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Haven't posted for a while owning to illness, but i bought this a little while agao and very pleased with it.
Eco-Drive A-T CB0020-09E also known as the World Perpetual A-T – a superbly made 42mm diameter, 11mm depth stainless steel Radio Controlled model from Citizen.

World Calendar Citizen AT

This is the rubber strapped version (a couple come with leather straps and a couple with bracelets are also available). And an excellent quality of silicon rubber strap it is too, with a nice double push button fold-over clasp. Like many other rubber straps however whilst it is adjustable it also tends to be a sort of final adjustment if you have small wrists as cutting is the name of the game, which is a pity. However as alluded to in my previous post, this is not the end of the world as this watch has standard case and lug arrangements, so a replacement alternative rubber or leather strap is easily sourced and fitted.

43mm x 11mm makes for a neat watch on the wrist

As said the other versions come with alternative strap arrangements, but this is not the only difference.
Whilst this model has a button @4 which is used to set the world time for example, the leather strap version has a recessed pusher instead. I personally prefer the button as it can easily be operated with the finger and not the end of a pen or other pointed object which may not be to hand.
Another difference is the omission of a bezel – where this model is clearly marked with the city positions – the strap versions have no bezel and the city markers are tucked under the sapphire crystal and part of the dial. Those who are familiar with my blog will know I’m not a great fan of bezels, but in this case not only does it look well but I find it a little easier to read. And apart from some other minor variations the watches share the same functionality and internal mechanics.

The flat sapphire crystal is anti-reflection coated and is very effective, especially as the internal dial markers and so on are not over chromed or reflective anyway and as a result the dark dial face has good contrast and is clear and easy to read.
The movement is the H144 caliber and with radio receivers built in and Radio Controlled so assuming you can receive a signal from one of the 5 transmitting stations, then it’s pretty much the perfect time keeper – it’s stand-alone accuracy without RC is pretty much standard fare for this range of Citizens at around +/-15secs per month.

Radio Control wise, the watch automatically scans for a signal at 2am, then 3am and 4am. If it receives successfully at either of these, then further attempts are deactivated. You can also initiate demand reception manually rather than wait for the automatic update and this is easily done. Simply press and hold the button @4 for around 2 seconds then release. The seconds multi-function hand will move to the “RX” in the little window @9. Let the watch sit in a position where it can best get the signal and note the receiver on this watch is on the 9 side of the case, so point that side roughly towards where the signal is

Stainless push button fold-over clasp

Here in the northern hemisphere I point it south as the European radio transmitter is located in Germany and it manages fine – usually takes about 5 – 10 minutes (the instruction booklet says allow up to 15 minutes and is dependent on signal strength).
After the update completes, the watch hands return to normal operation. The indication of success or otherwise can be checked easily – simply press the button once and the seconds multi-function hand will move to the little window @9 and point to OK or NO. Can’t be much clearer than that!

Interesting system means this watch is a perpetual calendar until 2100 anyway – set the time and it sets the year, month and day automatically. But note that whilst the date is shown in a date [email protected], it does not display the day or month like the analogue/digital Citizen Attesa models, such as the ATV53-2833 (click for my review).
Note in case of problems the day, date, month and year can be set manually. There is also a quick set date concealed pusher @2 – so pretty much everything is catered for.
Setting the world time in 26 cities and time zones from 0 to 12 with a couple of half zones in there, is a piece of cake – crown to position 1 and turning it moves the seconds hand (which doubles as a control pointer) to each city in turn. The hands follow to whatever zone is selected. Daylight Savings time is indicated in the little window between the 4 and 5 o’clock position and will automatically be set when a signal is received. It can also be set manually if needed.

Being one of Citizen’s Eco-drive models it does not require a battery. Managing to power itself from available light, when fully charged it can run for 2 years with the power save function activated or around 6 months if not (Power Save is used if the watch is in the dark for 7 days it stops the hands and deactivates the Radio Control receive function, but the watch continues to keep the time).

Note that the watch will not try to get a signal if the power is low – indicated by the second hand moving in 2 second intervals – another neat feature of this watch.
Other features include a full reset, hand repositioning etc. and the Time and Calendar can also be set manually to allow the auto calendar function to continue after that.

So all in all a pretty comprehensive unit, beautifully made, 200m Water Resistance, a very comfortable rubber strap and with sensible operational and safety features seamlessly built in.
It can be found from around £230 in the UK, though fortunately I managed to find this one for less and coupled with the inclusive Citizen 5 year Guarantee I’m pretty pleased with this new and modern watch for my collection.
 

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Great review of this excellent watch. I am wearing mine today, and it is my favorite among the 3 Citizen RC watches I own.

I purchased mine last November for around $275, and it has a very strong feature set for the price.
 

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Excellent review! That's a sweet looking Citizen, I really like the strap with the fold over clasp!
 

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The World Perpetuals are great. I have the model with the internal city bezel. I like the nice clean look. This model also comes on a bracelet, but I am wearing it on a Hirsch Liberty.

The dial on your model is very well executed. Much nicer in person than in the stock photos.

PS....which blog is yours? Mine is in my sig.

 

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I have the same watch as the OP but with the steel bracelet. I've decided I want to keep it looking nice so for daily wear, I purchased the Golf Titanium for it's comfort (light weight and "comfort crown")

I love both of these EcoDrives.

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Great review and as I am considering one of these next albeit with the SS band very helpful.

I already have a Citizen RC model and before purchase was slightly concerned that the time signal it would sync with was in Germany not the UK but my concerns were unfounded as it all works great.

Enjoy your new watch
 

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BE VERY careful with the Golf Titanium. That is "naked titanium" (my term) with no Duratect etc. coating. They CANNOT polish scratches out of tit. They can with stainless steel. So sort of goofy to put a sapphire on a naked tit. watch. The tit can get bunged up and the sapphire will still be perfect. I had this golf tit on my wrist at Pennys about mid July, 2011- the silver dial version (which I would call white). It is a very clean design- I love it. But tough to size the strap just right and I hear they last a year or so. If you hate spending $10 for a battery every 2 years, imagine spending $60 for a rubber strap every 2 years, if cit is still stocking them. Shame for such a nice watch. i wonder if this watch comes on a bracelet. Have not seen one yet if it does.

So fantastic ecodrive technology, beautiful design, light weight, sapphire at that price (!) and strap hard to size and expensive to replace often, and unprotected tit. which will scratch. A mixed bag.

I have the same watch as the OP but with the steel bracelet. I've decided I want to keep it looking nice so for daily wear, I purchased the Golf Titanium for it's comfort (light weight and "comfort crown")

I love both of these EcoDrives.

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The Golf Titanium only comes in rubber-strap models currently. It is popular with the "wrong side" crown for golfers :)
 

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(More re the Golf titanium): Except for left-handed golfers, who would wear a watch on their right wrist, and if they wore this one there, then the crown would dig into their hand when they hold the club. So I suppose they'll stear clear of this watch just keeping wearing "normal" watches on their right arm. Good insight- I never thought of what you are saying here.

The silver dial version looks very clean. It's light as can be. I wish there was some way to polish scratches out of titanium. I have read of people using Scoth-brite or something. About $200, including sales tax, for this at Penny's big "billion dollar sale" coming Sept. 2011, I was told. You need a Penny's card to participate. It's a beautiful watch. Nothing boring, nothing crazy, just beautiful. I did not see the black dial version in person.
 

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Be careful with hitting that bezel on things with the A-T CB0020-09E. It looks very vulnerable to scratches etc. to me. I like this version because the SS bracelet that comes with it is nicer, in my opinion, than the bracelet that comes with the one with the cities under the crystal. What's your opinion on how vulnerable those city names are to scratches on your watch?
 

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All these Eco-Drive A-T's are beautiful. The Golf Titanium is especially so.
 

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Own the World Perpetual A-T, Love it. However I am looking for a new rubber band for it. They want $60 for them on Ebay. Too much.
 

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Haven't posted for a while owning to illness, but i bought this a little while agao and very pleased with it.
Eco-Drive A-T CB0020-09E also known as the World Perpetual A-T – a superbly made 42mm diameter, 11mm depth stainless steel Radio Controlled model from Citizen.

World Calendar Citizen AT

This is the rubber strapped version (a couple come with leather straps and a couple with bracelets are also available). And an excellent quality of silicon rubber strap it is too, with a nice double push button fold-over clasp. Like many other rubber straps however whilst it is adjustable it also tends to be a sort of final adjustment if you have small wrists as cutting is the name of the game, which is a pity. However as alluded to in my previous post, this is not the end of the world as this watch has standard case and lug arrangements, so a replacement alternative rubber or leather strap is easily sourced and fitted.

43mm x 11mm makes for a neat watch on the wrist

As said the other versions come with alternative strap arrangements, but this is not the only difference.
Whilst this model has a button @4 which is used to set the world time for example, the leather strap version has a recessed pusher instead. I personally prefer the button as it can easily be operated with the finger and not the end of a pen or other pointed object which may not be to hand.
Another difference is the omission of a bezel – where this model is clearly marked with the city positions – the strap versions have no bezel and the city markers are tucked under the sapphire crystal and part of the dial. Those who are familiar with my blog will know I’m not a great fan of bezels, but in this case not only does it look well but I find it a little easier to read. And apart from some other minor variations the watches share the same functionality and internal mechanics.

The flat sapphire crystal is anti-reflection coated and is very effective, especially as the internal dial markers and so on are not over chromed or reflective anyway and as a result the dark dial face has good contrast and is clear and easy to read.
The movement is the H144 caliber and with radio receivers built in and Radio Controlled so assuming you can receive a signal from one of the 5 transmitting stations, then it’s pretty much the perfect time keeper – it’s stand-alone accuracy without RC is pretty much standard fare for this range of Citizens at around +/-15secs per month.

Radio Control wise, the watch automatically scans for a signal at 2am, then 3am and 4am. If it receives successfully at either of these, then further attempts are deactivated. You can also initiate demand reception manually rather than wait for the automatic update and this is easily done. Simply press and hold the button @4 for around 2 seconds then release. The seconds multi-function hand will move to the “RX” in the little window @9. Let the watch sit in a position where it can best get the signal and note the receiver on this watch is on the 9 side of the case, so point that side roughly towards where the signal is

Stainless push button fold-over clasp

Here in the northern hemisphere I point it south as the European radio transmitter is located in Germany and it manages fine – usually takes about 5 – 10 minutes (the instruction booklet says allow up to 15 minutes and is dependent on signal strength).
After the update completes, the watch hands return to normal operation. The indication of success or otherwise can be checked easily – simply press the button once and the seconds multi-function hand will move to the little window @9 and point to OK or NO. Can’t be much clearer than that!

Interesting system means this watch is a perpetual calendar until 2100 anyway – set the time and it sets the year, month and day automatically. But note that whilst the date is shown in a date [email protected], it does not display the day or month like the analogue/digital Citizen Attesa models, such as the ATV53-2833 (click for my review).
Note in case of problems the day, date, month and year can be set manually. There is also a quick set date concealed pusher @2 – so pretty much everything is catered for.
Setting the world time in 26 cities and time zones from 0 to 12 with a couple of half zones in there, is a piece of cake – crown to position 1 and turning it moves the seconds hand (which doubles as a control pointer) to each city in turn. The hands follow to whatever zone is selected. Daylight Savings time is indicated in the little window between the 4 and 5 o’clock position and will automatically be set when a signal is received. It can also be set manually if needed.

Being one of Citizen’s Eco-drive models it does not require a battery. Managing to power itself from available light, when fully charged it can run for 2 years with the power save function activated or around 6 months if not (Power Save is used if the watch is in the dark for 7 days it stops the hands and deactivates the Radio Control receive function, but the watch continues to keep the time).

Note that the watch will not try to get a signal if the power is low – indicated by the second hand moving in 2 second intervals – another neat feature of this watch.
Other features include a full reset, hand repositioning etc. and the Time and Calendar can also be set manually to allow the auto calendar function to continue after that.

So all in all a pretty comprehensive unit, beautifully made, 200m Water Resistance, a very comfortable rubber strap and with sensible operational and safety features seamlessly built in.
It can be found from around £230 in the UK, though fortunately I managed to find this one for less and coupled with the inclusive Citizen 5 year Guarantee I’m pretty pleased with this new and modern watch for my collection.
I have see your watch with a nato strap around the forums here, that looks awesome, have you tried anything like that?
 
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