One of the hottest items to hit the market this year from Citizen is their new Promaster Altichron series. With a high quality build, impressive functions, and very cool design, it appears that Citizen has hit a home run with these models, even though they have barely started to hit the market. There a two versions, on in a titanium finish (BN5030-06E), which is still yet to deliver, and the DLC finished version (BN5035-02F), which has finally landed at AZ Fine Time.
The Altichron is a name that dates back to 1989, but today introduces a new set of functions for Citizen. There is an altimeter as well as compass which are displayed analog, and the time is not effected when either are in use. So basically, you can run the compass or altimeter and the clock will stay running and still display time, unlike other brands with similar features.
The dial, while complicates, still remains legible and displays 10,000′s of feet at the 9:00 sub dial, 1,000′s of feet with the orange hand on the inner circle of the dial from 12:00- just past 5:00, and the 100′s of feet with the yellow hand pointing to its measurement on the outer edge of the dial. The orange inner rotating bezel can be used to set a reference point where your altitude starts. You will utilizes the upper right crown to turn the inner bezel. This way if you’re hiking a mountain, the altimeter will measure the altitude continuous for the first 5 minutes, then the measurements will be updated every 3 minutes after for up to 12 hours. Using the inner bezel, you can see how high you’ve gone on your hike. The altimeter is simply started by pushing the lower left button with yellow ring. The Altichron can measure anywhere from -1,000 ft to as high as 32,000 ft.
The watches compass is also very easy to use by pushing the upper left button with orange ring. This activates the electronic compass, which will always point to magnetic north. The inner rotating bezel also comes to use with the compass feature as you can use it to see your bearings. By adjusting the upper left crown to set the upside down triangle to where the compass is pointing, you can mark your scale.
The large case on the Altichron measures out at about 50mm wide and 16mm thick, but only weighs an impressive 100g due to its titanium alloy case. The DLC coating on this model gives it a matte color somewhere in between gun metal and black, and also adds to the scratch resistance. The watch is incredibly comfortable thanks to its unique placement of crowns/buttons and its liquid rubber strap. The soft and pliable rubber is a new material Citizen just introduced this year, and is a definite upgrade from the standard polyurethane. The clasp is also DLC titanium with a large and secure design. The crystal is a hardened mineral with anti-reflective coating.
Overall the Citizen Promaster Altichron’s are truly impressive. The BN5035-02F retails for $995, but can be purchased directly through our website for $746.25 HERE. The BN5030-06E is scheduled to come in within the next couple of weeks. To see our review on this model, please click HERE.
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