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Citizen Promaster CB5038-14E $299 Shipped @ Starbuy

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Bought one before posting. Part of their weekend flash sale. RRP $999.
What I like about it:
Eco Drive, no need to change battery
Sapphire glass
Chronograph

For radio time workaround:
https://www.twentytwoten.com/666/will-atomic-time-watch-sync...
Thanks @xoom for pointing that out

Description as per website
The CB5038-14E is a part of the Promaster Land collection. Featuring a radio-controlled time-keeping function to capture a time signal in four areas around the world and automatically adjust the time. Japan, China, Western Europe and theUS. Fitted with a 1/1 second chronograph that can measure up to 60 minutes, an aviator slide rule and a world time function for instant switching to the time of 24 cities, this is a pilot’s watch with multi-functions and a high level of practical utility. Featuring sleek black dial with a brown leather strap and sapphire crystal glass with 200 meter water resistance, this watch is definitely a winner. Caliber E660.

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  • +6 votes

    What about “looks a million bucks” 😎 as a reason to buy. Nice looking watch

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      Not on my skinny wrists tho :(

  • +2 votes

    https://starbuy.com.au/citizen-bluetooth-eco-drive-bz4000-07...
    Also a great buy. For the simpler face it's a great hybrid.

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      I know little about these things, but this looks pretty good to me - been wanting a more reliable hybrid than my fossil.

      The only negative here for me is the strap. Is it easily swappable, and what do i look for? Not a fan of the stock one, would like a leather one if possible.

      thanks!

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        It's 20mm wide but unsure how the band's swap in this one.

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      Is the posted watch is also hybrid?

      • +1 vote

        No it’s just a watch. It does have a radio synchronisation feature but doesn’t really work in Australia (see comments below).

    • +2 votes

      Accidental neg?

      • +1 vote

        Wow it most certainly was. This is a great deal!. Don't know how that happened. I can't even put a plus :(
        I reported my post. Hopefully it can be rectified.

        • +1 vote

          Don’t worry it’s super easy to do especially on mobile because the buttons are so close together, I’ve done it before. Wish it wasn’t so easy to do! Btw you can go into the votes tab underneath the title and revoke your vote if it happens again

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      Was all set to buy but I read some reviews of the bluetooth. You need to turn on bluetooth if you know you're going to need to use it, you can't just leave it on all the time.

      Which isn't surprising considering it's an eco-drive, it's not generating that much power, but a little disappointing all the same.

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      I have a similar one, the Bluetooth connection is not stable and I have to manually reconnect multiple times a day. Still a great looking ecodrive with a chunky sapphire crystal and time synchronisation with Bluetooth is a plus.

  • +5 votes

    Radio controlled don't won't in aus. There's a way to trick it apparently but it's fiddly.

    http://www.jrcomputing.com.au/Set_Watch/Set_Watch_Auto.html

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      I just read the same thing…
      Featuring a radio-controlled time-keeping function to capture a time signal in four areas around the world and automatically adjust the time. Japan, China, Western Europe and the US.

    • +3 votes

      http://www.jrcomputing.com.au/Set_Watch/Set_Watch_Auto.html

      Interesting hack, but a lot of effort to emulate a feature that is supposed to make using the watch easier to time set.

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        I did say it was fiddly. Rather get a satellite wave. Which I have. Don't have to worry about doing these hacks to get the watch to adjust to current time wherever I am.

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          Does satellite wave work in Australia? I have a Casio watch with satellite wave, but have never managed to get that function going.

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            @RSmith: Works fine on my citizen.

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            @RSmith: Citizen's Satellite Wave technology sets the time from GPS satellites. It works anywhere on earth. I think the Casio one is called GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor. (Satellite Wave is a Citizen trademark.) Refer to your user manual on how to set the time with GPS. Make sure you are outdoors with a good view of the sky for best results.

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      Yes it does in Queensland. The Fukushima transmitter is working. Set your watch to permanent Tokyo daylight saving time, the same as Queensland. My Casio WVA470DJ-1ACF syncs most nights. Been working flawlessly for 9 years.

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    Thanks Op got one.

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    Does Seiko have a 40mm Seiko 5 Sports watch like the SRPD55K model?

  • +1 vote

    I have two eco drives, so I do like them, but I read an article that says the solar/battery arrangement only has a life of about 10 years, which isn't advertised, but makes sense….. Unfortunately

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      I can confirm. I own 3 eco drives and my initial 12 year old watch, only has enough charge to last 2 days without sun. My most recent can last more than a week without sun. The rechargeable battery can apparently be replaced however as reliable as they are, you do want a new look sometimes.

  • +1 vote

    Eco Drive cost of new capacitor $20 - $25 AUD if you replace it yourself
    Replace every 10 years or so.

    Normal Sony/Maxell quartz battery $2 and replace yourself (buy online, not from a retailer).
    Replace every 3-4 years.

    Eco Drive more convenient but no cost advantage … especially if you get someone to do it.
    A divers watch in Eco Drive does make good sense, as the cost of professional pressure testing is quite expensive.

    Normal quartz … cheap to replace but have to do it 3 times as opposed to a 1 off capacitor change.

    Therefore … like learning to do your own oil change, learn to change your battery or capacitor and you will save heaps.

    Automatic watches have Kudos but will cost you a lot in servicing.

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    Still seems to be available

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      Just saw it now. It's $389. They are usually late in expiring their deals, sometimes you can still see yesterday's one day deal around 9am.

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    Received my watch about a week now and just tried to rotate the bezel, but it doesn't budge - is that normal?

    • +1 vote

      It's a tachymeter. When you use the chronograph function, it measures how fast what you're measuring per hour. There are several youtube vids about how it works.

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        Thanks!