Bring A Snorkel! A Closer Look At The Rugged Citizen Promaster Aqualand
Can a $695 dive watch withstand the rigors of the depths? As it turns out, absolutely!
The Citizen Promaster Aqualand is certainly not the first diver from the Japanese brand, but it may very well be one of the most robust. Citizen's latest diver packs quite a punch. Let's go deeper!
I'll admit, the upper tier dive watch category is typically reserved for Swiss creations costing in the multiple thousands of dollars. The traditional three-hand dive watch has adorned the wrists of everyone from James Bond and Jacques Cousteau. These tool watches are purpose built, usually mechanical, and help everyone from weekend snorkelers to saturation divers. However, in today's age of mobile phones, the mechanical dive watch has quickly fallen out of fashion, replaced by dive calculators and other various ephemera. If there were only a low-cost option to strap to your wrist in a time of watery need...
Enter the Citizen Promaster Aqualand
Citizen's Promaster collection has captivated the hearts, wallets, and wrists of adventurers around the world. These robust Eco-Drives conquer the sea, land, and skies with great ease, yet at extremely affordable prices. The new Promaster Aqualand is no exception. This 46mm diver boasts a bright blue dial with matching blue/red bezel reminiscent of a certain 'Pepsi' that everyone has come to love. The blue motif extends to the polyurethane strap which makes for an extremely sporty, yet usable diver.
Water resistant to 200m (666ft), the Promaster Aqualand is more than capable of your weekend pool and snorkel adventures – yet stands ready for the first time you suit up and go deeper than the deep end.
Powered by Citizen J250 Eco-Drive movement, with the ability to be charged via a solar cell under the dial. The Promaster Aqualand also features some mightly complications. A built-in dive computer capable of tracking of your maximum depth memory is coupled with a rapid ascent alarm, with this model, Citizen brings safety to the seas. Underwater too long? The Promaster Aqualand also features a power reserve indicator, probably not necessary unless you live under the sea.
One notable departure from other divers is the inclusion of a mineral crystal. While mineral crystals are certainly durable, a sapphire crystal would've been a welcome addition. However, at just $695 MSRP, the Promaster Aqualand more than makes up for it. At time of writing, Citizen was even running a special on their website, Bringing the price down to $556. Not bad for a weekend warrior!
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)