ASK Gonzo about watches – VIII

Unlearn the unnecessary in the world of mid-tier and mid-entry-level luxury watches. Let the Watch Gonzo guide your course through the roundabouts and swirly labyrinths and rid-off all your horological ignorance. How well your prenominal viewpoints face the blow is beside the context, but it will definitely remove the crusty covers barring your illumination. 

Q. 

Dear Gonzo,

I read all I could on the Eco-Drive but is there anything that I could have missed? I’m almost ready to go for two. I am the girl. The trouble is – I’m messing up everything once I’m facing the Eco-Drive men’s. My own; however, I had no trouble in picking. Thought you could help. In return, if you ever need any help with jewelry or women’s rigs, I shall be glad to hear from you. 

 

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WG comments: Ooooh la la! You comforted me a great deal, baby; much when it is needed. You’ll hear from me, worry not.

A.

You already know it as Citizen’s version of light-powered watches that greatly succeeded over a long time and must have noticed its attributes. Strong and mostly utilitarian designs and stringent quality controls are responsible for the tremendous global success of Eco-Drive technology, giving Citizen an edge in the high-end quartz marketplace.

Pardon me getting carried away; Citizen Eco-Drive is my personal choice for urban adventures. Geeky, black-resin digital watches are good for outdoors only; for pub hopping or long drives, the Citizen eco-drive is a fine choice.

Now, Citizen’s watches may look from very plain to very tech and you’ll be a fool running just a visual inspection to gauge what a Citizen Eco-Drive might offer. If you want it exotic, stay happy with the Eco-Drive Alarm perpetual calendar. It’s a personal choice of mine.

I don’t quite know if you know about the amorphous silicon solar cell and the internal lithium-ion battery. A relatively reliable way to choose one with a higher storage capacity is looking for an Eco-Drive watch with more functions. Functions require more power than just time-telling and day-date. Look for hibernation mode if you are getting a more sophisticated model. It’s fun to see them reset to the correct time and date when awakened. Unless radio-signal controlled, they have an internal count going on requiring a fraction of the power used in normal running modes (time/day/date).

I really do not want to comment on the material. It’s a personal choice. I prefer stainless steel above all; then titanium and lastly, gold. That’s because I do not buy mine to keep them inside glass boxes; I use them and it’s always possible them getting scratched. On steel and titanium, they add character but on gold…well, it shows you are going through hard times; or, through depression.

Citizen’s version of Seiko’s Kinetic is the Eco-Duo Drive; the Citizen Pro-Master series came out in December 1998 though at around $1,000 USD, it failed the consumer attraction test. It was put down, naturally.

I’m not going into glorifying further the P1080594 solar cell; just know after 20 years, your Eco-Drive will retain only 80% of its initial storage capacity.

With a mid-high budget, you may try either (or both) of these Skyhawk and Navihawk pilot’s watches. They are awesome choice if your buddy is highly active in his lifestyle or flies a lot. They are awesome ones.

I also particularly like one complex dress watch, which I guess will fit in as your other choice. For simple chronos, you may take a look here.

All right! Be enlightened and stay enlightened. Illumination does have its price.

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