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I've been impatiently waiting for about 2 weeks now, and my Chronomaster has finally arrived from Japan. I'd like to give you my first impressions and share some images for whoever might be interested.

Backstory:

After selling my Speedy Pro for being too large for my baby wrists, there was a vacant spot in my box lusting to be filled. As every other enthusiast, I spend a probably unhealthy amount of time looking at watches. But never quartz. And it seems like I'm not the only one with this weird and unjustified prejudice towards quartz watches. I realized now that I've been missing out.

The first HAQs I considered was both Grand Seikos, the SBGX259 and SBGX269. Both very beautiful and intriguing, but neither gave me that "buy-me-now" feeling. Though the 269 had me close. But I didn't have to look far to fall in love. I didn't even have to finish reading the Deployant review of the Citizen AQ4020-54Y before I knew I had to get this piece. Shortly after, I purchased it from Katsu Higuchi who I would highly recommend to anyone buying a Japan-exclusive watch.

Dial and case:

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Wow! I'm not sure where to start. The washi dial instantly grabs my attention. Absolutely gorgeous, even better in person.
Love how to color changes depending on the light. It definitely looks the best in bright daylight, when the light dances on the nicely polished indices and hands.
The GS Snowflake would be a natural comparison, but using the washi paper still makes this unique and in my opinion even more interesting than the Snowflake.

The Zaratsu finishing is absolutely stunning. It makes it really pop and feel luxurious. Beautiful combination with it's very wearable 37.5 mm polished case.

Bracelet:

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Beware: Removing links on this watch is a nightmare. You need two 1-1.5mm flat head screwdrivers and preferably three or four hands. You use one screwdriver to hold a screw in place on one side while using the other driver to remove a different screw on the opposite side. Not too bad to perform alone when getting the technique down, but still more difficult than any other watch I've owned.
It did however show how scratch-resistant the coated titanium is. I couldn't find any marks on any links even after I screwed around with the screwdrivers for a good 15 minutes.

Otherwise, love the lightweight feel of titanium and it looks gorgeous. The polished parts perfectly matches the polished bezel, batons and hands, and it helps to make the watch just the right amount of eye-catching.
I do however understand why some people don't like it as much as stainless steel. It feels very different to touch and move around. Almost "brittle" for a lack of better word. I get why some people confuse that with cheap.
Compared to something like the jubilee bracelet from Rolex it feels looser between the links, about equal in comfort. It's more comfortable than the Speedmaster Pro bracelet in my opinion.


Features:

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Eco-drive, perpetual calender, IAHH, +/- 5 second per year. Just awesome. All I could ever need. To be honest I wasn't even aware a quartz could possess some of these features.
Never having owned a watch with any of these features, I was very excited to check them out. Power reserve and perpetual calender was very easy to access and understand, just insert pen or other pointy object into the hole above the crown and voilà!
I've heard different results on the accuracy. Several owners have reported a higher deviation than the "promised" 5 spy. Other owners claim below 5 spy. I don't really care, either way it's far better performance than a mechanical watch can offer.


Conclusion:


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Not objectively perfect, as with any other watch in existence, but a great match for me. Definitely on its way to becoming my favorite and will for sure be my daily for a long time. Might not be everyones cup of tea, but I'd drink it any time!

Thank you for the read! I hope you found it somewhat interesting and maybe even helpful if you're consider getting this piece.
 

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Nice write-up; wear in good health as they say in these parts. I have the black-dialed AQ4020-03E (+ bracelet, which I had a local watchmaker adjust for me).
 

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I really like this new Watch you have. Love the dial! It is sad that many junk cheap quartz Watches have given quartz Watches a bad reputation. Citizens has made some really well made Watches, along with Seiko, and Grand Seiko, that are anything but cheap junk movements. Citizens Watches like BN7020D-17E. Eco-Drive Diver, ran for me at 17 seconds per year. That along with excellent customer service, that I received from Citizens Watches USA. when I needed service. I have owned 5 different Citizens Watches, all quartz movement, and all well made and great Watches. Vance.
 
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Congratulations on this wonderful masterpiece!! Could you do me a great favour and please measure the lug to lug distance and thickness? And maybe the size of the ctystal, that would be awesome 😄
Thinking about this exact model for years but was always too afraid to order it
 

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Great write up and pictures. I recently got an AQ4041, and you are spot on about the bracelet adjustment. It was tougher than I expected. Hopefully I will stay thin enough so I will never have unscrew it again! Excellent watch, enjoy it, as it is beautiful and very functional.
 

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Thanks for providing your initial impressions of your new Citizen Chronomaster. Interesting how cumbersome it can be to resize the bracelet and yet how scratch resistant it is. The Chronomaster looks good on your wrist. Enjoy your new Citizen.
 

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Great write up and review. That is one gorgeous watch. I've got that on my short list (that keeps getting longer!!)

Enjoy!
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While i do like the watch a few things that i dont like myself.

- The finish on the seconds hand is not as good as quality as it should be being a little rough or not polished at all.
Its better on the hour and minutes hands.

-The citizen logo looks like its on doubel sided clear sticky tape and doesnt quite float as some people describe it but looks opaque underneath and not as clear as it should be.

On the upside i do like the cover or enclosed part of the hands over the centre point unlike every other watch i have which looks like its on a spindle.
Also like the shiny and lumed chapter ring.

Darn it, mine is its sister the aq 4030
 

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I've been impatiently waiting for about 2 weeks now, and my Chronomaster has finally arrived from Japan. I'd like to give you my first impressions and share some images for whoever might be interested.

Backstory:

After selling my Speedy Pro for being too large for my baby wrists, there was a vacant spot in my box lusting to be filled. As every other enthusiast, I spend a probably unhealthy amount of time looking at watches. But never quartz. And it seems like I'm not the only one with this weird and unjustified prejudice towards quartz watches. I realized now that I've been missing out.

The first HAQs I considered was both Grand Seikos, the SBGX259 and SBGX269. Both very beautiful and intriguing, but neither gave me that "buy-me-now" feeling. Though the 269 had me close. But I didn't have to look far to fall in love. I didn't even have to finish reading the Deployant review of the Citizen AQ4020-54Y before I knew I had to get this piece. Shortly after, I purchased it from Katsu Higuchi who I would highly recommend to anyone buying a Japan-exclusive watch.

Dial and case:

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Wow! I'm not sure where to start. The washi dial instantly grabs my attention. Absolutely gorgeous, even better in person.
Love how to color changes depending on the light. It definitely looks the best in bright daylight, when the light dances on the nicely polished indices and hands.
The GS Snowflake would be a natural comparison, but using the washi paper still makes this unique and in my opinion even more interesting than the Snowflake.

The Zaratsu finishing is absolutely stunning. It makes it really pop and feel luxurious. Beautiful combination with it's very wearable 37.5 mm polished case.

Bracelet:

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Beware: Removing links on this watch is a nightmare. You need two 1-1.5mm flat head screwdrivers and preferably three or four hands. You use one screwdriver to hold a screw in place on one side while using the other driver to remove a different screw on the opposite side. Not too bad to perform alone when getting the technique down, but still more difficult than any other watch I've owned.
It did however show how scratch-resistant the coated titanium is. I couldn't find any marks on any links even after I screwed around with the screwdrivers for a good 15 minutes.

Otherwise, love the lightweight feel of titanium and it looks gorgeous. The polished parts perfectly matches the polished bezel, batons and hands, and it helps to make the watch just the right amount of eye-catching.
I do however understand why some people don't like it as much as stainless steel. It feels very different to touch and move around. Almost "brittle" for a lack of better word. I get why some people confuse that with cheap.
Compared to something like the jubilee bracelet from Rolex it feels looser between the links, about equal in comfort. It's more comfortable than the Speedmaster Pro bracelet in my opinion.


Features:

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Eco-drive, perpetual calender, IAHH, +/- 5 second per year. Just awesome. All I could ever need. To be honest I wasn't even aware a quartz could possess some of these features.
Never having owned a watch with any of these features, I was very excited to check them out. Power reserve and perpetual calender was very easy to access and understand, just insert pen or other pointy object into the hole above the crown and voilà!
I've heard different results on the accuracy. Several owners have reported a higher deviation than the "promised" 5 spy. Other owners claim below 5 spy. I don't really care, either way it's far better performance than a mechanical watch can offer.


Conclusion:


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Not objectively perfect, as with any other watch in existence, but a great match for me. Definitely on its way to becoming my favorite and will for sure be my daily for a long time. Might not be everyones cup of tea, but I'd drink it any time!

Thank you for the read! I hope you found it somewhat interesting and maybe even helpful if you're consider getting this piece.
Congratulations and wellcome to the HAQ world
 

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While i do like the watch a few things that i dont like myself.

- The finish on the seconds hand is not as good as quality as it should be being a little rough or not polished at all.
Its better on the hour and minutes hands.

-The citizen logo looks like its on doubel sided clear sticky tape and doesnt quite float as some people describe it but looks opaque underneath and not as clear as it should be.

On the upside i do like the cover or enclosed part of the hands over the centre point unlike every other watch i have which looks like its on a spindle.
Also like the shiny and lumed chapter ring.

Darn it, mine is its sister the aq 4030
Are you refering to your watch or @nengenes watch? This model lacks lume all together, and can you really tell how the seconds hand is finished from the pictures? The Citizen logo sits on a thin crystal over the paper, just like the indices and the Chronomaster text, how others decribe that "look" should not affect you if you know how it´s done. My only issue with this model is that I find the bracelet a bit sharp on the edges and the lack of applied indice next to the date frame.
 

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I've been impatiently waiting for about 2 weeks now, and my Chronomaster has finally arrived from Japan. I'd like to give you my first impressions and share some images for whoever might be interested.
Spot on the review. Glad you love this gem!I can stare at the dial all day!!

I have had this little gem for over a year. soon you will get spoilt rotten by the titanium. The finish is top class rval that of the grand seiko. See photos 1,2 were taken when i first got it. I have since switched the bracelet with a nice leather strap which i prefer see photo 3,4. I love the bracelet but for some reason it looks abit more mature on me :D

In summary, Titanium, Zaratsu polishing, 5SPY, Washi-Paper Dial, Solar Powered, 10 years warranty, perpetual calendar., cost lesser than the grand seiko. I can't ask for more!!

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Are you refering to your watch or @nengenes watch? This model lacks lume all together, and can you really tell how the seconds hand is finished from the pictures? The Citizen logo sits on a thin crystal over the paper, just like the indices and the Chronomaster text, how others decribe that "look" should not affect you if you know how it´s done. My only issue with this model is that I find the bracelet a bit sharp on the edges and the lack of applied indice next to the date frame.
My 4030 they look similiar apart form the lume.
I can look at mine in the flesh and the seconds hand doesnt look right by eye and doesnt look great with a loupe.
I didnt know how it was done but it doesnt look as good as i would expect.

I still like it but some things niggle me about it.
 
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Lovely looking watch. :-!
 
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