The long awaited rebirth of the Citizen Eco-Drive SATELLITE WAVE has finally become a reality. About 2 years ago, Citizen debuted their original Satellite Wave Limited Edition of 990 pieces, and was near impossible to find. I know the allotment that came to AZ Fine Time was sold out, at least 2 months before the watches even came in. It was ground breaking technology then, and has even been improved upon today.
For 2013, Citizen has relaunched the Satellite Wave as a member of the Promaster Air series. While retaining few similarities to the original release, it’s a whole new watch, whole new design, and some major improvements to the technology. The main similarity between the new releases was the 3-D hologram type look to the dial (which was inspired by fan blades in a plane) and the electric green coloring (on 2 of the variations). The major difference in the H909 movement is that the antenna has been upgraded to receive reception in a full metal encasing (no ceramic necessary) and reception time has shortened to an impressive 4 second minimum and a 20 second maximum. This will be the fastest satellite reception time in a watch to date. Features will include world time in 26 cities, perpetual calendar, 24 hour counter, a power reserve indicator and 200m water resistance.
With all 3 variations, Citizen’s own proprietary alloy of titanium (Super Titanium) is implemented. The high strength (1000-1200 hv), and low weight (about 40% lighter than steel) alloy provides for a comfortable but durable piece. To add to it’s durability, Citizen only uses both their proprietary Duratect coating as well as DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) on the new Waves. Duratect is basically a clear coating applied to most higher end Citizen watches. It makes the titanium (or steel) about 3-4 times harder than its own original form. The DLC coating is also incredibly hard and scratch resistant (1600-2000 hv), and gives a beautiful black finish. Not only that, but all models will have a deeply domed, anti-reflective coated, sapphire crystal.
The two regular production models will still be produced in smaller quantities. The CC1054-56E is the titanium case and bracelet with DLC coated case sides and inner links, along with green accents in the dial. The CC1075-05E is the full DLC coated titanium case, with orange accents in the dial and the new liquid rubber strap with titanium inserts within the strap. Both models measure out at 49.5mm width and 18.8mm thick. While it is still on the larger side, it is quite a bit smaller than the original and definitely wears much more comfortable.
There is also going to be a limited edition of only 500 pieces for the world. The CC1064-01E is on a liquid rubber strap, titanium case with pearl white coating. Apparently, the white coating is an incredibly labor intensive process, but gives an incredible look similar to a diamond white metallic off of a Benz. This model was originally not slotted for US distribution, but hopefully, AZ Fine Time will get their hands on a few. No promises.
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