Since Citizen Eco-Drive was introduced several years ago, Citizen has been using this technology for most of the watches it produced. This time, let’s us have a look at one interesting Eco-Drive watch made by Citizen, Citizen Eco Drive Skyhawk. What make the watch so special is that it is radio controlled for atomic timekeeping.
In our previous review of Citizen Eco-Drive watch, we explained what is Eco-Drive. Eco-Drive uses solar energy as energy source for the watch. When there is light, the battery will store the solar energy. Indeed, not only the solar light, any light can be the energy source for Eco-Drive watch. The watch can store energy for several months consumption. Basically, you don’t need to worry about the watch is stopped due to no energy.
Perhaps, atomic timekeeping is the feature you pick this watch but not the others. There is a radio receiver in the watch, the receiver can reset the time every day through radio broadcast from Citizen atomic clock. This feature enables the watch keeps perfect time. Citizen atomic clock covers US, most part of Canada, major Europe cities, Japan and eastern China. Please check the instruction manual or here to make sure your city has the coverage. It is pointless to buy this watch if the place where you live has no Citizen atomic clock coverage.
Citizen Eco Drive Skyhawk can synchronize with atomic time automatically daily at 2, 3 or 4 am. If failed, the watch will try again in the next day. You can manually synchronize the time as well. There is a signal indicator to show how strong is the signal. If there is no signal, you can’t get the atomic time. In that case, the watch can run as a normal quartz movement watch.
Besides time adjustment, date (i.e. date adjustment after a month that has 30 days or less) and daylight saving auto adjustment using atomic time are also supported.
In conclude, the atomic timing is a cool feature, you don’t need to worries about the correctness of time and date. This watch can maintain the perfect timing. You won’t be late due to incorrect time if you wear this watch.
World Time for 43 Cities
Citizen Eco-Drive Skyhawk supports dual time zone. The first time zone is displayed using the hour and minute hand. There is an digital display at the 9 o’clock to show the city of the first time zone. The second time zone is displayed in the digital display at 3 o’clock. It doesn’t like other watches that support two time zone, you don’t need to remember the offset of the time zone. You can simply select the city, the time for that city will be displayed accordingly. It is easy to swap the first time zone and the second time zone. To do that, you just need to press two buttons at the same time. This world time feature is extremely useful for travelers as well as people who need to work with others in other time zone.
The watch has a little dial at 12 o’clock to display UTC time.
Citizen Eco Drive Skyhawk has two alarms for each of the two time zones. e.g. You can set one alarm at 6 am for New York and the other alarm at 7 am for London. It is allowed to activate one alarm at a time.
This watch supports 1/100 second stop watch function that can measure up to 24 hours. It also provides minute countdown timer up to 99 minutes.
Titanium or Stainless steel
Citizen Eco Drive Skyhawk provides two options for case and band material, titanium (JY0050-55L, JY0010-50E) and stainless steel (JY0005-50E, JY0000-53E). Titanium is a young watch material while stainless steel has been used as watch material for many years. The benefit of using titanium as watch material is mainly of its light weight. Citizen Eco Drive Skyhawk is a complex watch that the case size is large and thick. It can be heavy if it is using stainless steel as material. Indeed, not every people like to wear heavy watch. As a result, titanium is a good option. The main drawback of using titanium is less scratch resistant compares to stainless steel. Also, the color for titanium is less shiny than stainless steel.
Overall, it is an interesting watch. The appearance of this watch is cool. The functions for this watch is extraordinary. Amazon is having up to over 30% off for the watch. Please check out different models of Citizen Eco-Drive Skyhawk here.