Would it ever be possible to create a list of dive watches and not include Citizen in it? I highly doubt it. Citizen is one of the few brands which proves that quality and innovation, especially in the dive watch arena are not just a western or more so a Swiss accomplishment. This year, the Japanese watchmaker unveils the world’s first light-powered, satellite GPS diver’s watch – Reference CC5006-06L (Blue dial) and Reference CC5001-00W (Green dial).
These purpose-built watches feature a large modernly designed 47mm case that is 15.6mm thick. Bulky, with a dash of luxe, aesthetically these water babies are far from a simple ‘desk diver’. The case is crafted from Super-Titanium, a material first introduced by Citizen in 1970. Five times more durable and 40% lighter than stainless steel, Super-Titanium is scratch and rust-resistant – making both these models extremely versatile. Reference CC5001-00W (Green dial) comes with a special surface hardening technology combining Duratect MRK and Duratect DLC that resists scratches and damage. his process uses gas to add an extra hardening treatment to make titanium even more resistant to dings and scratches. Duratect MRK is a technology that inserts a particular type of gas into the surface of the watch, that makes it harder, especially against impacts. Reference CC5006-06L (Blue dial) is finished in glossy black by layering DURATECT DLC. The result: a smoother finish and greater scratch resistance. The bezel is marked with the typical uni-directional ratchet like most dive watches and is also easy to operate, thanks to its knurled edges.
Needless to say the Promaster Eco-Drive Satellite Wave GPS Diver 200m is remarkable underwater. With a water resistance of 200m, it is one of the best ISO compliant diving watches for its price range (Reference CC5001-00W – AUD $2,099 and Reference CC5006-06L – AUD $2,199).
One of the highlights of this watch is the rehaut. It is marked with 8 of the world’s famous diving locations selected in partnership with the world’s largest travel platform, Tripadvisor – Sharm El Sheikh, Maldives, Phuket, Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Hawaii, Galapagos and Fernando de Noronha. As a dive watch, legibility is key, and the Promaster Eco-Drive Satellite Wave GPS Diver 200m exhibits this trait with excellence. Citizen has added large luminous dot indices and
semi-skeletonised hands to improve visibility under water. The photo-luminescent markings absorb light fast, stay bright for a longer time and cover a generous proportion of the hands. You have a date window at 3 o clock. The day of the week indicator and dive mode function indicator are set within the same sub-dial between 7 and 8 o clock. By pressing the pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock simultaneously, the watch enters Dive mode. When in Dive mode, all functions, except time display, are ceased to prevent erroneous user time operations at the push of a button. This includes the satellite signal reception (including automatic time reception), the charge and power generation confirmation and reception result confirmation functions and the power save function and hand position correction function. Another interesting feature is the charge-level display function and light-level indicator. The watch will not enter Dive mode on a low charge, letting the diver know it is not in its optimum state.
Fitted with a Cal.F158 movement that is accurate to ±5 seconds per month, the Promaster Eco-Drive Satellite Wave GPS Diver 200m provides a long-lasting power reserve of 7 years (in power-saving mode), when fully charged, even without a light source. Completing the look is a non-slip urethane rubber strap (featuring a wave-motif design) that comes with an extension band to accommodate being worn over a wetsuit.
For more information visit www.citizenwatches.com.au