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Recently, I blipped about the new The CITIZEN Eco-Drive Promaster Aqualand Depth Meter BN2024-05E that debuted in Basel 2014. It’s made a splash on my wrist in a big way, and its out-of-the-box design approach makes it stand out in a sea of sub homages and overly used catalog case designs. While many speak of Seiko’s heritage, many are unaware of Citizen’s proud lineage: one that was born in 1918 and continues to live one of the most decorated lives of any watch company in existence, releasing many industry “firsts” during the late 70’s and early 80’s, and emerging a leader in the quartz watch industry.

Since this review is about one of Citizen’s watches equipped with a depth gauge, I’ll quickly direct you to 1985, as it was the year Citizen introduced its first-depth-gauge watch, knows as the “Aqualand.” In 1995, Citizen introduced its Eco-Drive technology, bringing us full circle to 2014, where I am fortunate enough to adorn a dive timepiece that seamlessly blends the past, present and future and can simply be describe as the best that Citizen Watch has to offer.

Specs:

Case Diameter: 52.5mm

Case Height: 18.5mm

Lug Size: 24mm

Strap: Rubber

Movement: Eco-Drive Technology

Crystal: Mineral Glass with Anti-Reflective Coating

Water Resistance: 200m/ 660ft

Certifications: ISO 6425 compliant

Retail Price: $950.00 (approximate)

This Citizen watch arrived in its fairly standard Citizen Eco-Drive box, and inside I found the cylindrical two-piece gray box we are all accustomed to. Since I did not purchase this watch through an authorized dealer, I am uncertain if this is the actual box that comes with this watch. Perhaps, you will find different variations of it, depending on who you purchase it from. I would hope that since this watch hovers around the $1000 price range that Citizen would send it away in a box or packaging worthy of cradling this mammoth sized beast. Along for the ride are Citizen’s warranty booklet, general instructions and thick instruction manual, which explains how to use this particular model in English, French and Espanol (muy caliente!)

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Ariel Soltura has had a passion for watches since an early age; one that was passed onto him by his father, who was one of a handful of people to own a Rolex GMT on the island of Cuba, where Ariel was born. Ariel Soltura, who is a full time police officer, husband, father and Dive Watch aficionado, is well respected in the watch community for his honest thoughts and comments on "all things watches." When not patrolling the streets, throwing footballs with the community's youth or perusing various watch forums, he can be found hanging out with his six year old son, Aric, his greatest passion of all.

7 Comments

  1. nice blog .keep going

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    • Jason,

      Thanks man! We’re working hard here with no intentions of stopping. :) Any particular watch you’d like to see reviewed here on WR?

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  2. Great Review. I was on the fence about this one. May pick one up if it can be had for under 7 bills.

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  3. Nice photos and a great review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one. It seems Citizen has come out with a really nice addition to their diver’s line. It may be a bit large for everday wear, but I’m sure it serves its purpose for what it is, a true tool diver.

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  4. Thank you all for the comments. Keep em’ coming!

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  5. Citizen watches are my favorite ! This watch seems to be very exclusive and it’s really eye catching.

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  6. bought one after reading your review… i only have one regret. i should have bought the limited edition. :)

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