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Default Promaster Altichron owner/wearer review...

I've been away a while but I did search to see if there is a "review" thread for these things and didn't find any, as such. So, please forgive me if I missed one.

I've looked at these for a while and finally decided that the time was right to suck one up. I've been busy on other project (cars/bikes) for several years and my watch activities have been way toooooo spotty.

Granted the Altichrons are pretty big by the standards of those of us "of a certain age," but not huge by today's garish (imho) 50mm and larger ones. It measures 48mm in diameter with my dial-caliper, though in the various ebay ads it varies somewhat as listed.

That said, being titanium and with a remarkably soft and supple strap it is a delight to wear, being more comfortable and "forgetable" on the wrist than many of my smaller watches. The strap is very long and I cut off the end just past the first hole.

The compass and altimeter functions are both very easy to use with the single press of different buttons, one to activate and again to return to normal mode. The dial, though busy at first glance is understandable upon looking at the manual. I like the all blackish dial of the version I got but for the day-glo yellow green of the long, skeletonized 25 ft hand, which doesn't match the color of any thing else on the watch.

A quick word about the manual, it is nicely presented and readily usable. Also, the practice of including a CD for complicated watches has been relegated to the dust-bin, it seems, with one now directed to a Citizen Website, instead. That's okay with me since the only watches I tried using their CDs with were the Eco-drive minute-repeaters and one of the required steps for resetting was omitted from the CD (but, NOT from the manuals--whew!).

As for the accuracy of the complications of the Altichron, my experience seems to be at odds with some others reporting here. Neither the compass nor altimeter is very consistent or accurate, no matter the local I use them in. There is a means to "reset" each function, but Citizen is VERY adamant about not using this watch for any remotely critical measures. So, my experience is that like with so many complications they are more "toy-like" than genuinely useful. However, I admit I've not done the resets at this point.

One other thing I'd like to note and that refers to the spring-bars. I always reverse the straps of all my watches because I do not like the "loose" end protruding to the outside of my wrist where it can catch on things. When I did so with the Altichron I encountered a problem I've never seen before... ever. Though the spring-bars move easily in the strap holes I had a bear of a time getting them to seat in the lug holes. In fact, I thought both were good-to-go and I twisted and tugged on both ends of the strap only to find within minutes of putting it back on that one spring-bar popped loose, dropping the watch to the carpet (fortunately). Upon reinstallation and close inspection I could see that the bar was not completely seated and it didn't wish to be no matter what I did--such as trying to push it back into place with the removal tool! I tried the spring-bars by themselves and both readily popped into place like usual... hmmm. So, I piddled and piddled with the removal tool until I forced both bars completely into their respective holes. I was going to simply get somewhat smaller bars and use them, but it was aggravating me at that point and I refused to give up! Finally, I got some car wax to "slicken" the strap holes and bar-pins a little and eventually got them to seat. Hence, just a word to the wise; if one decides to remove the original strap and reinstall it for some reason, actually look at the bar-pins to be certain they are FULLY inserted into the lug holes!

Overall, apart from the latter note, an EXCELLENT watch, typical of all my other 27 Eco-drives!!!

The pic is on my 6.5+" ovoid wrist. I note the shape because I've a friend with a more circular wrist who cannot wear as large watches as I.
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