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Old 08-12-2016, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Citizen Promaster Tough 'Aoraki'

Finally was able to find one of these, after quite some searching by a gentleman in the US. If you need an obscure watch, he's your man. Queue drum roll please...





Lug width is 18mm.
Diameter measured from 10 o'clock to 4 o'clock is 35mm.
Diameter with crown: 39mm
Lug-to-lug is 40mm.
Thickness is 10mm.

Love the hands on this model, seems Citizen switched to this style of hands in the early 2000's for some of their Tough Promasters. The blue is very subtle and i like the little details like that the crown has much finer texture compared to the Mears. Gonna be interesting to hear what the wife thinks, might make a cool his & hers combo.

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Nice find, I like it.
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Love the Promaster Tough (AKA Ray) and Perpetual. Both Fantastic watches. Might look for one
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I've never seen that watch before.
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Love the Promaster Tough (AKA Ray) and Perpetual. Both Fantastic watches. Might look for one
there happens to be one listed for sale in Watchuseek
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Cool watch! Thanks for sharing the nice pics.
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My pleasure, thanks to all of you for your attention.

A month and a half or so later, the watch performs great. It gained 4 seconds in 40 days according to the Twixt time app, and on the Maratac strap it's by far the most comfortable watch i have.

It's hard to say i forget it's there, because i do think about it and look at it often even when i pretty much know the time.

The size felt on the small side to begin with, going from the Mears, but it grew(shrunk?) on me and now it feels just right.
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Any idea why Citizen made it so small? It is a rare and beautiful watch. I wish Citizen made more watches like that. Simple, easy to read and tough.

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Most likely they intended it as a ladies watch, for the female explorers out there.

This period, late nineties to early 2000s was a "golden age" of the Eco-Drives, where everything seemed to line up for Citizen.

Design, workmanship, movement quality, even the power cells themselves seem to hold up better than their modern counterparts.

Thankfully this means there are quite a lot of examples from this time period to be had and in good conditions.
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I dig the look...nice find
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It is great - looks like Citizen Ray mears indeed, but looking far better with the blue colour (my favourite one) and the design of the hour hand! Cool! Gongrats on the great purchase.
If it is not a secret, ho much did it cost you?

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Default Citizen Promaster Tough 'Aoraki'

I paid around USD350 i believe, could've been 400 too. The gentleman i bought it from traded a full-size Ray Mears for it.

I wonder if there is a matching titanium bracelet for it, haven't seen one yet.

As far as i know there is the standard Mears in both sizes, the Yellowstone edition(always big) and the Aoraki(always small). But i've heard rumours about a third national park-themed Promaster Tough.
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That's a beautiful back! Nice watch!
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