Apple Watch vs. Citizen Eco Drive

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by pilot1226, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. pilot1226 macrumors 6502a

    pilot1226

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    Hi there,

    I've been in the process of buying a new watch since last fall. My trusty Fossil watch finally gave out, and the cost to repair it vastly outweighs the cost to replace it. For comparison, it was a non-chrono stainless steel banded 40mm watch.

    As an iPhone 6 user, I purchased the Space Gray Apple Watch Sport 42mm at launch, and I'm backordered until June.

    So, I took a quick look around the internet for the Citizen Eco Drive line of watches, which I am liking because they have no battery and run off of sunlight, and the models I'm particularly looking at have both water resistance as well as a chronograph.

    The chronograph function would come in handy. I take short breaks often at work which last 30 minutes, so this function saves me from either finding a networked work computer, logging in, and checking my time status on our digital timecard program, or finding someone else that was given a break at the same time as myself and ball parking an on-time return.

    I use my iPhone's timer function when I think of it. I was thinking the Apple Watch would just be that much more accessible to use.

    I think *for my tastes* the Apple Watch would be a little bit too "gaudy" for formal occasions like weddings so that's where I think the Citizen could fill the role nicely.

    But, I think I would definitely get a benefit out of having a majority of the notification functions including navigation on my wrist, as well as the health tracking benefits of the HRM.

    I don't really want to make two separate watch purchases around the $400 mark right now, and while I could easily cancel my Apple pre-order, I thought I'd toss this out there for feedback. This forum has a tendency to be more insightful than people might admit, and helps break up my "tunnel vision" when dealing with a brand new product.

    I think I would truly get a lot of longevity out of the Apple Watch as it's not something I'm intending on trading in or reselling for several years regardless of the new technology around the corner. I'm interested in the Apple Watch for the technology it has right now.

    Thanks.
     
  2. drew05 macrumors member

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    Why not both? I got my Citizen EcoDrive watch (with chronograph) from Costco in Jan for $180. Worth every penny.
     
  3. pilot1226 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    pilot1226

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    I'll keep my eyes open the next time I'm in Costco. While $180 won't break the bank, it's just hard for me mentally to justify spending that much on something I would use a handful of times per year.

    The biggest thing I am missing from the Apple Watch is FaceTime over the watch, but then again I'd probably walk straight into traffic.
     
  4. dighn macrumors newbie

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    Citizen Eco-Drives are great watches. IMO it is a better watch and will last you more years. However the Apple Watch appears to be a very useful device in its own right.

    Personally I'd get the Eco-Drive. It's more versatile, less (no) maintenance and will last a long time.

    Maybe wait until the Apple Watch reviews are out and see how it suits your needs?
     
  5. drew05 macrumors member

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    Well if it's any consolation, Costco's very generous return policy would allow for you to justify that cost a little more considering you'd be able to return it at any time since it's not a piece of electronics.
     
  6. atlatnesiti macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity is the way to go. It syncs to your iPhone, provides basic notifications for your emails and messages, auto time adjust, you can swim with it and has timeless design that will be still attractive and up to date 10 years from now. Considering it myself as well... :)
     
  7. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020

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    Funny you mention a wedding because my ship estimate is a day before I am attending one.

    IMO, I think its classy to wear for anything.
     

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