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[size=1em]I’vealways been a fan of traditional dive watches. My father has alwaysworn one, and after my Mighty Mouse watch bit the dust when I was akid, my first real watch was a diver style. I had that thing foreveruntil I lost it on a hunting trip my senior year of high school. Yearslater, after going through multiple watches, I got nostalgic for thegood old days and started shopping dive watches.

[size=1em]I brought home a Seiko SKX173, areal classic, and it became my good partner for a number of years. Butas time wore on, the shortcomings of the Seiko began to wear on me. Forone, it’s a big heavy watch. It might not seem that way to folksblessed with decent wrists, but for a guy like me whose wristsfluctuate between 6.5 and 6.75 inches depending on the season and such,the Seiko kind of pushes it. It doesn’t look awkward by any means, hecksome of you guys out there like me are thumbing your noses at the worldand strapping on Suuntos, Ecozillas, and Tuna Cans. But if your talland gangly like me, it starts to feel kind of goofy. Another issue isthe accuracy. Some people love having to reset their watches on aregular basis. I’m not one of them. I realize a lot of man-watchbonding occurs during this time, but oh, well.

[size=1em]Now the main reason I wentautomatic in the first place was because of the dreaded battery changepressure test. As you all know, if you get the battery changed in yourquartz dive watch, it’s recommended that you get the watch pressuretested after doing so. Braver dive wearers can get by with lubing theseal themselves and then moving on with life, but I’ve found that most“watch people” tend to get a little fanatical about things likeaccuracy, or water resistance, or normal operating parameters.Personally, I’ve dunked all kinds of plain old snap back or 4 screwback Timexes in the pool and ocean with zero problems whatsoever,despite multiple battery changes, but you know how a few sentences inyour owner’s manual can rock your confidence.

[size=1em]So if you’re like me, and lovetraditional divers, but have skinny wrists, aren’t necessarily addictedto the nostalgia of mechanical watches, but worry about batterychanges, then the Citizen Eco Drive 300m Profession Dive watch(BN0000-04H) is exactly what you’re looking for.

[size=1em]Let’s get right to it. Forstarters, this thing runs on light. I’m sure there is some kind ofbattery or capacitor in there somewhere, but you couldn’t change iteven if you wanted to, because this baby has a completely solid case.From what I’ve seen on these forums, the Citizen Eco-Drive has provento be a reliable technology. I’m sure there have been hiccups along theway, but I know of people that have had watches with this feature formany years with zero issues. The great and obvious benefit here is thatyou get quartz accuracy and will never have to worry about changing thebattery and then obsessing about a pressure test. It also means thatthe WR rating gets bumped up to 300 meters instead of the usual 200meters. Now you can see what time it is right before your lungs explode.

[size=1em]As to design, the Citizen carriesall the visual cues of a traditional diver. It has a stainless steelcase with rubber strap, one-way rotating elapsed time ring, andluminous hands and markers—and they glow nicely, too, by the way. It’svery handsome and looks exactly as you would expect it to look. There’sa neat little grid pattern on the dial, too, if you angle it a certainway.

[size=1em]One of the things that strikes youwhen you first take it out of the box, especially if you’re used tolarger automatic divers, is how small it looks. I think it’s somewherearound 40-41mm. So it’s smaller than the autos, but larger than say amidsize watch. But after a day of wearing it, it looked just right.

[size=1em]The bezel turns in 60 clickscontrasted with Seiko’s 120. The bezel has a quality feel to it, butthe larger spaces between clicks gives it a little rougher feel asopposed to the well-oiled machine feel of the Seiko’s bezel.

[size=1em]The case is very nice. It’s brushed stainless all around, with a stamped back, and no access to the insides of the watch.

[size=1em]In pictures, the crown looks kind of awkward, but in person, it’s not bad at all.

[size=1em]Some people have complained aboutthe strap. I agree. It's not comfortable. No problem, though, I ran outto the store and bought a different rubber sport strap for 8 bucks.Looks great, even better than the stock strap. I'll post a pic soon.

Also: the good news is that a week after setting this to the officialUS time, this watch is still running exactly to the second.

[size=1em]So far, I’m very happy with this one.
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