Citizen watches are manufactured and distributed by the Japanese company Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd. which is composed of many smaller watch-related divisions. They are one of the world’s largest producers of watches and have been around since 1918.
The main selling point of these watches is that they offer one of the widest selections of watches available from any brand on the market. No matter what type of watch you are looking for they pretty much have every base covered from varying designs and styles to different functionalities and specializations.
Many watch brands specialize in a certain type of watch and do that type very well. Citizen on the other hand covers all types of watches and yet still manages to do them all very well.
Their watches represent a level of quality, craftsmanship and practicality that is unmatched in its primary segment of lower end watch movements.
It also has maintained it’s status as the official time keeper and watch of the US Open tennis championship since 1993.
Citizen offers a wide selection of pieces for both men and women but it’s clear their main focus is on the mens market. Mens watches cover all different kinds of functionality and styles where womens watches are basically all concentrated in the fancy and stylish watch segment.
Currently they offer 189 mens watches, 123 womens watches and 25 unisex watches.
Citizen Watches for Men
Mens watch prices vary from a couple hundred to many thousands but average about $375 with the price largely dependent on the complexity of functionality you are looking for. The more complex the functionality, the greater the price.
For men, a Citizen watch is available for whatever you desire to get out of a watch. If you need a watch focused on durability and suited for diving, flying, rugged adventuring or running then they have you covered. If you need a watch focused on design and class that can go great with casual wear or a business suit, they have you covered as well.
Mens brands that specialize in any of these areas may offer slightly better value but Citizen is an excellent more general choice for whatever you need.
Citizen Watches for Women
Womens watch prices vary from a couple hundred to around $500 but average about $300 with the price largely dependent on whether diamonds are included or not. The more diamonds included, the greater the price.
For women, Citizen watches are great if you’re looking for a beautiful, quality piece that is classy and professional for the work place or flashy and fun for going out. Many of the designs could also work well with casual wear.
Womens brands that specialize in these kinds of watches may offer slightly better value but if you find a design and style you really love from Citizen then it will be a purchase well worth your money.
Their larger than average selection of uni-sex watches also opens up some interesting functionalities not typically available in the womens watch category.
Eco-Drive Powered Citizen Watches
Eco-Drive is the flagship technology and movement used by Citizen.
The ecologically conscious technology utilizes solar power to continually charge the watches and allowing them to last much longer than a typical quartz powered movement. By extension this means they successfully eliminated the need for waste producing battery replacements.
This technology can be found in about 80% (or ~320 models) of the watches Citizen produces with the remainder relying on the typical quartz battery powered movement.
Citizen sees this technology as a big part of the future of watches. They will surely become a small piece of the sustainability and “green” movements that are gaining power every day.
If you are looking for an excellent watch and have an inclination to “buy green” then there is no better watch that Citizen.
What Makes Citizen Watches Perfect For You? (Review Summary)
1. You want a high quality and ecologically friendly watch
2. You prefer a brand that offers a wide selection of designs and functionalities
3. You don’t mind getting slightly less value than with specialized brands
Citizen Watch Buying Guide
We have researched all the available Citizen watches to bring you our top recommendations for both mens and womens watches.
We have selected the following based on a combination of popularity, ratings and uniqueness in style.