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Every Reason Why the Citizen Promaster Is the Perfect Watch for the Outdoors

Citizen Aqualand watch at sea.
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Air. Land. Sea. Space? It’s difficult to find a wristwatch that can seamlessly move between all of those environments, survive the varying conditions, and still offer everything you’d need to get by. Well, beyond keeping track of the time, anyway. And maybe you’ll never find a watch that can handle all of those places — the cold and vacuous reaches of zero gravity are not a likely candidate here — but you can certainly find something durable, stylish, and valuable. That’s precisely the concept behind Citizen’s Promaster watch collection, which has been around for more than 30 years. That’s right, for over 3 decades, Promaster watches have accompanied adventurers and explorers on many thrilling journeys all over the world. Thanks to Citizen’s proprietary, and absolutely fantastic, Eco-Drive technology, the watches are powered merely by light and never need a battery. Imagine never needing to replace a watch battery ever again?

With a full-charge, Eco-Drive equipped watches can last for months at a time, and there’s no need to replace any batteries or conduct any maintenance, except for maybe cleaning the face — they just work. They can charge with a host of light sources too, not just sunlight. For example, indoor fluorescent lighting, desk lights, lamps, you name it!

Of course, functionality is important in a wristwatch, no argument there, but style is also a huge consideration. All variants of the Promaster series look stunning, with a unique take on form and function. The Promaster Sea collection is designed from the seabed-up for divers. The Promaster Land series is designed from the soil-up for terrain-based explorers. Finally, the Promaster Air series is designed from the clouds-down — but hopefully not all the way down — for aviators and frequent flyers. For each of those collections, there are multiple models available, as well, to showcase your personal style. Praise aside, these watches are fantastic for outdoors folk, who dabble in a variety of activities from hiking to swimming and beyond. We’re going to take a closer look at why some of these models are the best option for resourceful adventurers, like you!

Why Citizen Promaster Watches Are Perfect for the Great Outdoors?

Each model is different, as there are some for racing, others for hiking, and even watches for pilots and flying high in the sky! Ultimately, though, a lot of the Promaster models have similar features that make them so great for outdoor use and adventurers! Some of those features are:

  1. They’re durable with scratch-resistant and tough designs.
  2. Promaster watches are water-resistant.
  3. They include functionality to match the activity like a tachymeter for measuring speed or a depth meter.
  4. With Eco-Drive technology they remain powered indefinitely by ambient light, artificial or natural.
  5. Masterful time-keeping technology and designs like atomic clocks or horizon line-style faces.
  6. Many aesthetically pleasing and feature-rich models so you can find your style!

To get a grasp of just how awesome these watches are, you need to take a closer look at some of the designs Citizen offers.

Citizen Promaster Sea Collection

Citizen Promaster Aqualand BJ2167-03E watch product image.
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There are many places that comparable watches can go, but the deepest depths are not commonly one of them. Even most waterproof watches must stay in the shallows. The Promaster Sea line makes use of Eco-Drive technology to power internal components, eliminating the need to open up the watch, break the seal, and expose it to water leaks. They’re also rated for much deeper depths than other wristwear.

Examples of sea-friendly Promasters include Aqualand, Aqualand 200M Depth Meter, Diver, and GMT.

Spotlight Model: Promaster Aqualand (BJ2167-03E)

One of Citizen’s newest diver-friendly watches, the

Aqualand

is ISO-compliant for water resistance and is safe to use up to a depth of 200-meters — nearly 657-feet. It has a built-in depth meter with a gauge that measures up to 50-meters. Additional features include a sapphire crystal face, screw-down crown, illuminated hands and markers, and Eco-Drive technology.

Citizen Promaster Major Features:

  • 50mm case with 200-meter water-resistance
  • Sapphire crystal watch face
  • Auto-start dive mode with depth display up to 50-meters
  • Screw-down crown and pushers
  • Illuminated hands and markers
  • Eco-Drive technology with power reserve indicator

Citizen Promaster Land Series

Citizen Promaster MX BL5570-01E watch product image.
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Meant for those traversing tough terrain, the Promaster Land series is best-suited to mountain climbers, hikers, backpackers, and even racers. They’re made more durable than most comparable devices to withstand the extreme conditions of the outdoors, with scratch-resistant glass, and untreated stainless steel chassis’. Anti-shock, anti-magnetic, and Duretect™ coating treatments vastly improve durability, too.

Promaster Land models worth mentioning include the Altichron, Promaster SST, Tsuno Chrono Racer, and Promaster MX.

Spotlight Model: Promaster MX (BL5570-01E)

While Promaster Land models come with a host of functions,

the MX

has the need for speed, and is the perfect companion for racers. The 1/20-second chronograph measures up to 60-minutes, with a tachymeter to discern speed over distance. Bold red accents mesh with the leather straps reminiscent of motocross styling.

Features:

  • 43mm case with 200-meter water-resistance
  • Sapphire crystal watch face
  • Tachymeter to measure speed over distance with 1/20 second chronograph
  • Perpetual calendar, alarm, and date display
  • Dual time zones with 12/24-hour time display
  • Eco-Drive technology for sustainable power

Citizen Promaster Air Collection

Citizen Promaster Navihawk A-T AT8227-56X watch product image.
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Pilot-inspired, the Promaster Air series are timepieces for those who spend most of their time in the skies, well above the surface of the Earth. Most of the watches also include functionality for air travel, like navigation, multiple time zone displays, related measurements, and so on.

Some notable Promaster Air models including the Navihawk A-T, Nighthawk, Skyhawk A-T, and Blue Angels Skyhawk A-T.

Spotlight Model: Navihawk A-T (AT8227-56X)

During flight, no matter where you are, you want an accurate time reading, which can be surprisingly tough when you’re crossing time zones. The

Navihawk

offers atomic timekeeping with full synchronization across 26 time zones, so you always know exactly what time it is. It features a horizon line through the center of the dial, with an hourglass shape for the top and bottom sub-dials. This makes the watch face look an awful lot like a runway when landing. A perpetual calendar makes it easier to keep track of what’s happening at all times, too.

Features:

  • 48mm case with 200-meter water-resistance
  • Sapphire crystal watch face with anti-shock design
  • Atomic timekeeping synchronized across 26 time zones
  • Rotating 2-way bezel with navigational compass
  • Tachymeter to measure speed over distance
  • Eco-Drive technology for sustainable power

Briley Kenney
Briley has been writing about consumer electronics and technology for over a decade. When he's not writing about deals for…
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