My other Citizen Eco-drive Caliber 7878 has faithfully served for over ten years, where the only issue I had through very rough use were the scratches on the bezel insert and a visible scratch on the crystal. Finally, I grabbed one, of the two Eco-drive models that I have been lusting for.
There are a couple of Nighthawks that Citizen released, and having accepted the fact that I won't get my hands on a Japanese domestic market Nighthawk, I set my eyes on the Asian release.
A different kind of packaging
The watch did not have a usual box, and instead came with a CD-case like "kit" containing a tool for removing the springbar should one choose to change the bracelet, the manual, warranty card, and an extra synthetic leather strap.
|What's Inside The Case|
Features that I like
- 24-hour dial
- Aviation slide rule
The watch theme is brushed stainless steel, the body, bezel, caseback, links, and deployant clasp. There are two crowns, one in the usual 3 o'clock position, and one in the 8 o'clock positions. The former is used for the usual time and date adjustment, and the latter is for operating the sliderule. Both crowns are ribbed.
I prefer the over-all effect which is not too shiny.
I like the ribbed crown as it allows more grip, not that it actually requires force to rotate it. The main crown is screw-down type, and takes about 1 1/2 turns to lock in. A bit "shallow" compared to my other Diver's Eco-drive.
The detail is superb, and the dial face which hides the solar cell looks pretty cool in black. If there's one imperfection I found thru my macro lens, that is a white dot on the side of the red hand of the 24-hour indicator.
Here are some macro shots of the watch.
|The 24-hour Dial|
|Rotating Aviation Sliderule|
Fit and feel
The Nighthawk is a bit chunky and weighty. Not as heavy as the other watches that I have, but noticeably heavy. Here is the wrist shot. Bottom line is it looks good and feels good.
The Citizen BJ7010-59E is a very likeable watch. It has very good quality, and looks good. This one is another keeper.