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Citizen Promaster Split Second Timer “SST” 1/1000 Of A Second Race Chronograph Watch: Reason That Electronic Is Best For Timing

Citizen Promaster Split Second Timer "SST" 1/1000 Of A Second Race Chronograph Watch: Reason That Electronic Is Best For Timing Watch Buying

I read a lot about new advancements in mechanical watch timing technology. Stopwatches are chronographs, and come in probably 100 different forms. In my opinion the two most important aspects of a chronograph function is how long it times for, and in what increments. Most high-end mechanical chronographs measures increments of 1/8th of a second. Not bad, but they are hard to read for precision, and you’ll certainly pay for the privilege. Add in such complications as split-second chronographs, and flyback mechanisms, and you get very complicated and outrageously priced timing tools. Funny enough, a cheap quartz chronograph only measures times in one second increments making them less worthy that their mechanical counterparts, but with a more complex electronic timer in a quartz watch, your timing precision is only limited by your trigger finger. Take the Citizen Promaster SST. It measures times with 1/1000 of a second precision.

Honestly, your finger isn’t even that fast, and the ultra fast timing is done on the LCD panel. This is actually one of the coolest looking Citizen Promaster watches I’ve seen in a while, and it does a good job of combining analog and digital readouts. Take for example the chronograph that is shared on both the dial and the screen. Actually, the subdials do most of the work, and while the watch is timing they move with blurred speed. Aside from the complex chronograph (that features split times, 20 lap memory and average time indicator) is a pretty competent watch overall. Inside is Citizen’s Eco-Drive quartz movement that is powered by the light, which has a complete world time function that is available through the LCD panel. The easy-to-use features (comparatively, Citizen makes things really easy), also offer the date, alarms, timer, and a slide rule around the bezel. You’ll probably never use that, but its fun to know it is there.

Citizen Promaster Split Second Timer "SST" 1/1000 Of A Second Race Chronograph Watch: Reason That Electronic Is Best For Timing Watch Buying

Citizen often gets their Promaster line watches done right. Unlike Seiko, they get their professional watches in at under $500. Seiko has some seriously deceptive looking watch (good quality, but sometimes a $500 watch will look like a $50 one). Citizen on the other hand always looks a bit more expensive than they actually are, and I’ve never had a Citizen watch break on me (not that I have with a Seiko either actually). The Japanese really know how to put a quartz watch together!

This particular model is the Citizen Promaster ref. JW0010-52E. I really like the layered look of the dial, and the many textures and colors. Despite it all, it remains pretty legible and handsome. The case shape takes some angularity and the hex shaped screws at a degree of strength to the look. That combined with 200m of water resistance, and an unheard of 5 year warranty, and you’ve got a real deal for $300- $400.

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  • That’s pretty sharp. If I was to get another quartz watch, that would be right near the top of the list.

  • Yea, I thought it was pretty sharp looking too. Coincidentally, I saw this exact watch in a Macy’s catalog I got in the mail yesterday. Sale price was over $460 bucks! All I kept thinking was how fortunate it is that we know to buy these watches on the Internet.

  • Michael

    1/1000 second resolution and controlled … by a PUSH BUTTON?!

    Do this: start the chrono and just TRY to stop it exactly at any FULL second – then read the three digits behind the decimal point to see your sad reaction time. Repeat 100 times to see your average sad reaction time of manual stop watch operation. Count yourself lucky if you can keep at least the 1/10sec digit stable at “0”…

    Anything beyond 1/20sec resolution for manual stop watches is ridiculous overkill, analog or digital.

    Quartz movements with 32kHz oscillators have no problem dividing time into tiny split seconds by nature. It’s humans who do…

    michael, wearing a Citizen Navihawk AND a Skyhawk and other Citizen watches (so I DO like their stuff!)

  • hafed ouammi

    citizen promaster G710-001385K WATER RESIST 10BAR JAPAN GN-4-S 410146