Back after a long time, sorry. The daily chores at times become too much to handle and a tennis elbow added some more agony to it. But there’s nothing impossible for modern medicine and a panicked, impatient man to achieve, so I return. Sadly, I will torment you again; them in particular who uttered “good riddance” for a moment.

So guess what? I have almost settled for the Alti-Chron and while it doesn’t offer a great value for infinity, it definitely does so if you take a decade and a half under consideration; maybe more. I’m still choosing the one out from the three but AltiChron it should be!

My watch thing centers upon multi-functions – you know, those round little dials within dials and extra hands – but I’m more interested to know if they do their thing correctly rather than doing a ton and getting few or neither right. So the Altichron’s accuracy impresses and I always like Citizen’s obsession with high reliability” and functionality. Sure, some of their designs have deviated from their over-the-top philosophy, but these trigger some serious imagination.

What fascinate me are its measuring ranges – both for direction and altitude. 10,000 meters to minus 300 meters from the sea level! The analogue style is a cool, instrument-kinda style I’m a big fan of than the digital readings. And unlike many of the busy-dialed multi-functions’ cluttered look, these display the primary information – Time – without mixing it up with the Direction and Altitude readings.

I would rather call these watches created with great sensibility and not buttons- and needle- laden geek devices. What appear to be complex functionalities clear up once you get a grip on the basic operating system – which is EASY! But I won’t tell you here how to do what; in that case, download the manual. I’ll start off with the esthetics now.

The circular case line arc is a scaled down version of the line of the horizon and jet streams inspire the elevations accommodating the sensor and the 9 o’clock button. Now, agreed that in a dire situation people shall be less than interested in knowing if the time is from cheap quartz or from a high tech time-telling device, but till then, I would love to see dropped jaws around.

So, what it all boils down to?

  1. Measures time, direction and altitude simultaneously.
  2. One push functions.
  3. Excellently vivid; the needles and the dials are contrasted to enhance visibility.
  4. Titanium case.

There I go again. I always wanted a titanium watch but one that is different from chronographs, day/date subdials or the moon-phase luxuries. The AltiChron has hit the right spot. Those of you into rock climbing or gliding shall feel it too!