Do you want to impress your male friends, but you also want to be stylish when you take your lady for a dinner? You are aware of the environment and, therefore, you support the eco drive concept? Don’t you want to compromise on quality? You want to be permanently informed, but you don’t want to feel a burden on your wrist? It sounds like you’re ready to join the fan club of Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium Watch.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Titanium Watch
Before you decide that you want to pay more for a titanium watch, you need to understand the differences between a titanium and a traditional stainless steel watch.
Titanium watches are roughly 30 percent stronger than stainless steel, but they weight less. One of the primary benefits of titanium, aside from its lighter weight, is that it contains an oxide film that does not corrode or rust. This is particularly useful for watches for underwater use, or for watches that are worn daily in harsh environments. Additionally, the metal is hypoallergenic, so it is less likely to cause irritation if the skin perspires.
For all these reasons, titanium watches are more expensive. Besides, stainless steel cases can be repaired and any scratches to the casing can be buffed out easily. Titanium cases cannot be repaired at all, and it is difficult to buff out scratches. Additionally, if there is any future desire to plate the casing in gold, the task can be performed with stainless steel, but not with titanium.
Choosing between a titanium watch and a stainless steel watch is a matter of preference. Factors to consider include what is wanted from the watch, such as a wrist presence, set piece size and color. Another decision that may assist a consumer is noting whether a classic look, such as stainless steel, or something more contemporary, such as titanium, is preferred.
Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium Watch
With its history and reputation, Citizen brand is a guaranty that you pay good value for money.Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium watch is not an exception. It brings a classic, yet sporty and stylish look. It’s designed not to interrupt your daily activities, since you barely feel it on your wrist.
- Eco-Drive technology powers the watch making it solar powered
- It is water-resistant up to a depth of 200 meters
- Titanium case and band is extremely lightweight
- Sapphire dial window makes it scratch resistant
- Need to have the band professionally adjusted
- Little hard to read with so many things on the dial
- Chronograph only measures up to 1 hour
The Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium watch comes with a 5-year limited warranty, which is already an attractive offer.
Features and Benefits
Design: Men’s sports watch
This nice watch for men emits the energy of solidity and confidence, which you get from the titanium case and sapphire dial window of the Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium watch. You feel in control and confident in your skin. With 3 subdials on its face, it leaves the impression of an attractive complexity that comes with experience, so people will take you seriously. I tested this watch in a wide variety of contexts – in the office, at the gym, in the bar… – and I felt nothing but respect. I don’t want to say that this watch will make a Superman out of you, but it will certainly makes you feel more confident – and what does a man need more than that?
Its analog display and Japanese quartz technology make this watch looking really luxury. It features automatic timekeeping that provides perfect accuracy. Its radio controlled mechanism makes you feel totally relaxed about time zones and time changes, since it’s all done automatically.
One thing that you need to know is that this is not a GPS watch, which means you have to select the city for which you want to indicate the time and date. What the watch will do after getting the atomic time from the radio signal is to change the time into your actual timezone. The reception will be done automatically every day or can be done manually. Since this is a radio signal, you can expect some restriction in usage. For example, the radio signal won’t work if you are in a building, tunnel, basement etc. For best signal transmission, position the watch next to a window and it will catch it and adjust the time accordingly.
With this, you are using the most accurate watch on earth, more accurate than most watches! I’m not sure whether it is Citizen that first produced a radio controlled watch to sync with atomic time, but whoever created this is a genius. This is what makes you feel a citizen of the world…
In 1970s, Citizen was a pioneer in inventing the light-powered analog quartz watch that runs using only light as a power source. This technology, now known as “Eco-Drive,” can generate power from any light source – artificial, natural and even dim light… This means that the entire Eco-Drive line by Citizen doesn’t require a battery – it charges itself from any available light. If you have one that’s been in a box for a year or so and doesn’t work anymore, you can simply put it on and wear it outside for a little while until the battery charges again.
This solar powered range of watches started commercial manufacturing in 1995 and has boasted since 2007, when the Eco-Drive has put around 10 million watch batteries out of the job. Not only is it a source of renewable energy with the figures to back up its need, it is also an elegant functioning drive system.
The first thing that I noticed when I put my Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium watch on my wrist was that it was noticeable lighter when compared with any other watch I wore previsouly. This is really convenient if you don’t want to feel like you’re permanently building your wrist.
Scratch proof face
Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium watch has antireflective sapphire dial window. This makes it extremely strong and resistant to scratches. This is a huge deal, since I always scratch my watch when being active.
One of the best features of the Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium watch are the insufficient charge warnings and its overcharge prevention function.
Yes, this watch uses the Eco-Drive to obtain light from any source and turn it into battery power, but it does reach a maximum amount of charge. It can also fall to low, so to be insufficient for watch to work. Citizen guys made some countermeasures to make sure that neither of these things happen.
When your charge falls to the insufficient minimum for a watch to work, the second hand will start to move in two second intervals. This warning continues for as long as one week before the watch stops working entirely. If you expose the watch to any light source, it will charge itself back and the second hand will return to moving at one second intervals.
If you do not get the watch to a light source fast enough and it ultimately stops working, when you finally expose it to light the watch jumps into a quick start function. The second you expose your Citizen Eco-Drive watch to a light source it will kick start back to life immediately.
The last great function that the Citizen possesses by way of its charging capacities, is the overcharge prevention function that comes into play when the power cells reach their limit. When the Eco-Drive cells are completely charged, the prevention is to cut off all other income of power. This prevents overcharging, overheating, and keeps the watch battery life healthy.
Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium watch is said to be resistant up to 200 metres, something that is important to people who dive from time to time. Though it might seem like it, this actually isn’t a dive watch territory. While 200 meters seems like a ton of leeway to scuba dive with, even down 10 meters, it’s probably best not to risk it.
I personally rarely go more than a meter or two into the water, but it’s nice to know I can wear this watch under the shower without stop working.
Alarm and Perpetual Calendar
This watch also has alarm and perpetual calendar. Perpetual calendar is very useful as you don’t have to adjust the date at the end of each month. The watch took into consideration the different days in a month as well as leap years. Alarm function can be used by activating the alarm mode. The time for the alarm can then be set easily then. The alarm will set off for 15 seconds when time arrives.
Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium Watch with Date, BM7170-53L
- Round watch in titanium featuring blue dial with honeycomb pattern at center, date display at 3 o’clock, and luminous hands/markers
- 43 mm titanium case with antireflective-sapphire dial window
- Japanese-quartz movement with analog display and 180-day power reserve
- Eco-drive technology is powered by light and never needs a battery
- Titanium link bracelet with fold-over push-button clasp closure
Social Proof of Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium Watch Popularity
The best way to test whether the product is worth buying is to read the comments in customer review sections on different sources on internet. This is a real proof of popularity of the product. Don’t get upset, you don’t need to spend days and hours searching on internet – I’ve already done that work for you.
What have I found? Nothing, but excellent comments, with minor downsides. In general, people who bought this watch don’t want to go back to watches they previously owned.
Alternatives to Consider
Seiko Men’s SSC393 Titanium Solar Chronograph Watch
Seiko is a guarantee for a long lasting, good quality watch. This is also to be said for its Titanium Solar Chronograph watch. I feel that it can easily be compared to Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium watch, by its design, but also by most of its technical characteristics.
Both watches are solar powered with titanium case of 42mm. They both have Japanese quartz technology with analog dial and three subdials. They are similarly priced as well. Both watches are water resistant, however, Seiko watch is resistant up to 100m, which represent a major difference in technical characteristics. In general, this watch is suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not for scuba diving.
Seiko SSC393 Men’s Core Black Bracelet Band Black Dial Watch
- Display: Analog, Movement: Japanese Quartz, Crystal: Mineral.
- Case Material: Stainless steel, Band Color: Black, Band Type: Bracelet, Dial Color: Black, Shape: Round.
- Powered by light energy,Hour, minute, and small second hands, Date calendar.
- LumiBrite hands, Chronograph measures up to 60 minutes in 1/20 second increments with split time measurement function; when the measurement reaches 60 minutes, the stopwatch automatically stops counting.
- Directional, exciting and diverse, the Seiko Collection makes and breaks the fashion rules. Scouring the globe for inspiration, our Design Team is inspired by fashion’s most covetable trends; providing you with a cutting edge wardrobe season upon season.
Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s 241261 Watch
This Swiss quartz movement analog watch is both functional and stylish. With a 45mm titanium case dial, it’s a bit larger than the Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium watch, but it comes with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal dial window that gives the watch some serious longevity. The bezel tachymeter and chronograph functions are easy to use and the hour hand can be adjusted without moving the minute marker.
If you need to see the time at night, the luminous hands have a soft glow that is easy to see.
Both watches are water resistant, however, Victorinox watch is resistant up to 100m, which is again a major difference in technical characteristics. This is not a divers watch and it’s is suitable for most of marine activities.
Victorinox Men’s 241650 Chrono Classic Analog Display Swiss Quartz Silver Watch
- Swiss Quartz movement
- 45mm Stainless Steel case
- Swiss-quartz Movement
- Case Diameter: 45mm
- Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
Citizen Men’s CA0265-59E Eco-Drive Watch
Citizen Eco-Drive collection provides a range of titanium watches worth considering. Citizen Men’s CA0265-59E Eco-Drive Watch design is unique, although a bit more elegant for a sport watch. Both watches have a central dial with three chronograph sub-dials, and they are both lightweight and comfortable. The case measures 43mm, which is again a similar size.
However, a big downside of this watch is that the calendar feature does not auto adjust to months that aren’t 31 days long.
Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium Chronograph Watch with Date, CA0265-59E
- Titanium watch with honeycomb-patterned center dial featuring date window and trio of chronograph subdials
- 43 mm titanium case with antireflective-sapphire dial window. Be sure to secure if the watch has a screw down crown. Water may enter your watch.
- Eco-drive Japanese quartz movement charges in natural or indoor light while durable sapphire mineral crystal protects the dial
- Titanium link bracelet with fold-over clasp. 1/5 Second Chronograph, 12/24-Hour Time
- Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft): In general, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not scuba diving.
The Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium watch is just the right balance of design and functionality. It has a titanium body, great design, Eco-Drive solar powered, radio controlled to sync with atomic clock, alarm, chronograph and 24 hour time. Not to mention it has a perpetual calendar and reset the time automatically. These functions make this watch to be fully independent of any human intervention – you can use it everyday and don’t need to worry about whether the time or day or date of it is correct. Like you would with pocket watches for men, for example.
Whether you are in a boardroom making a presentation or in a nice restaurant, this watch won’t let you down.