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Citizen Exceed: Unique and Reliable Watches

Citizen is a Japanese watch brand that’s been in the industry for over 100 years now. Revered in the watchmaking business for their technical precision, innovations, and quality craftsmanship, there’s surely a timepiece for all types of watch lovers. The Citizen Exceed range is one of the brand’s most popular collections. Thanks to the wide range of technology and materials that Citizen utilizes to produce these watches, wearers get timepieces with reliable quality. With the use of super titanium hard coating for the cases and super clear clarity coating used on the sapphire crystal glass, Citizen Exceed watches are long-lasting. On top of that, they still manage to create sophisticated designs that both dedicated watch connoisseurs and casual wearers can appreciate.

Prices at a Glance: The Most Popular Citizen Exceed Watches

Model

Price (Approx.)

Size

Features



 

Citizen Exceed Eco-Drive Solar AT9110-58A



 

$1,099 USD



 

41.3 mm

  • Analog Display, 
  • 100m Water Resistance
  • Antimagnetic
  • Radio Controlled
  • Perpetual Calendar 
  • Date window
  • World Time
  • Power Reserve Indicator.


 

Citizen Exceed Eco-Drive Solar CB1110-61E



 

$719 USD



 

38 mm

  • Date Window
  • Radio Controlled
  • Perpetual Calendar
  • World Time
  • Antimagnetic


 

Citizen Exceed AT9110-58E


 

$1,039 USD


 

41.3 mm

  • H820 calibre
  • Sapphire Crystal Glass
  • Super Titanium Band
  • Perpetual Calendar
  • Antimagnetic
  • Day-Date Display
  • World Time Display

Citizen Exceed Eco-Drive Solar CC3054-04E

$1,949 USD

43.3 mm.

  • GPS
  • Antimagnetic
  • Date-Day Display
  • World Time Display
  • Perpetual Calendar
  • Power Reserve Indicator

Citizen Exceed Eco-Drive ES9420-58A 

$1,095 USD

26 mm

  • Super Titanium Case
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • 50m Water Resistance 


 

Citizen Exceed Eco-Drive ES9424-57A



 

$1,195 USD



 

26 mm

  • Pink gold-tone Super Titanium Case 
  • Three Hands 
  • 50m Water Resistance



 

Citizen Exceed CB1114-52A



 

$1,012 USD



 

38 mm

  • Gold-plated Titanium Case
  • Date Window
  • Radio Controlled
  • Perpetual Calendar
  • World Time
  • Antimagnetic


 

Citizen Exceed GPS CC3050-56L


 

$2,025 USD


 

43.3 mm

  • Titanium Case
  • Perpetual Calendar
  • GPS
  • Solar-Powered
  • Antimagnetic


 

Citizen Exceed Titania Happy Flight Eco-Drive ES9452-01D



 

$1,721 USD



 



 

26.6 mm

  • Solar Quartz Movement
  • H060 Calibre
  • Titanium, Gold-plated Case 
  • Mother of Pearl Dial
  • Diamond-set Hour Markings


 

Citizen Exceed Titania Happy Flight Eco-drive ES9420-07D




 

$1,619 USD




 

26 mm

  • Mother of Pearl Dial
  • Diamond-set Hour Markings
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • Radio Controlled
  • Perpetual Calendar
  • World Time
  • Antimagnetic


 

How much does a Citizen Exceed watch cost?

There’s a wide range of Citizen Exceed watches to choose from. With that in mind, a simple, yet durable timepiece from this collection can cost you around only $600 USD. Meanwhile, for more advanced options, you will need to shell out approximately $3,500 USD. As you notice, Citizen watches are mostly priced in the low-to-mid category. They’re not necessarily luxury timepieces, but they’re also not cheap fashion watches either. They can easily stand the test of time thanks to the materials used in creating them.

One of the best Citizen watches in this collection is the Citizen Exceed AT9110-58E. Measuring 41.3 mm in diameter, it’s one of the best, oversized Citizen watches for men who want to catch someone’s attention. The elegant silver-toned body and black dial give it a classic look that can easily match any three-piece suit. Featuring three subdials, its dual time component allows the wearer to check the times in two different time zones. The perpetual calendar is also an advanced yet neat feature that indicates the day, date, month, and year cycle, including even leap years automatically. There’s no need to adjust this manually until the year 2100. This Citizen watch comes with a price tag of $1,039 USD.

Another popular oversized model is the Citizen Exceed Eco-Drive Solar CC3054-04E. The brown crocodile skin band and black dial give it a rustic, yet high-class look. Ticking away this Citizen watch is the Japanese solar quartz movement and F150 caliber, which allows it to be charged from almost any light source. Besides being solar-powered, another interesting feature of the CC3054-04E is the Global Positioning System (GPS) module. This GPS module allows the watch to track the current time based on your location. You can get your hands on the Citizen Exceed Eco-Drive Solar CC3054-04E for only $1,949 USD.

If you want something more simple in terms of aesthetics, the limited-edition Citizen Exceed CB1114-61W may be one of the best Citizen watches for you. The white mother-of-pearl with the gold-plated silver band exudes nothing but sophistication. The diamond-set hour markings also add another level of extravagance to this simple timepiece. While the design of this $1,400 USD watch may be simplistic, the technology inside is still top-of-the-line. Besides being solar-powered and its perpetual calendar feature, the CB1114-61W is also radio-controlled. This means that the time displayed will always be exact thanks to a calibration radio signal that it receives.

For ladies looking for an eye-catching dress watch, the Citizen Exceed ES9340-55X is definitely one to check out. The stunning red dial perfectly stands out against the silver bracelet that's a fitting choice for posh social events. This $1,525 USD timepiece measures only 26.2 mm in diameter, small enough for the petite wrist of women. The diamond-set hour markings also contribute to the watch’s striking and graceful appearance. The ES9340-55X is also radio-controlled and solar-powered, proving that style can perfectly coincide with innovation.

The Citizen Exceed Eco-Drive Solar CB1110-61E is a $719 USD watch made of super titanium with a sapphire crystal and super clear coating glass. The black dial with silver Roman numeral hour markings provides the watch with a classy and traditional style. Its features include a perpetual calendar, world time display, and date display window at the 3 o’clock marker. It is also radio-controlled, solar power, and antimagnetic. 

Technology Behind Citizen Exceed Watches

The Exceed range features some of the best Citizen watches. But this isn’t only because of their stylish designs. For years, Citizen has been setting new standards in the watchmaking industry. In 1976, the company built the first-ever light-powered analogue quartz watch. Now known as the Citizen Eco-Drive, this technology is utilized in the majority of Exceed watches. By converting any type of light into energy, Citizen was able to create an eco-friendly power source to replace traditional batteries. Thus, lessening water and air pollution that improperly disposed batteries cause.

Meanwhile, the radio-controlled system allows Citizen watches to display precise time, every time. By capturing a time signal from an atomic clock, the Citizen iRadio-Controlled system auto-corrects the time and calendar in the Citizen timepiece. With only a 1 second every 100,000 years margin of error, you get ultraprecision. If you own an Exceed timepiece with this feature, this means you will never have to adjust or reset your watch ever again.

There’s no denying that Citizen watches are durable and made to last. In 1970, the brand introduced the world’s first titanium watch. Since then, it continued to prove to be at the forefront of innovation when they introduced the Super Titanium. This is Citizen’s trademark material used for its watches, including the Exceed collection. The brand claims that Super Titanium is five times harder than stainless steel. This is possible by applying its surface-hardening technology called Duratect to solid titanium. Thus, this results in a scratch and rust-resistant material that’s also comfortable to wear around your wrist.

Another innovation that Citizen uses on their watches is the Satellite Wave GPS module. This feature is perfect for those travelers who don’t want to bother with adjusting their watches when entering a new time zone. Citizen watches with this feature cover 38 time zones. Once you cross into a different time zone, the Satellite Wave GPS syncs to GPS satellites to locate your global position and set your watch to the correct time.

Should you invest in a vintage Citizen Exceed watch? Is it worth it?

Leading with precision and mechanisms, Citizen Exceed timepieces are a worthy investment. This is especially because they are made to last a lifetime. However, as mentioned above, Citizen is not necessarily a luxury brand. Even the value of vintage Citizen watches doesn’t increase tremendously enough compared to other Japanese watch brands like Seiko. This is because of the continuous mass production of Citizen watches. Depending on the model and condition, a vintage Citizen Exceed watch can sell for less than $300 USD. You can even get a preowned vintage Citizen Exceed Quartz watch with reference number WL9842, issued in the 1980s for only $136 USD.

However, this doesn’t mean that Citizen Exceed watches are not worth the money. Thanks to the durable material utilized in creating these watches, rest assured that you can easily pass them down to the next generation. When you purchase a Citizen Exceed timepiece, you still get consistently sturdy and functional watches with eye-catching designs at an affordable price.

History Behind the Citizen Exceed 

The story of Citizen began in Japan during the 1910s. This was the time when the watchmaking industry was dominated by Swiss manufacturers. Jewelry dealer Kamekichi Yamazaki thought it would be the right time to begin the localized production of timepieces. With the market saturated with foreign companies from Switzerland and America, Yamazaki wanted to manufacture watches that would be less expensive than imported brands.

In 1918, Yamazaki established the Shokosha Watch Research Institute, which would later become Citizen Watch, and in 1930 would be known as Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. By the end of 1924, the business began the commercial production of the first-ever Citizen watch, the Caliber 16 pocket watch. Since then, Citizen has become the standard of the modern timepiece industry in Japan.

The history behind Citizen Exceed watch, though, didn’t start until the late 1970s. This was the period when watch manufacturers transitioned from mechanical to quartz timepieces. In 1978, the company started what we would now know as “Thin Watch War,” by releasing the world’s thinnest watch, the Citizen Exceed Gold with a case 4.1mm thick. Ticking away inside these 32 mm Citizen watches for men, was a movement thinner than 1 millimeter, which was a first of its kind back in the day. This caused other major players in the watchmaking industry, like Seiko and Switzerland’s ETA, to produce their thin watches. Thanks to Citizen, Japan emerged as the leader in the new quartz watch revolution.

In 1980, the company followed up the success of the men’s Exceed Gold wristwatch with more petite Citizen watches for women. This women’s analog quartz timepiece contained the world’s smallest watch movement at the time. The design of this watch also changed to fit the elegant and chic aesthetic of the women. It made do without the brown leather of the original men’s Exceed Gold and swapped it with a gold chain bracelet with diamonds. The case was also fairly smaller compared to the original.

Further innovation of the Citizen Exceed line began once again in 1997. The company launched Citizen watches Eco-Drive models for the Exceed line worldwide. These Exceed watches were the world’s first solar-powered analog timepieces with a variation of ten seconds a year. They came in a silver case and bracelet with a white dial, gold hands, and hour markings. Soon after, in 1998, the brand released Citizen watches Eco-Drive versions for women. These Citizen ladies’ watches from the Exceed line came in a two-toned silver and gold bracelet.  Similar to the men’s counterpart, they also featured a white dial with gold hands and hour markings.

Fast forward to 2005, the company introduced the Citizen Exceed Radio-Controlled watch for women. This analog Eco-Drive watch came in a fully metal case with a built-in antenna that guarantees the most precise time display. A year later, the brand released a slimmer version of the original by at least 2 mm.

Over the years, there’s no denying that this Japanese watch brand has reached global dominance as the world’s largest watch manufacturer. The rich history of innovation truly sets Citizen apart from other famous manufacturers. And now, Citizen continues to release Japanese watches with the latest technology and timeless designs. 

Reasons to Buy a Citizen Exceed Watch

Admittedly, Citizen is an underrated brand in the watch industry. Despite being one of the largest and most successful Japanese watch brands, Citizen often gets swept away amidst the other big names luxury watch brands. Because of this, you may wonder: are Citizen watches good? To put it simply, yes. Citizen still has a devoted following. Dedicated watch enthusiasts and casual wearers love Citizen watches. The Exceed line is no exception, of course. Here are a few reasons the Citizen Exceed line is definitely a collection to consider when looking for your next watch purchase.

1. The Citizen Exceed range features a rich selection of styles to choose from. From the casual watch, elegant timepieces, to sporty wristwatches, there’s certainly a watch for every type of citizen.

2. Citizen is one of the leading Japanese watch brands that’s creating new technological wonders in the business. As a leader in innovation, the company has introduced us to features that are now the standard in the watchmaking industry. From being the first watch manufacturer to use titanium, to releasing Japan’s first-ever water-resistant watch, Citizen is unquestionably a historic brand making waves in the industry.

3. The primary reason to purchase this wristwatch is also the simplest: to tell time. Citizen Exceed watches do so in the most accurate manner. Thanks to the technology that the company has perfected, every watch in this collection displays time accurately. Features like the satellite wave GPS module and radio control system, users get the most precise time all the time, no matter where they are.

4. Another reason you should consider investing in Citizen Exceed watches is their sustainability. The Citizen Eco-Drive watches in the Exceed collection are solar-powered. This means, just by using any source of light, you can recharge your watch, without the need of changing the batteries. According to Citizen, this technology has eliminated the disposal of ten million batteries in North America alone back in 2007.

5. Lastly, the Citizen Exceed line features some of the brand’s most affordable watches. The extremely accessible price tags of these watches make them a pleasing choice for every citizen. This is especially for those looking for a high-quality, but budget-friendly watch. 

Citizen Exceed: Watches that Exceed Expectations 

It’s easy to see that Citizen is a brand dedicated to researching and developing the latest technologies in the watchmaking industry. Because of this, its reputation as a leading innovator in the business has solidified. All Citizen watches for women and men are world-class. The Citizen Exceed collection features not only the best Citizen watches but the best watches in the entire industry. With their affordable prices, every citizen can now get their hands on reliable, high-quality, advanced, and fashionable wristwatches.

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