Case width: 42mm
Case depth: 10mm
Case material: Stainless steel
Water resistance: 100 metres
Movement: Japanese Quartz (Eco-Drive)
Price: £99.99 (link)
Buying a decent watch for under £100 is not easy. The Citizen AT2100-09E, however, lessens the burden because it ticks so many boxes that competing watches cannot even get close to at this price point.
Technically, it is just another Citizen watch, of which there are countless models in a variety of styles. Personally, I like Citizen for the quality of the timepieces alone and have owned a few in my time. The Eco-Drive technology is tried and tested and is one of the most efficient setups in the market with minimal light keeping a watch running for months. The movements are very impressive and have always proved accurate, and there is usually a lume that will run throughout the light and provide more than enough visibility without being overbearing. As it happens, the lume on this watch is blue which is a nice touch.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of this watch is the numbers which are huge in comparison to most others. They are slightly raised from the face and intersect the dials. It is slightly busy, but does not hinder readability of the time when you are in a hurry. The date window is tiny and hard to read at the best of times, but overall I believe that the end result is a playing look that works well within the case.
And it is the case that impresses me the most about this watch. The pure flatness of the front and back aligns perfectly with the short lugs and minimalist detailing around the edges. This is an area that is obviously hard to describe, but when you wear it, you will see what I mean. It sits proudly on the wrist and does not stand out, but it works perfectly with the busy face to create a professional and classy look that belies the asking price. Seriously, this is one the best looking watches I have ever seen at any price, but you may find that the strap is not as comfortable as it should be. Put this on a brown leather Nato strap and it pops!
Of all the Citizen watches I have worn over the years, this one remains by far my favourite. It is a workhorse which does everything it needs to and it looks gorgeous, it really does.
Build quality: 8/10
Value for money: 9/10
For under £100, you get a pilot style watch with excellent lume, superb legibility and very good accuracy. Throw in a case that is ultra-stylish and you can’t go wrong. A superb budget offering.
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