Citizen Eco Drive BL5250-02L Watch Review
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Amazon Price: $425.00 (as of June 20, 2018 3:58 am –
Titanium watch with blue dial Water resistant to 660 feet (200 M): In general, suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports, but not scuba diving Japanese quartz movement with analog display 43 millimeters titanium case with mineral dial window Pig Skin Leather band with Buckle closure
Another Fantastic Citizen Eco-Drive Watch
I have been a fan of the Citizen Eco-Drive product line for some time. I received this watch as a Father’s Day gift in 2012 and it is one of about a dozen Citizen watches that I own. For the money, I have found that the quality of Citizen cannot be beat; far beyond the quality of sub-$200 watches that Invicta and others offer but still able to reasonably compete with higher-end brands without the $2000+ price tag.
Very good, but could have been great
This is a military style watch from Citizen. The movement is a high quality Eco-Drive with perpetual calendar. That means you’ll only need to set it once and it the date will be correct until the battery dies. That is important because these movements are more complicated to set than most other movements, however there are YouTube videos that will walk you through it step by step if needed. Even though this watch is solar-powered, it does have a rechargeable battery and these can die eventually. However, they’ll last much longer than the 3-4 years that a standard quartz watch battery lasts.
Had the alarm been loud enough I’d have given the watch 5 stars.
This watch really is well made not only for the price but it genuinely is high quality. It has many features that are useful and are usually found on watches in a higher price range. The chronograph works perfectly and is precise to 1/50th of a second. You really don’t need much light to keep this thing running, and that’s great to not have to worry about a battery to change for years. If you haven’t had a titanium watch before you might feel like the watch is made cheaply because of the weight, and it just feels different than a stainless watch. I say this because when I first played around with it I could swear the bezel was plastic or something similar as it felt very different from the stainless steel watches I have had. I emailed citizen’s service department and they verified that the case back, case, and bezel all are made of titanium and that they get that question often.
Caveats and Kudos
Caveats and Kudos:
Okay for my small wrist
I was hesitant about this watch since it pushes the boundary of being too big for my small wrists (~6 1/2 inches) and was torn between this one and the slightly smaller Citizen Men’s AT0200-05E Eco-Drive. I went with this one because I dig the sunken inner dials and just like how it looks, and I am pretty pleased so far. It’s a very nice looking watch, love the strap (not too big or too small), and it doesn’t feel heavy. And though the 42mm case doesn’t feel too big on my wrist, sometimes I think it’s a bit too big (see pic). So far it’s kept great time. I tried to sync its time down to the second against my cellphone and it’s stayed within a few seconds since I did that a week or so ago — I’m guessing when I left it in the sun for a few hours, the sudden charge of energy sped it up a tiny bit. Totally unscientific reasoning… The watch came with the date already set, so I haven’t had to monkey with that, but setting that time was relatively easy after reading the directions, though it is not as simple as pulling out the crown and adjusting the time; there’s a couple of steps one has to pay attention to. Nothing mind bending, though. I’m torn on the chronograph feature since it requires pulling out the crown, changing the “mode”, and then pushing in the crown before the chronograph can be used. It’s not as simple as just pressing the buttons. Then again, I’ve never owned an analog watch with a chronograph so I have no clue if that’s just how they work. Long story short, it’s been a couple of weeks and I still like the watch with zero buyers remorse.
I really like it, but …..
There is a lot to like about this watch. Unlike some others, I don’t find the setup all that daunting. Once it’s set up, the perpetual calendar and dual time zone features have come in very handy. The eco-drive thing is cool. The accuracy has been spot on. It’s comfortable to wear, the styling goes with anything, etc….
Love the watch
Love the watch. Took some time to get used to a smaller face than I’m used to, but it’s been a while since ive had any kind of indigo dials, which, in this watches case, seem to last forever. Last a while in a good way. I’ve had smart watches that if I even breathe too hard light up and can throw off your sleep. But, this watch is noticeable even after being out of light for some time (hours it seems) but not in a wake you up sort of way. It’s also nearly silent for a mechanical watch which is a plus for a light sleeper who can hear even the slightest tick. It has an alarm, which I haven’t used, nor the chronograph. For a seemingly simple watch, for someone new to citizen it was slightly difficult to program coming from someone who loves watches, hence the 4/5 stars. Also, the manual provided never really mentioned what the top right dial, 1-10 is for, nor have I used it since I got the watch. But it’s light, looks good and feels good.
Excellent watch at a Black Friday price
Elegant, functional, divers style quality product at a Black Friday price. Already had an Eco-Drive Aviator in Titanium from 14 years ago that is still going strong but looks a bit dated and lacked water resistance suitable for being on a boat. This one has all the features I need (including WR 200m or 600 ft.). I did notice that some reviewers complained about difficulties setting times etc. … thought I was going down that pathway until I realized that the instruction booklet refers to TWO different models (E81* and E82*). In my case I needed to follow the E82* instructions and not the E81*. Problem solved !!!
Best watch I’ve ever owned.
I purchased this to semi-replace the same watch. I’ve replaced the bands on the first one twice now as I sweat and work outdoors so they get dirty. My second watch I keep clean and use for dinner, nights out, social gatherings. It’s such a great watch that can be dressed up or down and goes with damn near everything. The Eco-Drive means you never need a new battery and as long as you wear it once a week it will stay charged just fine. I really enjoy using the alarm feature and having a second time zone programmed is occasionally handy when traveling. My first watch is still kicking and going strong but from typical outdoor use I’ve scratched it up, gotten it muddy, underwater with it, you name it I was probably wearing the watch when I did it and the thing keeps working like the day I got it. The price flucuates greatly on this model, if you can get it under $200 it’s a steal. Make it your special occasion watch or your everday carry watch. It will excel at what ever you want.
Looks/feels cheaper than expected and does not function properly (unless you have the REAL instructions to set the time…)
Like others here, I received this watch and have had no luck setting the time/date, etc. I assumed the watch had been damaged in shipping so I have requested a replacement, but now I have read other reviewers have had the same problem; in the default position the crown does nothing; pulling out one click changes the mode; pulling out two clicks does nothing. When rotating the crown in either direction I can hear a clicking sound, but nothing moves. Have tried the reset function and it did nothing to correct these issues. I own an older Citizen Calibre 2100 that I have worn every day for nearly 10 years (awesome watch). I have to admit that this watch looks quite a bit cheaper by comparison and the band is not very impressive. If I have the same problems with the replacement watch, I’ll be returning this one and just finding a different watch altogether. Pretty disappointed so far.