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Citizen Men's Royal Marines Commandos Limited Edition Eco-Drive Watch

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This gents Citizen Royal Marines Commandos Limited Edition watch is made from black ion plated titanium and is powered by a Citizen Eco-Drive movement. It is fastened with a black metal bracelet and has a black dial. The watch has a date function.

Brand
Citizen
Packaging
Citizen packaging
Guarantee
Citizen 5 year guarantee
Case width approx.
43mm
Case depth approx.
13mm
Gender
Gents
Dial Colour
Black
Case Material
Black Ion plated Titanium
Strap type
Metal bracelet Free sizing available
Strap Colour
Black
300 metres
Date
Yes
Clasp type
Fold-over Deployment
Movement
Eco-drive   About Ecodrive
MPN
BN0147-57E

This watch is supplied with:

  • - Official Citizen presentation packaging
  • - Official Citizen guarantee
  • - Instruction manual (where applicable)
  • - 424 Reward points

This product can be shipped to:

  • UK  UK (United Kingdom)
  • EU  EU (European Union)

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Reviewed By: Review date: Tue 25th July 2017
8 out of 10 people found this review helpful

Rating: Excellent (5 / 5)
VERIFIED WATCHSHOP BUYER    (PURCHASED: FRI 21ST JUL 2017)


This watch is one I have had my eye on for a long time and I have finally bought it after many times looking at it in shop windows, and also going in to handle it a couple of times in the past when thinking about buying it. However, I always left the shop thinking there is no way I can pay so much for it. I always loved the look but couldnt justify the price. Well finally, after being able to get it for considerably less than the usual 499 asking price, and also by getting some money toward it by selling another watch, I now have it.

You may also be looking at this watch wondering why it costs so much and unable to justify paying so much for what it is. For so much money it may seem short on features compared to other watches in this price range which may incorporate technologies such as radio control for example. You can also get titanium Citizen watches with sapphire crystals for much less than this on this website. I think with this particular watch, apart from it being a limited edition model, you are really paying a lot for the quality of the materials used and the build quality.

So to start my review I will begin with the presentation, as this is what youll first see upon opening the packaging.


PRESENTATION:
Well you definitely dont need to worry about this thing being knocked about in the post. After removing the standard cardboard packaging used by Royal Mail to deliver this I got to a sturdy black cardboard box with the Royal Marines Commando logo printed on it. This is just the external packaging that houses the actual presentation box and also the instruction manual and a Certificate of Authenticity card displaying which number out of the 1500 made you have bought. The presentation box itself is a very nice black, plastic pelican style case also marked with the Royal Marines Commando logo, inside which is a spongey block with cutouts where the watch itself is contained, as well as military-style compass. These compasses do not cost much but it seems decent quality and I suppose is a nice little addition. While the presentation for this watch is very good I honestly would not have been bothered if it came in the standard Citizen box as it is not important to me, but it is nice all the same. Finally inside the case is a list of the features of the watch, which takes me on to the next part of this review.


FEATURES:
Firstly, its Eco-Drive: Citizens light-powered technology all light will charge the watch but sunlight works best, and it cannot be overcharged which means you should be looking at at least 10 years use before requiring a battery change and possibly never needing one at all within the life of the watch. When fully charged the watch should remain operational even in total darkness for at least 6 months. This is obviously a nice feature anyway but it is an even better feature with a diver watch, as opening the watch up means potentially ruining the seals and having to have it pressure tested etc. so the longer you can avoid doing that for, the better. The screw-down case back which you would open for a battery change, if it was ever needed, is engraved with the Royal Marines Commando logo and the number of the limited edition you have mine is 1218 out of 1500, along with the serial number, movement calibre and several other little bits of information Sapphire, anti-mag, Japan Movement etc..

The watch is marketed as being Super Tough and it has many features that give it that toughness. To start with, the Divers 300m on the dial indicates that this watch complies with an ISO standard for diving watches so you know it will be able to withstand a large amount of pressure. A screw-down crown with an embossed Citizen Promaster logo makes sure the watch will remain well-sealed.

The watch is also advertised as being shock resistant although I have found no information about what exactly has been done to it to make it so. The watch is also anti-magnetic so time keeping will not be affected by any strong magnetic fields that you may encounter.

It is also claimed by Citizen that the watch is extreme temperature resistant being able to withstand temperatures from -10c to 60c while remaining accurate, although this seems to be quite a common attribute for quartz watches? I could be wrong there, but I think pretty much all G-Shock watches are advertised as being able to operate accurately within that temperature range. Also as long as this watch is on your wrist and absorbing your body heat it is never going to reach anywhere close to -10C.

The bezel is a 60 click unidirectional bezel that rotates to the left. The reason for this feature on diver watches is to read the elapsed time that you have been underwater for by setting the 12 oclock marker to the position of the minute hand upon entry. The bezel only turns anti-clockwise so you can never accidentally move it in the opposite direction, which would result in the bezel displaying less elapsed time than that which has actually passed, and would cause you to think you had more time left before running out of air. Obviously most you looking at buying this watch wont be using it for that and neither will I, but Im sure you will find something else you can time with it.

The watch has a sapphire crystal rather than the mineral glass that is most commonly used. Sapphire is very scratch-resistant compared to mineral glass, but as it is harder and more brittle it also means it would shatter more easily than mineral glass if hit with enough force to crack it. Overall though, what is the chance you are going to hit the glass that hard it would break compared to the chance of scratching it on something? A sapphire crystal is definitely preferable in my opinion and will keep the watch looking in good condition far longer than a mineral crystal would. The crystal also features a date magnifier while leaving the exterior of the crystal completely flat, so you have no protruding part that could scrape on something.

Finally on features, and on that note about the watch remaining looking good, the titanium used on this watch is surface-hardened with what Citizen call Diamond Like Carbon DLC. This is a hard carbon film over the titanium that makes it very scratch resistant however not as scratch resistant as the sapphire crystal and 5-7 times harder than stainless steel, and is also what gives this watch that very dark grey colour it is not ion plated as stated on this site - check the Citizen website for more information about DLC. I think this may be one of the features that you are paying so much for, as it is not used on any of their cheaper watches. Also, if youve not had a titanium watch before, this is my second and I personally find them very comfortable to wear, not just for the lightness vs steel which you can really feel the difference with especially when moving your wrist a lot, but also due to titanium not having good thermal conductivity. This is good as it means the metal never becomes very cold or hot due to the temperature around it, and always feels a comfortable temperature against the skin.


LOOKS, FIT AND FINISH:
Well as Ive already said I went looking at this watch a lot and was always attracted to it since I first saw a picture of it. It ticks a few boxes for me in its style. I wanted a black/dark grey diving watch and if it was titanium too then even better. I love the look of it and how it does not look at all like an homage to certain other diver watches. It has its own style in the shape of the hands and indices which feature 2 different colours of lume blue on the hour markers and hour hand, green on the minute hand, second hand and bezel pip. This gives it a great look when illuminated in the dark and makes it extremely legible. As just mentioned above the colour of the case and bracelet is more of a very dark gunmetal grey than black, although I have found this is true for nearly all watches that appear black on the internet when actually seeing them in the flesh.

The dial is pure matte black with the words CITIZEN, Eco-Drive and DIVERS 300m printed in white while TITANIUM is printed in silver. All of the indices and the frame of the date window are applied and have metallic outlines which improve the look especially when light catches them. This is also the case for the large hour and minute hands. The minute hand extends all of the way out to the minute marks on the chapter ring which makes it easy to clearly see what time it is.

The 60-click bezel is marked at every minute making the watch suitable for timing things, however due to the bezel only being 60 clicks you do not have the finer adjustment to easily align the 12 oclock pip to the minute hand as you would with a 120 click bezel, but it still can be done. The digits on the bezel are also debossed and painted rather than just being printed on, which should make them more durable. As mentioned the bezel pip at the 12 oclock position has green lume.

The case is a great shape and the finish is lovely. The edges of the case between the top and sides are polished to give some nice variance in the finish and adds some detail. I believe the only other polished parts of the watch are the edges of the bezel and crown. The bracelet features no polished parts either and is completely brushed, although I wouldve liked to see a better finish on the more hidden edges of the links which exhibit a strange sort of multi-colouring, possibly a by-product of the DLC process that has not been cleared up. This is a very minor criticism though as you cant see it when wearing it, still though it wouldve been nice to possibly see polishing on those parts. My previous watch had those parts of the links polished and although it was fairly subtle it looked very nice when the light caught it.

On the subject of the bracelet, this is where this watch has its one real con. There is no micro adjustment option on the clasp as you have on most watches, where you can move the location where the strap connects to the clasp by a few mm in either direction giving you a perfect fit. Neither are there any half-sized links so adjustment is purely done by adding and removing full-sized links. The bracelet does have a ratcheting divers extension in the clasp which enables you to easily extend the bracelet to wear it over a wetsuit, but using this to lengthen the bracelet will just make the clasp even longer than it already is and possibly will not be comfortable. Its a shame it doesnt have these extra adjustment options that most watches have and it could be an issue for some people. Luckily for me the watch fits ok having just removed 3 links, although ideally I would possibly be moving it in 1 notch on the micro adjustment too if it had one to get it perfect. I tried removing another link and opening the extension up a couple of notches but it was not comfortable as the extra length of the clasp caused it to push into my skin. Obviously this is just personal and others may find that the diver extension is adequate for making size adjustments.

The measurements of the watch are 50mm lug to lug, 43mm diameter excluding the crown and 12mm depth. The gap between the lugs is 20mm however the bracelet tapers off from 20mm to 18mm. If you wanted to buy a different strap for it you would need a 20mm one, and I am certain this watch would look great on military-style straps such as NATO and Zulu straps, particularly in olive and black colours.


CONCLUSION:
I think this is a great looking watch that should be very durable and will hopefully remain looking and running great for years to come, as I think thats what you are paying for the most. From what I have heard DLC is supposed to hold up very well and obviously the sapphire will be hard to scratch too. It is a fairly simple watch with it only being a basic 3 hand model with a date complication but I was not looking for anything more in that regard so the lack of features such as atomic timekeeping, while it wouldve been a nice addition, does not bother me. The only thing I am slightly disappointed about is the lack of adjustment options on the bracelet. I hope this review helps anybody else who is thinking about buying this and I have covered everything, and I will say that as long as the watch fits you properly, I dont think you will be disappointed.


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