Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T Limited Edition Watch

Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T Limited Edition Watch

Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Citizen, Japanese manufacturer of watches of virtually all styles and for every conceivable purpose, have just bolstered their formidable Promaster collection with an addition to their feature-packed pilot’s watch line, the Skyhawk A-T. With some notable updates for the more premium Promaster designation, the new Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T Limited Edition now features a lightweight titanium case, blue highlights throughout, as well as the familiar bevy of complications of its predecessor.

For those who enjoy a technologically driven pilot’s watch experience, the new Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T does not disappoint. Citizen's light-powered Eco-Drive U680 movement, shared by both the Skyhawk A-T and the new Promaster Skyhawk A-T, is equipped with radio-controlled atomic timekeeping, a perpetual calendar, a second time zone sub dial (theoretically for UTC, an aviation necessity), and a power reserve indicator. An anti-reflective sapphire crystal is an upgrade over the non-Promaster models, and an impressive 200m of water resistance (double that of the standard Skyhawk) rounds out the list of features.

Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Where the limited edition Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T markedly differentiates itself from the regular model is in the inclusion of titanium in the case and bracelet, which makes for much lighter overall weight in a watch that could otherwise prove to be quite the wrist anchor given its hefty 47mm diameter. The bezel is in titanium as well, albeit with a DLC coating. Bright blue is used for the highlights on the crowded but surprisingly legible dial, including the seconds hand, and is in keeping with the model's predecessors which each have a bright pop of color for accent.

Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Citizen’s new limited edition Promaster Skyhawk A-T is a perfect example of Citizen doing what they do well. They’ve taken a popular, capable, and practical pilot’s watch and improved it by boosting some key specs with materials like titanium and sapphire crystal as a limited edition. The Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T offers a lot of functionality and convenience, and comes in at a reasonable price of $895, not a significant amount more than the $775 for the standard stainless steel version considering the upgrades offered by the Promaster. While the Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T Limited Edition could be seen as a budget alternative to technical, professional aviation-oriented offerings from Breitling, for example, it equally has its own appeal and seems like it will present a solid value when it becomes available at the end of August 2017. citizenwatch.com

What do you think?
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  • SuperStrapper

    I’m sure there will be mixed feeling considering how busy looking this watch is and the fact is not mechanical, but the skyhawk is legendary, and this update with blue only highlights (omitting the yellow) is quite nice.

  • Mikita

    New synonym for busy. You can just say: “Sorry, I’m Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T Limited Edition today. Let’s do it tmrw”

  • Paul

    Can someone list all of the functions of this watch? What are the subdials at 10, 2, and 6 supposed to indicate? How does the “fuel lbs” outer ring on the bezel work?

    • DanW94

      You can check the instruction manual on the Citizen website for this particular model on how to do it. Beware though, it’s longer than Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

      • Moonraker

        “Leo’s Toystore” by Warren Pizza?

        • DanW94

          Then try Alexandre Dumbass’s, “The Three Musketeers, Four Snickers and Five Ice Cream Sandwiches”

          • Moonraker

            Ever read (or eaten) “Bennigan’s Cake”?
            Or if we’re keepin’ it Russian, “The Five Guys Karamazov”?

          • DanW94

            I’ll have to try them, after I finish, “Bleak (Pancake) House”

          • Moonraker

            For what it’s worth, “For Whom the Taco Bell Tolls” is worth a read/visit. Their William S. Burroughitos and Naked Crunchwraps don’t disappoint.

          • DanW94

            You skewered it! That definitely takes the cake. I don’t think I can whip top-ping that one! You truly are “Lord of the Pies”.

          • Moonraker

            You can still have “A Separate Piece” of pie, I won’t finish it. I’ve got a new craving, “A Subway Named Desire”.

          • DanW94

            Sounds so much better than what I have. Right now I’m Holden “A Ketchup on the Rye” sandwich.

          • Moonraker

            Sometimes, before bed, I like to regress to my childhood with a “Goodnight Moonpie”.

  • Buy and Sold

    I guess there were too many functions to describe!?

  • Kuroji

    I think if they tried really hard, they could write more stuff on there. Maybe use another color and just overlay it.

  • Moonraker

    My RX-S Imp Gals are malfunctioning. Coming in for emergency EUR-CHN conversion test, stat.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    What am i looking at ?, it’s all just a blur

    • Shinytoys

      have you been nippin’ at that bottle again, my bag pipe playing friend 🙂

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I don’t drink and bagpipes sound like a cat being strangled. Awful noise.

  • Mark1884

    Interesting watch, but I would never figure out more than the time & date!. The “Blue Angels” Skyhawk is popular with some at work.
    I still have my working Citizen “Digi-Ana” from 1980. Great watch.

  • William Jones

    I don’t understand the appeal
    Of the cluttered dial. It looks tacky. Small digital displays and stubby hands…the technology is nice.

    • R.O. Ferrer

      i know. citizen makes good watches for its price but design wise- their dials range from dull to jackson pollock meets a kid on adderall with an empty wall and a box of crayons- it becomes a chore to even the read the time.

  • Phil leavell

    Way too busy for me please check box six wrist turd but I must say an inexpensive wrist turd

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Surprisingly their is no box for that.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    This watch looks like 1986.

  • socrates35

    Digital overload

  • BOT

    WOW! Don’t understand a shit from the sphere but seems very profesional 🙂 I like the watch

  • BNABOD

    the only thing missing is an integrated pressure cooker, a foie gras wire slicer that doubles as your weapon of choice for close quarters combat…….sign me up

  • OneIrish

    I’ve been flying for the past seven years with the Citizen JY0010-50E Eco-Drive Skyhawk A-T Titanum and it’s taken the place of my Oris, Omega and other GMT’s because it’s the most hassle free and just useful watch I’ve found for work. Mine has been perfect with zero issues for 7 years of tough use. Love it.

    • SuperStrapper

      In case you missed the comments, the watch is actually useless and too busy? To what degree is your comment sponsored?

      • OneIrish

        I know many find it too busy, cluttered, sub dials too small, etc but I use it daily and love it. Works great for me and nobody is sponsoring or paying for my opinion. My model is the older versionperhaps even busier than this newer version but I find it very useful and love the eco drive reliability, accuracy.

        • SuperStrapper

          It was sarcasm, friend. I agree with you on all counts.

          • OneIrish

            Ahhh – it’s been a long day.. glad you enjoy it. 🙂

          • Yan Fin

            Actually, ‘ to what degree sponsored’ is trademarked.

          • SuperStrapper

            I know. I’m lookin to get sued.

      • Moonraker

        Are you now or have you ever been a worker for Undone or Bob’s Watches?

      • ZL

        lol

      • Shinytoys

        certainly wouldn’t agree with useless, SS, but there is a lot on that dial. Still very legible in my opinion, and there isn’t much it can’t do…

        • SuperStrapper

          It was pure sarcasm. Love the watch.

    • Shinytoys

      It is the Bee’s Knees, if you’re a flyer, it checks all the boxes !!

    • IG

      What functions do you use?

  • Bozzor

    Well, probably not the watch for a night at the opera, but for the professional pilot, trader, captain or consultant who needs accuracy, practicality, reliability and tons of useful features for the real world and doesn’t want to send an elitist message to those around him, you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal. $895? No one pays retail for Citizen. About the the low $700a if you shop around and haggle, probably much less after a few months.

  • Michael Lojko

    Titanium and sapphire are welcome changes. The digital displays would have looked good in reverse with this dark dial.

  • Mischa

    I have tried a few Skyhawk A-T variations, and I consistently find two major problems:
    1) legibility;
    2) practicality.

    Point 1 is somewhat addressed in this version with slightly better colouring, but it’s still a far too busy dial. The digital displays are too small, and the left one is pretty much useless.
    Point 2 is the real sore point, though. The U68* movement requires the use of the smart crown to change the functions of the watch (there is no mode button). So any time you want to use a function (timer, chronograph, alarm, etc) you need to unscrew the crown, turn it (quite a few times) until the mode dial indicates the mode you want to use, then screw it back in.

    It’s a pity, because it’s a watch I’ve always admired. But a total deal breaker for me, and this new iteration (one of many many others by now) does not help. The problem is with the movement, and changing materials or colour schemes will not solve it.

    • I remember the older models (one of which i really enjoy wearing) circle through the functions with a big button on the bottom left of the case. Very easy to use. In fact I will wear it tomorrow!

  • Ulysses31

    It doesn’t look much different than the regular models. It’s always been a busy, fussy-looking watch and isn’t attractive to me at all, though in the right hands it must be very useful.

  • Shinytoys

    I do like mine, it’s the standard newer version. It’s a bit busy, but find another watch besides Casio that’s more than legible, has you dialed in every time…turn key spot on time keeping without skipping a beat…

  • Pete Pete

    certainly a watch for professionals. but outside of a cockpit – no thanks. looks horrible.

  • Larry Holmack

    Man…talk about a busy dial!!! But, I’m not a pilot so I don’t think I’d ever need this one.

  • Yan Fin

    To me, better looking and more practical than G-Shock.

  • Brant Roseberg

    You’d be a rather special kind of person to wear that unless you’re into aviation.