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Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I was fortunate enough to get information about the Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m watch prior to its Baselworld 2017 release when we debuted it on aBlogtoWatch here. Citizen was proud of the new series of “professional” dive watches that housed their Eco-Drive light-powered movement inside of a diving watch capable of diving to 1000 meters. To be honest, I’m not sure what specific need that solves, but I can say that if you are a professional diver, having a watch that is both accurate and doesn’t require a battery change (assuming it is quartz-powered) is a very good idea. More on that in a bit. After seeing the massive 52.5mm-wide Super Titanium case in the flesh and putting it on, I realized that Citizen wasn’t kidding. The Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m is an instrument intended for serious diving professionals – but watch geeks will get a serious kick out of it as well.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

We exist in a “post-traditional-wrist-watch world” to a large degree. What I mean by that is that, for the most part, timepieces as we know them (outside of smartwatches) are not things we need but rather things we want. Thus, when a new watch comes out which is a useful instrument in the real sense, my eyes perk up a bit given that many of us are the most deeply interested in “tool watches.”

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The reason I put the Promaster Professional Diver 1000m watch on our list of the top 10 best watches of Baselworld 2017 is because the watch excels at what it was designed for. I want to encourage brands to come out with more watches like this – ones that focus on real world potential utility, as opposed to mere “lifestyle” satisfaction. In one context, that is the difference between a “desk diver” and one that you might actually want to strap onto your wrist and take into the ocean. It is a fact that when diving, pretty much all divers these days use modern diving computers to perform a series of tasks including measuring their dive times. With that said, it is always a good idea to have a backup timepiece, or a more traditional wristwatch given that dive computers – like all technology – can fail.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

While not a new feature for Citizen, I want to point out that the Citizen Promaster Professional Diver 1000m includes a power reserve indicator on the dial. Since this is not a mechanical watch, it isn’t there to show the power left in a mainspring – but rather the charge time left in the rechargeable battery. Eco-Drive watches can last months without needing to be charged (in fact, the Citizen J210 Eco-Drive quartz movement inside the watch can last for 2.5 years on a full charge), but if you are about to go on a dive and need to rely on your watch, it is very important to make sure it has enough battery power. Best of all, if you don’t have enough juice, you can simply put the watch out in the sun for a few hours and you’ll be good to go. Features such as that are genuinely useful and part of what make this more than professional package due to its deep-diving capability alone.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m is, as the name implies, water-resistant to 1000 meters. It also has an automatic helium release valve, and Citizen is proud to proclaim it as a real saturation diver. Professional divers who require things like time in decompression chambers will of course value these features, but most people who own this watch will likely never get a chance to appreciate the fact that the watch is capable of such feats. None of that matters. What is important is that Citizen (and, of course, several other brands) continue to produce genuine utility watches. What makes us care is that they look good and feel neat on our wrists in the process. I also don’t mind the size.


Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Citizen’s “Super Titanium” has the benefit of titanium’s low weight and strength, with the added benefits of treatments that make the surface harder and rather scratch-resistant. Again, no one likes it when their fancy new watch starts to show signs of wear. For the Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m, Citizen developed a new bezel-locking system which is a ring that allows you to lock the rotation of the bezel. This is apparently a useful feature for professional divers, and I’ve not seen a system quite like this one around. For desk divers, it just means something new to play with. The quality and craftsmanship of this particular Citizen dive watch is so many worlds above that of my first Citizen Promaster watch from years ago.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

On the wrist, the watch looks like a stack of circular saw blades with a legible watch dial, over which is a sapphire crystal, of course. The fat hands almost entirely take over the dial in a way that is almost so obnoxious that it’s fun. The volume of luminant is intense, and if I get one of these to review I can’t wait to play with it in the dark. At 52.5mm wide and 21.4mm thick, this watch is no dainty thing – and it has a thick rubber-style black polyurethane diver’s style strap to match its heft. With that said, the lugless case and overall design make it totally wearable on even smaller wrists like my own. Yes, this is a timepiece for those times when you want to be playful and/or have people pay attention to your wrist… in addition to diving, that is.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The overall aesthetic is modern Japanese in all the right ways, and if you like timepieces such as this it is hard to put it on without smiling. Those guys who prefer the look of smaller, vintage-style watches are advised to look elsewhere in deciding how to next feed their watch addiction. For me, the patent assertiveness and assured stance of the utility and design make the Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Professional Diver 1000m a winner. Price for this reference BN7020-09E watch is $2,300.



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  • Ricardo Cabza

    Nice hockey puck on a strap, and I love the statement that is a watch for professional divers.
    Professional divers use dive computers not a monstrosity like this, the only clientele for this watch is those who seek attention by wearing an clown’s watch on their wrist.

  • HectorAsuipe

    The only real issue with this watch is that they do not make clown make-up that can withstand more than 900m of depth.

  • Bozzor

    This watch is over engineering to such an extent that it goes into extreme styling. But that does not matter. This watch will appeal to hardcore divers, recreational divers who want a bit of extra safety margin and desk divers who want to pretend. Nothing wrong with that!

  • riposte

    The design is VERY cool, IMO, I can’t find the ugly thing on design aspect, very refreshing and modern, its smaller brother too have same style. Except the thickness isn’t cool and Citizen missing opportunity (compared Seiko Tuna) to make it strap friendly.

  • JF Schnell

    Very cool and very nice. Only would buy it if I had the hobby of a scuba diver. Not a scuba diver so skipped it as well.

  • ksz_pl

    So many pictures and the case back lid did not show

  • Guadzilla

    Your statements are mutually contradictory, Ariel.

    On one hand, you talk about giving Citizen credit for making a watch that can actually be used for the purpose it is intended. Great.

    A 1000m-WR behemoth is not that watch. If i am going to be using a watch as a backup for a computer (something that has its own set of issues – a watch does not back up a computer. Only another computer backs up a computer), then I’ll want something small & relatively unobtrusive – not another monstrous chunky thing taking up yet more real estate on wrists that are already loaded with a dive computer and possible a compass.

    • I should have read the comments before making my own in the same vein. Spot on.

  • IanE

    So ugly it has its own beauty! A bit of fun for a day at the seaside – if I didn’t already have several quartz thingies for that purpose I might be tempted, depending on how the street price turns out.

  • Peter D

    A marketing exercise, nothing more.

    • Darth Soros

      And a successful one, in my opinion, if you read all of the specs; especially those of the various metals and metal treatments.

  • Word Merchant

    Needz moar bigness.

  • IG

    I guess it’s a good backup for a dive computer, wearing it in an office is a sure sign of douchebaggery.

  • SuperStrapper


    < oh, he's gone now – a block away down there

    < *squints slightly* that's a citizen promaster.

    • IG

      – Hey, is that shark pregnant?
      – No, just ate a diver’s arm wearing a Citizen Promaster.

      • DanW94

        “Hey, do you know where I can get a good anchor for my boat”?
        “Try that watch shop over there, I think they carry the Citizen Promaster 1000m”.

  • Marius

    Looking at this watch makes me want to ask three questions.

    1. Why is this watch so enormous? Considering that it uses a quartz movement, and that the 1.000m WR is good, but not exactly unheard of, I don’t understand why this watch needs to be this big. For instance, the new Rolex Sea-Dweller is considerably smaller, and almost half as thin, although it has a superior WR of 1.200m and uses a mechanical movement. In fact, even a Rolex DeepSea is smaller, despite having a WR of 3.900m, so almost four times bigger than the Citizen`s.

    2. What professional diver would use this monstrosity. As Guadzilla rightly mentioned, why would you want a backup watch that is bigger than the oxygen tanks? And, more importantly, the backup of a dive computer is ANOTHER dive computer, not a watch.

    3. Why is this watch so expensive? For $2,300 you could buy not just a dive computer, but a high-quality, top of the range dive computer. So, why would a professional diver — and we all know that prof. divers are not exactly millionaires — spend more on a useless watch than on a high-end dive computer that will actually serve him as a precious tool.

    • Han Cnx

      Now look what you did.. make people overdose on common sense.

    • Larry Holmack

      Maybe they’re trying to compete with Invicta??? I don’t know, but even I wouldn’t wear this monster, and I like larger watches!

  • Han Cnx

    I wish I could un-see this.

  • commentator bob

    Really key to have a 1,000 M watch when nobody has survived more than 333 M.

    Too bad Citizen is not interested in making a non-ugly 42 MM or less 300 M automatic dive watch for the $2,300 this watch costs. That would sell.


    But it is so huge and the hands so big and the dial so small. What happened to this poor thing?
    Tell you what save some dough and get this instead.

  • Sorry, but I dig it. A big-ass titanium honker like that? What’s not to love? I much prefer the handset on the older ‘Zillas, but that’s cool. Most definitely “for those times when you want to be playful.”

    • Darth Soros

      What’s not mentioned in enough detail here are the three different proprietary metal treatments. There’s no question that this is an exhibition of capabilities put on by Citizen. That’s the value. Even most WIS simply will not get it.

  • SwissMatic

    Then, after your dive, you can take it to the pub, hang it on the wall and throw darts at it.

  • cg

    And to think that Citizen does make some very practical multifunction dive watches… Why this now? As a diver I go for a dive watch that gives me more diving info.

  • A_watches

    oohh it’s ruined by the date window…NOOOT, the whole thing is hideous

  • Mark1884

    Most has already been stated…… but
    Too big, too thick, tiny dial, fat hands, WR of 1000M? everyday watch has a WR of 1524M I fail to see the big deal.

  • Anna Nuehm

    “To be honest, I’m not sure what specific need that solves”

    To be honest, I can’t, either. Looks like an answer to a question that nobody asked. Then again, that’s true for a lot of watches nowadays (and, in a way, makes the whole hobby more interesting).

    But what do I know, maybe there are professional divers who would actually buy this watch for $2,300 as a backup and who like a bezel that can easily be turned with diving gloves on.

  • frauss

    The back plate is even higher than that skinny little dress Citizen! I think it has a hidden compartment for keeping your sandwich in. Don’t want no salt water on your PB&J.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    A very expensive door stop. It’s nice to know that my watch would still be ticking as i imploded 650m above it. Absolute nonsense.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Is being a doorstop one rung up from going CLUNK, CLUNK, or is because you are being green and it is good to recycle?

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I like to think i’m doing my bit for the environment.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Love it. Does it make any sense? Of course not. Is it to big for a daily beater? Of course. So is a PloProf from Omega. I like tool watches that deserve the name. And I love Eco-Drive. When the Swiss go crazy it`s avant garde, when Nippon does it`s wtf. I would like to see more foreign crazyness. And Citizens are excellently build. Got roasted once from so-called watch nerds when I stated there`s no difference in build quality between a $500 Citizen and a $5000 Swiss whatever but even the tiny, little dress Citizen in the picture has a perlage on the clasp.

  • “…ones that focus on real world potential utility, as opposed to mere “lifestyle” satisfaction…”

    I think that’s a great idea, and I’ve long been a proponent of “field testing” when it comes to gear reviews, particularly watches. But this watch screams “poser” louder than a DSSD. “Real” divers rarely wear watches at all (we have dive computers and redundant dive computers and sometimes even redundant redundant dive computers) and if we do strap on a bottom timer, it’s (more often than not) a G-shock or the like. Someone who is into casual, recreational diving isn’t going to wear this either, simply because he would come off looking like an enormous tool doing so. Most rec divers want to go from dive boat to tiki bar without swapping out their watches, and you really can’t do that sporting a 52mm monstrosity like this. Unless you want everyone else on the dive boat laughing at you.

    So this is very much a “lifestyle satisfaction” watch; it’s no different than someone who rents a convertible sportscar once or twice a year but brings his own driving gloves.

    • MeaCulpa

      Well a watch, compas and old school gauges etc could probably act as a redundancy solution for a dive computer. The problem is if you strap this thing on you’ll be forces to use a white board as a dive board.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    I like a big fun watch as much as the next idiot. And I really do like the crazy cool techy looks of this promaster. But it’s just too big and too toolish.
    I also like the fact that you don’t need a watch to go diving. You go diving with dive computers. There’s no pretence. You could dive with this, but it’s just a desk diver.
    So as a fun watch it is just a bit big. Plus any watch I can’t faff about trying to decide what strap to wear it with, isn’t half as much fun.

  • Marius

    The fit & finish of the dial is quite poor considering that this quartz watch costs $2,300.

    • Lincolnshire Poacher

      Agreed. That wet-and-dry sandpaper style dial looks like it’s covered in tiny bits of lint and dust. It also doesn’t take the print well. It does look a bit poor, but I wonder if they thought that style of printing would suit it’s toolish nature.

      • Gokart Mozart

        What you mean smudged?

        I suppose so if you mean tool as in DIY, rather than getting in a professional.

  • dennis

    As a diver for many years i would not even consider putting this on my wrist, you
    could not even do a cave dive with this, entry way is not big enough.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Too bad Arnie is an AP man otherwise he is one of the few people who could pull it off.

    And that’s only because everone will be saying “OMG it’s the pregnent bloke from “Junior””

  • mtnsicl

    Guys, so much hate here for a nice watch. This is a watch designed for a certain purpose. It’s not necessarily designed to look good or be comfortable or inconspicuous while sitting at your desk. It’s designed to be used as a tool. And, not everyone who dives uses a computer. I went diving with a very experienced diver off Molokini island. Neither of us used a computer, we both used watches. And, as far as its 1000m range, even though most people don’t go beyond 100 feet, there’s nothing wrong with having something a little over built. My biggest concern would be if the strap is a proprietary strap. I have another Promaster that has a proprietary strap that has broke twice and I’m not going to buy another one, for it to fail again. So, it’s pretty much a paper weight now.

    • Ricardo Cabza

      You can purchase a Seiko Prospex 200m ISO approved solar Dive watch for about $2K less and it will work just as well as this clown watch, and look even nice on dry land.

      You also could, for $300 less, purchase a Sinn UX which is good to 3000m and is 1/4 the size if you want to go that route, also the Sinn UX is a Super Quartz, accurate to +-5 seconds a year. It actually looks like a nice watch too boot!

      • mtnsicl

        Well, it’s a good thing there are a lot of choices. Because not everyone likes the same watch, and not everyone is at the same economic level.

      • christosL

        If you are a pro diver, doing real deep-water diving, a huge watch is actually a plus. Like if you are an oil rig diver in the north sea or similar. Huge hands, lots of lume etc.

  • TrevorXM

    Could be popular in the northern US and most of Canada outside of the West Coast. Popular on outdoor frozen lakes and ponds, that is. If they lose the puck playing a little hockey, some guy just takes off his watch, removes the strap, and they are good to go. That’s about all this $2300 watch is good for. It certainly is not a “utility” watch or really a “tool watch” as it doesn’t do a good, practical job of being a watch either on land or under water. It is a lousy tool for either.

  • Ross Diljohn

    Well here is one dive watch that will only be worn by actual divers and pretty much no one else as far as I can see.

    • Ricardo Cabza

      No, actual divers won’t wear this abomination, they will wear diving computers.

      • christosL

        Many pro divers use a watch for back up in case the computer fails.

  • Bozzor

    And in other news, Daniel Faalele has announced he has found the perfect watch for his weekend recreational diving as he trains for his NFL draft. At 6’9″ and a few ounces shy of 400lbs, the 17 year old is confident the watch will not look silly on his wrists…and will likely survive being sat on in the changing rooms…

  • Shinytoys

    That’s a very angry looking watch…no need for diving weights…

  • Love the comparison between the two extremes in Citizen’s lineup. Might not be the most practical, but definitely a fun watch.

  • Chemistman

    It’s a metal burger with thick cut fries hands

  • Kevin Beard

    Flavor Flav said that is too big for him.

  • Ulysses31

    It looks funky and aggressive; an industrial-styled menace, until you see the tiddly little dial on the front. That is embarrassing, as are the stubby hands. I think they have a pill for that now.

    I don’t hate it. I like the overall styling of a lot of the high-end Citizen divers, but here they just screwed up the proportions somewhat. Small dials on a big watch are one of my pet-peeves.

  • Azhigaliyev Maksat

    Wow, its only good to wearing in one place only – at the Baselworld.

  • Darth Soros

    So many opinionated experts here; all missing the point of why Citizen produced this watch.

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