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Old 08-24-2011, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Citizen Carbon Diver BN0055-53E


Description: The 3-Hand Citizen Diver that I'm reviewing today is BN0055-53E. I bought it from another forum member at a great price so that is how it caught my attention. I believe that this model sold in the $300 range and I also believe that they are now quite difficult to find new (having sold out everywhere). It is a 46mm case from 10-4, about 14mm thickness, 220 grams, Eco Drive so no battery needed, outstanding blue lume, second hand that hits each mark, killer carbon fiber bezel ring in a double bezel design with coated black IP, 120 click on the nose bezel, 300 meters WR, and a thick sapphire crystal. The crown is a solid feeling screw-down type and it has nice subtle crown guards as well. It is a perfectly sized little tank on the wrist. The black dial with the red accents on the hands, dial writing, and crown gasket look great and the carbon fiber is a super mod to an already nice bezel, too.

Grade for Description (of what I like in a watch): A


Manufacturer: Another very nice point to make is that Citizen is the manufacturer. It is a very solid and old Japanese company that makes watches about as well as Nathan's makes hot dogs. They also have marvelous customer service. I called yesterday asking for a link and had two links shipped to me yesterday already, too, and at no cost whatsoever. That is not the first time I've experienced super CS from Citizen either.

Grade for the manufacturer: A

Movement: The movement is quartz but Citizen's in house Eco Drive. It looks like a quartz in its second beat but it never needs a battery or winding for that matter. It doesn't get any easier than this. You just slap it on the wrist and you are good to go. So far, it has been dead on balls accurate, too. I plan to use this watch (among other things) to measure the accuracy of other watches. I can't say more than that.

Grade for the movement & accuracy: A


Fit & Finish: It is a 300 meter water resistant diver and it feels like it could genuinely withstand this depth. Everything is smooth-edged and brush-polished. If/when scratches come up, they can be pretty easily brushed away. The crystal is a thick sapphire, and the craftmanship of the case and bracelet along with the outstanding ratcheting clasp make the fit and finish of this watch to be excellent.

Grade for Fit & Finish: A

Legibility: You can easily see the time to the exact second and the date in the good size (but not oversize) date window at 3. The lume helps make the legibility even better than it already is, too. For comparison purposes, the lume on this watch is equal to the lume on a Deep Blue M2K in terms of brightness and long lasting. Furthermore, it is on all the hands and all the hour markers with no exceptions.

Grade for legibility: A


Bracelet & Clasp: This diver has a heavy all-brushed buttery soft 5-link bracelet that tapers from 28mm wide at the lugs to 24mm wide at the clasp. It is very smooth and secure feeling and wraps around the wrist. It reminds me a little of the Seiko jubilee bracelet only this one is thicker and heavier. It is held together with the pin and collar system which works fine here although I do prefer screws in the links. This bracelet comes with a branded dual deployant push-button clasp with a dual push-button ratcheting on the fly extension as well. It is similar to the bracelet on the Orient Saturation Diver in this way and very nicely constructed. It also has a very secure feel when closed.

Grade for Bracelet & Clasp: A- (due to the screws v. pins issue). Its still quite nice & secureas is though.


Presentation, Packaging & Warrant: The watch comes in a nice box but nothing to write home about really. It is a rather small presentation box that is a sturdy cardboard material. It does the job and keeps shipping costs low with less weight in the box but it isn't very fancy. I felt that this watch deserved a much nicer box frankly. The warranty seemed industry standard and one year long.

Grade for Presentation, Packaging & Warranty: C


Value: I didn't pay the new price although I received the watch as new. If I purchased this for $350 new, I would absolutely still consider it an excellent value. Other than pins in the bracelet instead of screws and a more upscale presentation box, I don't see anything that I'd change here. I guess I'd prefer a nicer case back engraving and that it was a limited edition but those aren't really important to me. Since I was fortunate enough to pick this up for about half what the new price was, the value for what I actually paid is exceptional.

GRADE for Value: A


FINAL COMMENTS: This is a perfectly built tank for the wrist dive watch that is from an outstanding company. It is very comfortable, attractive, legible, well-built, and it has an accurate battery-free movement. Its also a cool watch that has a unique look with the carbon fiber in the bezel. It also has some of the best lume and one of the best bracelet/clasp combos that I've ever seen anywhere and at a price that is affordable. In a word, this watch is a "keeper" and earns a final grade of A.








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Nice review and pictures. Thank you for posting the review. Great lume pic also.

Great review.
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice review Professor! I think you covered it all. Looks like a great everyday watch.
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Old 08-25-2011, 03:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for posting. Nice little piece.
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Thanks everyone. I am digging this watch big time. I hope that I am acting as an enabler here to others as well. I hope it is helpful to anyone considering picking up one of these promasters. They are cool divers and I recommend them fully without hesitation. I also got my needed extra links from Citizen at no charge and in just a day or two so I'm very impressed (again) with the company, too.
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i dont know how many times i gotta give up a watch before i realize i shouldnt have!!

it is an amazing watch & watch company!!


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Nate was thinking about it but words didn't reach the reply when I first responded but fantastic clasp or it seems to be.
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The bracelet is exeptionally nice with the one issue of pins v screws. Otherwise, I'd rank it up there with the best of them in or even near this price range. I'm including the clasp in that bold statement, Mike. It is very cool with ratcheting on the fly. Its very sturdy and well built feeling. It is very similar to the Orientstar Saturation 300 clasp and a couple of others out there, too. I like it for ease of putting on or off and maybe adding 1mm if I want for comfort without having to deal with micro adjusting. I guess the ratcheting on the fly is utilized properly by divers. About the deepest any of my watches get nowadays is where I might rest my hand in a spa.
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Always loved mine!!

The lume is awesome and i often wear it during some of my police duties. Enjoy yours!! :b:b





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Well, I own this same watch, acquired by way of a well known flipper (No, not a dolphin and not a thalidomide baby). Your review has told me a couple a things I didn't know about it. I had no idea it was a limited edition and I assumed it had a mineral crystal, not sapphire.
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yea nate mine watch is killer enjoy buddy and a great review..i should have never sold it..
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I was lucky enough to get this watch to,very happy with the bn0055-53e citizen diver
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