A new series introduced late this year and has already started to hit shelves is the Drive, by Citizen. Drive is a uniquely designed series, that is targeted towards the next generation of watch buyers. With some fresh new designs, cool new colors of finishing and phenomenal price points, Drive will easily have a great new following at any age range. Today, we are featuring the Drive by Citizen Eco-Drive AR2.0 Collection Chronograph CA0427-08E.
The Drive CA0427-08E is a 44.5mm stainless steel case with a black dial, electric green accents and black rubber strap. The design is fairly large in width, but not very thick. In fact, it is only 11mm thick, which was surprising when seeing them in person. The lug to lug height (from 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock) is only about 47mm, making it a nice size and not over hanging your wrist.
The dial layout is very clean and easy to read. The even number indexes and hands are in electric green giving the watch a fun and unique accent color. With the odd number indexes, they have applied Citizen’s usual blue lume (which looks white when not illuminated) making it very legible at night. The lume is not only on some of the indexes, but on all the hands excluding the 24hr dial at 9 o’clock. It’s easy to spot the solar panel aspect of the dial, which is exposed through the sub dials at 12, 6, and 9 o’clock.
The movement Citizen utilized for this piece is their Eco-Drive B612. The B612 can be found in some other variations of the Citizen Eco-Drive series, and features a 1/5 of a second chronograph, which only measures up to 60 minutes, but also displays a 24 hour time. This movement has a 7 month power reserve at a full charge, which is pretty impressive, especially considering the price point.
One of the most interesting factors of this watch is its green finish on the case. Citizen has a new proprietary technology called Chroma finishing. This new method of plating allows for Citizen to give the piece a similar color to Peridot metallic green (from the Porsche Cayman R), but is highly durable and scratch resistant.
Overall, the Drive by Citizen Eco-Drive AR2.0 Collection Chronograph CA0427-08E is a very nicely done piece. Even better, retail is only $275, which is below what we expected to see them at. As we found out, all pieces in the Drive by Citizen series are below $295 retail.
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