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Citizen Orca Review -- BL0016-04L

Authored by: NoDecoDiver

Adapted from Original at http://www.thetruthaboutwatches.com

I saw this model when it was newly released in a Citizen store at alocal mall. I don’t even remember how long ago that was. Ever sincethen, I’ve seen them pop up on forums for sale, and seen them go ondeep discount from some of the Singapore dealers, but I always had someother project I was saving up for that got in the way. That, and neverhaving actually put one on my wrist, I was a little concerned by thealmost circus-like looks, even though the watch continued to catch myeye whenever I saw it.



Thankfully, for me, I was in a position recently to pick this watch up,and I’m honestly trying to understand what took me so long.



I guess the lesson learned here is that after I log more than 100clicks of any given watch online, I should probably just go ahead andget it. If someone could explain that to my wife, I’d appreciate it.Luckily, I was able to sell a few of my less used collection pieces andgot this one at basically break even. She will never have to know aboutit.



Case
The case on the Orca is pretty straightforward.Nothing super fancy, just a polished silver finish on a moderatelysized Titanium case with a stainless steel caseback.






Of course, it features a screw down caseback, which bears all thetypical Citizen markings. Also, a screw down crown with the doublearrow Citizen logo stamped on top.





The case wears great, and is large enough to stay planted in the middleof my wrist. One of my giant turn offs for certain watches is theirtendency to ride high or low on your wrist, regardless of how tight thestrap/bracelet is.



Crystal
The Orca has a slightly domed mineralcrystal, which only distorts at extreme angles. It was relativelydifficult to photograph, as the bezel gets in the way, but here is anidea.






The crystal seems to be pretty high quality, but if there is any ARcoating, it’s thin at best. This crystal is a reflection magnet. Itried every trick in the book to photograph it, but it’s generallyimpossible. It should be important to note that the crystal does extentpast the bezel if only by the width of an eyelash. Potential scratchesin our future, yes?


Movement
I have not had the Orca long enough to get amedian or average timekeeping stat, but over the last 24 hours, it’slogged slow by 1 second at one point, and right now it’s within amillisecond of correct. The E168 Eco-Drive is supposedly a prettyreliable movement, but this is the first watch I’ve owned that uses it,so I will update this review in a few months with my findings.



As if some watch manufacturer somewhere in Japan heard my lowlyscreams from Georgia, the SECOND HAND LINES UP ALL ACROSS THE DIAL.
I’m going to give that a minute to sink in.





Look at it, in all it’s glory. Appeasing my OCD. I love you Citizen. Itake back all the terrible things I said about your Quartz movementswhen I was an elitist Automatic snob.



Lume
While not on par *exactly* with Seiko, theOrca’s lume is plenty good enough to satisfy my tastes. It died out inabout four hours after one hour in sunlight. Citizen’s blue lume,although not possessing any quantifiable one-ups on Seiko, is by far myfavorite lume. Even if it doesn’t last as long, the color sells it.



This is exactly why I fell in love with the Zinex Trimix.



Seiko’s lume is by far the best, but I think Citizen wins in the looks category.






In conclusion, I feel like the Orca should have been added to mycollection quite some time ago, and I’m still left scratching my headtrying to figure out how I got this far without one.
 

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Good review L5,
This is a substantial piece of work, the Orca.
These days the price has gone down by quite a bit as well, because they are being assembled in China.
The feel of the watch as well as the appearance takes some beating at almost any price too.
One little thing I found is that the crown could be smoother and more silky in the winding. Also it is a little bit on the small side for someone with biggish fingers/hands.
This is a great watch, with eye-popping looks, at a great price, encased in Titanium.
BTW the rubber strap is extremely comfortable too.
One cannot ask for more.
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Re: Citizen Orca Review -- BL0016-04L

Me too. And since I have it on leather instead of the still somewhat stiff silicone strap, a joy to wear! I do not dive, to me it's just a tool watch.





 

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Max said:
Me too. And since I have it on leather instead of the still somewhat stiff silicone strap, a joy to wear! I do not dive, to me it's just a tool watch.





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That's a good job!
 

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Thank you! I have just become enthousiastic about crafting watch straps. If you want I could share a few more here.

Max
 

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Max said:
Thank you! I have just become enthousiastic about crafting watch straps. If you want I could share a few more here.

Max

Yeah, that'll be great. Show us the sequential steps...
 

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Re: Citizen Orca Review -- BL0016-04L

That looks good to me Max !
Nice, really suites the Orca, looks comfy too.


Kind Regards


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Message to chaosnmadness: (as you don't seem to be able to receive PM's)

Hi,

sorry for the delay in my answer, I have been away on holiday for a few weeks.

Yes, I can build you a leather strap like mine, no problem. I make them ON my own watch, to ensure a proper fit. As you my know the lug/springbar does not offer much room, so it's a tight fit. If you have the proper tools you will be able to fit the strap, but it does take some fiddling though.

(worth the fiddling once done btw!)

If you really want one, I will build it.

$ 100,- incl p&p, is that allright?

If you decide to buy one, please send me the circumference of your wrist ok?

cheers,

Max
 

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bluestormz said:
If this watch had a sapphire, I'd buy one immediately.
My thoughts too at first, but when you see how the crystal is protected by the bezel, it actually doesn't need one.


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Re: Citizen Orca Review -- BL0016-04L

I love my Orca though it doesn't get anywhere near the amount of wrist time it deserves. Especially on the super comfortable titanium bracelet!


 

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Lovely tool watch. I tend to look at the Orca as Citizen's rival to the Seiko Monster. And at a much better price too, although this one is Eco-Drive.
 

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Hi guys just got mr titanium black orca - great watch and very comfy to wear- just ordered a second hand ecozilla as well.
Love the handmade leather strap- can I purchase one??
My collection is all dive related as that's my job
Citizen aqua land titanium with both analoge & digital blue
Citizen aqua land ss yellow analoge
Citizen aqua land analoge & digital yellow
Sunto stinger ss dive computer -
Citizen orca titanium black face rubber strap
 

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The "Gentle Giant"...this is what I like to call these, amazing looking , simple and superb functionality, can't go wrong. Also love the smooth edges, even though it's a big watch with heft, there is no aggressiveness in it's design
 
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