As a casual explore, my watch is one of my most important pieces of gear. Unfortunately, I have struggled to find watches that can keep up with my explorations.
I had a Swiss Army watch; I broke it within a year. I decided to go high-tech and purchased a smart watch; I broke two within a year. I then decided to go cheap and purchased a $10 plastic diving watch that looked indestructible; within the first month I scratched the face of the watch so badly I could no longer read the time. In these and other ways, I am a watch killer.
Enter Citizen’s Eco-Drive Watch. I’ve only had mine for 2 months (it was a birthday present), but it’s already out-performing every watch I’ve ever owned in so many wonderful ways.
The Awesome Features of My Eco-Drive Watch
The Eco-Drive. I failed to mention it before, but my body inexplicably kills analog quartz watches. Seriously. After a month or two, every battery powered analog quartz watch I’ve ever owned dies. After replacing the batteries, the watch works for a day or two and then quits again…forever. Citizen’s Eco-Drive seems to have changed all that for me. The Eco-Drive powers my watch with light. Light! To date, my Eco-Watch never stops; it never slows down. Awesome! Plus, the Eco-Drive doesn’t need high-powered light, like the sun. And, it can go for up to six months with no light at all!
The Crystal. The crystal (the clear protective cover of the watch) seems to be darn near indestructible. I’ve yet to detect a scratch on mine.
Appearance. I want a watch that fits any occasion: hiking or going to a black tie affair. My Citizen Eco-Drive is the first watch I’ve owned that is both rugged and fairly high-class.
Glowing in the Dark. One thing I absolutely require in a watch is some way to tell the time at night. Both the minute and hour hands glow in the dark, as do the hour markers of the day. As a bonus, the hour markers are slightly different lengths, which really helps discern one from another when reading them at night. Also, the glow-paint really works; I’ve yet to encounter the situation in which I could not read my Eco-Drive watch in the dark.
Water Resistance. All of the Eco-Drive watches are at least mildly water resistant. Mine is water resistant to 10 atmospheres, so it’s suitable for swimming and snorkeling. In other words, I don’t have to worry about taking it off in the course of regular exploring.
Calendars. My Eco-Drive watch lets me know the day of the week, the day of the month, and it has a 24-hour function (so I know how far through the day I am…which is good when I awaken from a nap.)
Awesome Instructions and Easy to Set. I don’t know how many time I’ve purchased a watch, only to find the instructions for setting the thing to be un-followable. The instructions for my Citizen Eco-Drive are clear and include pictures. Plus, I set the watch to the current date and time in under a minute!
The Packaging. I know, it sounds superficial, but packaging can make a difference when it comes to perception. When I opened my Eco-Drive watch packaging, it felt like I was opening something special!
It’s still early, but to date my Citizen Eco-Drive watch is the best watch I’ve ever owned. And it’s cool to think that it will keep on working (with no battery change required) as long as there’s light! Getting watch batteries changed can be a pain these days. The price is a bit high compared to my $10 dive watch, but it’s worth every penny.