August 23, 2011

Citizen Promaster Diver Review

Citizen Promaster Diver Watch Review
  The Citizen Promaster Diver (BN0085-01E) is a beefed up version of the Professional Diver reviewed below. The Promaster is a more classically designed dive watch compared to the Professional Diver. Jumping full steam ahead in the “go big or go home” watch trend, this Promaster comes in at 47mm. It may have been a better choice to go around the 44-45mm range, going this large will likely decrease potential buyers. 
  A sun ray pattern is used on the dial in conjunction with the Eco-Drive solar powered movement. Blue accents are used sparingly throughout the dial, less is more works good here. W&R really likes the style of the hands used. Though, the minute hand is a bit to short for the dial. The indices have decent lume and work very well with the dial & hands. There is a date window located at the 3 o’clock position. Here it might have been a better option to eliminate the cropped hour marker. Instead, use a larger date window and no hour marker as it would no longer be needed. Would have worked better aesthetically and functionally. On a very positive note, Citizen went with a 120 click vs a 60 click bezel. The bezel has a nice crisp feel while rotating for a watch a this price point. The 60 on the bezel itself is lumed well, the rest of the bezel is free of lume. An integrated rubber strap with buckle round out the overall appearance. If you are looking for a large dive watch at an affordable price point, this 300m Promaster is worth considering. 

Pros - Eco-Drive, 300m, 120 click bezel

Consideration - Size, short lugs will limit other strap options

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 47mm
Crystal: Mineral
Bezel: Unidirectional
Strap: Black Rubber
Lug Width: 23mm
Power Reserve: 180 Days
Movmt: Eco-Drive
Water Resistance: 300m

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