Citizen Skyhawk Chronograph Eco-Drive Watches Review
Military / Traveler's Watch
The amount of offered data puts the Citizen Skyhawk collection into the sports/outdoors traveler's category. It is suitable especially for military personnel or those who want to associate themselves with the military.
There's no need for fancy words to describe the Citizen Skyhawk – it's simply a “cool” watch. It's quite big, so be careful not to bump into things while wearing it; you'll need to mind this watch before you get used to its size, which may take a few days.
An ex-soldier myself, I would recommend encasing the watch in a specialized fabric or leather cover, so that if the watch hits something, it won't keep any undesired souvenir scratches.
The rotating slide rule bezel has its own character – it frames the timepiece and dictates its own terms to the overall design. Reading time starts from the bezel, from the outside, and the bigger picture.
That's why the Citizen Skyhawk is a strategist's watch, though not necessarily of the military kind, as we all know that any structured activity benefits from a defined clear strategy. Wide, spear-like hands resemble the gladius – a short sword used by Roman legionnaires, known for its lethal effects especially in close combat.
The more stylized versions offer hands with openings. These also allow to see more clearly the electronic and additional mechanically delivered information on the supplementary dials and LCD mini-screens.
Luminous hands and hour markers make the time visible at night. There's a karmic twist here: this traditional way of night illumination “gives back” light that the watch, employing the Eco-Drive technology, absorbed during the day.
I find this quality important and in line with the more holistic view of armed conflict: the best battle is the one you never needed to fight. Considering the military character of the Skyhawk, it's not surprising that Citizen offers it in blackened steel and in titanium.