This is Citizen’s Promaster Air. It costs $375, includes a rubber like strap and a digital display.
I didn’t see this watch in person. Instead I took a gamble and picked it based on Citizen’s online photos alone. That in mind, I’m happy to say you see is what you get. And in this case that’s a good thing. Scratch that, a great thing. I wouldn’t usually mention that in a review, but I’ve fallen victim to glitzy watch photos in the past and immediately regretted my purchase upon opening the package.
What attracted me to this watch wasn’t just the all black facade, but its mix of clean lines (the strap in particular) and the unique face. Many will find those dials – the circumference can be rotated if you spin the knob that usually winds a watch – excessive. And in my case, I did. But much the same can be said for a watch with chronographs; 99% of the time the watch is used to tell the time and nothing more. Unless of course you’re a diver or someone with a penchant for timing things NOT on a smartphone.
Nevertheless, there are a host of features, which include two alarms, a stop watch, a 99 minute countdown timer, a 1/100 of a second chronograph, world time in 30 cities and a perpetual calendar. The case is made from stainless steel (despite its black finish) and it’s can be submerged up to 666 feet (perhaps this is a fitting time to say “the devil is in the details”). The glass is “anti-reflective mineral crystal”. Which is to say it’s not Sapphire. But at $375, and maybe cheaper if you shop around, it’s certainly not a deal breaker.
It’s too soon to tell – I’ve only been wearing the watch for the better part of 14 days – but, and this is entirely conjecture, that the black might start to wear on select parts of the watch. But so far it’s held up nicely and shows no signs of wearing or paint peeling off. The strap, which shouldn’t be mistaken from rubber (it’s made of polyurethane) shouldn’t crack, at least not for a long time. Polyurethane is much more durable and won’t dry out over time, though it could eventually wear in some capacity.
Setting the watch up will take you some trial and error. There are 4 buttons and remembering what each will do and when takes some trial and error. Moreover, there are effectively 6 modes (as mentioned earlier) and depending on what mode you’re in, each button will function some what differently. To set the analog time of the Promaster Air, it’s not unlike any other watch; you’ll want to pull and rotate the bottom right knob as opposed to the middle one. Odd, traditionally speaking, but an interesting one that made me take note and is by no means a negative.
So that’s the Promaster Air. I don’t often review watches, but was glad to get my hands on this one. It serves as a nice every day watch. It’s not dressy nor is it super casual. It most certainly stands out from the pact and adds a nice touch of masculinity to my wrist.
Got questions about the watch? You can call Citizen direct at 800-321-1023, or email them via the Promaster Air product page.
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