Citizen is a Japanese watch company that’s known for being well-built, using solid materials, stunningly good quality assurance, and being astoundingly affordable.
On top of all those things, they’re also renowned for their innovations in watchmaking. In some ways, they’re right up there with their fellow Japanese brand Seiko in driving the art forward with their experiments and breakthroughs.
For instance, the Citizen Chronomaster line is, unofficially at least, the most accurate quartz-crystal watch of all time. They’re within 5 seconds of accuracy over the course of an entire year of operation, which is almost unbelievable.
Additionally, in 1959 they launched a dive watch called the Parawater, which was Japan’s first fully-waterproof watch. They followed that a few decades later with the 1300m Professional Diver’s watch, the most pressure-resistant watch in the world at the time.
However, it’s the Eco-Drive that’s garnered the most attention, and it continues to, er, drive Citizen’s success and admiration amongst today’s most fervent luxury watch collectors.
The Eco-Drive is essentially a solar power mechanism that lives just under the dial and turns light into power. This is then used to keep the watches running, well, indefinitely. As long as there’s available light to keep a charge, that is.
It’s an innovation that’s both sustainable and convenient, using a readily available natural resource to power a watch without the wearer ever having to worry about keeping it wound or changing batteries.
The truly astonishing part about innovations like the Eco-Drive is how Citizen has managed to produce and sell these inventive and high-quality watches for such affordable prices. It’s very rare that you’ll find one that costs more than $1000, and they can often be had for much less than that.
Of course when you factor in the savings you get by purchasing through WatchMaxx, the prices on these wonderful pieces truly can’t be beat.
Let’s take a look at some Citizen men’s watches and women’s watches that we have in stock and ready to ship.
The Paradex serves both as a fabulous daily wear and a gentlemanly looking dress watch. With its clean black dial and large silver tone steel case, it’s a versatile piece that can go with pretty much anything.
Speaking of the dial, we really love how the day/date system is presented. Two sub dials sit horizontally opposite each other, one showing the day of the week and the other the date. It’s a lot more interesting than a simple date window, and a great use of a large dial space.
Speaking of large, this is a 44mm case, so it’s certainly not small. However, the profile on the wrist is relatively slim, so it’s still a very comfortable watch on the wrist. Of course it’s powered by the Eco-Drive, so it doesn’t need to be thick enough to accommodate a winding system or battery.
This Paradex is a bit different from the previous entry. You probably immediately noticed the differently colored dial, but it doesn’t end there. Rather than a horizontal alignment, the sub dials on this one are laid out in a vertical fashion.
Also, the day sub dial has been replaced by one depicting a 24-hour clock. This will make it easier to know whether it’s day or night and to speak in military time, but it will be up to you to remember if it’s Tuesday or Wednesday.
The dial itself is a stunningly polished silver tone steel. In some ways, we find this to be more “dressy” than the black dial, but it’s certainly still appropriate for everyday wear.
The case, while still large, is actually 43mm compared to the black dial’s 44. This is because it’s fitted to the dimensions of the bezel, rather than protruding out around the perimeter.
If you were at all skeptical about the power of the Eco-Drive, this beautiful chronograph should be enough to put your mind at ease.
It's fully decked-out with chronograph controls and 3 functional sub dials, all powered by Citizen’s ingenious solar powered innovation. And that’s on top of the three hands of the main dial and the date window.
Speaking of the dial, we’re really head over keel for the oceanic blue gradient color scheme. The splashes of red in the hands and along the first quarter of the bezel play well with the blue, and the black border of the bezel does a good job making everything pop.
This is a watch where that famous Citizen QA and build quality are going to come into play, since you’ll probably want to bring it with you for all your most exciting adventures. Like riding the NYC subway or trying to go grocery shopping amidst the crowds on a Sunday afternoon.
Proof that the Japanese watch masters can go small when they need to, this beautiful Chandler features a slim build that nonetheless sparkles.
The gleaming polished steel bracelet really stands out, and the serrated edged rotating bezel is almost hidden if you’re not looking for it. It’s a real testament to the brand’s commitment to not sacrifice function for the sake of form.
The white dial is clean and minimal, featuring just the silver markers and a date window. The hands are delicate and silver toned, featuring luminescent centers.
Of course, all of this is powered by the Eco-Drive, which they’ve somehow managed to squeeze into the diminutive case. Don’t ask us how they did it, but we’re glad they did.
Sometimes even Citizen cuts loose and makes a piece that’s so stunningly lux that you can’t help but stop and catch your breath, and that’s exactly what we had to do when we saw this beautiful Jolie.
The dial is absolutely awash in pink mother of pearl opulence, a pure daydream soaked in otherworldly vibes. The twinkling stones at the hour markers play perfectly with the shimmering dial, and together they perform the perfect dance of oohs and aahs. The skeletal hands are delicate looking and barely make a whisper in their journey across the hours.
What really ties it all together is the way that the lugs reach over the bezel as if they are an enclosure for the entire watch. It magnificently communicates the idea that this is a precious jewel.