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We absolutely love Citizens Watches as a whole we love the brand and the variety of watches and styles they offer.  Although we might not be the Citizens Watches Official Site we think we think as much of their products as they do … and that is saying something.

It does not matter if you are looking for a mens Citizen watch, a ladies Citizen watch or a Citizen Eco Drive Men’s Watch you can find a watch that fits your personality and style. If you are looking for casual, they have it. If you are looking for luxury, they have it. If you are looking for a citizen digital watch, well I am sure they have something that will get your attention.

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Let’s get to our favorite Citizen Watches of 2018 Right now:

Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch With Brown Leather Strap

You boldly navigate toward your next adventure in the Citizen Eco-DriveProduct Details Watch. Reminiscent of mid-century aviator style, this mens timepiece has a cool vintage vibe. Featuring a stainless steel case, large luminous numerals and a leather strap with contrast stitching, heres a watch thats a true classic with your jeans and khakis.

This watch has a classic look that will work regardless of how you want to wear it, casual or dress. It will not only tell the time, it will be a conversation piece that you can be proud of.

Citizen Men’s BL5250-02L Titanium Eco-Drive Watch with Leather Band

  • Imported Product Details
  • Round watch in titanium with textured chronograph subdial and croco-embossed leather band with contrast stitching
  • Japanese quartz movement with analog display
  • protective mineral crystal dial window
  • Features date window, unidirectional bezel, tachymeter inner chapter ring, alarm feature, and buckle closure
  • Water-resistant to 200 m (660 ft)

Titanium watch with blue dial Water resistant to 660 feet (200 M): In general, suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports, but not scuba diving Japanese quartz movement with analog display 43 millimeters titanium case with mineral dial window Pig Skin Leather band with Buckle closure

This is one of our top 5 citizen watches for a reason. Classic rugged design and a watch you can be proud of.

Citizen Men’s BJ7000-52E Nighthawk Stainless Steel Eco-Drive Watch

 

  • Imported Product Details
  • Stainless steel watch featuring date window at three o’clock position, dual-time display, and pilot’s slide rule inner chapter ring operated by crown at 8 o’clock position
  • 42 millimeters stainless steel case with mineral dial window
  • Japanese quartz movement with analog display
  • Also features low-charge warning, luminous hands/markers, and Silver-tone band with foldover push-button clasp
  • Water resistant to 200 m (660 ft): In general, suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports, but not scuba diving

The company was established in 1924. The founding fathers selected the name Citizen so it would be “Close to the Hearts of People Everywhere” and soon after adopted the company’s formal name, Citizen Watch Company. During the last seventy-five years Citizen has expanded its business throughout the world and has achieved recognition as the global brand. The past twenty-five year period has coincided with the company’s dramatic rise to its current position as the world’s largest watchmaker, a distinction Citizen has held every year since 1986. Beyond sheer size, Citizen is also recognized as a worldwide leader in advanced technology. From the world’s slimmest LCD watch to the first voice recognition watch and the world’s first professional dive watch with an electronic depth sensor, Citizen’s record of “world’s firsts” is unmatched. More recently, Citizen has staked out a new position as the leader in Ecologically Friendly timekeeping with its Eco-Drives watches that are light powered. With models ranging from dress models to sports models to professional dive watches, Citizen Eco-Drive runs continuously in any kind of natural or artificial light for a lifetime of use. Fueled by light, it never needs a battery.

A serious timepiece for the serious watch collector, the Citizen BJ7000-52E stainless steel men’s watch offers powerful timekeeping functions for your favorite aeronaut. The large round watch case measures approximately 43mm in diameter. It has a thin silver bezel the houses a black dial with a pilot’s inner rotating slide rule bezel, which is operated by the secondary crown at 8 o’clock. It has large luminous hands and markers for readability and low-light visibility and dual time (GMT) capability. The triple link bracelet band is composed of brushed silver stainless steel pieces, and it’s joined by a push-button folding safety clasp. Other features include a water resistance to 660 feet (200 meters), low-charge indicator window, power saver function, and a scratch-resistant, non-reflective mineral crystal.

  • Pilot’s slide rule inner chapter ring operated by crown at 8 o’clock position
  • Non-reflective mineral crystal
  • Large luminous markers for easy readability
  • Dual time

This one steps it up a notch on the style bar. You cannot go wrong here.

Citizen Eco-Drive Men’s Stainless Steel Calendrier Watch

  • Silver-tone watch featuring blue dial with world time and guilloche Product Detailschronograph subdials
  • 44 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window. Crystal-Anti-Reflective Mineral Crystal
  • Japanese quartz movement with analog display and light-powered eco-drive technology
  • Five-link stainless steel band featuring deployant clasp with push-button closure
  • Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft): In general, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not scuba diving

Bring sophistication to your day with the Citizen Calendrier watch that features a blue dial set against silvertone stainless steel.

Citizen Men’s Eco-DRV AR 2.0 Stainless Steel Watch

 

  • Polyurethane Product Details
  • Bold stainless steel watch featuring textured black dial with date window and baton markers
  • 44 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window
  • Japanese quartz movement with analog display
  • Perforated polyurethane band with buckle closure
  • Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft): In general, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not scuba diving

Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive AR 2.0 Stainless Steel Watch It’s the weekend – the kind where you jump in your sporty, car and go cross-country driving with the top down. Even if you don’t have the convertible or have plans to hit the country roads, you can still enjoy this level of luxury with the AR 2.0 Stainless Steel Watch wherever you go. Black resin accents, pierced leather design and a modern pinstripe design add to the rich and sporty feel of this timepiece. Whether you choose the blacked out version or the piece with stylish cobalt accents, you never have to worry about changing your battery on either model thanks to Eco-Drive technology. Features: Movement: Eco-Drive J810 Functions: 3-Hand with date Case size: 44mm Band: Black polyurethane strap, buckle Case Material: Two-tone stainless steel Crystal: Mineral crystal Water resistance: WR100/10bar/333ft swimming, showering & snorkeling

This Citizens Men’s watch takes a different approach but is still a classic in design. You can’t go wrong.

Citizen Men’s JY8035-04E Navihawk Stainless Steel Eco-Drive Watch

  • Imported Product Details
  • Light-powered watch with orange accents featuring multi-function chronographs, luminous markers, and digital information displays
  • 48 millimeter stainless steel case with Anti-Reflective Mineral Crystal
  • Japanese quartz movement with analog display
  • Polyurethane band with fold-over-buckle-with-hidden-double-push-button closure
  • Water resistant to 200 m (660 ft): In general, suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports, but not scuba diving
  • STAINLESS STEEL, PERPETUAL CALENDAR, 2 ALARMS, ANTI REFLECTIVE CRYSTAL, POWER RESERVE INDICATOR, 99 MINUTE COUNT DOWN TIMER, 200 METERS WATER RESISTANT
  • Synchronized Synchronized to Atomic Clock for Superior Accuracy
  • Atomic Timekeeping Technology with Synchronized Time Adjustment Available in 43 World Cities
  • 1/100-Second Chronograph Measures up to 24 Hours
  • Perpetual Calendar
  • 2 Alarms
  • 99-Minute Countdown Timer
  • Digital Backlight Display
  • Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) Display
  • Power Reserve Indicator
  • Pilot’s Rotating Slide Rule Dial Ring
  • Anti-Reflective Crystal
  • Movement: Caliber U680

Go where the wind takes you with the Navihawk A-T. With atomic clock synchronization for superior accuracy, this perpetual calendar chronograph receives radio signals both automatically and on-demand in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, China, and Japan. The Navihawk A-T ensures that you are always on time, no matter where your journey takes you.

This is a work horse of a watch. Stylish, practical and rugged. Citizen says this watch will take you any where and we agree.

This time our review was about a specific brand so you know one of the primary things we were looking at. Citizen is a quality watch that we have recommended before and I am sure you will see us mention again.

However, many times people as what else do we look for in watches we recommend. Keep in mind that sometimes we are looking for something specific like a Citizen watch in this case but it could also be something like a smartwatch or a steampunk watch or even something more generic like a tough outdoor watch which might take precedence over some of the things we normally look for.

Excluding above, here are some signs of a good quality watch.

Weight. There is an old saying that heavy is good and a sign that a watch is reliable. While we do consider this, with the technology we have today you have have some really quality watches that are very light. So, sometimes we prefer the lighter watch.

Movement. The hands (if it has any) should move smoothly, a jerky movement is usually a sign of a cheaper watch.

Tradition. Mostly this means the brand name. Like Citizen if a company has a history of making great watches they probably still do. There are always exceptions and we have picked some of our specialty watches from lesser know makers that preform well for the price.

Accuracy. Well, this is kind obvious, right? If a watch will not keep the proper time it is not really a watch is it?

We would like to tell you a little more about Citizen. Taken directly from their website us.citizenwatch.com

CITIZEN, a pioneer in watchmaking and innovative technology since 1918, promotes excellence and creativity with a deep-rooted respect for craftsmanship. CITIZEN advocates “Better Starts Now,” searching for and accomplishing goals that better our lives. In this respect, CITIZEN aligns with organizations and personalities that reflect the values of the brand including the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, Citizen Naismith College Basketball Awards and National Merit Scholarship.

As a “citizen of the world” we bear the responsibility to help cultivate positive change and on-going evolution to our craft. For over 40 years, CITIZEN’s Eco-Drive technology has served as the prime example of how the brand is dedicated to making the world and its environment a better place. A simple yet revolutionary concept, Eco-Drive harnesses the power of light from any natural or artificial light source and converts it into energy. Using a renewable natural resource instead of filling our landfills with discarded watch batteries.

Here is additional information about charging your time pieces, taken directly from their website.

To view the Recharging Guide for your particular Citizen watch, enter your Movement Caliber Number in the field to the right.

To locate the Movement Caliber Number on your watch’s caseback, see the diagrams below.

Please note that if you wear your new Citizen Eco-Drive timepiece on a regular basis, recharging will be virtually automatic as regular exposure to light will keep your power reserve unending. Recharge times will vary based on your timepiece and the type of light utilized; direct sunlight is the fastest, most efficient light source for recharging. Once fully charged, your Eco-Drive will continue running for approximately six (6) months.

You can go to this LINK to see the pictures and step by step instructions they include.

 

 

Best SmartWatches of 2018

What gets a Smartwatch on the 2018 Best Smartwatch list? Style and performance. Below are the best smartwatches for 2018 we could find and put together for you. You will certainly find at least 1 that meets your needs.

Sony SWR50 SmartWatch 3.

  • Powered by Andriod Wear and Integrated with Google Now.
  • Voice, touch and gesture control.
  • Built-in accelerometer, compass, gyro and GPS
  • Dust-tight and waterproof IP681 rated.

Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen)

  • Classic round design with edge to edge glass and an exceptionally thin bezel.
  • Quick release bands.
  • Moto Body fitness tracker. Keep fit by tracking your steps, calories and heart rate right from your wrist.
  • Men’s and women’s collections available.
  • Pick your color and design.

ASUS ZenWatch3

  • 1.39″ AMOLED display.
  • Customization multiple button design to increase productivity.
  • Built in WI-FI extends the range and connectivity with your phone.
  • IP67 Water resistant.
  • Hypercharge technology provides industry leading charge times. Just 15 minutes to a 60% charge.
  • Latest Android OS-Smart gesture control to scroll through apps and pages.
  • Built in Speaker to conduct calls, hear voice messages and notifications.

Samsung – Gear S3 Classic

  • Text, call and get notifications directly from your bluetooth connected Gear S3
  • Make payments with Samsung Pay almost anywhere.
  • Build-in GPS keeps track of your activity anywhere and makes it easy to share your location.
  • Military-grade performance. Resists water, dust, extreme temperatures and the occasional drop.

Huawei Watch Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Link Band.

  • 1.4″ full circle AMOLED display with scratch resistant sapphire crystal and stainless steel body.
  • Compatible with most devices with an iOS 8.2 or Andriod 4.3 or later operating system.
  • Get notifications and alerts for calls, texts and apps.
  • Over 4000 Andriod Wear apps to choose from.
  • A Variety of pre-installed watch faces.
  • Accurate fitness tracking and enhanced heart rate monitor and sensors to track running, walking and more.

There are a lot of things we look for in functionality for the best smart watches in 2018.

Style. Smartwatches have come a long way from a stylish standpoint. They are not ugly (our opinion) as they used to be. Over the years the are getting sleeker and thinner, a plus in our opinion when it comes to style. No one really like to wear a block on their arm do they?

They watches we have listed above have are not thin from a classic stylish luxury watch stand point but they are much better than the used to be. From a “it’s a man’s watch” so it is supposed to be brutish then they are right in line with other rugged men’s watches.

All but the Sony Smartwatch 3 has the classic round design we tend to prefer. The Sony Smartwatch 3 has the more modern look that signals it is not a normal watch. That being said, it is more a matter of personal preference; obviously we prefer the round design.

Hopefully these watches will continue to slim down.

Function. Probably most of you will think function is more important than style when it comes to the best smartwatches of 2018. That makes sense, if you wanted just to tell time then you could have just purchased a regular, traditional watch and would be reading the blog entitled the best watches of 2018 or something like that.

Function is probably the biggest reason for purchasing a smartwatch. We want features, we want applications, we want to change our watch faces. We get it. We like that go. I personally have the Samsung Gear S3 Classic. Nothing is more fun than changing my watch face and pretending I have a new watch or checking my heart rate (which is usually higher than I would like) or seeing how many steps I have taken in any given day. Still wish it was a little slimmer, but I will try not to harp on that.

So, what are the functions a smartwatch must have?

  • Being able to tell the time is always great, right? All the ones we reviewed could do that so I think we have that covered.
  • It needs to work on your phone’s operating system. Do not buy an Apple watch if you have an Android phone. This is pretty important and certainly something you should check.
  • Battery life. I talk more about that below but this is a pretty big deal.
  • Available applications. The watches above have you covered, but if you decide to go another direction make sure there is a good selection of applications and the watch will actual run them.
  • Being able to speak directly into your watch while on the phone. This is cool, I do not see it as a must because people may think you have lost your mind if you walk around talking to your wrist. Or maybe you are just a government agent. Or an alien….
  • Mobile payments from your watch. I am just getting used to using my phone for mobile payments, not sure my mind can take using my phone just yet. Maybe next year.
  • Display. More about that below.
  • Notifications and Alerts. A good smartphone will alert you to income calls, emails and text messages. You can also integrate them to your social media accounts but I would urge discretion, you only want your wrist vibrating or beeping so often. Last thing you want is information overload. Having the ability to turn notifications on and off is a definite plus.
  • Watch Faces. Being able to change to an almost unlimited number of watch faces is just cool. Right!
  • Get a watch with a heart rate sensor. Might as well, that way you can see what happens when someone cuts you off in traffic.
  • Make sure it has GPS. That way you always know where you are.
  • Get a step counter, if you have a heart rate sensor and GPS then you should have a step counter.
  • Make sure you like the band or that it is easy to change. Some people like leather ones and some like metal. Just make sure if you are planning on changing bands the color of the watch works well with the band you want to change to.
Interface: Buttons or Touch. Touch seems like the way to go, but remember sometimes on that small screen it can be difficult to hit the right spot. One thing I like about the Samsung Gear S3 Classic is that it offers touch, buttons and a rotating bezel which helps rotate through options.
Display. Yes the type of display does make a difference. LCD screens are available on most smartwatches. OLED is another display that tends to be thinner than LCD and gives you richer colors but uses more battery life.
Battery Life. This is huge. They type of display you pick LCD or OLED will make a difference. So will keeping your display constantly on versus having to wake it up each time you want to look at it.  Most watches will last between one to two days between charges. If it has voice capability you might only get 18 hours.
Ruggedness. Lat think you want is the watch to break when you accidentally brush up against the wall or leave it on while you wash your hands. Most of the watches we have recommended are tough enough to handle light abuse. If you decide to go with another one, be sure to check that out.
Pricing is another factor. The ones we reviewed for the best smartwatches in 2018 are in the $150.00 to $400.00 range. You could go all out with a Tag Heuer and spend about $2,000.00. If you decide to do that, leave us a comment below with a review. We cannot afford even to review the Tag Heuer.