Thursday, August 23, 2007

The New Citizen BL5315-50E Eco-Drive Diver

Citizen is generally less well known than Seiko for their dive watches, however they do offer some very interesting pieces (e.g. a 1,000m mechanical nicknamed "Autozilla"; a 300m Eco-drive called "Eco-zilla"; and a new 200m Eco-Drive known as "Orca", among others). Adding to their innovative diver collection, and challenging what it means for a dive watch to be considered a "diver", Citizen now has a new line of Eco-Drive divers with chronographs and alarms. At the head of the pack is the BL5315-50E.

The Citizen BL5315-50E

At 44mm of stainless steel, it's large but understated. Features include:

  • Stainless steel case and bracelet
  • Perpetual calendar (nice!)
  • Eco-Drive (4-month power reserve)
  • 1-hour stopwatch
  • 12/24 time and dual time zone support
  • Alarm
  • Water resistant to 200 meters, or about 660 feet
  • Mineral crystal
  • Unidirectional ion-plated ratcheting bezel
  • 44mm case, not counting the crown (nice and chunky)
There are several similar versions available with slightly different colors and looks. The BL5314-52E is the most expensive at $475 while the BL5334-04E sits at the lower end at $375.

Citizen really seems to be stepping up their game lately. Lots more to come.