The FC0000-59D comes in at 129 grams with all the links in the bracelet, and measures 39mm by 10.5mm thick, and 45.2 lug to lug. Starting at the 21mm lugs, the bracelet tapers down to 18mm as it reaches the double deployant clasp. The bracelet is very well made and Citizen did a nice job of decorating the clasp with a bit of perlage, purely decorative but nice to see, especially since the last time I saw it done was on the bracelet for my IWC Aquatimer.
Water resistant to 100m, the A-T should pretty much tick every box on the checklist: No batteries to change, no need to set the time for daylight savings, perpetual keeps the date correct and it’ll keep time for months even if left in a unopened drawer. The sapphire crystal is super scratch resistant, and the world time complication is very useful for travellers as well as those needing to call other time zones.
Nicely made and finished throughout, with a mixture of brushed and polished stainless steel. The button pushers, which are nice and large for ease of use, also offer it a bit of a retro feel.
It’s easy to change local or world time, just pull out one stop on the crown and then rotate. As with the men’s model, you can do so with the watch on-wrist, another nice feature for jet travel. The arc on the dial under the twelve is multifunctional – showing the power reserve, day of week, or one of a couple possible indicators used for settings. The two-hand sub dial at six is the world time display, here showing UTC time while the main hands show local time. The function is simple to read, with the sub dial at nine indicating 24-hour time, basically an AM/PM indicator, which personally I almost never need but it’s there for those really bad cases of jet lag. Think Newark to Hong Kong bad.
And here are the pictures you feared – the women’s watch on my hirsute male wrist.
It’s like buying your wife power tools, you can totally borrow it. Or just buy it for her. That works too. Having just dropped off a quartz watch locally for a battery change for my wife, I can testify that no more batteries is a pretty compelling feature. And since it sets itself, there’s really no arguing about who was late either.
Attempts at humor aside, it’s a great set of features in a modern-sized watch with a retail price of $575. citizenwatch.com
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes indeed.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: My wife. Or any woman who needs world time and zero hassle.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Weak lume.
>Best characteristic of watch: Sapphire+Eco Drive+Radio-set equals “it just works.”