UPDATE: Citizen BN0150 is placed on the list of best dive watches under $200 category, be sure to check it out.
Citizen Promaster BN0150-28E is one of the most popular divers' watches at this moment. Even now, 30 years after introduction to the market it is still popular as an everyday piece and watch to enter horology spheres.
Simply put - it's one of the best buy watches you can find
Official history of Promaster series starts 30 years ago with the first models introduced by Japanese manufacturer. Aqualand (Marine category, later added to Promaster series), Altichron (Land category - quartz watch with altimeter using an electronic sensor) and Caliber C080 (Sky series - quartz watch with IC based world-time function) were introduced in 1989.
Actually, origins can be traced to previous models that were inauguration of Japanese technological advancements wrapped in a wrist watch. Advancements were publicly demoed through series of events unseen until then in the modern world, like dropping a Citizen Parashock from the helicopter to demonstrate anti-shock feature.
Following successful Citizen Parashock deployment, foundations of future Promaster series was laid with first water resistant watch in 1959 (Parawater), securing a place next to Swiss watchmakers in terms of watch manufacturing technology.
Citizen presented remarkable product launch strategy by building relevance first and focusing on early adopters (professional divers) with Citizen Professional 1300m made out of Titanium and then extending to mass market with Promaster series.
30 years after Paraschock, Citizen Promaster Aqualand became first real diver’s watch produced by a mass market brand. Playing on the card of blending attractive design and cutting edge technology, Promaster Aqualand was the world's first combination of quartz watch with electronic sensor depth meter.
With this combination, long term acceptance of amateur and professional divers was secured and price quality ratio ensured that the watch will find its place on non-divers’ wrists.
In 1995, Citizen launched Eco Drive series, featuring watches that are primarily using sunlight as power source. According to Citizen’s internal estimations, Eco Drive series lead to decreasing the number of disposed batteries by tens of millions in the United States and Canada alone.
Technology was perfected over time, some of the first models were discontinued as they were declared as a health hazard due to the risk of watch system exploding and causing wrist injuries.
Today, many experts consider Citizen dive watches having the most diving hours among all watch brands in the world.
First, we strongly recommend you to read the review of Citizen BN0151-09L before going further through this review.
In short, the only visible difference is in the colors, Citizen Promaster BN0150-28E model being black (watch face and strap) and BN0150-09L dark blue / blue.
Other features, like size, shape and elements used are completely the same in both models. Your buying decision would in this case depend solely on your color preferences.
We wanted to bring more information about both models, and this is the reason for focusing on similar products.
Hope is that both reviews together will give you a comprehensive overview wide enough to make a good buying decision.
Although you get a polyurethane strap in the original packaging (in most of the versions), you can upgrade to a more luxurious feel by attaching the stainless strap to it.
In both combinations, for male population this watch will get most of the wrist wearing time independent of the watch collection owned, as the elegant design fits formal and less formal occasions.
The band at the beginning gives more hardened feeling, but once you put it on, you quickly adapt to the feeling on the wrist and the overall weight of the watch.
On the longer side of the strap, there are diving tables printed and the buckle is made of stainless steel.
Diameter of the case is 44m (lug to lug measured by buyers at 48mm) and protected by Crystal Mineral Glass. Some buyers expressed concerns as it is less durable than Sapphire Crystal, but in practice this hasn’t been an issue.
The center of the watch is occupied by a very well made black matt dial, with hour dial having silver borders and are filled with lume.
Citizen Promaster BN0150-28E is one of the coolest watches that you can find out there. If you are searching for the watch that you can wear with the business suit, casual wear and under the sea and still make an impression in all situations - this will be your best choice.
All the design details on case and dial are focused on giving it great visibility and making you stand out just by having it on your wrist.
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For the night situations, when you are driving your date home, the glow from your watch will give you confidence that many luxurious and more expensive watches couldn’t.
With smart and effective details. The markings on the dial (indices) and hands have a blue glow, and together with bezel’s green glow make one of the strongest points of this watch visual design.
Both hands are filled with lume, which is a feature not usual within this price category.
During the day, visual impact is achieved with color contrast between hands (very prominent by size) and the black mat case surface below them. Hour hand has a silver border, but the minute hand has an orange border boosting the impact even more.
So yes - wear this watch when you want to make an impression or you just need a confidence boost.
Eco Drive system of solar charging and quartz mechanism point to the primary customer target for this watch, as non automatic mechanisms could be disregarded by more demanding divers.
Solar charging system is powering E168 Caliber, which should keep the time accuracy within 15 seconds range per month (small disclaimer: if used in an environment with temperatures between 41 and 95 °F (5 and 35 ˚C), so don’t be surprised if you are late for the meeting when you are back from ski vacation).
From experience of other buyers, this range is usually within +-5 seconds per month.
Citizen Promaster BN0150-28E, as well as BN0151-09L, has a very textured bezel making it easier to manage and turn the bezel around.
Small compromise was made by making it a 60 step round, instead of 120 as expected by divers, but for the purpose it was made for it doesn't have a major impact. Clicks when rotating bezel are well done, making the planned turn easier to achieve.
Citizen Promaster Diver BN0150-28E is a classic watch that holds its attractiveness among multiple generations. It is not a trendy piece that got to its popularity due to changes in trends and because of that it is rarely out of stock in popular stores.
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If you decide to buy it directly from the manufacturer (US site) you will be granted a 5 year warranty, and additionally you can register online for an additional year of guarantee after the purchase. Non-US buyers can register and get 1 year guarantee on localized Citizen sites.
Check out the full list of countries where Citizen is directly represented - Citizen's Global Network
BN0150-28E model on US local website
Model is called sligthly different in European markets: Citizen Promaster BN0150-10e
If you've already bought Citizen Promaster BN0150-28E (or any other Citizen model) check out additional options available on one of the Authorized sellers website: Hurley Roberts Service Company.
Citizen BN0150-28E is a good buy, combining classic, but effective design with technical quality. It is a durable watch that can handle a lot and it can serve you in many situations. If you are looking for the best watch under $200 or you are looking for your first dive watch - this should be your first option.
On the other hand, if you already own a watch collection, small compromises Citizen has made in watch built will probably make you search for other options.
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