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  2. What Are the Best Citizen Automatic Watches?

    What Are the Best Citizen Automatic Watches?

    Citizen has always been the favorite watch brand for those who are in search of classy and elegant watches. They are well-known for their affordable range of watches along with featuring the eco-drive system. In fact, the company is known for creating the first model of the Eco-drive series of watches in 2011. People usually prefer to buy watches that they can wear on an everyday basis, specifically those that last for a lifetime. Citizen watches are extremely reliable and available at affordable prices. Let’s look at some of the best Citizen automatic watches! 1: Citizen Classic Automatic Blue Sunray Dial This Citizen Classic Automatic watch features a blue dial with the Citizen brand name in the center. The band is of silver color and is made up of stainless steel. It is a great choice for both casual and evening wear. This watch also features the date and day on the blue dial. It features a Swiss automatic movement, and the price is also quite affordable. All in all, this is one of the best choices when it comes to Citizen watches! 2: Citizen Men’s Quartz Watch with Day/Date This is a must-have watch for those men who love the golden color. It is pretty impressive of Citizen to feature watches of all sizes, designs, and colors. It features the day and date on the front dial, and the base color of the dial is black, which complements the golden color of the band. The diameter of the case is 39.55 mm, and this watch is also water-resistant for up to 99 feet, which means you don’t have to worry about removing it underwater. This is one of the best Citizen automatic watches which feature the Japanese quartz movement. 3: Citizen Avion Eco-Drive The Citizen Avion watch is from the vintage collection of watches back in the year 1950. The rich brown leather strap is made up of great quality and authentic leather, which gives a great look to the watch. The best thing about this Citizen Avion watch is that it features the Eco-drive technology, which means it gets its power from light. So it means that this watch does not require any kind of battery; it can perform all its functions with light. For someone in need of a great and classy watch, this Citizen automatic watch would be a great choice. 4: Citizen Axiom Eco-Drive One of the best Citizen watches for men, this is truly a great masterpiece. It has a great, modern-day sleek design, and the best thing about it is that it can be an equal trendsetter for both day as well as nightwear. The dial is pure black in color, and the band is silver-colored and features a stainless steel case. It also features the Eco-drive technology, which means it gets its power from the light. This Citizen watch is also water-resistant, so you need not worry about removing it underwater. For someone who has been in search of a very sleek and stylish watch that has all the nice features, this would be the best choice ever. 5: Citizen Brycen Eco-Drive This is one of the greatest collections from the Citizen automatic watches and it has amazing features that stand out when you wear it on your wrist. It is a very stylish watch that is blue in color, which gives it a very good look. Made up of stainless steel case along with an indigo blue colored dial along with the bezel, it is considered to be one of the best Citizen watches for men. This is also one more from their amazing collection of the Eco-drive technology feature. You no longer need to worry about the battery as it would never need one. Light would be only enough for this watch. The size of the case is 43 mm, and the strap is made up of genuine leather, which gives it a great look. It is also water-resistant, which means you do not have to remove it while showering, swimming, or snorkeling. Conclusion So, these were the best Citizen Automatic watches of all time. All these watches are available and made up of good quality materials. These Citizen watches for men feature the Eco-drive technology system of charging, which is yet another great milestone. If you are in search of good quality watches that are not only affordable but also stylish and elegant, then these Citizen Automatic watches are surely worth buying, and they will probably last for a lifetime.

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  4. Citizen Watches Releases Marvel’s 80th Anniversary Watch

    Citizen Watches Releases Marvel’s 80th Anniversary Watch

    Citizen watches gives us a unique timepiece that’s sure to satisfy both fans of Marvel movies and the comic books on which they’re based. Meet the Marvel 80th Anniversary watch. Citizen Watches and Marvel Join Forces But first, a quick glance back in time, as this is not Citizen’s first go-around with Marvel. At Baselworld 2018 Citizen unveiled its partnership with the comic titan and introduced a bold new collection that honors Spider-Man, Captain America, the Black Panther and the Avengers. Then, at Comic-Con 2019 in New York City, Citizen watches unveiled the watch that pays tribute to Marvel’s 80-year history. Featuring a vibrant blue sunray dial imprinted with Marvel logos from across the decades, the 80th Anniversary offering is a stunning entry in the line. In a nod to the year Marvel began, 1,939 pieces were made in the limited-edition run that’s available in November 2019. Diving Deeper into the 80th Anniversary Taking a closer look at the commemorative watch we see a striking dial with Arabic numerals in an animation font that’s similar to those found in the pages of Marvel comic books. Adding to the high-contrast colors we’ve grown to love in the comics, the minute track positively pops in yellow and white. Red accents and a black bezel keep things in true comic-color mode. View this post on Instagram A true collector’s keepsake: the new Limited Edition Marvel 80th Anniversary timepiece by Citizen pays homage to Marvel’s signature stylization and logos, and is built with Super Titantium™—making it five times harder than stainless steel. #MyCitizen #CitizenMarvel #Marvel #Avengers #superhero A post shared by Citizen Watch Company (@citizenwatchus) on Oct 6, 2019 at 3:10pm PDT But beyond its eye-catching looks, this watch was built for the rough-and-tumble action our Marvel superheroes are apt to encounter. It’s constructed of Super Titanium, which is forty percent lighter and five times harder than stainless steel. The watch’s hands are coated by luminescence that glows brightly in low light, powerful enough to guide any Avenger through the dark of night. Flip it over to find a case back that honors Marvel’s longevity with an engagement marking 80 years of super-hero adventures.  A complementing silver-tone titanium bracelet completes the classic look of the watch. It’s also got some serious operational power, functioning with Citizen’s signature Eco-Drive, powered by any light source and never in need of a battery. While your wear may vary, you can count on the watch going strong for about ten years before you’ll need to replace the depleted solar cells. View this post on Instagram #marvelcitizen #marvel #citizen #captainmarvel #lovethiswatch #thankyoubae A post shared by welcome to me and my own (@melizabeth84) on May 25, 2019 at 11:58am PDT A New Homage to Spider-Man In conjunction with the 80th Anniversary watch, Citizen is releasing another timepiece. This one honors one of the Marvel Universe’s favorite sons. The new limited-edition Spider-Man watch goes for a really retro vibe with black-and-white comics across the dial, giving the watch an overall casual and even somewhat whimsical feel. They’re not just random images, but rather greyscale versions of classic comic book covers. A full-color Spider-Man in action jumps out from the face, the red from his famous Spidey suit matched by robust red hands. There are also notes of Spider-Man’s signature red with the contrast stitching on its black leather strap. Citizen only produced a run of 1,962 pieces, which (you guessed it) marks the year that the friendly neighborhood crimefighter made his debut on the pages of Marvel comics. View this post on Instagram Commemorate everyone’s favorite web-slinger with a Limited Edition Marvel Spider-Man watch by Citizen celebrating the superhero in his vintage, black-and-white comic form on the dial. #MyCitizen #CitizenMarvel #Marvel #Spiderman #superhero A post shared by Citizen Watch Company (@citizenwatchus) on Oct 6, 2019 at 1:44pm PDT Watches in the Marvel World The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t limited to Citizen watches. With stars of the film franchise sporting a variety of luxury timepieces both on and off-screen. Let’s take a look at their amazing watches. Robert Downey, Jr. We met Robert’s alter ego, billionaire “Tony Stark,” in Spider-Man Homecoming when he was brandishing a big, flashy Urwerk UR-110 RG. Tony exuded vintage style in his first Iron Man with a BVLGARI Retrograde Day-Date Moonphase and next strapped on a Jaeger LeCoultre AMVOX III Tourbillon GMT for his second outing as the man in the high-tech suit of armor. Mark Ruffalo. Of course Bruce Banner can’t wear a watch. Not even the strongest titanium bracelet would withstand the pressure when Bruce balloons up into the Hulk. (We’re amazed the pants stay on — maybe they’re some kind of super-stretchy pants?). But star Mark Ruffalo isn’t shy about celebrating his Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture offscreen. To be fair, with Swiss movement and smartphone features, the Hybrid Manufacture more than deserves the gushing praise. View this post on Instagram Twice as sweet as sugar… #flashback #sciencebros promoting #avengersageofultron (? @jimmy_rich ) #happylaborday #hair @davynewkirk #style @jeanneyangstyle #OG #avengers #TeamStark #nofilter #bts A post shared by Robert Downey Jr. Official (@robertdowneyjr) on Sep 3, 2018 at 11:32pm PDT Chris Hemsworth. As a TAG Heuer ambassador, the Australian actor who plays Thor has had some seriously nice watches on his wrist. A favorite we’ve seen him wear more than once is a TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01. Benedict Cumberbatch. In the movie Doctor Strange, Cumberbatch’s cherished timepiece is a white-gold Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual. Chris Evans. Offscreen the star of Captain America wears an IWC Portugieser Chronograph. Don Cheadle. The man who plays War Machine has been spotted wearing a Patek Philippe Nautilus Reference 5711, and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. Chris Pratt. The Guardians of the Galaxy star favors Cartier, flashing a Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph, Calibre de Cartier Diver and a Santos de Cartier. Citizen Watches and Marvel Conclusion  Spider-Man continually ranks as one of the favorites when it comes to Marvel movies. So chances are you’ll want to put the web-slinger on your wrist. But perhaps you champion the entire universe, from Wolverine and Captain America to Iron Man and, yes, even Ant-Man. If you want to celebrate all things Marvel, there may be no better way than with an 80th Anniversary timepiece.

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  5. Japanese Watches: Best Brands

    Japanese Watches: Best Brands

    If you’re in the market for Japanese watches, there are probably a few watch brands you will look to first. Seiko, Citizen, and Casio are likely on your radar, as they have a combined watchmaking history of more than two centuries. But these established brands are being challenged by some notable up-and-comers. So let’s take a look at the best Japanese watch brands and what they offer. Seiko Founded in 1881, Seiko is Japan’s oldest watchmaker and generally one of the most respected. It’s well-earned respect, based on more than a century of fine quality at prices that are notably affordable in comparison to their Swiss counterparts. It’s hard to encapsulate all they have done through the decades, but we can look to a few benchmarks. They made Japan’s first dive watch in 1965, and Seiko Prospex divers remain incredibly popular to this day. They turned the watch world on its end in 1969 with the first mass-produced quartz watch. For quality and heritage, Seiko is the Japanese watchmaker to beat. Grand Seiko  Each of these sub-brands of Seiko probably merits a lot more discussion than we have time for. Grand Seiko goes for luxury and can cost considerably more than their parent company’s offerings, but the quality shows. One of their most notable entries is the Snowflake, a titanium gem with Spring Drive movement. Orient Orient takes the Seiko tradition in a different direction. Unlike Grand Seiko, Orient watches are exceedingly affordable. But don’t worry that you’re getting a cheap watch with Orient. Rather, they perform well beyond their price tags. One of the most-popular Orients is the Bambino, a low-cost dress watch that can hold its own with some of the best Swiss offerings. Citizen If we’re talking about tech with Japanese watches, Citizen is the go-to brand. They famously pioneered light-powered timepieces with their signature Eco-Drive. They’ve also been at the forefront of GPS technology, notably with models such as the Red Arrows World Time Chronograph. Are they affordable? Yes and no. Spanning a wide range of prices, you can pick up a Citizen for as low as $100 and as high as $2,000 and more. Casio Casio started out as something of a joke. Well, at least somebody probably laughed at you when you sported your first calculator watch back in the day. Today those same watches are brandished by hipsters for their retro charm (and cheap prices). But Casio grew in leaps from its humble start, and nobody is laughing at the G-Shock. Casio’s near-indestructible flagship watches have become a staple and nearly every serious watch collector in the world has one in their collection. 3 Japanese Watches You Probably Don’t Know (But Really Should!) 1: Knot  One of the hottest new brands out of Japan is Knot. Since its debut in 2014, the small Tokyo-based outfit has gotten an overload of media attention that should make the big brands a little nervous. Two aspects make these watches desirable alternatives to the more-established watchmakers: price and customization. When it comes to cost, you can pick up a nice Knot for some unusually low prices given the high quality of the timepieces. A quartz movement watch will set you back about $200 while mechanical movement is in the $500 price range. From straps to movements and cases, all components are made in Japan and hand-assembled at Knot’s workshop in a bustling section of the capital city. And every Knot watch is completely customizable. Choose from a sea of straps that honor Japanese crafts and culture, such as the braided Kyoto’s kumihimo, a Yamanashi’s umbrella strap or the tatami-beri band that mirrors the design of a traditional Japanese tatami floor mat. View this post on Instagram 人気のレディースソーラーウォッチ。季節感あふれる新カラー追加! 秋のファッションにぴったりなブラウンフェイス。 落ち着いた雰囲気がコーディネートの締め役に。 #knotwatch#knot#wristwear#wristwatch#madeinjapan #ノット#腕時計#時計#日本製#カスタムオーダー A post shared by Maker’s Watch Knot / ノット (@makers_watch_knot) on Aug 29, 2019 at 1:48am PDT 2: Minase Another recent brand that’s been upending the long-established watch world in Japan, Minase made its debut in 2005. But unlike urban Knot, Minase crafts its timepieces in a small factory in the company’s namesake village in the north of Japan. High-end quality has put Minase on the map. Prior to its foray into fine watches, the company produced precision tools and has since brought that fine metalwork expertise to each of the 500 watches Minase produces each year. 3: Frank Miura Okay, so this is a weird one. Frank Miura is a parody brand that openly mimics Franck Muller watches (both names are pronounced nearly the same in Japanese). Of course, the latter Swiss luxury brand Franck Muller makes instantly recognizable watches under the audacious banner “Master of Complications.” We’ve seen their bold designs on the wrists of 50 Cent, Elton John and a slew of other celebrities, and prices for a nice Franck Muller can go north of ten grand. Japan’s Frank Miura, on the other hand, offers similar designs at a fraction of the price. And although it’s a blatant rip-off of the Swiss watches, the Japanese quality is pretty good, and the designs are really cool. Franck Muller sued Frank Miura to stop making watches, but the legal action backfired. A Japanese court ruled that Frank Miura has the right to produce parodies and the publicity has made the low-end Japanese brand a cult hit. View this post on Instagram 嗚呼、ついに禁断の一本を手に入れてしまった…。 #フランク三浦 #fashionbloger #blog #腕時計 #ristwatch #watch #mensfashion #frankmiura A post shared by Yuji Mizutani (@butsuyoku_m) on Feb 8, 2019 at 6:38pm PST So you can stick with the tried and trusted brands, it’s hard to go wrong with that kind of longevity and tradition. Or choose one of the upstarts and slip something a little more eclectic on your wrist. However you select, the small island of Japan has a huge selection of amazing watches waiting for you.

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  6. Affordable Designer Watches for Women

    Affordable Designer Watches for Women

    Looking for affordable designer watches for women? They’re out there. We have a great misconception that we must spend a big amount just to get a good watch. This is not true because quite often, you can get amazing watches and quality timepieces for as low and under just $500. Although they may not be that fancy or studded with stones as the pricey ones, they are still incredibly stylish and make a great addition to your watch collection. Moreover, apart from stylish, they are also great for regular use. So, it does not matter if you want a watch for office wear or want to wear it casually, you will find some very affordable designer watches for women below. 1: Timex Women’s Easy Reader Although this Timex watch does not look extremely modern from its outlook and appearance, in reality, it is a very classical timepiece. It also displays a very charming personality of the one who wears it. Apart from this, this Timex watch is very much a copy of a watch which was released back in 1960. The best thing about this watch model is that it is extremely durable. Source: timex.comTrue to its name, this Timex women watch is very easy to read. This is due to the Arabic numerals as well as the indigo light display that makes it really easy to note the time. On the whole, this Timex women watch is the best watch to wear on a regular basis and it definitely is very affordable! 2: Michael Kors Women’s Darci An absolutely amazing timepiece and quite affordable, this Michael Kors Darci women watch is worth buying. Not only is it water-resistant for up to 50 meters, but its stylish design will make you fall in love with it. We’re quite sure you won’t be able to resist buying it. michaelkors.comThe crafting of this Darci watch is done with rose-colored gold stainless steel, and it looks gorgeous. The bracelet of the watch is extremely decent and elegant. The case is quite large of 39 mm, but it features an amazing glitz bezel along with stick hour markers. For evening wear and parties, this watch is definitely worth buying! 3: Daniel Wellington Women’s Sheffield You will not find a better, stylish, trendy as well as affordable watch than this Daniel Wellington Sheffield watch. This is a complete, luxury-styled watch which features a 36 mm round shape stainless steel case. The black leather band of the watch is made up of genuine leather which will not wear or tear with time. danielwellington.comThis is a simple yet stylish watch, and you can easily wear it on an everyday basis at work or even as casual wear on weekends. 4: Citizen Women Eco-Drive Two-Tone This Citizen women’s watch features a very classical design along with great quality. This watch is extremely comfortable and perfect for daily wear with high functionality. It also features a Japanese quartz movement. The best thing about this watch model is that there is no need for a battery as it can be fueled by artificial and natural light. Apart from this, the Citizen Women Eco-Drive Two-tone watch is water-resistant for up to 100 meters. You can wear it while swimming and snorkeling. The brand features designer-style watches, and it has been around for quite a while. Make sure you get yourself a watch from this brand as they are extremely reliable along with guaranteed quality and quite affordable as well. 5: Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch If you are a smartwatch freak, but on a tight budget at the same time, then this Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch is the watch for you. These smartwatches are not traditional, but they provide great value for money and are equipped with the latest technology. You should definitely consider and look into the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. The best thing about it is that you can easily get news updates and notifications,  while sending and receiving messages. The straps are made using genuine leather, and it looks extremely stylish. You can find this Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch in 18K rose gold color too. Affordable Designer Watches for Women Conclusion So, we have gone through some of the top options when it comes to affordable designer watches for women. You should keep in mind that watches can be a lifetime investment so one should spend wisely on watches. Many famous and well-known brands offer extremely stylish and affordable designer watches. So, don’t just wait; go and grab some amazing designer watches at a low price!

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  7. Seiko Watches vs. Citizen Watches

    Seiko Watches vs. Citizen Watches

    Although Seiko and Citizen may have similarities on the surface, they make very different watches. Having mentioned that, this article is a comparison of both brands. We’ll take you through their particular highlights and characteristics to see if anyone beats the other. Otherwise, it’s a draw. Note: Keep in mind that this article is purely educational and lets you decide which manufacturer to go for. Seiko Watches Seiko, unlike its competition in this category, doesn’t only make quartz watches. Their range of watches with automatic movements is known to rival the best in the industry when it comes to complications and craftsmanship. However, the manufacturer’s selling point is their cost-friendly price that doesn’t sacrifice either performance (power, movement, etc.) or aesthetics. Below, we’ll go through the brand’s highlights. View this post on Instagram The timeless design of the Seiko Presage Automatic #SSA343 delivers pure class and Japanese craftsmanship on the wrist. . . . #Seiko #SeikoStyle #SeikoFam #WatchFam #Presage A post shared by Seiko Watches (@seikowatchusa) on Jan 20, 2019 at 9:00am PST Features of Seiko Timepieces: Uses an extensive variety of movement types Excellent build quality, with a professional finish Budget-friendly price (the Seiko 5 costs $75, and it uses an automatic movement) Combination of GPS function with movements (solar in most cases) for precision Overall Performance Over the years, Seiko has come up with movements of all sorts. Unlike most of the competition, the watchmaker doesn’t allow itself limitations from Swiss tradition, or even misconception on what should be. It’s like the Samsung of the industry, with the Citizen a lower-tiered iPhone (at least when compared to Rolex). They have made watches with quartz, automatic, solar, kinetic, and spring movements. Their quartz movements include both the standard types and high-precision ones in the case of the 9F Quartz. As for automatic, you’ll find movements that can rival the best in the watchmaking world. A highlight is the Grand Seiko SBGR253 with up to 72 hours in power reserve. On the part of solar watches, six months of use upon full charge is the new milestone. View this post on Instagram Blue or Gold? Share your #SeikoDiver of choice in the comments. (?: @tempusx) A post shared by Seiko Watches (@seikowatchusa) on Oct 13, 2018 at 8:05am PDT The kinetic and spring movements, on the other hand, are entirely different. In the case of the first one, it refers to a collection of watches that uses a battery that’s charged through winding, whether self-winding or modern, where it self-winds. Also, keep in mind that the ‘old-school’ method comes with two power indicator functions, so you feel the transfer of power. The second, which is the Spring Drive movement is like a brother to the kinetic movement. Both are proof of Seiko’s innovations as a master of both electronic and mechanical watchmaking. Back to the Spring Drive, it combines tradition with precision. The movement charges like any mechanical watch, but then includes the use of an electronic regulator for higher accuracy (±10s per year). Pricing The price of Seiko watches can go from as low as $100 to as high as $50,000. But most times, the Seiko line up is less than $1,000 (exceptions are the Presage, Prospex, and Astron collections) while the Grand Seiko collection starts from there. For the innovative Spring Drive, only the Grand Seiko uses it. You’ll find every other type of movements Seiko make in the sub-$1,000. Good dive watches start at $300 Sleek dress watches start at $400 GPS models start from $1,000 Street-styled series start at $400 Casual/outdoor and military-styled watches start around $150 View this post on Instagram The Presage collection combines Seiko's mechanical watchmaking technology with Japanese aesthetics and craftsmanship to deliver a classic timepiece. Which is your favorite? A post shared by Seiko Watches (@seikowatchusa) on Dec 28, 2018 at 9:00am PST Aesthetics Seiko watches always come with a high level of finish, durability, and sophisticated design. Sadly though, Seiko doesn’t complement all three with precious metals like we usually see in watches made by Rolex, Patek Philippe, and others. The one exception to this norm is the Grand Seiko 130th Anniversary Limited Edition SBGW252. Citizen Watches Citizen is a watch brand that formed in 1918. The manufacturer purely focuses on in-house quartz movements which are all made in Japan. Also, most of their watches are assembled in automated factories, though their high-end models (assembled by Meisters and Super Meisters) are an exception to that rule. That said as we mentioned above with Seiko watches, Citizen watches are known for their high prices, too. And that’s with no adverse effect on the performance. Here’s a break-down of the features of a Citizen watch on the market. View this post on Instagram Step up your style game with the new Citizen Stiletto collection. #CitizenStiletto #BetterStartsNow #MyCitizen⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ MSRP: Starting at $350 USD⠀ A post shared by Citizen Watch Company (@citizenwatchus) on Aug 28, 2018 at 12:01pm PDT Features of Citizen Timepieces: Ultra-accurate quartz movements Light-powered quartz movements Dainty form factor Use of perpetual calendar in all watches with a date display Atomic timekeeping for precise time transmission from unique radio towers Battery span of up to 20 years, before power storage capacity, dropped by 20% Overall Performance With Citizen, their central movement revolves all around the Eco-Drive technology. The technology can generate light from any source. Whether that be natural, artificial, or even dim (regardless of which one), the battery gets charged. What’s more, a full charge means 5-12+ months of operation in pitch darkness. View this post on Instagram Today’s forecast calls for variable cloudiness with a chance of turtlenecks and the classically styled Citizen Calendrier. #MyCitizen #CitizenWatch #EcoDrive #menswatchstyle . . . . MSRP: $695 USD Model #: BU2084-51A A post shared by Citizen Watch Company (@citizenwatchus) on Jan 29, 2019 at 12:00pm PST Other than that, their HAQ (High-Accuracy Quartz) technology is the next best, and it’s the industry standard. Citizen watches with this technology usually have a staggering time accuracy of ± five seconds per year. It’s one of the best we’ve seen so far. In contrast to Seiko, Citizen doesn’t have a variety of movements. But the ones they do have (namely, the Eco-drive movements) are the best that you can find in the market, especially with the updates to the tech itself. Note: Citizen has an automatic movement called the Miyota movement. It’s not as popular as its counterpart; and even when compared to the ones found in the Seiko, it’s no competition. Pricing Pricing in the case of Citizen watches can go from $100 to $20,000. The latter is a bit underwhelming when compared to Seiko’s, but keep in mind that Citizen only makes quartz watches. They never want to compromise on time accuracy by using mechanical watches. At the same time, durability and features are never too far away from their collections. Dive and dress watches cost below $400 Eco-drive watches start from as low as the minimum $100 Atomic timekeeping watches start at $350 Aesthetics Citizen is like Seiko in this regard. Neither of them uses precious metals (gold, platinum, diamonds, etc.), but both their watches do offer impeccable finish, high durability (use of stainless steel), and exceptional aesthetic appeal overall. A Final Thought If you don’t mind quartz watches and the extra accuracy the tech brings, Citizen watches might be your best bet. Alternatively, if you prefer the tradition of mechanical watches, with a cost-friendly price, then Seiko watches should be your choice! Either way, it’ll be a win.

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  8. Best Affordable Watch Brands Under $1,000

    Best Affordable Watch Brands Under $1,000

    The truth about the watch industry is that the majority of advertising dollars go towards selling ultra-luxury products. While there are a handful of consumers out there who can realistically spend $10K on a watch, most cannot. That being said, if you fit into the latter category, you don’t need to shy away from the entire market. In fact, there are a variety of great brands out there that don’t break the bank. I go through the best affordable watch brands in the section below. 1: Seiko This Japanese powerhouse is the king of affordable brands. The reason is that Seiko is 100% devoted to delivering an incredible amount of value in each product that they manufacture. So, whether you’re spending $75 on a basic watch or $500 on a more luxurious piece, you will know that you’re getting one of the best deals on the market. The history of this brand makes them even more charming, as they have played a significant role in the story that is the evolution of horology. 2: Casio If price is your number one concern, then Casio might be your top option. On the lower end of the spectrum, they offer products for as little as $10. You won’t be getting the most exceptional quality out of that purchase, but the price tag is unbeatable. The value Casio delivers gets even better as you reach more expensive watches in their catalog, too. As far as analog watches, they have dressy pieces, divers, and everything in between. Their claim to fame, though, is their ultra-tough G-Shock collection, so I would look there first when considering Casio. 3: Orient Orient is a lesser known Japanese brand that is actually owned by the Seiko group, which gives them an added layer of quality assurance. Still, they operate as their own company and bring a unique flair to the products they manufacture. The most popular of them are the Ray, Mako, and Bambino, but the rest of their catalog is full of excellent choices too. When it comes to discussing the best affordable watch brands, Orient is hard to beat. 4: Citizen Citizen is best known for two things. The first is their Eco-Drive movement, which makes almost all of their watches tick. It is unique because it is powered by solar energy, rather than a battery. This feature makes your watch function for much longer than a typical quartz movement. The second thing they’re known for is how much value they pack into each timepiece. While not up to the standard of luxury brands, Citizen delivers more watch for your money than just about anyone. 5: Hamilton Hamilton has a story that is quite a bit like other manufacturers. They began as a pocket watch company, but when the World Wars came along, the brand turned their attention to wristwatches. Of course, they thrived in this domain, and the rest is history. One thing that people love about Hamilton is their roots, as a brand founded in the United States. While they have since moved to Switzerland, that heritage is still charming. 6: Tissot You cannot leave Tissot out of any discussion regarding the best affordable watch brands. Two factors make this brand unique on this list. The first is their rich history, which goes back to the 1800s. The second is that they’re a classic Swiss brand, rather than being Japanese. While some of you will not care about the origin of your watch, others will enjoy having a piece of Swiss heritage on their wrists. Those in the latter group should definitely check out Tissot. 7: Timex While Hamilton began in the United States and then moved to Switzerland, Timex has been in the US since the beginning. All that time, they’ve produced affordable watches with a surprising amount of quality. They are workhouse pieces for many people around the country and are one of the best buys on the market. This company also has a range of products that they sell. On the one hand, you can purchase their cheapest models for under $50. On the other, they also sell some really great products in the $100-300 range. Ultimately, no matter what you’re looking for, Timex will deliver. Let me be the first to tell you that getting a great watch doesn’t have to require more than $1,000. Instead, you can spend a more realistic sum of money shopping with the best affordable watch brands on the market. If you decide that this is the route you want to go, sticking to the names on this list is a smart strategy. Each of them is beloved in the watch community, has a rich history, and is sure to deliver you a fantastic new watch. Those factors combined mean that you really can’t go wrong when choosing between these best affordable watch brands.

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  9. Why the Citizen Nighthawk is a Great Choice

    Why the Citizen Nighthawk is a Great Choice

    Let’s take a look at how to use a Citizen Nighthawk, the Citizen Eco-Drive, and why the Nighthawk is one of the most popular among Citizen watches and an excellent choice for your watch collection. Anyone who has even heard of GMT watches is probably aware of the Citizen Nighthawk. It’s a modern classic by any measure and one of the most iconic entries in the Citizen line. Invented and reinvented, revamped, revived and enjoyed by new generations around the world, the Nighthawk has exhibited a level of popularity and staying power like almost no other watch on the market today. If we’re talking about design, value and affordability, there’s nearly no mass-marketed watch like it out there. Aviation-Inspired Style While the Nighthawk owes its style roots to pilot watches, it’s come to be more known as an everyday watch with some serious pilot credentials. Hefty but not too bulky, sporty but not squarely in the sports camp, this is a watch that likes to see action and tells the world that you’re the adventurous sort. You may not be a pilot, but for sure you have a high-flying spirit! Priced for Everyone to Enjoy Depending on the model you want, you can pick up a brand new Nighthawk for somewhere between $300 and $400, or a bit over or under. Shop around online and you can often find used, refurbished and even new Nighthawks in the $100 to $250 range. This makes the watch one of the most affordable timepieces of its kind on the scene. Time-Tested Toughness It’s hard to beat a Citizen Nighthawk in terms of toughness and durability. A solid stainless steel case (some PVD coated) can take some serious knocking around, as does a scratch-resistant mineral dial window. Its quartz movement has been long tested for extreme accuracy over extended periods of time. Most models are resistant to water up to 300 meters, making them perfect for swimming, snorkeling and showering. The Dial There’s no getting around this one. The Citizen Nighthawk has a busy dial. If minimalism is your thing, you’re probably not going to look twice at the watch. For everyone else, a face full of admittedly cluttered elements is the selling point of this watch. It’s designed for aviation and pilots of old who needed to pack lots of info on their watch faces. Luminous hands and markers glow quite brightly at night, making it an excellent choice for evening outdoor activity and adding a more than subtle nod to the watch’s name. Functions You Will Actually Use You may not be jetting across the country every day but the GMT dial makes it easy to track a separate time zone. Why would you need to do that? Say you wish to know the time zone of a friend you are about to call across the country, or perhaps what time it is at your company’s satellite office in another state. Then there’s the slide rule bezel. You may say you’ll never need one, but the Nighthawk’s bezel allows you to do basic math such as multiplication, division and unit conversion on the spot. While originally designed for aviators, the slide rule can be used by anyone who wants to do everyday computations. How Do I Use a Slide Rule Bezel? Say you want to multiply 45 x 50. Rotate the 45 on the outer bezel to meet 10 on the inner scale. Look to the 50 on the inner scale and the number that lines up with the 50 is your answer. Imagine you want to divide 300 by 45. Rotate the bezel to position 300 to line up with 45 on the inner scale. The number on the bezel that lines up with 10 on the inner scale is your answer. But most useful of all is probably to calculate tipping. Say you want to leave 20% on a $50 check. Rotate the 50 on the bezel to 10 on the inner scale. Look to 12 on the inner scale and the corresponding number on the outer bezel is your answer!   The Staying Power of Eco-Drive While it may sound ultra-modern, the Eco-Drive is actually more than 40 years old! The Crystron is Citizen’s first light-powered watch. It debuted way back in 1976, the same year Apple Computers was founded. View this post on Instagram My submission to #halfwatchtuesday #mycitizen #citizenwatch #citizennighthawk #flieger #手表 #腕時計 #セイコー #グランドセイコー #pilotwatch #rewatchteam #wruw #watchphotography #stilllifephotography #wristcheck #pilotwatch #watchesofinstagram #watchnerds #wruw #flatlaystyle #flatlay #watchfy #watchmania #gnomonwatches #affordablewatches #wis #wristshot #edccommunity #edc #watchfam #fliegerfriday #flecto A post shared by chriscentro (@chriscentro) on Jun 4, 2019 at 7:59am PDT The Citizen Nighthawk, like other Eco-Drive-powered watches, draws its energy from light and maintains power for 180 days at a charge. What about replacing the battery? Nope, you’ll never need to as the Nighthawk stores its energy in a lithium capacitor. Just let that solar panel under the dial absorb light and convert it to electrical energy. So it has features you can surely use, a price you can afford and looks you would just love to put on your wrist. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and get yourself a Nighthawk today!

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  10. Excellent Citizen Watches for Women

    Excellent Citizen Watches for Women

    Stylish yet affordable, Citizen watches for women offer high-end looks at entry-level prices. The diverse collection ranges from a lot of varieties. From glittery timepieces that add sparkle to party dresses to more subdued models that are perfect for the office or casual outings. And with Citizen’s signature Eco-Drive, light power means you’ll never have to replace batteries or wind a watch. So let’s look at some of the top choices when it comes to Citizen watches for women in the Citizen watch line. Silhouette Crystal EX1470 for a Night on the Town Too bold for some but just the right amount of bling for many. This Silhouette Crystal probably shouldn’t be worn at an important business meeting or your great-aunt’s funeral. No, this watch was made for heading out and tearing up the town! The rectangular case and Roman numerals give it a vintage vibe that would be at home sipping a sidecar in a speakeasy. Keep things sophisticated with a snow-white dial. Or go with a sleek black face that proclaims your proclivity for night prowling. But the sparkly show of Swarovski crystals on the bracelet and bezel already broadcast that you’re no wallflower who spends Saturday night at home. View this post on Instagram These Citizen Silhouette watches are perfect for the warm summer months. Visit our store today to get yours! ? . . . . #citizenwatches #citizenecodrive #citizensilhouette #watchesofinstagram #summer #spring #brentwood #ss18 A post shared by Heart of Gold Jewellers (@heartofgoldbrentwood) on May 17, 2018 at 12:27am PDT Citizen Watches for Women: Chandler FE7030 for Everyday Life Yes, Saturday night parties are all fine and good, but Monday morning rolls around soon enough. That’s when you want to slip on the more-subtle Chandler. A classic design that need not call attention to itself, the round case gives it a clean, casual look that’s complemented by an equally understated white Mother-of-Pearl dial. Your practical side will appreciate the reliability of Eco-Drive movement, durability of a scratch-resistant mineral crystal and peace of mind that it’s water-resistant up to 50 meters. But because every day still has its finer moments, Swarovski crystal indices add enough flair for the watch to fill in for dressier occasions. View this post on Instagram Pretty as a picture—and perfect for Mom: the clean, casual, and chic Citizen Chandler. #HappyMothersDay #CitizenChandler#MyCitizen A post shared by Citizen Watch Company (@citizenwatchus) on May 13, 2018 at 6:05am PDT Citizen Watches for Women: Axiom EM0633 for Versatile Fashion Most everything goes with gold, a hue that’s often paired across the color spectrum, from deep reds and purples to dark blues and soft greens. Pink is equally adaptable, complementing yellows, blues, and metal of all shades. Put pink and gold together and you have an accessory that can go almost anywhere! The Axiom embodies this free-ranging spirit with a round-case watch that’s equally at home during the day or night. It’s both throwback and cutting edge at the same time, with a shape and steel-link bracelet that harkens to classic timepieces paired with a modern edge-to-edge glass design. Be it at brunch or a gala ball, the Axiom will get attention without seeming like an attention-seeker. View this post on Instagram Pink is definitely your color. The no-battery-needed Citizen Axiom in pink gold-tone stainless steel. #CitizenAxiom #MyCitizen. A post shared by Citizen Watch Company (@citizenwatchus) on Jun 4, 2018 at 1:00pm PDT Citizen Watches for Women: Jolie EM0716 for Vintage Style Citizen makes an unapologetic homage to bow designs from the 1950s with the Jolie. The ribbon-like contours elegantly tuck into a round case that offers an equally classic look. Like the timeless black dress it pairs perfectly with, Jolie’s silver-and-gold motif will never go out of style. Adding a mystique of chic, diamonds make luxurious accents to an understated pearl-white dial. Rather than a Saturday morning supermarket run, this refined timepiece feels more at home dining by romantic candlelight. View this post on Instagram With a brand new silhouette reminiscent of a 1950’s bow, the Citizen Ladies Jolie is the perfect accompaniment to that little black dress—stylish, classic and chic. Powered by any light with our Eco-Drive technology. #CitizenJolie #EcoDrive #watches A post shared by Marquise Jewelers ? (@marquisejewelers) on May 22, 2019 at 1:53pm PDT Citizen Watches for Women: Elektra EW2514 for Dazzling with Diamonds As you can probably guess by its name, the Elektra likes to put on an electrifying show. Larger than many of the models in the Citizen line for women, the Elektra’s 32mm case has a glimmering gold bezel that’s packed with brilliant diamonds. But the bling doesn’t stop there! Diamonds also grace the white Mother-of-Pearl dial which shimmers beneath golden indices and gold-rimmed luminescent hands. This is a dress watch that warns the world to put on some sunglasses because you are here to shine! View this post on Instagram Just recently got promoted at work. Bought a watch to ? celebrate ? my promotion! #citizenwatch #ecodrivewatch #citizenelektra #citizenecodrive #mycitizen A post shared by belindaying?? (@belindaying) on Mar 20, 2019 at 8:22pm PDT Citizen Watches for Women: L Sunrise EM0323 for a Touch of Nature Citizen eschews the round and rectangular case shapes of traditional timepieces to echo the contours of nature with the L Sunrise. The case’s offset circles recall the appearance of a rising sun, appropriately ringed in warm golden hues. The glittery stones make it officially a dress watch. The nature-inspired design means that unofficially you can wear it pretty much everywhere. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Citizen Watch UK (@citizenwatch) on Jun 23, 2017 at 1:59am PDT Citizen Watches for Women: Ambiluna EM0642 for a Subtle Power Play A smart business suit is a probable companion to the Ambiluna. An understated luxury watch that doesn’t need to make a lot of noise to get noticed. Just one diamond sits astride the bezel on the round case that prides itself on elegant minimalism. That one bold gemstone is almost in contrast with the soft champagne Mother-of-Pearl dial, while the stainless steel mesh bracelet adds an air of industrial chic that says you are not to be trifled with. Clean, clear and straightforward, the Ambiluna reflects sophisticated Japanese style that’s an integral part of Citizen’s rich heritage. So whether you want to glitter on a giddy party scene, forage at the weekend farmer’s market or command the board room, Citizen has the right watch for you.

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  11. Diving Deeper with the Citizen Promaster Diver

    Diving Deeper with the Citizen Promaster Diver

    Over the past three decades, the Citizen Promaster has proven itself as one of the best dive watches on the market. It earned its place with innovative tech, sure-fire dependability and an unusually accessible cost. Let’s delve into the details of how this popular watch became a legend.  Over 30 Years of Citizen Promasters  The Citizen Promaster series officially debuted back in 1989, when Janet Jackson’s “Miss You Much” topped the U.S. music charts, Michael Keaton’s Batman broke box office records and the Berlin Wall came tumbling down on live TV. Or, to be more accurate, three Citizen Promasters debuted that year: the Aqualand, the Altichron and the Promaster Sky. The trio hit the world stage as the Titanium Professional collection.  The Aqualand has remained nearly unaltered over the past three decades. It was actually a reboot of a standalone model that was first produced in 1985. It got some serious attention at the time as the world’s only dive watch with a digital depth gauge. The first Altichron was notable for an altimeter that was capable of registering 10,000 meters above sea level and 300 meters below. The Promaster Sky was the forefather of Citizen’s satellite and radio-controlled watches that were to follow.  Today, the collection still sticks to the thematic trinity that’s made it a success: Land, Air and Sea. The message is simple. If you’re taking off in flight or diving deep in the ocean, this is the timepiece you want along for the adventure. But of course, we can’t all be so daring in everyday life. So the watches also exude a casual cool or a bold expedition to brunch. The Citizen Promaster Diver emerged as the line’s best seller. All About the Citizen Eco-Drive You can’t really talk about Citizen watches without first mentioning the Eco-Drive. Citizen impressed the watch world when it first introduced light-powered timepieces in the 1970s. They perfected the technology for the mass market by the 1990s. Say goodbye to batteries! Today’s ultra-efficient Eco-Drive watches absorb both natural and artificial light through a solar panel under the dial, storing the energy in a lithium-ion cell that can charge a watch for anywhere from a few months to an astonishing few years! While Citizen Promaster watches were popular in their pre-Eco-Drive days, this amazing power capacity is surely an important ingredient to their popularity.   Basic Black is Always in Style There are a variety of Citizen Promaster Divers to choose from, but let’s first look at the most popular model, the BN0150-28E. This analog quartz timepiece is solar powered with a stainless steel case, available with a sturdy polyurethane strap or stainless-steel bracelet. It’s quite basic — but in the best of ways! The black dial has simple all-white markings. The three hands are equally simple, albeit wide to complement the somewhat hefty design. The hour, minute and second hand each have generous applications of lume. The minute hand is the watch’s most eye-catching aspect, an orange-edged arrow that provides a pop of color on the otherwise black-and-white palette.  Most people who buy dive watches don’t actually do deep ocean dives. But it’s nice to know this watch is water resistant up to 200 meters. That gives you a peace of mind for the pool, shower or unintended water hazards. The lume also shines quite brightly and is easily chargeable with any light source. Speaking of power, the reserve is staggering and you can go months on a single charge!     Bring on the Blue Another popular model, and a visually pleasing one at that, is the BN0151-09L. It’s pretty much the same watch as the BN0150-28E but sheds the black motif for an eye-catching blue design. Both pieces lean to the hefty side, with a 43-mm case diameter that really expands to 48-mm if you include the crown. But they wear lighter on the wrist than their dimensions suggest. Aided by a slim 12-mm profile that makes them lightweight in the world of dive watches and perfect for everyday use. The bezel is quite simple, with painted markings on the aluminum. While the standard blue silicone strap is popular, the accessible size and understated look of the dive watch makes it easy to swap out straps for different looks. Pair it with a leather strap for a dressier, yet still sporty, look that goes well with dress-casual attire. Or go more rugged with a nylon NATO strap that’s more fitting for weekend adventuring. Versatility is one of the things that’s kept the Promaster Diver in vogue for so many years.     Make Way for the EcoZilla! People are bound to notice if you strap on a Citizen Promaster Diver BJ8050-08E. With a case width of 48-mm and weighty thickness of 18.6-mm it’s hard not to take note. But, like all in the line, its simple styling makes it wear slimmer than its actual size. Unlike other models in the collection, this one is a lefty. Detractors would point out that a crown at the nine o’clock position can dig into the wrist on an active outing. True to its nickname, the watch has a monster 60-click bezel with polished scallops. It comes with a rubber strap but this ready-for-action watch always wears well on nylon.    While these are the most popular, they’re just a few of the choices in the Citizen Promaster Diver line. You can get totally blacked out with a BN0195-54E, go with a touch of green on the CA0715-03E or take things up a notch with the pricier BN7020-17E, a seriously pro dive watch that’s water resistant up to 1,000 meters. However you like your Promaster Diver, you can enjoy knowing you’re part of over 30 years of history.

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