|10-08-2013, 07:47 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: East Sussex
Points: 89 (+)
Citizen B18120-52E Perpetual Calendar
I first saw this watch in the jewellers shop window when doing the Saturday shopping about 6 months ago. The shop is a citizen dealer and amongst all the usual crap the high street shops usually stock this one stood out.
I was drawn by the case shape and dial design and had assumed it to be a chronograph due to the two pushers at 2 and 4 o'clock. After looking so many times I figured I must at least go into the shop and have a closer butchers. I quickly found out it was infact a Perpetual Calendar model and the pushers are mainly for show and setting adjustments only.
In the hand and on the wrist it felt lovely and although my wrists are a relatively small 6.75 inches the 45.5mm diameter (including crown) Citizen fitted a treat. The £300 RRP is a bit steep but after a little chatting I was offered it at an internet price, I guess they felt it was not going to shift at the window price.
The Citizen B18120-52E is a fairly hefty watch measuring 42.5mm wide (excluding the crown) x 50mm top to tail x 12mm thick. The overall quality of the stainless steel case feels better than a Seiko at the same price point, and citizen seem to push the boat out just that little bit further with their bracelets too. This one exudes quality but is let down a little by the lack of micro adjustment on the button deployment clasp, but it is possible to reach a satisfactory fit because the solid links are of various lengths so it was a matter of removing the right combination for me.
Citizen produce some fine dial designs in my opinion but often err on the side of over complication. On this particular example they have managed to strike a line between complication and clarity, I particularly like the shape of the hands and indices and the tasteful white on black colour scheme.
The movement employed is their 8700 calibre Eco-Drive quartz perpetual calendar unit that indicates the usual hours, minutes and seconds, plus day, date and month. In addition a second time zone can be displayed and a daily alarm.
Adjusting the hands is a novel experience for me because turning the crown tells the watches electronics to move the hands so there is no mechanical connection and the hands whiz about like they are possessed.
The hands and indices have the blue citizen glow, and although there is not much of it what there is lasts for most of the night to allow practical use.
My last new Citizen was one of their divers and after two days of enthusiasm it got sold due to discomfort and its aesthetic not enduring. But the Perpetual Calendar is different, it looks good, feels good and has that rare enigmatic quality (possibly retro chronograph) that makes me want to hang on to it without analysis.
|11-12-2013, 06:26 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2013
Points: 0 (+)
Had it for a few days now and it's still running second perfect. The manual is quite complex and needs reading to understand all the functions present. Am yet to try the alarm and calendar functions. The quality appears excellent considered the cost. The hands are bright white will the rest appears cream. There is a retro feel to the watch, reminiscent of some 70s watches. Really happy with it. This may be the start of a new hobby.
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