Most helpful critical review
Recommended with a few reservations
on 17 October 2014
This is not the first Citizen eco-drive watch I've owned. Like all the others, it's a high-quality, well-made watch that keeps reasonably accurate time (give or take a few seconds a month). However, it's far from perfect and has a few downsides that make it less than ideal.
For starters, it's highly prone to scratching. I've been wearing mine for just over a week now, mostly at the office (definitely not a rough environment), and the metal top next to the strap already has a few scratches. Secondly, this watch is a bit on the bulky, heavy side for me. My wrist is about 7.5" in diameter and watches that are 10mm or less in height feel more comfortable on my wrist. This watch, as measured by me, is approximately 11mm high. The strap on this watch is 22mm wide and NOT 19mm as stated on Amazon. I can definitely feel the extra weight (2.5 oz/71 grams) on my wrist when wearing this watch, though I don't think it's something I can't get used to.
Overall, this is a beautiful, high-quality watch that'll work best for those who prefer a thicker watch. Consider a different model if you'd rather not have visible scratches on your brand-new watch or if you lead an active lifestyle that can be hard on your timepiece.