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Citizen Chronomaster Watches For Unrivaled Reliability Without The Geek Look

Citizen Chronomaster Watches For Unrivaled Reliability Without The Geek Look Watch Releases The Japanese market gets so much we don’t. Good thing that there are still channels for the US to get most of the goods, even if the instructions aren’t in English. The Citizen Chronomaster is a watch that would never be marketed in the US because the consumer interest would not match the costs of distribution. The Citizen Chronomaster is a type of watch that only the wearer will be able to appreciate because its value is all hidden. Seeing the Chronomaster doesn’t evoke much. It is a classic and attractive watch with no frills. You would feel perfectly comfortable wearing it to a meeting, to a wedding, or on vacation. No one is going to ask you questions about where you got it. No, this is not a showy timepiece. Instead, the Chronomaster is about being a watch that is supremely easy to live with, and that is the whole point.

The major selling point of the Citizen Chronomaster series is the movement. An extremely accurate quartz movement that is accurate to within 5 seconds a year! For those of you who do not know, this is about 15 times more accurate than a traditional quartz, and worlds more accurate than a mechanical movement. A certified Chronometer (COSC) mechanical movement is usually accurate to about 6 seconds a day (up to about 12 seconds). So compare these; Citizen Chronomaster high-end quartz accurate to within 5 seconds a year, or certified Chronometer accurate to withing 6-10 seconds a day. By no means should you love mechanical movements any less, but you cannot argue with the accuracy of a high-end quartz movement. The next step up would be a radio controlled watch that receives signals from the nearest atomic clock. You need to be in range, and this only works in the US, Japan, and parts of Europe. The Citizen Chronomaster is more self reliant and features a more sophisticated movement.

The accuracy of the Citizen Chronomaster is not the only admirable feature. Depending on the model, you can get a very nice case and bracelet that looks like steel, but is actually white ion-plated titanium, with an 18k gold bezel as pictured above. The effect is an understand watch with gold trim that is light and very durable. No one would know this fact save for the person wearing the watch. For this reason some people love or hate the Citizen Chronomaster. From afar it might appear to be just any ordinary watch, but for the esteemed wearer of the watch, it is a solidly reliable timepiece with a sophisticated movement and high grade materials.

Citizen continues to sweeten the deal by giving the Chronomaster an unheard of (in the watch world) 10 year limited warranty on the watch and guarantees that parts for the watch will be available for the life of the watch. It is unclear how this warranty transfers to US customers, but the point is clear that Citizen is confident in its product and the Chronomaster line. A great addition to a collection or as your only watch, the Citizen Chronomaster is worth looking at for one to two thousand dollars.

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Fueled by an unshakable love for horology and a general curiosity for intricate things, Ariel Adams founded aBlogtoWatch in 2007 as a means of sharing his passion. Since then, ABTW has become the highest trafficked blog on luxury timepieces, and Ariel has become a contributor to other online publications such as Forbes, Departures and Tech Crunch, to name just a few. His conversational writing style and inclusive attitude brings a wider appreciation for watches the world over, and that's just the way he likes it.

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  • Michael

    Ok, so it has a factory set high accuracy, fine.

    When I was a kid (1970s) even the cheapest quartz watches had a built-in trimmer. With some guts to play and some patience you could get them to keep time within 1 second/month easily…

    And my 1977 Citizen 8110A mechanical automatic chronograph (28.8kbph) even achieved better rates, down to 1 second in SIX WEEKS(!) – if worn/wound/placed in a regular way.

    If they just would offer simple electronic/programmable offset logic to quartz watches, the user/wearer could optimize his own watch anytime.
    It is so simple to implement: just let the user enter the offset ratio based on his own experience and environment; add/subtract the extra pulses periodically to the drivers – voila, home made chronoMETERS! Cheap!!

    Citizen, are you reading this?!

    • Good suggestion, thanks for sharing. Citizen may very well notice.

  • Cool
    watch. looking
    awesome and the watch is simply superb!

  • Les James

    I have one of these tremendous watches. The battery has just run out after 5 years, so have sent it back to a dealer in the UK who has forwarded it to Citizen Japan. I have just received the price for a service battery and Overhaul. £903.00p Wow I am gobsmacked. Not sure if I should proceed.