Friday, November 29, 2013

Citizen Automatic NY602151E Divers' Watch - A Homage To The Submariner, A Review

The Citizen Automatic NY602151E watch was first introduced into the market in mid-2011. A Japanese Domestic Model (JDM), this watch is a homage to the venerable Rolex Submariner. It has a water resistant of 20 ATM or 200 meters. Despite it being promoted as a "diver" watch, it should only be used for water sports activities not for serious diving.

The construction is stainless steel. Case diameter is 43.5 mm (without the crown) with a thickness of 13.4 mm. Luminous paint is available and the glass is sapphire crystal. The bezel has a 120 click bezel with a luminous pip at the zero/60 minute mark. A 15 minute countdown marker is provided.

There is a day and date complication at the 3 o'clock position and the language option is either Japanese or English. The hands and markers are covered with luminous paint. For the second-hand, only the ball close to the tip is lumed.

The dial itself is relatively sanitized. Apart from the brand and the words "AUTOMATIC W.R. 20 bar" there's nothing else to clutter it.

The sapphire crystal is flat and thankfully, Citizen did not copy the cyclops eye for the day/date window. The watch looks clean as it is.

The screw-down crown engages easily.

Lug width is 20 mm. The bracelet is brushed and comes with a clasp push button deployant mechanism. The brand is prominently etched on the safety latch. There is no divers' extension provided.

The back-case is a screw down minus any stamping (again copying the Rolex trait).

One issue that I have about this watch is the choice of movement. This is a newly designed watch by Citizen. It was publicly launched Mid-2011. Yet, it still uses the 8203 23 jewel automatic (with hand winding but no hack function). They should have used a better movement. Anyway, it comes with a standard accuracy of +20/-10 sec/day. Fully wound, it has a power reserve of approximately 50 hours.

I am satisfied with the lume on this watch. It gives a blue glow that looks cool in the dark. Below is a picture of the lume in partial darkness. full darkness.

Overall, slightly pricier than the equivalent Seiko divers under the SKX or SRP models. I like the simpleness of the design but the price could have been cheaper.

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