Monday, January 28, 2013

New JDM Citizen Promaster Sky Models

Its been a while since we've seen any new JDM Citizen Promasters but Citizen released two new models in their Sky series the end of 2012.  Both models are radio controlled with a variety of strap and dial options.

Models CB0130-51E and CB0134-00E utilize the H145 caliber with an instrument inspired hand set and dial very similar to the current Nighthawk.  The world timer feature of this caliber doesn't seem to be used or maybe I can't figure out from the dial and translations how it is used. Models are available with a steel bracelet or leather strap.  Full MSRP is 75,000 to 85,000 Yen.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Some Things I've Learned About the Seiko Bullhead Reissue

Not saying these are deal breakers for me, but they are somewhat surprising and probably important that people should know before buying.

  • Bracelet links are folded, not solid.  Seriously.
  • Clasp is stamped metal with only a single adjustment hole.  No partial links are available.
  • Caseback is snap back.  Not screw down.  This makes DIY battery changes significantly more difficult.
  • One friend tells me the lug width is 19mm.  Another says 20mm.  Not sure which is correct.  Doesn't seem there's enough space to fit a Nato.
  • Supposedly the hour and minute hands are black except for the lumed areas.

Still through the case and dial look awesome.  Who knows, maybe these little foibles will give more of a vintage feel. LOL.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Review of Citizen Drive CA0421-04E

The Drive Collection was introduced by Citizen in the end of 2012. Characterized as a "uniquely designed collection for the next generation of Citizen Eco-Drive consumers", the Drive Collection represents sharp looking watches at an affordable entry level price.

The CA0421-04E is from the AR 2.0 line. I don't know what the AR 2.0 means or if it matters what it means. Of the four lines in the Drive Collection the AR 2.0 line has the most chroma finishing on the case which is why I selected it.