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Citizen Eco-Drive Watch: A Definitive Guide

Updated on January 19, 2012

Examples of Citizen Eco-Drives

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Gold/Chanpagne 2 tone Model BM-0194-53PCitizen ChronographCitizen Eco-Drive 180Mens Perpetual modelModern ladiesLadies CrystalGents Stilttomens perpetual
Gold/Chanpagne 2 tone Model BM-0194-53P
Gold/Chanpagne 2 tone Model BM-0194-53P
Citizen Chronograph
Citizen Chronograph
Citizen Eco-Drive 180
Citizen Eco-Drive 180
Mens Perpetual model
Mens Perpetual model
Modern ladies
Modern ladies
Ladies Crystal
Ladies Crystal
Gents Stiltto
Gents Stiltto
mens perpetual
mens perpetual

Citizen Eco-Drive

Everyone knows that Rolex and Omega are the best watches money can buy, but what if you can't justify thousands of pounds on a watch, but still want great quality and a great look.

Eco-Drives are the way to go. They are visually very attractive and are designed with purpose, you will never need to change a battery again as the clever people at Citizen use an amorphous silicon solar cell lurking behind the dial which converts any form of light into electrical energy - so the watch will continuously recharge itself over a lifetime of use, and don't worry most models once charged have a 6month life on a single charge, and some up to 3 years.

Citizen quality watches at affordable prices

Mens Citizen Eco-Drives

Citizen Eco-Drive Gents Watch AT0140-56A
Citizen Eco-Drive Gents Watch AT0140-56A

Brushed And Polished Stainless Steel Case Bracelet. Off-White Dial With Luminous Hands Markers Blue Highlights. 150-Day Power Reserve Date. Second Measures Up To 60 Minutes. Eco Drive - Charges In Sunlight Or Indoors. 24 Hour Time. Large Fluted Crown. Push-Button Deployment Buckle. Scratch Resistant Mineral Crystal. Water 100m. Case 40mm Wide By 11mm Thick


Why an Eco-Drive Watch

Citizen was established in 1924 and named as such because they wanted to be "close to the hearts of people everywhere". Over the last 85 years Citizen spread all over the globe and since 1986 it has been established as the largest watchmaker in the world.

Citizen has constantly been on the leading edge of technology, creating the first professional dive watch, the worlds slimist LCD, and there world firsts go on and on. There most recent direction is that of ecologically friendly watches, and with global warming and climate change at the heart of our lives now what a time to be thinking about this. Their Eco-Drives run on all kinds of light, both natural and artificial to run your watch for a lifetime.

With many different models ranging from dress to sport to professional diving watches, there is bound to be a style to suit you. Take a look at some of the different models.


Eco-Drives have 5 main model types then a variety of specialist watches, These are Stiletto, Classic, Dress, Sport and Crystal. The specialist watches they do are Diving, Pilots/Skyhawks, Titanium. Each of these has citizens trademark no battery and excellent craftsmanship.


Stiletto is a style which is available in both Ladies and Gents styles. In a nutshell they are the worlds slimmest light poered watch, all are about 4.3mm thick, these models due to their thickness, once fully charged have a 6 month power reserve. They all come with saphire crystal glass, so it is extremely stron g and scratch resistant. The watrer resistance on these is normally minimal. These models are very sleek and refined and can be worn as an everyday watch, but are oftern smart enough for those special occasions also. For more dressy watches see the next category


Dress watches are available in both ladies and gents styles. These models are very daper, they are specially designed to be worn on most special of occasions. They are a normal thickness watch with saphire crystal glass to prevent scratching. Once fully charged these models have a power reserve of 1 -3 years, because the clever people at citizen realized these watches would only be take out occasionally. They also have a special energy saver mode when stored in the dark for sustained periods to further increace the power reserve. These tend to only have splash resistance or no water resistance at all so be careful. The Ladies dress watches are often contain crystals brining us on to our next lot of models crystal.

Review of the Citizen Eco-Drive Calibre 8700 Series BL8004-53E Two Tone

Ladies Citizen Crystal Eco-Drive

Citizen Women's EW0894-57D Eco-Drive Riva Diamond-Accented Watch
Citizen Women's EW0894-57D Eco-Drive Riva Diamond-Accented Watch

Quartz movement, Dress watch, Solar powered by Eco-Drive, Gold-tone luminous hands, Gold-tone hour markers, Analog date display, Polished gold-tone stainless steel bezel is set with diamonds for a total of 24, Polished gold-tone stainless steel cabochon crown, Polished stainless steel case and screw-in caseback, Mineral crystal, 100 meters/330 feet water resistant.



Crystal watches are unquie to the ladies style, they are an exention of the dress watches and look amazing on those special occasions where you get all glammed up. These watches tend to have a smallish face size surrounded or studded with Swarovski crystals or diamonds. The sparkle is often enhanced with a mother of perl face to really catch the eye. This model like their dress cousins are only splash resistant due to their normal usage. They are often rectangular in shape and come with braclet straps however there are leather strap models. These models are the most decadent and beautiful in the Eco-Drive range.


The sport models are available in both Ladies and Gents versions. They are a cross between and everyday ware fashion watch and a specialist sports watch. Each sports watch has chronograph features, including a stopwatch with varying degrees of accuracy (dependent upon model), alarms. They  have sapphire crystal glass with an added non reflective surface and have a screwed down case back making them extremely strong and durable.  Most have a minimum water resistance of 200m, most have quite big dials and bold sporty looks, they are perfect for every day wear. The power reserve on these again varies from 6months - 3 years, however with them in use everyday this will rarely be a problem.


The Classic model is available in both Ladies and Gents models. Theses models are a classical looking watch, often they are two tone with matching metallic straps, or classic leather straps, the faces are clean and simple. They have sapphire crystal glass making it strong and scratch resistant, they make excellent everyday watches, with a power reserve of 6-12 months. They tend to have a minimal water resistance of 50-100m to allow it to be worn in all weather and during most household chores. They tend to have a calendar on the face. These models are simple classical designs perfect for waring everyday.

CITIZEN Promaster Diver's 1000 mt Titanium NH6930-09F

Specialist Watches

Citizen do a range of specialist watches, including dive watches, skyhawk, and titanium.

The titanium watches are lighter but very stron, many of the standard models, especially the sports can come in a titanium version.

The dive watches are all titanium based and extremely strong even under pressure, most come with a Dive Log: With the latest Citizen technology your watch can record a number of dive logs and then update them to a PC using IR or USB. They come in a range of water resistance from 300m - 1000m, check out the video of one of citizens dive watches. many have these features included Date, 50-Minute Chronograph, Depth Display to 50 Metres, Maximum Depth Memory, Expansion Clasp, Power Reserve Indicator, ISO Certified.

The Skyhawk/Pilots watches are specialized and come with the following features:

  • Atomic Timekeeping with Radio-Controlled Accuracy
  • World Time in 43 Cities
  • 2 Alarms
  • 1/100 Second Chronograph Measures up to 24 Hours
  • 99 Minute Countdown Timer
  • Perpetual Calendar Digital Display
  • Light Greenwich Mean Time Display
  • Rotating Slide Rule Bezel
  • Non-Reflective Crystal
  • All Stainless Steel Black Ion Plating
  • Power Reserve Indicator
  • 200-Meter Water-Resistant
  • Foldover Clasp with Hidden Double Push Button

For more information on these specialist watches visit the link for citizens website


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      Michael Richardson 5 years ago


      I have an Eco-Drive with the number AR1000-01EZ. I can't find that part number anywhere, neither at the Citizen website or on the InterNet in general. Any information or resources would be appreciated.

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      dipless 7 years ago from Manchester

      Glad you found this useful.

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      wedding watches 7 years ago

      Hi dipless, Thanks for a great hub- I did not know that about dress watches, I always thought it was just a matter of aesthetics!

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      wallycott 7 years ago

      Apart from the fact that Citizen watches are elegant and classy, their awesome Eco-drive technology is what really set them apart. Love their watches. This is a great guide.

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      John Seymore 8 years ago

      found this guide on google thanks for the advice think i am going to go with one of the sports models.