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Citizen 42mm Quartz BI1043-01E $41.32 + $10.12 Delivery ($0 with Prime & $49 Spend) @ Amazon US via AU

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  • Crystal/Lens - Mineral
  • Diameter - 42mm
  • Band width - Unsure, prob 20mm
  • Case Thickness - 10mm
  • Yellow Gold Tone Stainless Steel Case
  • Silicone Band
  • Luminous Hands and Markers
  • Water Resistant - 100 Metres

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7J4jC7kEfY
Review of a similar model

Credit goes to frondono for alerting me to the deal.

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  • +1 vote

    Damn, that's cheap. 5 year warranty too I believe.

  • +1 vote

    Massive bargain

  • +1 vote

    Cheers OP bought one

  • +1 vote

    Good find @WatchNerd, i wonder if it can be modded?

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      Actually member @frondono alerted me to the deal, so credit goes to them.

  • +3 votes

    Had me at the photo, lost me at the strap

    • +1 vote

      Me too…
      Very tempted by the bargain, but the strap is awful & I've already got a few watches + smartwatches.

      Still a very good bargain though.
      Thanks OP & @frondono!

  • +14 votes

    Cheers mate.. My first ever original watch that isn't Kmart or Ali Express.

  • -3 votes

    Lost me @ Quartz 🤮

    • +1 vote

      Lost me at non-rotating bezel. But damn cheap.

      • +2 votes

        True, just buy a Casio, at the entry level they are unbeatable

        • +1 vote

          And at the Oceanus level, in think casio are awesome. I have an ocw-s100, quality is excellent

    • +6 votes

      Different strokes for different folks

    • +2 votes

      Quartz definitely has its place. I'm considering picking up one of these for hydromodding.

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        I saw a pressure test of an oil filled quartz watch - it went to some stupid high pressure; equivalent to 1400m!

        It would be a challenge to fill the watch completely with no tiny air pockets which will show up as bubbles later.

        • +1 vote

          Nah, best way to do it I've found is to make it a full-submersion fill, take the watch apart, wear gloves, and actually submerge it fully in oil, then use a syringe to slowly work out any and all air bubbles from under the parts as you re-assemble the watch under the oil.

          Its a little messy, but if you are careful you can get all the air out or as much as it doesn't make a difference to the final result.

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      lost me at looks cheap, and an arrow hour hand

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        Those who have it say the opposite. Perhaps it wouldn't look so cheap if you didn't know the price?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNKLZfy8tis&t=295s

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          Looks alright in the vid, perhaps it's just the photo above (and gold) that doesn't do it justice.

          Shame that blue one is $140
          https://www.amazon.com.au/Citizen-Stainless-Japanese-Quartz-...

          • +1 vote

            @G-rig: I gave a link to a video of the blue one because it looked like the only one in English, and he does point out some of the good points of citizen - second hand matching up to indices for example.

            There are a few reviews of the black gold watch albeit in Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese etc. Good if you just want to see what they really look like though: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=citizen+BI1043-...

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              @poohduck: Cheers, looks pretty big for a 42mm, probably just the lug design. Assume that bezel turns.

              Anyway probably good value for $40.

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                @G-rig: The bezel does not turn. That's where I bomb out; if it has a timer bezel like that, I want it to be usable.

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    how practical are these

    • +26 votes

      very as it tells you the time without looking at your phone

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        Siri/Google assistant disagrees

        • +2 votes

          and it only costs your soul

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            @poohduck: So are you buying watch to replace mobile? Because you will have mobile either way. Even cheaper androids have google assistant

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              @Pricebeat: Not mine 😃. I also like watches and not being tied to my phone.

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          Get a fit bit which is something useful, and a tasteful, reputable gentleman's watch for the classic Attire

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            @G-rig: Something for everyone - smart watches don't appeal to me at all. I like quartz, and many can't see the appeal in them because they're into autos 😁

            • +1 vote

              @poohduck: Yeah that's fair enough ,I don't usually and haven't bothered with smart watches either, but just got a charge 4 as they are pretty cheap and good for tracking sleep, steps, can pay for sh1t if out and about. Still wear my automatics on the other hand. Not against quartz, would be cheaper to replace battery (and pressure test) than a service every 5y (my oris is still in Melb, ~$500 including shipping back). Thought I'd better do it after 8y. Anyway I'd still wear a quartz, and got a G-shock.

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                @G-rig: smart watches are logical and awesome bang for buck re functionality.

      • -2 votes

        keen to bite but it seems too take more of an effort to read the time. my $15 quartz watch from woolies 8 years ago can do a better job

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        Big if true

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    Thanks for posting.

  • +7 votes

    It'll look extra classy when the gold paint gets scratched and reveals the stainless steel beneath

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    Would the gold colour fade at all?

    • +2 votes

      Buy one and find out.

      • +10 votes

        Buy two for a controlled test

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      a fraction of micron thick, don't even look at it wrong

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    This is the watch that you would wear if you go to the bar :)

  • +4 votes

    Might get one to go with the shoes I bought from this post
    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/627663

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    thanks

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    Thanks got one

  • +4 votes

    Tip: instead of paying $10 postage, find another item for $9 and treat it as a discount 🙃

    • +3 votes

      yes, that's what I did; you still have to have prime membership though

    • +2 votes

      Or buy two of these?

    • +1 vote

      Bought me some pencils :)

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    What was SRP?

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      I think it's $199 RRP. Some places seem to be selling around $100.

    • +1 vote

      $199, but it's moot because Citizen RRPs are ridiculous anyway.

  • +1 vote

    Top stuff WatchNerd. Keep them deals coming.

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    Looks like sold out, missed out.. spewin!

    • +1 vote

      back in stock at same price

  • +2 votes

    Incredibly ugly

    • +1 vote

      not wrong, but up to the individual.
      Worth buying one nice watch you'll have for a long time, instead of 10 cheap ones.

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    back in stock

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    Looks like out of stock again

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    I struggle to see how that could be a genuine Citizen at that price point?

    Surely they are fake knock offs with poor life potential? I have a Citizen EcoDrive that is 20yo I doubt any of those would last that long?!?

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    It's cheap for a citizen. The styling isn't my cup of tea. As soon as the gold got slightly thin it'd be in the bin.

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      If you like the style of the watch some simple mods can make it last longer.

      I brought it for my father in law and will plate the watch in gold and change the strap to a better quality leather or rubber for him. The strap will last and the gold will need to be replated every 5 years if worn often.

      I wouldn’t wear it but he is nuts about citizen watches and loves the colour combo.

      • +1 vote

        Yeah ok. While it's apart a sapphire crystal is a must imo. A fair bit of effort but it's best to stay in the FIL's good books. I took the easy way out and bought mine a Super Titanium/Sapphire Eco drive.

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    For those that missed out you might be interested in the gold Casio Duro.

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    Well, the folks at Amazon have now dispatched my Citizen BI1043. My breath is appropriately baited, waiting to see what the delivered product is actually like.

  • +1 vote

    The watch arrived yesterday. Not a watch expert, but everything about it appears to be legitimate. I gather it's one of Citizen's more "basic" models. I really like the gold and black. I have a smart watch, but $41.32 for a sound "traditional" watch, that performs the main job of telling the time, is from a respected brand, and doesn't need to be "plugged in" every few weeks to recharge - I'm laughin'!

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    Mine came not working will replace battery see if that’s the issue.

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      This might sound silly but have you pushed the crown in?

      • +1 vote

        My dad thought one of his watches had stopped working. I was going to change the battery for him and noticed he had put the tiny piece of clear plastic between the crown and body but it had snapped at some point so was really hard to see and the crown looked seated.

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        Yes I checked that first lol but your right these small things go unnoticed.

    • +1 vote

      I had this exact same issue when mine arrived.

      The battery was dead, replaced it with a $2.50 battery from Bunnings, works great.

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    Gor one with a dead battery. Amazon credited my account $25 to cover it. Nice watch.