By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Roger Dawkins
The Citizen Promaster Aqualand is the everyman dive watch. It’s cool to lust after a Breitling Superocean, a Blancpain 500 Fathoms, or even an Oris TT1 Carlos Costa LE, but it’s way cool to get a watch like this and keep it real, too.
The Citizen Promaster Aqualand, complete with two-tone gold and silver colored bezel, looks like the dive watch the hard cases in the navy would wear. It’s the one on that guy, when you buy your soy latte, who you swear is military. Maybe even paramilitary. The Citizen Promaster Aqualand will probably trump the Luminox Navy Seal as a classic, one day.
It’s packed with features and looks the business for under 500 large (that means 500 dollars, right?- sorry, I’m Australian). It’s got an analog-digi display, digital calender, depth meter, and digital chrono. An extra long rubber strap will wrap your wetsuit, but if your wrists aren’t burly-military enough grab yourself a NATO and maybe undersize it so you feel closer to Bond.
This is the kind of watch the guy who doesn’t collect timepieces – but thinks he knows a thing or two about quality – would rate as pure quality. The Japanese quartz movement won’t bother you with the accuracy anxieties of its price point ETA cousins, and, after all, it’s a Citizen, so, like your Toyota, its long lifespan is as good as guaranteed.
This is the watch your twelve year-old son pictures when he imagines that his dad was actually in the SAS. There’s no sapphire crystal, but heck it’s meant to get scratched (it’s the everyman dive watch, after all). Keep an eye on the buttons too, because their sexy obtrusiveness unfortunately means they tend to get unintentionally pressed.
Get one, chuck it in your drawer, and crack it out next time you’re feeling no-nonsense, no fuss, no worries.