/ref=sr_sp-btf_title_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1376261074&sr=8-4&keywords=ecodrive+military

I bought it a few years ago, thinking it would last forever. About a month after the warranty expired, the hands on the chronograph got tangled and the movement stopped. I have had this repaired several times and it just keeps happening, even if I'm not wearing the watch. I know something is crooked in there, but that kind of pisses me off. I don't do anything active with it on.

u/Nameless2nd · 2 pointsr/Watches

As far as I can tell (I'm German myself) your English is perfectly fine. :)

Since I don't really care for quartz watches I don't know citizen's range of models all too well but this one could fit the bill. But I'd still go with the Seiko (replacing a battery costs next to nothing) - the face has a quite neat looking 3D design with the outer ring being higher than the rest of the face, I prefer the cleaner look from the two sub dials compared to the three on the citizen, and I think the orange hands and indices look great.

u/S2S2S2S2S2 · 2 pointsr/Watches

To build on what Coffeeshopman said, if you're going to invest a hundred dollars, it may as well be a hundred well spent. The brands they listed are all Japanese and offer a good value of reasonably well made watches at lower price points. Citizen may interest you in particular as their Eco-Drive watches run off of batteries which are recharged from sunlight and artificial light, requiring very little maintenance.

Furthermore, you may need to investigate what kind of watch you want ( e.g., quartz vs. automatic, which is to say, battery-operated vs. self-winding mechanical gear operated) and what features you would like (some watches you linked have a chronograph / stopwatch for measuring elapsed time). There are pros and cons to these things, but most people on this subreddit heavily favor automatic watches.

Based on these ideas and your aesthetic guidelines, I've pasted a number of links below. I hope they are of some use to you. You will note that Casio is absent. This is merely because they are better known for watches that are more sporty in design and which are typically digital.

http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-BM8240-03E-Eco-Drive-Black-Leather/dp/B000EQS1D8/ref=sr_1_1?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1343799711&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-BM8180-03E-Eco-Drive-Canvas-Strap/dp/B000EQS1JW/ref=sr_1_34?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1343799804&sr=1-34

http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-AT0200-05E-Eco-Drive-Chronograph-Canvas/dp/B000EQR6H0/ref=sr_1_1?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1343799828&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-BM8475-26E-Eco-Drive-Strap-Watch/dp/B005MKGOOY/ref=sr_1_4?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1343799828&sr=1-4

http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-BM8475-26E-Eco-Drive-Strap-Watch/dp/B005MKGOOY/ref=sr_1_4?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1343799828&sr=1-4

http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-BV1085-06E-Sport-Eco-Drive-Strap/dp/B006D0UB28/ref=sr_1_6?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1343799828&sr=1-6

http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNK809-Automatic-Black-Canvas/dp/B002SSUQFG/ref=sr_1_1?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1343799975&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Orient-ER1X003B-Chicane-Leather-Automatic/dp/B007SAKK9Q/ref=sr_1_15?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1343803840&sr=1-15

u/Orfez · 2 pointsr/Watches

I don't think so, but there's similar chronograph version in 41mm size.

u/Nixtrix · 2 pointsr/Watches

The Nautica brand is fine. They are known for their clothing, but their watches are made by the Timex group, whose name might be a little more prolific in the world of horology.

Some other alternatives I think may pique your interest and give bit of variety based off the Nautica would be:

  • Citizen
  • Seiko
  • Timex

    Hopefully that helps and let me know what you think, I'll be happy to help you look for more!
u/Schindog · 2 pointsr/Watchexchange

For sure, no worries. Any of these pique your interest? (It'd be awesome if I had a nice camera... That Symphony is much more beautiful in-person)

Seiko SKX007K

Citizen Eco-Drive AT0200-05E

Orient Symphony

The ones on the left have a couple dings from working as a barista and/or camping, but the Symphony is damn near mint, as it tends to get worn with less heavy use.

u/NickCrockett · 2 pointsr/knifeclub
u/Alakazam · 2 pointsr/Watches
u/shadowbanningsucks · 2 pointsr/Watches

I think the Timex Weekender Chrono would be a great pick. I have the standard 3 hand Weekender, and it's a great watch. However the Timex Expedition Chronos have much better water resistance.

And there is the Citizen AT0200-05E. Solar powered quartz that does not need battery changes. Also with 100m water resistance.

u/_CorkTree_ · 2 pointsr/EDC

No problem. For the record, this is the watch I EDC. I replaced the canvas band with a steel one and it's great.

u/luckynumberpi · 2 pointsr/Seiko

It's a Citizen Eco-Drive chrono, purchased on the 3rd St promenade in Santa Monica for $190. Mine still runs after 10+ years, and looks great on a black leather strap with white stitching. Eco-Drive is amazing.

u/SaneBRZ · 2 pointsr/Watches

You can check out Seiko or Citizen chronographs. They have some decent ones which are similar to the Fossil, are within your budget and have a case diameter of 40 mm. Here are just two you could take a look on:

u/fragilestories · 2 pointsr/Watches

Fulfilled by amazon isn't the same as sold by Amazon - a citizen sold by Amazon will have a 5 year citizen warranty. Sold by a third party and fulfilled by amazon means you're stuck with a seller warranty if they aren't an authorized dealer.

This may not be a big deal -- jomashop for example has a well respected warranty. But the old rule still applies - buy the seller first, then buy the watch.

For the watch you linked, you can buy from amazon for an extra six bucks - I think it's worth the expense :)

http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-AT0200-05E-Eco-Drive-Stainless-Canvass/dp/B000EQR6H0/ref=owo_wa?_encoding=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

u/-CharlesHardinHolley · 2 pointsr/Watches

> I'm not sure i've seen that Citizen before.

LINK

While this watch is easily worth the $113 that they're asking, I cannot stop myself from gloating for a moment: I got it on amazon Prime Day for $74.

u/daboose · 1 pointr/technology

> eco-drive Nighthawk

I have a Chronograph, and its also amazing.

u/idrumgood · 1 pointr/Watches

This guy. The stock strap is groooooosssssss, so I put it on a black shell single piece from Guarded Goods.

u/sfall · 1 pointr/Watchexchange

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EQR6H0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER this the one i am leaning towards but i like the one you linked too but ill have to look at other colors have enough black on black watches

u/returner00b · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

If I might make a recommendation, check out the Citizen Eco Drive - either this model or this slightly larger model with more dials.

Pair it up with a nice NATO strap (buy several different colors, still under $200) and swap them out based on how you're feeling.

u/hcsteve · 1 pointr/frugalmalefashion

Look for a pilot chronograph or flieger chronograph. These are the closest cheap ones I could find:

u/Gopokes34 · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

Someone else said the Orient Mako, and I love mine. Great option and the lug width is 22mm so if you are ever wanting to change up the straps or bracelet, it's very easy.
Have you looked at Citizen too? They have quite a few watches that seem to match the loo you are somewhat going for.

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u/johnwclark · 1 pointr/Watches

There are lot of good Eco-Drive models. Some of my favorites

u/calmbomb · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

that bulova is great but its quartz, if you don't mind a quartz watch it opens up a WHOLE slew of different options under 200$. If I was buying a simliar styled watch under 200$ and didn't mind quartz I would probably look at Citizen Eco-Drive watches, the quality is usually outstanding and the solar feature is fun and very useful.

u/jmorlin · 1 pointr/Watches

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u/likethemapples · 1 pointr/Watchexchange

I bought this watch on Nov 10th 2015 from Amazon. It is in mint condition no scratches or dings. So for practical purposes it is brand new. I am letting this one go because it does not get any wrist time. It was an impulsive purchase and I’ve only worn it a handful of times.


It comes with everything you see in the pictures. I’ve also included a free nato strap and the original strap, which I have never worn.

I am looking to get $105 + shipping. US only.


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Specifications:

Japanese movement

Case size: 41mm

Material: Stainless steel

Water Resistance: 100m

Functions: Chronograph, hours, minutes, seconds, and date

u/Aevum1 · 1 pointr/Watches

Im wondering about the nato strap on that watch.

Think about it, if you´re going to be sitting in lectures great, but once you start your intership... you´re going to get blood, bile, spit, urine and heck knows what on you, in other words avoid leather and cloth straps (basicly anything that can absorb liquids)

You might be better with a rubber or metal bracelet and since you hate metal bracelets...

Also take in to account you´re going to be tired alot and you need something easy to read when going over tests or mesuring someones pulse.

Personaly i would go with a nice ecodrive chrono, i dont think an automtic if for you becuase a 200 buck automatic cant be accurate enough for what you´re going to be using it for and you´re going to need the dead seconds for mesurments.

http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-AT0200-05E-Eco-Drive-Chronograph-Canvas/dp/B000EQR6H0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334873484&sr=8-1

u/son2tweets · 1 pointr/Watchexchange

Hi guys,
Today I’d like to offer up a few well-priced pieces I no longer wear. Prices included Con. US shipping. I take PayPal (F&F preferred) and have good feedback here.

Without further ado, here’s the photo albums w/ timestamp: https://imgur.com/a/YiEaH

Orient Mako Orange -$110 SOLD
The Orient Mako line is well-known for punching above its weight class, and the Orange dial version is probably my favorite (I prefer it to my Gen 1 Orange Monster). This iteration also happens to fairly sought after, as eBay vendors are asking $197 and up (there’s an Orient Mako XL for $148 for bigger-wristed folks).

This watch keeps good time and is good cosmetic condition. Crystal is flawless. Bezel (a common problem with Orient divers) clicks smoothly. Case and bezel inserts has minor use marks. Watch will come on the pictured Nato strap as well as the OEM bracelet that’s sized to 7” wrist. 41mm case x 22mm lug width.

Pics: Wrist shot 1, Wrist shot 2, Closeup, Lume shot

Citizen Eco-Drive AT0200 Field Chrono - $65 SOLD
This is a popular and well-reviewed field watch, and for good reasons: almost fool-proof Eco-Drive tech, one of the more legible chrono dials I’ve seen, robust lume, and nice touches such as the red second hand and matching red WR100 text. 39mm x 20mm.

My sample is well-kept and in good cosmetic condition. Crystal has a tiny hairline scratch near the 2 o’clock marker. Cases has normal wear marks. Caseback is spotless. Watch comes on an unworn NATO band.

Pics: Wrist shot, Closeup 1, Closeup 2, Lume shot

Seiko Solar SNE039 - $58 SOLD
I love mechanical watches as much as the next guy, but it’s nice to have a grab-and-go quartz when you’re in a rush; if said quartz watch requires minimal long-term maintenance due to being solar-powered AND also bears a tasteful design, all the better! This was almost my exact rationale for getting this watch, only to receive something similar from the Mrs soon after that I end up wearing instead.

Watch is in near mint condition and bracelet comes with all links. Please refer to this Amazon product page for more information. 37mm x 19mm

Pics: Wrist shot, Lume , Closeup

Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your time.

u/duck729 · 1 pointr/USMC

I wear a Citizen AT0200-05E. Durable, waterproof, solar powered, looks good, and I got mine on Amazon for like 90 bucks.

Looks like its 118 on Amazon right now

u/mr_mother · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

Have you looked at any of the Citizen watches? You can usualy find these cheaper on places like Jomashop. The Chrono one is fantastic

Non-Chrono

Chrono

u/Witzner · 1 pointr/Watches

Here's a Citizen eco-drive chronograph for $106. Link

u/Nothingcreativeatm · 1 pointr/Watches

A citizen eco drive isn't an automatic, but well regarded around here, and they have a bunch of options for your desired level of formality.

edit: or this one that actually has the black dial.
edit 2: I like this one best.

u/turk11042 · 1 pointr/Watches

It's not an automatic but it otherwise fits all your criteria I think:

http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-AT0200-05E-Eco-Drive-Stainless-Canvas/dp/B000EQR6H0

u/Sanklo · 1 pointr/EDC

It’s this watch with a NATO strap.
Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch with Date, AT0200-05E https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EQR6H0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_luoSBbBG5ARWH

u/Schrockwell · 1 pointr/Watches

Within that price range, you can consider an Eco-Drive with a little more style or features. For example, a chronograph or a second time zone and a bezel that's a slide rule, or something that just looks like a pilot watch.

u/ledit0ut · 1 pointr/Watches

Assuming the Movado is the 1881 automatic I suggest something other than a dress watch or sports watch unless he is the type of person to only like one or two styles of watches. Like the other poster stated the Bambino is a great watch for $150 but compared to the $1000 watch in the same dressy category it wouldn't be fair.

Personally I would go for a more casual/fun watch at that price range. A dressy watch would have to compete with the Movado and Omega for wrist real estate but a casual watch he can wear for yard work or whenever wearing the other watches would be too risky.

Field Watch-Quartz-$200

Field Watch-Quatz-$130



Pilot watch-Quartz-$200

Classic Square G-Shock- Auto updates time in the northen hemisphere every night-95$


If you still want a dressy automatic Orient and the Seiko 5s are your best best.
For dressy Quartz check out the Citizen watches.

u/tman916x · 1 pointr/streetwear

I don't own one... I've got a Timex Weekender, Citizen Eco-Drive, and G-Shock. I'm not baller enough for an expensive time piece, I just knew it was a Shinola (mainly because I zoomed in on the imgur link).

If you want something somewhat similar, here's a black faced chronograph by Citizen. All you gotta do is swap out the band (ridiculously easy) and you're golden.

u/dsac · 1 pointr/Watches

i just put the seiko on my christmas list, along with this Citizen

the fact that you say you have small wrists means that both watches - at 37mm - should fit nicely.

bands are easily swapped.



u/Zyxt · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

Maybe something like this would fit your budget better?

Also, I know I'd get this watch in a heartbeat if I had the money for it. Love it to death. Maybe change the strap though.

u/Marrz · 0 pointsr/apple

This is what changed my mind about getting the pebble.
I asked a watchmaker what they thought about the pebble. I think the metal version looks sharp, like a 70's digital seiko. Anyways her only comment was "watches are supposed to be timeless, electronics become obsolete"
I was convinced

I got a Citizen eco-drive for $160, put a $40 Italian black leather band on it.
Never needs batteries and is more then accurate enough. I Couldn't be happier




Watch: http://amzn.com/B000EQR6H0

Band: http://amzn.com/B000P9ZLYG

u/Mobile_Version · 0 pointsr/CFBOffTopic
u/J_F_Sebastian · -1 pointsr/Watches

It's disappointing to hear that the $150 restriction will need to go, especially because I am pretty convinced that it is possible to make the watch I want for a lot less than that. Digital watch modules are dirt cheap, so 90% of the cost will be the steel and sapphire, and there are <$150 analogue watches that have those.

My $150 budget wasn't arbitrary. I actually did the maths, based on my age, countrie's life expectancy, how long my plastic Casios usually last me, planning for 3 instances of loss/theft over the rest of my life, etc. At about $150 for a watch that can last roughly 17 years, I am basically paying the same as a never ending string of $15 Casios. I'm willing to pay a bit more than that for the convenience of not having to go watch shopping every few years, but not twice as much, that's just not sensible. The watch market just seems really messed up / distorted by people with impractical utility functions.

I have checked out the Citizen Ecodrives, and really do like the technology. The fact that they go into a "sleep mode" when they don't get enough light where they stop moving the hands but keep the quartz oscillator running is super sexy. I did find a chronograph for under $150, so it's an option (all it misses is the calendar and the sapphire). What turned me off was being unable to convince myself that analogue chronographs are a good idea. Looking at that photo, I can envisage times when the chronograph hands are occluded by the minute or hour time, meaning I might be stuck with +/- 2 minutes of uncertainty on the chronograph time unless I wait a long time for the hands to move, and that just feels like such a stupid limitation to have to live with.

Regarding the perpetual calendar thing: it's not that I literally don't have a spare 50 seconds per year. Part of it is that, as explained above, my baseline watch experience is cheap digitals, which just do this for me and I don't have to think about it - paying a bit more to get a nicer watch is not an appealing prospect to me if doing so gives me more work to do. It's not hard work, or a lot of work, it just feels kind of perverse to me, in a philosophical sense. I buy machines to make my life more convenient, not less. Having to reset the calendar most months is an obligation, and a machine should not give me an obligation unless it is removing an equivalent obligation(s) from me. Another part of it is that I just know full well there will be months I'll forget to do it, and it's the kind of error which could conceivably go unnoticed for a week. I just feel like things which are important enough that they need to be right, easy enough to forget that I'm likely to do it once or twice a year, and simple enough to automate using a very small, very cheap, very reliable bit of technology (like a 4 bit digital counter) should be automated.

I fully understand that people in group (iii) (people who appreciate the intricate mechanical engineering and/or fine traditional craftsmanship of mechanical watches) might actually appreciate the necessary interaction with their watch that resetting the date requires. Kind of like feeding a beloved pet, almost.