Thoughts on citizen?

I’m a curious what you guys think of citizen eco-drive. I am new to watches and just learning about movements.

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Eco drive is just a quartz movement with a battery charged by a solar cell. Not very complicated, and many other brands offer solar powered watches now. I don’t own a Citizen but people seem to like them.

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To the judges: “Um. Yes. I think we should all be good Citizens. Because Good Citizens are key to us having a decent Citizenivilization.”

Seriously, though, they make great affordable watches and have for a long time. 

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They have a lot of variety so most people can find a style they like, but not really a high end luxury product (at least in the US). Never seen any of the more expensive models (sold mostly in Japan).  I think there can be some good values as long as you are not expecting luxury.
 

I had one cheap Eco-Drive watch with a power reserve indicator that broke but I know others who have been happy with them. I bought one for my mom that she loves.

solar quartz does not get a lot of love from most watch people, but it can be quite practical. Cartier released a solar quartz watch recently that people went crazy for. 
 

As with anyone, you need to decide what is right for you based on your budget. try an Eco-Drive and see if you like it. Consider yourself lucky if you never get hooked on mechanical movements because that’s where this hobby can start getting crazy expensive. 

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It's awesome.  Almost a lifetime watch.

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The watches that last the longest are usually mechanical. Quartz are not generally repaired and wear out quicker but are less work and more accurate generally. A 20 year old quartz is a fluke. Seiko also has an ecodrive version. Everyone should have a quartz watch even if its only to set the mechanical watch when the squirrel gets tired. Solar only saves you a few bucks every 3 years and I don't think the extra cost justifies that.

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Citizen make excellent watches at all sorts of price points. If looking for a low maintenance, dependable, durable watch, tough to beat an eco drive. 

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Solid, accurate and thoroughly tried and tested watches. Very good, durable quartz movements. Can't really go wrong with them. They don't cost much to make and they're manufactured in high quantities, so highly unlikely to become collectors items. But if you're looking for solid reliability and "set and forget" operation at a budget, there's not much better out there.

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Ecodrive is one of the best solar watches as not all solar watches are equal. Good watches that are well made with good finishing and quality control some say that the finishing on citizen is better than seiko🤔 good watches for the money 👍

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I have three Citizen eco drive. My first lasted 12 years before I had to change the battery. Yes they still have a battery! Highly recommended!

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Short answer they are great everyday watches. Personally they might not have the Seiko name and reputation and maybe even called a mall watch. I have found their watches to not only built great but also it is not another Seiko. Their promaster line are amazing especially their pilot watches. Now here's the catch do not pay MSRP for any Citizen watch unless you can't find online. You can get most Citizen watches for 30% off or more unless is a very popular limited edition like the Godzilla Fugu. 

Some of my Citizen watches:

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Short answer they are great everyday watches. Personally they might not have the Seiko name and reputation and maybe even called a mall watch. I have found their watches to not only built great but also it is not another Seiko. Their promaster line are amazing especially their pilot watches. Now here's the catch do not pay MSRP for any Citizen watch unless you can't find online. You can get most Citizen watches for 30% off or more unless is a very popular limited edition like the Godzilla Fugu. 

Some of my Citizen watches:

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All the watches are nice. What is the model name of the first one, the chrono?

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I have quite a few, many given to me as gifts. Very well made watches, but made to a price point, so case finishing and crystals are not at the level of higher end brands. I’ve mostly replaced the straps on then, as most of their OG straps aren’t durable or comfortable.  Agree, don’t pay retail, but a very good $150-$250 watch. I have had no failures in them with my oldest watch being 20+ years old. I keep them in a glass topped watch box near a window and they stay charged. They do run down if only exposed to room light. 

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While I don’t have one in my collection, I did purchase one for my wife. It’s a great looking watch, and keeps good time. As she rarely wears a watch, it fits her usage by being kept ready to wear by simply sitting in her watch box turning light into the power it needs to keep running. Perhaps most importantly she likes it, and isn’t that reason enough to have one?

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Yep I've got one. A diver from the 90s. Tough and still going on strong. 

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I have quite a few of them, I will probably buy a few more before I'm done. The price point let's you have different styles without spending a fortune. Luxury watches are great but people don't talk much about cost of ownership. Regular maintenance is recommended but with an Eco, you can set and forget it. Shop around though, deals are everywhere.

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I'm a big fan. Especially their vintage anadigi's from the 80's & early 90's