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Citizen is probably one of the most underrated brands on the market today, even more so with Seiko aiming for larger wallets with (all of their) recent releases. This really opens up the options for the budget conscious collector. 

 

What's so special about the watch?

With the SKX going the way of the dodo, the Promaster range of watches from Citizen moves swiftly to the top of affordable, well-made, certified dive watches. Did I mention that it's also a Left Hand Diver? The one on offer here has the scars to show for its toughness - the very same reason I decided to take him into my collection in the first place. 

 

What are the functions of the watch?

Time, day and date, with time elapsed uni-directional rotating bezel.

 

Let me tell you about the case...

This is a case that was designed to be bashed about - the short lugs allow for details on the bezel to really pop. Alternating grooves allow for a nice grip when activating the bezel, which has a smooth clicking action and is not too hard to turn. 

 

As you would have noticed from the photos, this case is well used. Scratches decorate its surface, and especially the bezel. The severity of these cosmetic wounds vary, but are all from different periods since there is no consistent one direction damage indicating a single incident. There are no deep cuts or gouged steel on this guy (a pity?).

 

The crown sits nicely at 7 - but not too much that it'll start to jab into your wrist. The caseback offers more of that daily beater feel - micro scratches throughout indicating that the owner didn't think much of pampering the watch.

 

And now the dial...

The NY0040 comes in black and white dial variants, this one coming in black. The dial design strikes a nice balance between space and legibility, its large lume plots taking up exactly the space needed to allow the rest of the details on the dial to pop.

 

Sitting at 12 is the infamous 'underpants' lume indicator, allowing for easy identification should you ever find yourself disorientated while wearing the watch. Square plots indicate 3, 6, and 9 while the everm familiar circle takes care of the rest. Silver trimmings hold the lume together, thick enough to allow for definition while reading in the dark. 

 

The rest of the gloss black dial is printed with the Citizen logo and its functional markings. The rehaut is thin and slunted, allowing for the bezel markings to stand out more. 

 

Let's not forget the hands...

A reverse lollipop sweep seconds accompanies the chunky hour and minute hands, each of them generously slathererd with lume.

"Scallop" - 1990s Citizen Promaster NY0040-09 LHD

$220.00Price
  • Specifications

    • Hour, minute and seconds hands with day and date display
    • Gloss black dial with white and red prints
    • 40mm stainless steel case
    • 48mm lug-to-lug
    • 20mm width bracelet
    • Mityota 8200 @ 21,600vph
    • Mineral glass
    • Strap in photos will be replaced with a new leather strap
     

    Disclosure: This watch has scars. Lots of it.

     

    This is a well-used timepiece. Please expect signs of ageing and wear. Watch is checked to be in working condition when shipped. Buyers are advised to ask all questions before purchase. Accuracy of watch cannot be guaranteed; servicing is recommended for practical everyday use.
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