Citizen Chronograph Quartz AN8086-53E Men’s Watch features a stainless steel 45mm case, with a fixed black bezel, a black dial and a scratch resistant mineral crystal. Chronograph – sub-dials displaying: 60 second, 60 minute and 24 hours. The 45mm stainless steel band is fitted with fold over with safety release clasp. This beautiful wristwatch, powered by quartz movement supporting: chronograph, date, hour, minute, second, 24hour functions. This watch has a water resistance of up to 165 feet/50 meters, suitable for short periods of recreational swimming, but not diving or snorkelling. Citizen watches are made in-house so the cases are also produced by them. It is not an easy task to make so many models. This means that a lot of tools and work hours are needed.
Citizen Chronograph Quartz AN8086-53E Men’s Watch is clean, so powerful, so confident without being over the top. All the precise lines and angles, the edges, the compact elegant shape.
When you first look at the new Citizen Chronograph Quartz AN8086-53E Men’s Watch the initial impression you get is simply that the watch is attempting to convey a lot of information at once. There are three black sub-dials located at each quarter hour. Noon is your minute counter, at three o’clock you have your running seconds, six o’clock is your hour counter, and then at nine o’clock you’ll see a power reserve indicator – the latter of which I think is the most interesting, and largely the biggest deviation conceptually from the classic Citizen bullheads and the date window. Which rather gets hidden by the other three sub windows. The hands of the watch are lume filled, with additional lumed markers at the hours.
The steel case, in my opinion, is where Citizen put a lot of effort and it shows. With a polished bezel neatly cradling a tachymeter scale, it transitions into a radially brushed ring. The lugs also have some directional brushing on them. All this to say it appears that Citizen Chronograph Quartz Men’s Watch looked back in their archives and tried to honour the tradition of case finishing that was present during the original vintage days. That is, up until they decided to use integrated lugs for the strap. While not a deal breaker for some, the limitations of strap options could pose a problem for this model. The watch measures in at 45mm making this larger than the traditional. it’s nice to see Citizen starting to look into their back catalog and unearthing some of their loved vintage models that are ripe for a refresh. Well, according to how well-received other, “vintage inspired watches” have been, I think so – but ultimately time will tell.
Bottom line: Citizen Watches are synonymous with the innovations that have made the brand well-known all over the world. Citizen has an overwhelmingly positive reputation, earned after decades of innovating and expanding their catalogue of movements and styles. This watch is another example.