CITIZEN

Citizen is a corporate conglomerate based in Japan, founded in 1918 (named Sokosha Watch Research Institute). The name Citizen emerged when a Citizen pocket watch first was sold in 1924. Measured by total units produced Citizen ranks among the top watch companies worldwide. Notable brands include the Citizen Eco-Drive, Citizen Skyhawk, Citizen Independent Watches. The deployment clasp with a push button is available for many Citizen watches. Citzen watches Eco-Drive is a popular topic for collectors, who often look for a Citizen watch manual, Citizen watch wiki or the Citizen watches website to learn more about the brand. When service is needed Citizen watch repair is the topic of choice, mostly recommended is a service done by certified retailers. Citizen watches prices range in the lower $100s up to $1,000 or more for desirable vintage Citizen and retro Citizen waches. WatchTime has many Citizen watches review to help collector find the best watch by looking for the final scores of any of our Citizen watch review posts. WatchTime publishes coverage of many of Citizen's watches in the affordable watches category with Citizen prices, photos and tech specs. You will read more about Citizen's watches in our reviews, Citizen watches news and other Citizen watch updates. Learn more about the Citizen Aqualand, Citizen Attesa, Citizen Automatic, Citizen Blue Angels, Citizen Nighthawk, Citizen Skyhawk, Citizen mens watches and Citizen ladies watches. If you ever need to have your watch serviced or repaired please speak with your local Citizen dealer about the best Citizen watch repair offers. It is important to have your Citizen watch serviced by a certified professional or expert watchmaker to keep the watch in a good condition.

7 Personalized Watches Made for World Champion Athletes

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With the MLB playoff chase in full swing, a new NFL Season on the horizon, and U.S. Open tennis starting next week, we at WatchTime thought it would be the perfect time to re-post (with a few updates) our article on the elite fraternity of athletes who have not only won a world championship in their sports but also boast a watch made specifically for them. Here are seven notable watches of champions. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Our Review of the Swatch Sistem51

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The Swatch Sistem51 is certainly the cheapest watch we’ve ever reviewed on Monochrome-Watches.com, and we are doing it without any shame or regrets. Why? Because the Swatch Sistem51 is clearly one of the most important new watches of the last 10 years. … [Read more...]

Buyer Beware: The Rise of Counterfeit Luxury Watches on the Internet

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Looking for cheap watches or discount watches on the internet? Better think twice before making that purchase. In this article from WatchTime's February 2013 issue, we explore how sales of these counterfeit watches are hurting both collectors and the watch industry. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The Basics of the Rotating Divers’ Watch Bezel

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In the third part of this series on the basics of divers' watches, DiveintoWatches.com takes on what is probably most distinctive element of a dive watch: the rotating bezel. … [Read more...]

Which Watch Brands Spent the Most on Advertising in 2013?

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As we reveal in our July-August issue, on sale July 15, watch brands spent almost half a billion dollars on advertising in the U.S in 2013. The total was $492.68 million: a record high, and up 23.3 percent from the 2012 total. That figure comes from Kantar Media, which each year compiles estimates of ad spending for a range of different products. The figures for 2013 signal that the U.S. watch market is still growing, especially as Swiss luxury brands turn their sights back from China to this … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Bracelet Extensions vs. Flexible Straps

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Depending on where you plan on diving, chances are that you will wear a wetsuit or, in some cases, even a dry suit. Both increase your wrist size substantially, which is why a dive watch usually features a deployment clasp with a divers' extension, or even comes with an extra strap piece that can be attached to the strap buckle when worn over a dry suit (e.g. the unique Citizen Promaster 1000, which has been previously reviewed by WatchTime). A regular clasp extension usually doesn’t add … [Read more...]

Watches at Wimbledon 2014: Who Wears What

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Wimbledon 2014 rolls on, and, as many watch aficionados and tennis fans know, some of the tournament's biggest stars are also "brand ambassadors" for some watch brand or other. So which watch will we see on the wrist of the eventual men's and ladies' Wimbledon champs at the trophy presentation this year? We don't know yet, but here's a primer on which tennis players wear which timepieces. … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s Top 10 Most Popular Watches on Pinterest

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Did you know that WatchTime has a Pinterest page with nearly 100 boards and more than 2,300 photos of watches, celebrity watch fans and other images? We've got boards devoted to categories such as divers' watches and tourbillons as well as dozens of individual brands from Rolex to Breguet to Greubel Forsey. Below, we count down the WatchTime pins that you've been clicking the most. Is one of your favorites among them? (And don't forget to visit our boards if you're still doing some early … [Read more...]

5 New Citizen Eco-Drive Watches from Baselworld 2014

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Japan's Citizen Watch Co. introduced a number of new watches at Baselworld 2014, many powered by the brand's renowned Eco-Drive solar technology, which absorbs power for the movement from sunlight. Here are five new Citizen Eco-Drive watches (prices included) that will be available in Fall 2014. … [Read more...]

Out of This World: Reviewing the Seiko Astron GPS Watch

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The Seiko Astron, released to great fanfare in 2012, tells time by receiving GPS signals anywhere on Earth. Was it a world-beater in our test? Click here to read our in-depth review of the Seiko Astron GPS solar watch, with original photographs by Robert Atkinson, first published in our April 2013 issue. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Review: Citizen Promaster 1000 M Professional Diver

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A while back, our editors went 11 feet under water to test various divers’ watches for legibility, ease of use, and toughness in actual diving conditions. One of these watches, all of whose test results were revealed in WatchTime’s December 2012 issue, was the Citizen Promaster 1000 M Professional Diver. … [Read more...]

The History of Citizen Watch Company: Discover the Rise of Citizen Watches

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Citizen Watches - A History of the Citizen Watch Company Download this FREE article from the WatchTime Magazine archives and become an expert historian on Citizen watches! This FREE download documents the story of Citizen’s rise, from a small experimental producer of mechanical pocketwatches, to a primary player in the quartz-watch revolution that rocked the watch world in the 1970s and ´80s, to the development of the Citizen Eco-Drive, a major force in the quartz watch revolution. The … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s November-December Issue is On Sale Now!

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The November-December issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and on Nook, Kindle, and the WatchTime app for iOS and Android), featuring an exclusive watch test of the Rolex Sky-Dweller, a compendium of Rolex's watch milestones, profiles of Oris and Vacheron Constantin, and more. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]

Facetime July 20

Jerry Tamilia and son Alec Tamilia on a Royal Caribbean cruise in the southern Caribbean en route to St. Kitts. Jerry is wearing an IWC Seven Days Power Reserve Ref. IW500109, and Alec is wearing a Citizen EcoDrive Endeavor CA0440-51E.

Welcome to another installment of Facetime! Thanks to Jerry Tamilia, Steven Sion, and Hector Martinez for the great pictures! As always, if you would like to be featured in our weekly Facetime section, as well as on Pinterest and our other social networks, please submit a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) to photo@watchtime.com. We’ll also select the most popular weekly photos every two months and present them in WatchTime magazine.         … [Read more...]

From WatchTime Magazine: 7 “Buzz” Watches From Baselworld 2013

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Every Baselworld has its "buzz" watches, new models that set fairgoers' tongues wagging, whether they're technologically advanced, unexpected from the brand that produced them, or a new twist on an old standby, In the current issue of Watchtime, on sale now, we spotlight seven of them in detail. Here is a glimpse of the timepieces that were the talk of the watch cognoscenti. … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s May-June Issue Now On Nook and Kindle

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For all our tablet readers: the May-June issue is now available on the Nook and Kindle! … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s May-June Issue is On Sale Now!

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The May-June issue of WatchTime is in stores now (and also on the iPad), featuring a test of the Cartier Calibre Chronograph, 39 new watches introduced at the Geneva watch fairs, a profile of the new Girard-Perregaux, a head-to-head test of manufacture chronographs from Jaeger-LeCoultre and Montblanc, and more. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]

Million Dollar Club 2012: Watch Advertising at All-Time High

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In an exclusive report in the upcoming May-June issue of WatchTime, we reveal which watch brands are spending the most on advertising in 2012, a record year for watch-company ad spending, and we provide a complete list of the 60 brands that spent more than $1 million on ads. … [Read more...]

Seconds City: Exploring La Chaux-de-Fonds

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In our March-April issue, on sale now on newsstands and for the iPad, Norma Buchanan visits the Swiss watchmaking town of Le Locle. In this feature story from our June 2009 issue, Buchanan journeys to another cradle of Swiss horology, La Chaux-de-Fonds, a town that is still, as Karl Marx described it a century and a half ago, “one giant watch factory.” … [Read more...]

Watch Brand Ambassadors at Australian Open

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While the WatchTime crew was checking out new watches at the Geneva fairs, the world's top tennis players were vying for championships at the Australian Open in Melbourne. … [Read more...]

Victoria Azarenka Joins Citizen

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Citizen Watch Company, which several years ago signed an endorsement deal with New York Giants QB Eli Manning, has now added tennis player Victoria Azarenka, the #1 player on the WTA Tour, as its newest international "brand ambassador." After winning two medals for her native Belarus in the Olympics, Azarenka heads to the U.S. Open as the top seed. … [Read more...]

Family Values: Patek Philippe’s Thierry and Philippe Stern

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Geneva’s Stern family has owned and operated Patek Philippe for 76 years. When it comes to making watches, they say, family matters. Click here to read WatchTime editor-in-chief Joe Thompson's up-close-and-personal profile of Philippe and Thierry Stern from our December 2008 issue. … [Read more...]

Facetime August 4

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Happy August, and welcome to another installment of Facetime! As always, if you’d like to be featured here, in our magazine, Pinterest, and our other social networks, send us a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) with your at photo@watchtime.com. … [Read more...]

Test: Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques American 1921

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WatchTime continues its "America Week" with a test of Vacheron Constantin's Historiques American 1921, originally published in our print edition, with photos by Nik Schölzel. The watch is an updated version of a classic timepiece from the heyday of Art Deco that was made exclusively for the North American market. … [Read more...]

New Miyota Movement Debuts in TW Steel’s CEO Diver MultiFunction Automatic

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Another interesting watch we found at the Las Vegas watch and Jewelry shows was the CEO Diver Multi Function Automatic, from Netherlands-based TW Steel, a relatively young brand that has quickly garnered a following for its big, affordably priced sports watches. TW Steel CEO Jordy Cobelens told us that the watch is the first to use a new automatic mechanical movement, Caliber 9100, developed by the Japanese firm Miyota, part of the Citizen Group of companies. The functions include day, date, … [Read more...]

Giant of Time: Eli Manning Gets His Own Citizen Watch

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New York Giants fans hoping their team goes deep into the NFL playoffs this year can only sit on the sidelines (or couch, or recliner, or high-priced stadium seat) and cheer their star quarterback Eli Manning to victory. However, a lucky few of them can do so while wearing a Citizen watch made specifically for Manning himself. … [Read more...]

Watchspotting: Dial Details

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They say the devil is in the details. In this quiz, the details may bedevil you. We'll show you cropped images focusing on aspects of 12 watch dials. Of course no brand names are shown. Can you identify these timepieces? Accept the challenge by clicking the link below. As always, the answers appear at the end. Good luck! … [Read more...]

Citizen Launches Official Facebook and Twitter Pages

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Citizen has announced the launch of official pages on Facebook and Twitter. In coming months look for the brand to share exclusive photos and interviews with brand ambassadors, new product previews, and exciting promotions. You can like Citizen at Facebook here and follow them on Twitter here. … [Read more...]

Citizen Donates $1.3 million to Japanese Disaster Relief

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Citizen is donating $1.3 million to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster relief effort. Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc., (COA), encompassing the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, has already donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross, earmarked for the Japanese effort. Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd. has announced an additional donation of one hundred million yen ($1.25 million). … [Read more...]

Citizen Watch Company of America President Laurence Grunstein Retires

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Citizen announced today that Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc. president Laurence Grunstein will retire effective April 15, 2011. Grunstein joined Citizen as USA president in 1985. He was also appointed President, Citizen Watch Company of Canada, Ltd. in 1993 and Managing Director and CEO, Citizen Watch United Kingdom, Ltd. in 2000. … [Read more...]