As the title itself suggest in this post we will discuss Citizen watches and give our review of some of the models that have caught our eye. But first let us put a word or two about the company itself.
It all started back in the year 1918 in Tokyo, Japan where a horological research center named The Shokosha Watch Research instituted has been founded. Couple of years later the institute produced their first pocket watch and in 1930 it became a company known as Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. In years prior to the WW2 Citizen distributed their watches solely in Asia. Their entire export ended during the WW2 since Japan was defeated by the ally forces. After the war they had to rebuild their production and distribution and in next 10 years they regained their Asia market. During 1960’s Citizen started making parts for Bulova watches and made their way into the American market. In 1986 Citizen became the world’s largest watchmaking company and remained near the top in today ever since. The company made a lot of innovations during years and some of the best known series in watchmaking business. One of their most recognizable brands is Eco-Drive technology. Behind Eco-Drive technology is environment-friendly idea to lower the number of waste produced by battery replacement. It is applied in over 80% of Citizen watches that use battery rechargeable by a solar panel hidden under the watch’s face. These batteries last much longer than batteries used in watches with typical quartz movement. Eco-Drive is definitely one of the technologies of the future with arising power of green movements around the world. There is no better option than Citizen for all eco-conscious among us.
#1 Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E review
Citizen BM8180-03E is a watch from Citizens Eco Drive Collection. It has everlasting classic look and very reliable technology. It is great watch for casual everyday wearing.
Design and Features
Round stainless steel case with long lugs gives this watch classic yet very distinctive design. It is 37 mm in diameter and only 8 mm tick. This means that if you have larger wrist or prefer more substantial timepieces maybe it will not be the perfect choice for you. For others with small to medium wrist sizes it will be perfect. On three o’clock there is a large day/date window. Black background gives good contrast behind white hands and printing so it is very easy to check time. For low lite conditions there is luminous paint on hands – another great feature of this watch.
Green canvas strap is eye-catchy and give military look to Citizen BM8180-03. In general canvas straps are very comfortable but you have to give it some time to fit your wrist. Mineral glass protects the face of the watch.
A ton of positive reviews could be found about this watch left by customers. The main negative points are about the quality and the look of the strap. We think also that this strap maybe not the best solution but on the other hand it is a matter of taste and a lot of customers’ like that casual style that it brings to the overall design of this watch. It is great that in person Citizen BM8180-03E looks even better and the strap definitely can be changed if you don’t like it.
- Movement – Analog display with Japanese quartz
- Case – stainless steel case of 2 millimeters in diameter and 9.5 millimeters thick, with mineral crystal dial window
- Band – 18 mm Canvas Strap, a standard length with Buckle clasp
- Dial – Date display at the 3 o’clock position. Chronograph sub-dials
- Water Resistant – Water resistance of 100 m or 330 feet
- Reliable Eco-Drive technology powers the watch by natural or indoor light
- A great everyday watch that will go perfectly with casual and sports wardrobe
- Has large/date window at 3 o’clock on easy to read dial.
- Luminous pain on hands is a great feature that enables checking time in low lite conditions.
- Water resistance of 100 m says that it is suitable for snorkeling and swimming, but Canvas strap could be damaged if it’s often exposed to water.
- Little stiff canvas strap needs time to fit your wrist.
Overall it is stylish watch, very reliable and with great price. Flawless technology behind this great timepiece and a lot of happy customers make it not only one of the most popular Citizen watches but one of the most popular watches in that price range.