When it comes to light-powered quartz watches, no one does it better than Citizen. The Japanese behemoth has spent decades honing its light-powered technology, which it first introduced in 1976—the year that marked the release of the Citizen Cryston. The capacity of these watches has grown by leaps and bounds over the years.
Citizen is also known for its tool watches, specifically those within the PROMASTER range. These timepieces are often designed to withstand extreme, punishing conditions, and they’re incredibly popular with tool-watch enthusiasts. For Baselworld, Citizen has unveiled its latest in the collection—introducing the PROMASTER Eco-Drive Professional Diver 1000m, a beast of a dive watch (ISO-rated) that also holds the distinction of being the first light-powered 1000m diver.This watch is enormous, no two ways about it. It measures 52.5mm wide and 21.4mm thick, so you either have Stallone-sized wrists or you have to be okay with a deliberately enormous watch. But sizing aside, the rest of the specs are solid. The case is made of Super Titanium, Citizen’s proprietary hardened alloy. There’s a helium escape valve at 10 o’clock. The rotating bezel comes with a locking mechanism—color-coded with orange indicating that it’s come undone. And the Citizen cal. J210 movement is accurate to within 15 seconds a month, runs for about two-and-a-half years on a full charge, and comes with a power reserve indicator shown through the dial.All in all, this is a cool piece that is likely untenable for most, but one that is still worth noting for what it achieves. The Citizen PROMASTER Eco-Drive Professional Diver 1000m is slated for release this summer at an expected MSRP of $2,300.
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