Friday, June 13, 2008

Skyhawk JY0010-50E Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Watch

Skyhawk JY0010-50E Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Watch
By Citizen Watch

Product Description


The new, fully loaded 3rd generation Skyhawk redefines atomic timekeeping with radio controlled accuracy and Eco-Drive technology. Radio signals are received both automatically and on-demand by the fully loaded Skyhawk A-T. . . . . Atomic Timekeeping with Radio Accuracy . . Eco-Drive Technology (Solar Powered so you never have to change a battery) . . World Time for 43 Cities . . 2 Alarms . . 24 Hour 1/100 Second Chronograph . . Perpetual Calendar to the year 2100 . . Analog/Digital Displays . . 99 Minute Countdown Timer with Alarm . . Water Resistant to 200 Meters (660 Feet) . . 3-Day Low Charge Warning (Will notify you 3 Days before the watch completely stops) . . 180 Day Power Reserve when Fully Charged (Approximately 2.5 Years with Power Save Function - 150 Hours to fully charge in average lighting) . . Power Save Function . . Power Reserve Indicator . . Titanium Case and Bracelet . . Fold-Over Clasp with Double Hidden Push Button Release . . 45mm Case Width without Crown (Approximately 1 3/4") .


Excellent Watch-Extensive Features

I have had several Citizen Eco-Drive watches. This is the best one yet because of the addition of being able to syncronize with the atomic clock, along with having a Eco-drive light powered battery.

AS far as I can tell, my watch is sycronizing with the atomic clock automatically each night--because when I compare times to my atomic clock table radio, they are both in perfect sync. I have manually synced several times and have experienced no problems in my Southern Cal location.

The watch has a lot of capabilities, sone of which I find valuable and some not:
Valuable--99 hour timer and chronometer, digital display, different time zones, and the UTC time
Less valuable to me--24 hour clock (I can usually tell if it AM or PM by looking through the window),the alarms (you almost have to be awake and have the watch next to your ear to hear them) and the dial "computer" (looks pretty complicated).

Setting up the watch and using the tools is fairly complex but generally intuitive. The UTC pointer is pretty hard to see when the need to align all hands to the upright position is required. Switching time zones is not too hard, but unless you have a good memory, you will want to have the instructions close.

The face is huge and you look like you are wearing a computer--I wear mind with the face inside, so passers by usually only see the back of the band.

The titanium is fairly light but I would guess that the steel version could be a bit on the heavy side.

The luminosity looks the same as any other watch--it would really be nice if it had teaser luminosity, like the Luminox.

The crystal is mineral but not sapphire--but I ultimetly manage to scratch any kind of crystal, anyway.

The band is a single clasp unlike the double clasp that I had on my previous Eco-drives. However, I used a single clasp Rolex for many years and never experienced any problems--so probably not a big deal.

If this watch has the features you want, this is the watch you can just put on and never take off.

It's not cheap.

I personally love it!

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