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Citizen #BL5290-59E Men's Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar Alarm Chronograph Watch
The company was established in 1924. The founding fathers selected the name Citizen so it would be "Close to the Hearts of People Everywhere" and soon after adopted the company's formal name, Citizen Watch Company.
During the last seventy-five years Citizen has expanded its business throughout the world and has achieved recognition as the global brand. The past twenty-five year period has coincided with the company's dramatic rise to its current position as the world's largest watchmaker, a distinction Citizen has held every year since 1986.
Beyond sheer size, Citizen is also recognized as a worldwide leader in advanced technology. From the world's slimmest LCD watch to the first voice recognition watch and the world's first professional dive watch with an electronic depth sensor, Citizen's record of "world's firsts" is unmatched.
More recently, Citizen has staked out a new position as the leader in Ecologically Friendly timekeeping with its Eco-Drives watches that are light powered. With models ranging from dress models to sports models to professional dive watches, Citizen Eco-Drive runs continuously in any kind of natural or artificial light for a lifetime of use. Fueled by light, it never needs a battery.
Perpetual Calendar, 1/20 Second Chronograph - Measures up to 60 Minutes
12/24 Hour Time, Dual Time, Alarm, One-Way Rotating Elapsed-Time Bezel
Non-Reflective Crystal, Screw-Back Case, All Stainless Steel
Water Resistant to 333 ft. (100m), Foldover Clasp with Hidden Double Push Button
Never Needs a Battery
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20 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Citizen Eco-Drive #BL5290-59E - Pretty good watchJan 18, 2008
By M. Schmidt
My husband's review of his new watch:
I have been searching for a reasonable "divers style" watch which incorporates an alarm. I have had several and they usually work well until after the first battery change; follow the battery change with a dip in the pool and watch-death has been the typical result. The Citizen Eco-Drive is a great solution and I am very happy with it; I eagerly look forward to not having to change batteries. The watch is good looking (male opinion) and works well with a few idiosyncrasies:
- the alarm is very quiet; I have not heard it yet, unless I am already awake. This is disappointing, but not unexpected based on reviews from others. Citizen should work on this and consider having the alarm repeat after its first short burst; a second "blast" might help stir one from slumber.
- the crown tends to turn from rubbing on my wrist and change the function from "time" to Chronometer to "Local-time" to "alarm". Easily corrected but can complicate a quick glance to check the current time. Some way of shielding the crown, or making it less prone to accidental turning would be convenient.
- I like the "local time" function that allows you to reset to another time zone; it works pretty well and basically resets the hour hand only. This is handy if you travel, especially to areas multiple time zones away.
- resetting the watch, or changing functions is a bit entertaining, if you are easily amused, as any changes seem to result in extended periods during which the hour and minute hands race around the face of the watch until stopped at the desired point.
- I was not too interested in the Chronometer function as I have trouble reading the small dial on the watch. I have used it and it is straightforward, but would have been happy without that function.
I like my new watch very much; I wish the alarm was louder.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Great watch.Dec 19, 2009
By Polish Dude
I would love to give this watch 4.5 stars. great not perfect, for 250 i could ask for more but wouldn't get it.
the main reason i got this watch was b/c I wanted a watch that looked good and was reliable. Before this i had a few swatches, all their faces got scratched quickly but worse than that their band kept breaking. They had metal bracelets, but they would only last about a month each. I have had this watch for about 2 months no band problems to report.
Pros: looks like an omega for a fraction of the cost,
Has more functions than omega. its has an alarm and an alt time.
the rotating bezel is a nice touch.
yellow on black is awsome.
Rotating bezel is great as a quick alarm(without the sound)
Cons: The alarm is quiet, tied it both awake and sleeping. could hear awake but wouldn't wake me up.
Other: the picture doesn't do it justice.
Hey Citizen listen up, make the 24 hour clock on the top left tell the alt time. instead of retelling the current time.
on a positive not the crown needs to be pulled out one click in order to change the mode. some people reviewing other perpetual calendar watches said that
their wrist would accidentally change the mode, with this model or (at least the one i got) that can't happen. i don't know maybe Citizen heard the
complaints and changed the watch a bit.
250 is a lot of money in this economy but its less than 3k and the watch itself is better than a guess that would go for about the same price.
I love watching the minute man move a quarter tick for ever 15 sec.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
"THE" Workhorse WatchSep 26, 2012
By Sadoc Munoz
I have been a proud owner of this great watch for over 2 years. That may not seem like a long time for some folks but let me just add the small fact that i NEVER take this watch off. I wear it to sleep, shower, swimming, work, etc.
I am not a careful person. I have hit this watch on almost every sort of surface during these 2 years and let me tell you i am impressed. Aside from some faint fading of the black paint on the bezel (which is a great addition to this watch) and some very tiny scratches on the face, it looks just like it did when i pulled it out of the box. I am EXTREMELY impressed with Citizen's craftsmanship.
The Eco Drive system works wonderfully and has yet to fail on me. I often wake up in the middle of the night and look at my watch for the time. Lo and behold, it's still ticking AND the hands are still glowing faintly.
I bought a different Citizen watch just to have for "dressy" occasions but i hardly wear it because i like this one so much. It goes well with a suit, jeans and button up shirt, or even shorts and t-shirt.
It seems that watches are rarely worn nowadays and even then only as fashion statements. As a person who regularly relies on their watch (especially the elapsed time bezel function) I am extremely proud to say that i own this one. Buy it and you will not regret it; of that i am certain.
If there were anything to warn against; it would be that this watch is a little bigger and heavier than most other watches (including Citizens). This does not bother me at all as I've grown accustomed to it and when i switch to a different watch i find myself missing the weight.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Fantastic Watch with some minor flawsFeb 09, 2011
By M. Czaicki
This is my first Citizen that I just recently bought. I¡¦ve been wearing it daily for 2 weeks already and must say that this will definitely be the watch from my collection of 4 that will get most of the ¡§wrist time¡¨.
First of all it looks fantastic. The Black bezel and black face make perfect contrast with white and yellow hands.
The case is not too big and not too small. Just right for me being relatively thin and tall.
The initial set up took some time as the hands were misaligned and were not pointing at ¡§zero¡¨ marks for the Chrono and other functions, but it wasn¡¦t too complicated and following manual took about 15minutes to get everything just right.
The quality of the case is visibly better than the Chinese made bracelet but not that noticeable.
I like watching how the hands speed around when functions are changed although it¡¦s a somewhat lengthy process if your alarm is set far away from the current hour. Also, the second hand stops at ¡§12¡¨ whenever it doesn¡¦t receive enough light (i.e. under the sweater sleeve) and it catches up to the normal second position whenever it¡¦s re-exposed to light again. It¡¦s quite amusing to watch this multiple times a day º
I don¡¦t think I¡¦ll be using much of the added functions, especially now when cell phones have both alarms and stop watches that are easier to use and give results that are easier to read. The second time feature may come in handy but requires setting it up ahead of time so it may not work very well for frequent flyers as you can adjust your local ¡§main¡¨ time on the watch exactly the same way.
The only two negative points I have are around the crown and its functions.
First of all, as others have mentioned, the watch switches between functions on its own if the crown gets moved by the movements of your wrist/hand. Yes it can get pretty annoying especially if it moves to the Alarm setting as getting back to the ¡§time¡¨ function may take a minute or more of automatic hand spin.
Second, the crown itself is rather sharp on the edge and it hurts when it rubs the top of my hand. It was quite annoying in first days but now my skin must have adapted and it¡¦s not so obvious anymore during regular hand movements.
Overall, it¡¦s a good watch with awesome appearance and great quality timepiece that will never need a battery and calendar correction. If Citizen eliminated the 2 shortcomings listed above this would be a true home run of a watch.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Bulletproof Value!Sep 26, 2010
I was looking for a suitable daily wear watch for both dress up/down situations. My usual watch is a Tag-Heuer Aquaracer followed by a Tudor Oyster Submariner and on occasion I wear my Seiko automatic diver watch. This is a bulletproof watch. Great value for the money and doesn't require batteries or servicing unlike the TAG and the Tudor. The long energy reserve time is also nice since I switch wearing my watches. Definitely a best value purchase!
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