Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Citizen Eco-Drive BJ9080-52E GMT Diver

BJ9080-52E. Doesn't it just roll off the tongue? Unfortunately, this is another one of those watches that doesn't have a spiffy nickname. It does have somewhat of a following, but it seems to have had a short production run or maybe just didn't sell well since I don't see them all that often. Most people who have owned one or even seen it online like it a lot. A legitimate diving watch with a 200m WR rating, in some ways its design is a Japanese take on the classic Rolex Submariner (right down to its 40mm case and 20mm lugs) but with a softer shape and a few unique touches. The gear-like teeth on the 24-hour bezel gives the watch a very rugged look and compliments the angular dial indices. The luminous material on the hands and markers is the trademark Citizen blue/green color and glows quite brightly for a long time. The GMT functionality is marked by the orange "skeleton" hand which easily keeps track of different time zones by turning the unidirectional bezel. It has a very nice bracelet with a pushbutton deployant clasp, but also looks great on leather and various nylon straps. It's an Eco-Drive "180", so it's powered by the sun with no batteries to change and should hold a charge in complete darkness for 6 months or more. Yet another watch I had to have when I saw it a few years ago, but I haven't worn it more than a handful of times since then. This will be the next watch from my collection to go up for sale, and possibly the first that I'll regret selling in the future.

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