Citizen Signature Perpetual Calendar Watch

Citizen Signature Perpetual Calendar Watch

Citizen Signature Perpetual Calendar Watch   watch releases

For 2011 Citizen’s major new piece is perfect for the American market. If you want to check out their other cool stuff you’ll need to take a little trip over the Japan (which would be nice… go support them). Part of their newer Signature collection, this is the simply named Citizen Signature Perpetual Calendar, and Citizen Signature Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. Two watches that each come in a host of styles and colors.

Citizen Signature Perpetual Calendar Watch   watch releases

The Signature collection is a higher-end range of watches from Citizen that sits under the Campanola collection. Signature watches all have better cases, sapphire crystals, and more interesting movement. They also have more decorative elements. Some of these look great, others are more a matter of taste. The new Signature Perpetual Calendar watch is a lot going for it. The 43mm wide steel case is attractive, but has some unique decorative elements to it – and let’s just get it out of the way now – yes, the rotating diver’s style bezel is taken from Tag Heuer’s Aquaracer 500M collection.

Citizen uses a double AR coated sapphire crystal and the cases are 200 meters water resistant on the chrono (multi-function) version, and 300 meters water resistant on the three hand version. Attached to the case is a pretty decent metal bracelet, with some versions being two-tone with rows of rose-gold toned links.

Citizen Signature Perpetual Calendar Watch   watch releases

Citizen Signature Perpetual Calendar Watch   watch releases

On the three-hand Perpetual Calendar watch the dial is nice and easy to read, even though it does have a sort of engraved sunburst pattern dial. Legibility is ensured through large lume-coated hands and applied hour markers. Both watches have light-powered Eco-Drive movements. The three-hand model with caliber E764 has the time, and perpetual calendar with only the date displayed. This means while you only see the date, you don’t need to set the date – pretty much ever.

There are at least seven versions of the Signature Perpetual Calendar. Each version of the watch has a different dial and bezel combination – while two versions are done in two-tone. Dial colors include, black, blue, silver, gray, and brown. The Signature Perpetual Calendar Chronograph comes in five versions. Two of them have crocodile straps – and I really like Citizen’s crocodile straps for the price.

Citizen Signature Perpetual Calendar Watch   watch releases

Citizen Signature Perpetual Calendar Watch   watch releases

Citizen Signature Perpetual Calendar Watch   watch releases

The Chronograph model is more than a chronograph, and contains Citizen’s popular multi-function Eco-Drive quartz caliber E820 movement. The movement has the time, 1/20th of a second chronograph (measures up to 60 minutes), perpetual calendar, alarm, and a second timezone. It can also displays the time in 24 hour format.

Citizen makes the dials pretty glossy for decorative effect. It takes away from the tool watch style case, but makes it feel like a more high-end timepiece. While not the most innovative timepieces in the world, the Signature Perpetual Calendar collection is a lower priced Signature collection watch and offers a good value. No doubt they will sell, and sit well as a daily wear. Prices for the collection ranges from $795 – $ 850 for the Signature Perpetual Calendar watches, and from $$925 – $975 for the Signature Perpetual Calendar Chronograph watches.

10 comments
morteza takloo
morteza takloo

I really really really really .....like Citizen watches, and am really liking these. I think they’re a great value, look great, and perform well, and I love the perpetual calendar feature. i have a av0031-calibre2100 one thats gooood eco-drive and like it so much

John
John

I just purchased a Citizen Signature Grand Complication BZ0016-50E also with a Perpetual Calendar. My question deals with the main-watch versus the sub-watch impacting the Date. Specifically the manual on page 8 indicates the main-watch drives the Day and the sub-watch drives the Date. I can't believe what this suggests. If I travel to another time zone, and just change the main-watch hour and second hands, and that's all I do, apparently the Date won't be synchronized with the new time. Looks like I will also have to go to the sub-watch and cycle through minute by minute to get the sub-watch the same as the main-watch. This seems awfully burdensome to have to do when traveling.

decharls
decharls

This watch is trully wonderful to wear..... I love it. If you have this. you will not stop looking on it...... coz its really attractive...... try and you will see....

Ulysses
Ulysses

I think Citizen is a great company and makes solid watches, but many of their chrono watch dial designs are just too busy-looking. There has to be a better way to implement the representation of different modes than that god-awful mode-dial thing they've been using for decades. Seiko did a nice one where the mode was shown by the day/date window. If you used the crown as a jog dial, the mode would change "up" or "down" where you'd normally see the days of the week.

Will
Will

Very good looking watch. I don't mind that the bezel is ripped for from Tag because it has its own unique look. Well done.

iHarley
iHarley

I really like Citizen watches, and am really liking these. I think they're a great value, look great, and perform well, and I love the perpetual calendar feature.

Frank
Frank

I finally got to see them in person last week and quite frankly was underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, is not a bad watch, but in respect to other offerings within the Signature Collection lines and more "true" diving watches like the JDM Seiko Sumo (Sells for exact same money as this Citizen) it is unimpressive. The case finishing lacks imagination and the kind of attention a watch from this series should have.

If you are a fan of the Tag Heuer Aquaracer (This Citizen is clearly modeled after it), then this watch should be up your alley.

I love and have owned the Citizen Signature Collection Grand Complication. To me personally, it remains the best model in the range. Much superior to these new "Divers" in every respect, from finishing to looks and design, Citizen really nailed them down fairly well.

As to me personally, my money is on the JDM Seiko Sumo. That's how a $600 diver should be finished. The case work of the Sumo is amazing and something this Citizen can't hold a candle to. Even the JDM Citizen Promaster 200m Air Divers look a lot nicer (40mm "Sub" cases), finished in Ti + Duratect and cost $150 less than the Signature 300m divers.

mark bradley
mark bradley

can not believe how much of a rip off of tag heuers aquaracer 500m chronograph it is surely there is some copy right laws that should of stopped that????

Mitch
Mitch

I also do a lot of traveling and want to get this watch how long are we talking about setting the time and date each time we change time zones like, 5 min or four a traveler would you recommend not getting it??

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  1. […] Several years ago, Citizen released the Campanola collection as range of meticulously made high-end quartz watches. The first of these watches were dual-branded with the Citizen and Campanola names, and later they merely had the Campanola names on them. I actually have an early Campanola (aBlogtoWatch review here) watch and love it. I am not sure whether or not Citizen is still producing them, and if so, they are in tiny numbers. Campanola watches were priced at $3,000 and up. Between Campanola and normal Citizen watches, the brand created the Citizen Signature collection, (such as this Signature Perpetual Calendar model). […]