CITIZEN MEN’S AT9010-52E “WORLD TIME A-T”
BRAND: Tissot | MODEL: T0636373603700
|| Japanese quartz
||Anti reflective sapphire
||alternating numeral and stick markers, five-link bracelet, Fueled by light so it never needs a battery, protective anti-reflective sapphire crystal dial window, radio-controlled world time etc.
Citizen Men’s AT9010-52E Review
Citizen produces some of the world’s most accurate watches and that’s shown with the AT9010-52E. The H820 movement housed inside its 43mm frame is accurate to 1/20th of a second, so if you’re looking for an accurate daily-driver that’s smart enough to wear with a suit, read on.
43mm is not exactly small for a watch, but gone are the days of small, inconspicuous timepieces. In fact, 43mm is about the norm for watches of this style and if you have a big enough wrist, it allows the wearer a clear view of the face of the watch. Here the AT9010-52E will do well – packed behind the anti-reflective sapphire crystal window, the black dial with silver hour markers and orange hands provide plenty of contrast to optimise readability.
If you’re looking for accuracy, you want a quartz movement. Citizens H800 series movements are supremely accurate – to 1/20th of a second! That’s assuming you can receive the radio signal which automatically updates the watch, of course. Even if you don’t (and there’s a manual update option to help those of you) it will still be accurate enough that you won’t notice the tenths of seconds of deviation.
The AT9010-52E features an easily adjustable world time feature. It’s a very straightforward process for changing to a different time zone which is great if you’re a frequent traveller. It’s implemented well too and the city labels around the circumference of the dial don’t detract from the stylish look.
Of course, this is an ‘Eco-Drive’ model, too. This is Citizen’s implementation of solar power. With it, the watches cell battery is charged by exposing the dial to light, so with normal day-to-day use, you won’t need to do anything! No battery changes and no manual winding!
It’s difficult to criticise this timepiece, it’s a handsome watch after all that is reminiscent of other watches that hold many times its price tag. That being said, nothing is perfect and it’s a shame Citizen opted for stainless steel rather than titanium. Whilst it’s open to debate as to which is better amongst watch aficionados, titanium is much lighter. This could be down to a personal preference, do you prefer the feeling of something substantial on your wrist (stainless steel), or the convenience and comfort of a titanium watch that you forget is even there. In a functional daily wear type watch such as this, I definitely prefer the latter.
Another slight irritation is the lack of a substantial amount of lume for night viewing. Whilst the sapphire window and contrasting dial features allow for good daytime visibility, Citizen have skimped on the lume and as such visibility in low light conditions is ‘just’ satisfactory.
All in all, the Citizen Men's AT9010-52E is a good looking, solidly built watch that carries Citizen’s reputation for accuracy and build quality (it also carries their 5-year warranty!) Additions such as a sapphire crystal window and water resistancy to 200m vastly outweigh the slight downsides. At a touch below $500 it’s a great timepiece.