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Authored by: th3_mo3bius

Watch: Citizen Attesa GMT
Model: ATD53-2902
Origin: Made in Japan
Functions: GMT, Date
Movement: H116 - Eco-drive, Atomic Synch, Quartz
Size: 39 x 11 mm @ 89 grams
MSRP: $650 ($1=100 Yen)

Background: (Quite long-winded, so skip to the pic’s if you’re in a hurry!)
I live in Japan, wanted aself birthday present, a relatively nice watch, a watch that told metime back home at a glance - so I can call my mom to tell her that Ilove her, and call my broker to tell him that I hate him
.Unfortunately, all Swiss mechanicals and the Kobold Polar Surveyour areout of budget. Do you know why Swiss mech’s are so gosh darn expensive?I swear, it’s because of the styling! Every time I found a nice lookingGMT (Longines Admiral) or Dual Time (Oris Artelier Worldtimer)they were out of budget. At least in the case of the last twomentioned, only slightly out of budget. I know nothing of ETAmovements, but the simple, graceful styling is hard to come by anywhereelse. I think all watch makers keep the best aesthetic designs for thehigher end models while simply pretending to differentiate models basedon immaterial features or brand name. Take for example, the CasioG-shock and Oceanus lines. Do you like that 5-motor all-analoguesolar/atomic chronograph/world time G-shock…but want to wear it at theoffice? Well here’s a “different” watch…it’s an Oceanus…and has a nicethin/flat case with a metal band and sells for “only” double the price.Anyways, back to my watch hunting story…the G-Shock Giez 1000 serieswas also a strong contender but I didn’t like the case dimensions ofthe G-shock, nor the styling of the Oceanus (though I can see its appeal and concede that most would consider it’s styling is better.)Basically, all the watches I didn’t buy eliminated themselves by eitherprice or by some perceived shortcoming. Vostok-Europe’s N1 Rocket was aclose contender, absolutely loved the styling of the black IP withgreen highlights model, the display back, but was turned off by theexterior bezel means of GMT timekeeping. Also, having more than onewatch, I didn’t want it to run out of charge and force me to reset thetime – thereby losing track of time back home. And yes, I do know whata watch winder is!(Or I could take 1 minute out of my day and give ‘em a few twists, right?) Case dimensions were also a concern. This also eliminated an automatic Orient GMT that I fancy (but just may buy as a summer watch anyways!) Junkers makes a really clean black & white faced automatic, but the GMT model gets a quartz mov’t. I wanted an awesome (awesome for me)mechanical watch OR a no hassles watch. Most awesome mech’s are wellover the $250-$500 budget I am shopping in, so let’s go for ahassle-free watch. If I were to get quartz, it should be special – likean eco-drive or a kinetic (Seiko Kinetic GMT SUN007),or an atomic, or both! And since I am in Japan, might as well make it adomestic market only watch. Thus, I decided to get an Attesa GMT. I hadlooked very hard and long for a nice watch and then one day, fatesmiled upon me, for the 2902 model was not only the least expensive ofthe Attesa line but also the best looking!


Face: easilyreadable. Clean styling. The face is rather deep, with the main handsnear the glass, and the out-of-the-way but there-if-you-need-it GMThand being near the dial itself. This keeps the main hands in aprominent view, with the GMT hand well in the background, making therelatively small-faced watch (glass is 30mm) very readable. Lume is a beautiful blue-green (versus standard yellow-green)and complements the blue face nicer than you’d expect. As it is a newwatch, lume is strong. The lume often shows up during the day, likewhen moving indoors from out, or into a dark hallway. It’s kind of anice highlight. I have yet to check how long it lasts into the night.
Bracelet:unbelievably comfortable. It just parks the watch on the wrist anddoesn’t move all day. I mean doesn’t budge. Doesn’t pinch, doesn’t move– it just parks there. I haven’t worn a metal band bracelet in over 10years because of my dislike for them – sliding, heavy, pinching – butthis one is perfect (my dad had given me a large Seiko automatic from the 70’s – so maybe that’s why!)I like it better than my leather-banded Timex’s. Also, the first thingmy wife said about the watch is that she likes the thin band – thin asin height of the bracelet (not width - which is 20mm). Bracelet is marked with Attesa symbol on the outside clasp, and numbered on the inside (bracelet model no. or assembler no. – I don’t know which). Has fine adjustment feature on clasp. Bracelet is very comfortable.
Function – GMT Hand: GMT hand is completely independent. When traveling; local time can be adjusted (hourly) without the watch losing track of the calibrated master home time or affecting the 2nd time zone (GMT hand).
Function – Calendar: Thecalendar is listed as a full-automatic – it corrects itself with theatomic clock signal and/or adjusts when the user inputs local timechanges. Interestingly enough, when setting the date manually the watchdisplays months and leap years – thus leading me to believe that it isa perpetual calendar that happens to synch and auto adjust.
Function – Second Hand:The second hand lines up with the minute markers extremely well. Thereis both an automatic and manual needle adjustment function (have not used).The watch runs deadly silent. In addition to being solar-powered andradio-controlled – it’s neat to watch the hands quickly move backwardsor forwards when setting or checking something.
Function – Atomic Synch:The back of the second hand, the pitchfork, acts a display hand toindicate whether the synch signal was received and at what strength. Ihappened to not receive the signal, and the date was off (I was playing with the watch the night before), so I performed a manual calibration and it went well, automatically synching the time and correcting the date.
Material: Glass is sapphire crystal. Case and band metal is titanium (with some steel mixed in for scratch resistance)which makes for a light, comfortable watch. Case and band are bothcombination polished and unpolished. The watch is very shiny – puts myplatinum wedding band to shame – but the ring is worn while the watchis new. So maybe next year, they’ll match.
Warranty: Three years in Japan. Not as good as five years, but better than one!

The Attesa is bigger than the mid-sized Pasha...


This is a Japan marketwatch, so the atomic receptor only reads the Japanese signals. Crown isunsigned and does not screw lock – but that doesn’t bother me since itdoesn’t come out accidentally and the watch is still 100m water proof.Case back is pressure type, and only to be opened by service center inJapan. Setting the watch is neither easy nor difficult. The manual isadequate and in English. Even better (if you understand a littleJapanese)is the interactive tutorial on their homepage. You canpractice setting a virtual watch in real time!

...but is smaller than the 40mm Timex. The case is only 1 mm smaller, but the face is a full 6mm smaller!


Bracelet: Braceletis pin-n-collar type, so when viewed at an angle, the pin holes lowerthe bracelet’s aesthetics. Bracelet squeaks - I didn’t notice thisuntil reviewing the watch, but if one were to forcefully shake yourhand, “squeak-squeak” can be heard. However, please note that this doesnot happen with normal daily use. On a positive side note about theband, I was in such a rush to get the watch in hand, that I forgot torequest the retailer to adjust the band. So, with trusty paper in clipin hand, I quickly sized that sucker right up and have been enjoyingthe watch ever since.
GMT Hand: The watch does not register world time zones, so the GMT hand does not synch with the clock signal as a world time zone (this is the GMT model after all; a separate worldtimer model is offered in the Attesa line-up). The point is that my 2nd time zone of California will have to be manually adjusted twice a year to compensate for DST. Thesolar/atomic Casio/Oceanus models can not only adjust for DST, but somecan indicate whether or not it is DST or Standard Time in the selectcity. However these models don’t simultaneously display a world time aswell, nor as clearly as a GMT hand; the sub-dial is a little small toread at a quick glance. Yet, they do offer complete accuracy at alltimes (in all major time zones) and are unsurpassed in this regard inthe all-analogue format. As the GMT hand is independently set, there is no quick swap function. If you were to travel to the 2nd time zone (the one set with the GMT hand) you would have to manually change both the main display (you could do this by adjusting it for a new local time or change the master time)and re-adjust the GMT hand to your old home time – or live with it fora few days by reading the 24-hour GMT hand as local time andremembering if it’s night or day back home while reading the maindisplay. That’s probably how I’ll use, depending on length of stay ofcourse.

The Attesa vs. an old Timex Chrono. See the bracelet pin holes? I just found a flaw. Now the watch has some character!

Conclusion: Loveit. Nice fit and finish. Nice overall round case shape. Fits smoothlyunder my most shirts. Accurate, stylish, hassle-free, comfortable, andreads easily.


Ahhh, the money shot!

Update: It's been over 9 months and the watch is in great shape. I wearit just about everyday and the glass is still perfect. There are somescuffs on the casing where the bezel would be and on the band butthey're not noticeable. Watch is still shiny and have had no problemswith the bracelet or any part of the watch. I still enjoy this watch.
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