Citizen Eco-Drive Scuba Fin Chronograph Watch

Citizen Eco-Drive Scuba Fin Chronograph Watch

Citizen Eco-Drive Scuba Fin Chronograph Watch Watch Releases

Just in time for heading to the beach this summer, Citizen has released a new Eco-Drive model in their Scuba Fin lineup.

The new model (CA0515-02L) isn't a massive departure from the earlier Eco-Drive Scuba Fin models, but it does have some freshened looks, sporting a blue (or orange) dial that earlier iterations don't quite have. Don't forget there is a chronograph as well. That blue also carries over to the 26mm polyurethane strap. While this looks like it would be a fine enough material for hitting the water, it does give me some pause for concern. It's hard to tell from the pictures, but it does look like the strap is integrated directly to the lugs - which means replacement options are limited, a strike in my book.

But enough about that - on to the good things in the watch. As with other models in the Scuba Fin lineup, this new model features a 60 minute chronograph function. The other two sub dials are tracking 24-hour time (I assumed synchronized to the main time) and small seconds.

These sub dials are closely clustered together, keeping a fairly balanced look, even with the date display set off a bit at the 3 o'clock position. And speaking of that date display - Citizen properly put a reversed color scheme on the date wheel, which is more of a rarity than you'd hope at this price point.

Citizen Eco-Drive Scuba Fin Chronograph Watch Watch Releases

Citizen Eco-Drive Scuba Fin Chronograph Watch Watch Releases

All of this is driven by an Eco-Drive movement, which charges up simply by being exposed to the sun. While I've not experienced this flavor of solar charging, I have it on another watch, and it is a nice feature to have on a quartz-driven model. Basically, until that cell gets worn out, you don't need to worry about changing batteries for a good long time.

Protecting that blue dial you have a mineral crystal, surrounded by a uni-directional bezel. While I'm not a diver myself, I find these dive bezels pretty handy for simple timing in many day-to-day activities (I actually use them more than I do a chronograph complication, truth be told). Should you want to hit the water with the watch though, you're covered - the 48mm stainless steel case carries a 200 meter water resistance rating. While the strap situation would personally give me some pause, this is a great looking diver chronograph continuing the Scuba Fin styling and theme that we've been enjoying.

I will give this recommendation - if you're going to have just a single quartz model in your collection, I'd heartily recommend a solar powered (Eco-Drive in Citizen's case) model of some flavor. If nothing else, it's fun to pull it out of the watch box and see the hands spring to life once the light hits the dial. Value is high with a retail price for the CA0515-02L at $399. Available now.  citizenwatch.com

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  • Ulysses31

    Really want to like this watch.  The blue dial variant looks attractive contrasted with the dark case, and it’s maintenance free.  Cheap too.  The only thing I don’t like is that god-awful rubber strap.  It looks like it was made out of coloured pieces of half-melted cheese slices.

    • MarkCarson

      Ulysses31 Good thing then that they did make a yellow version – a Velvetta Special.

  • drhrva

    Put it on a titanium or a black PVD steel bracelet and it would look good even inside the office

  • MarkCarson

    A couple of thing I don’t ‘get’. 
    1) Why do they need dual chapter rings on the dial? The marking for the chrono also provide scale for the minute hand. 
    2) And the color (orange or white depending on the model) from 0 to 15 is a fixed scale that makes no sense to me unless you always start your scuba dives exactly on the hour. Completely ridiculous. If they want to do that, it belongs on the rotating bezel, not painted on the dial. Fail.

    • DG Cayse

      MarkCarsonAgree…quite sloppy on the technical points of this offering. Although I think these points might matter little to actual purchasers of this piece.

      And the ‘polyurethane strap’…what were they thinking there. PE has the behavior of becoming brittle, cracking and breaking when exposed to sunlight. Not first choice material for a watch used for Hot Fun in The Summer Sun.
      I do hope that whoever named this piece has been severely reprimanded. Quite silly name…IMO.

      p.s. My Son is wild about the orange model.

      • DG Cayse

        MarkCarson Scuba Fin
        Model: BN0097-11E

      • MarkCarson

        DG Cayse Maybe the black one looks like it could match one’s scuba fin. Except for the material as you noted. My son (16) like tech looking watches but also dressier ones as well (so there is some hope for him – otherwise he is the teenage version of Conan The Contrarian).

  • Lesthepom

    These sort of watches are probably where we all started our interest in watches it may have the solar charging but it’s a whole lot of watch for just $399 rrp would have loved one of these when I was 16 the 200m water resistance is good on a chrono I don’t think a diver would trust his life to a $399 watch
    Citizen certainly make better dive watches but this one is a good place to start

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  • For a fashioned use at the beach/pool its a great and reliable  watch,  going down 200 into Poseidon’s realms not a top choice.   And oh yes, this one beats the hell out of a Tommy Hilfiger any day at the beach.

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  • IsmaelMartinez

    Would love to see it on a NATO strap