I probably saw James Cameron’s 1986 sci-fi action masterpiece “Aliens” at way too young of an age. Old enough to enjoy the film (and the plethora of action figures that came along with it), yet young enough to be properly scared by the clear-fanged, perpetually slimy, deep black creatures straight from HR Giger’s nightmare. No, this isn’t a review of the Giugiaro-designed Seikos that popped up in the film, it’s about an entirely different watch. Why bring it up? Well, there’s something about the organic curves intersecting sharp angles, interesting case, and tough design of Citizen’s Promaster Diver BN0227-09L (catchy, right?) that reminds me of those very same aliens that kept me up at night back in the mid-90s.
On a typical dive watch, you’ll find a steel case with a couple of curves, a polished bevel thrown in there somewhere, and a bezel with a ceramic insert up top. There’s a formula for the dive watch, and many follow along for good reason — it works, and it works well. This Citizen breaks free from the mold of 200m dive watches and takes things in a funky, organic way that looks more like a sponge pulled from the depths or something that just landed from outer space. A 47mm dive watch shouldn’t wear as well as this one does, and that’s thanks to the curvy case, lack of true lugs, and Super Titanium construction. This watch is not something that everyone will reach for and had it not been on the table for review, I’m not sure I would have picked it up either. That being said, the Promaster Diver won me over and definitely deserves a closer look.