Citizen Eco-Drive Watch Review

Citizen Mens BJ7000-52E Eco-Drive Nighthawk Stainless Steel Watch

Citizen is a Japanese watch company, Eco-Drive is a new innovation of movement. The Eco-Drive movement uses a battery that is recharged by solar energy via the dial panel under the watch face. With Eco-Drive, you don’t need to change the battery or worry about winding the watch. This Eco-Drive feature can be useful but the main factor for a brand is popular or not depends on the watches design and quality. Let’s have a check on some popular Citizen mens’ watches.

What is Perpetual calendar watch?

For some models like BL5250-02L and BL8000-54L, they have a feature called Perpetual Calendar. What is Perpetual Calendar? It is a watch that can automatically adjust the end of each month, including the leap year. In order word, you won’t need to adjust the date of the watch at the end of each month. It is a nice feature as you don’t need to worry about adjusting the date every month.

Citizen BL5250-02L Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watch

Citizen BL5250-02L Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar Chronograph WatchBL5250-02L is a perpetual calendar titanium chronograph with aviation and military style. The bracelet is leather. The chronograph supports up to 60 minutes with 1/20 second interval. The date display is at 4 o’clock. Its power can be preserved up to 270 days.

The case 43mm and that is light and rides low. The case and the unidirectional bezel are nicely polished. The tachymetre is marked inside the watch instead of the bezel. The buttons for the chronograph function are soft and not difficult to press.

The watch is built with Citizen typical standard and quality. You don’t need to worry about it. Eco-Drive movement keeps time accurately. The bracelet is comfortable and stylish.

The watch supports alarm function but it is a drawback of the watch. The alarm is short and soft. It is not likely to be used to wake you up from sleep. Also, setup the time or the date of this watch requires patient.

Citizen BL5250-02L Leather Band

Citizen BL5250-02L Leather Band

In conclude, the design of this watch is cool. This watch performs well except some drawbacks. But at this price range, it is a good value of money.

 

Citizen BJ7000-52E Eco-Drive Nighthawk Watch

Citizen Mens BJ7000-52E Eco-Drive Nighthawk Stainless Steel Watch

Not sure why Citizen names it as Nighthawk, maybe, this series of watch has a large luminous hand as well as hour and minute markers for easy readability. BJ7000-52E is another pilot like watch. It look like Breitling watches.

The dial has a lot of markers for aviation. This is not simply a useless design, but it allows you to use it for flight calculation.  The inner slide rule is a logarithmic and time scale that allows you to get rate, time or distance calculation. The outer slide has several conversion factors like Miles and Gallons.

The watch maximum power reservation is 180 days and it is using eco-drive Japanese quart movement.

The left hand side is the 24 hour GMT indicator. There is a little hand with two pointers, a red and white lovely airplane. The white hours are AM while the red hours are PM. While the white airplane is pointing to the indicator, it is AM and read the white indictor for time and vice versa. It is a cool, stylish and useful feature.

Citizen BJ7000-52E Eco-Drive Nighthawk Watch Dial

A closer at the watch face

One of the main drawback of this watch is the date display. Not sure why the designer put an inner frame for watch display. It looks strange. Nonetheless, it is a good looking and cool design watch.

 

Citizen BL8000-54L Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar Watch

Citizen Mens BL8000-54L Eco-Drive Calibre 8700 Perpetual Calendar Watch

BL8000-54L is a perpetual calendar watch without chronograph function. The calendar is guaranteed to be accurate until Feb of 2100 without any date adjustment manually. The date display is at 4 o’clock.

This watch comes with different colors and BL8000-54L is steel blue color. The hour markers are silver Roman numerals that make the watch looks classic. The outer edge has a markers for seconds and numbering for every 5 seconds.

The top left sub-dial is a 24-hour indicator for GMT function. It synchronized with the hour hand until you are asking for 2nd time zone. The top right dial displays the day of the week using 3-letter abbreviations. There is a words ON and OFF near the top right dial, it indicates the status of alarm when the lower button is pressed. This watch supports two time zones, however, it is a little bit tricky on this. You can only display one time zone at a time. To switch the time zone, you need to pull the crown out and turn it and wait. The hands, day and calendar will spin around for a new time zone. The whole process of switching the time is long and can be over a minute.

 

Citizen CA0295-58E Eco-Drive Nighthawk Chronograph Watch

Citizen Mens CA0295-58E Eco-Drive Nighthawk Watch

CA0295-58E is a all black-plated stainless steal watch. The number is gray while the dial is dark. This watch supports 1/5 second chronograph function and it can measure up to 60 minutes. The sub-dial on the left side is the 12/24 hour time while the date display window is at 3 o’clock.

The outer edge of the watch is a tachymetre. The crystal is mineral glass. The case is 42 mm large and 13mm thick. The size of case is standard from chronograph prospective.

The watch information can be read when there is plenty of light, however, in case in the dim or dark environment, the time cannot be read easily. This should be the major drawback of this kind of all black watch.

Citizen CA0295-58E Eco-Drive Nighthawk Chronograph Watch

Dark hands with dark face. Still readable if under light.

Comparison

Citizen BL5250-02L Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar

Citizen BL5250-02L Eco-Drive Perpetual CalendarCheck Price

Citizen BJ7000-52E Eco-Drive Nighthawk GMT Watch

Citizen BJ7000-52E Eco-Drive NighthawkCheck Price

Citizen BL8000-54L Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar

Citizen BL8000-54L Eco-Drive Perpetual CalendarCheck Price

Citizen CA0295-58E Eco-Drive Nighthawk Chronograph

Citizen CA0295-58E Eco-Drive NighthawkCheck Price
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Model# BL5250-02L BJ7000-52E BL8000-54L CA0295-58E
Crystal Mineral Glass Mineral Glass Mineral Glass Mineral Glass
Case Titanium Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel
Dial Black Black Blue Black
Water resistance 200m / 660Ft 200m / 660Ft 100m / 330Ft 200m / 660Ft
Case diameter 43mm 41mm 39mm 42mm
Case thickness 13mm 12mm 10mm 13mm
Band material Leather Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel
Movement Eco-Drive Quartz Eco-Drive Quartz Eco-Drive Quartz Eco-Drive Quartz
Date Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chronograph Yes No No Yes
Perpetual Calendar Yes No Yes No
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