December 6, 2013
by Paul Hubbard
Pop quiz: Are you looking at a women’s or men’s watch? It’s a Citizen, 39mm, atomic time synchronization, applied gold numerals, stainless steel bracelet, mother-of-pearl dial and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Oh, and don’t forget world time in 26 time zones, solar power (Eco-Drive), perpetual calendar, power reserve, alarm, day and date.
Yep, it’s a first-ever from Citizen, their first watch that combines solar power with radio-set capability in a women’s watch. As a man whose wife prefers zero-maintenance watches, I like that a lot. I also like that, in my opinion, this one works for men too. At least for bold ones, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
The World Time A-T, model number FC0000-59D, has a dial made out of mother-of-pearl. Wikipedia describes MOP as “strong, resilient and iridescent.” There’s a subtle sunburst texture to it as well, so as you move the watch there is a profound play of light and color.
Here you can see the iridescence of the dial – really cool.
I quite wonder how Citizen managed Eco-Drive here – I would have thought that the shell material would block the sun’s rays. Perhaps the solar cells are concealed in the chapter ring. As a matter of lineage, the FC0000-59D is actually the sibling of the previously reviewed men’s World Chronograph A-T. Here you can see that it’s a bit smaller, sports a simplified feature set (alarm vs chronograph) and is somewhat more dressy in appearance.