Lightweight, highly comfortable, good looking and a real performance bargain. And a watch with a very good backstory. Citizen is definitely known for its accessible watches with excellent quality/price ratio and the brand’s latest creation in the field of dive watches is not going to change this at all. Today, we take the Citizen Promaster Mechanical Diver 200m NB6021-17E, also known as the Fujitsubo, for a spin with our latest video review. And we tell you about this amazing diver from the 1970s.
Many may consider titanium a very modern material, but it has been used in watchmaking for over half a century. Surprisingly, Citizen made the first commercially available titanium wristwatch. Although available in very limited quantities, the Citizen’s X-8 Chronometer from 1970 paved the way for many. Titanium has the unique property of being resistant to corrosion, hypoallergenic and very strong. And best of all, it is much lighter than traditional stainless steel. Therefore, it makes an ideal material for watches for multiple reasons. Since the Citizen’s first experiments, the company has perfected the titanium machining process. By the year 2000, Citizen developed a Duratect surface hardening treatment that made titanium much less susceptible to scratches.
Super Titanium is the pinnacle of Citizen’s expertise with this material. It combines the brand’s titanium processing technology with Duratect treatment. One of the latest watches with this proprietary material is the Citizen before us today. And it comes with a lovely background!
Back in 1983, a Citizen Challenge diver from 1977 was recovered from an Australian beach. Covered in barnacles, the watch is in excellent running condition! The mechanical movement survives many years in water and dust, protected by its case. That watch served as the inspiration for this modern titanium diver.
The design of the Promaster Mechanical Diver 200m Fujitsubo is nothing short of spectacular, as it shows typical design elements of classical dive watches. The super-titanium case is also classic, measuring 41mm in diameter and 12.3mm in height. The matte gray tone is the natural form of super-titanium. The bezel above is polished and fitted with a gloss-black insert. Manipulating it is greeted with smooth and resonant feedback. A beveled sapphire crystal above protects the dial, while a closed caseback does the same for the movement. With a water-resistance of 200 meters, this is a truly respectable diver.
As a vertically integrated manufacturer, Citizen produces its movements in-house. The caliber 9051 in this Promaster runs at a frequency of 4Hz and offers a power reserve of 42 hours. It is reassuring to know that the motion is antimagnetic to 200 gauss at a distance of 1 cm. It can do this with a bit more precision, as it is recommended to run within a deviation of -10 to +20 seconds per day.
Citizen offers two variants of the Promaster Fujitsubo. One in titanium and black (reference NB6021-17E), worn on a black polyurethane strap with a titanium pin buckle. and another with a deep blue dial and bezel (reference NB6021-68L), and a three-link super-titanium bracelet with a folding clasp. While we only have the black version of the watch, we believe both will feel great on the wrist. The fit and finish are great and thanks to the lightweight titanium construction it won’t let you down one bit. It retails for approx EUR 650 Black and polyurethane strap, and about EUR 750 On a blue and titanium bracelet.
Despite some comments about the precision of the movement, we really think it’s quite a performance bargain. Whichever way you look at it, it’s hard to ignore the rock-solid proposition this Citizen offers. The Promaster Fujitsubo looks good, feels great on the wrist and backs it up with very good specs at a very affordable price.
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