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Hello, I am brand new to this forum and I registered because after browsing for days the amazon watches listing and comparing customer reviews, I figured I needed the advice of knowledgeable people.

I own a couple of cheap watches (swatches scuba and irony automatic, 1 old diving Casio, a Skagen and one Orient blue mako).

Now I am considering buying a little more expensive watch (max $300, still cheap ...) and I am hesitating between these 2 models:

- the Citizen eco-drive professional driver BJ8050-08E, for it's uniqueness
- the Orient SEL03001B M Force, for its features (sapphire, automatic, 200m diving)

If you have any comments / remarks / feedback, they are very welcome!

Thanks a lot!
 

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look at the citizen world chrono blue angles edition. Can be bought for the low $300 range on the net.
 

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Between those two, I'd go orient. Unless it will be used for real diving, then I'd go Citizen.

edit: BTW it's always courteous to include pics, so you don't force others to make searches, as not everyone is familiar with every watch model number.
 

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Thanks for the reply 3th3r.

Here are 2 pics (not mine, found them on the web) of the models I am considering:
Citizen Eco-zilla 04-06-2011 1.jpg mforce-6.jpg
 

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Can't really comment much on the Orient. I did own the Ecozilla however. It was an excellent dive watch, but that's about it.

1) Amazon lists it at 18mm thick, but I think it's closer to 20mm. I also had an Android watch that lists at 18mm and the Ecozilla was thicker. Either way, unless you're used to wearing a hockey puck on your wrist you're going to bump/ding it into stuff - doorway, faucets, etc. while you force your movements to adjust to having such a large piece on your wrist.

2) 48mm x 18mm stainless steel + 6mm thick crystal = damn heavy. It's fine in the water, but it was irritating during everyday use. I won't say it was uncomfortable in the sense that it pricked or dug into my skin - the OEM strap and case are really well made. Just that it felt weird having my left arm be noticeably heavier than my right. It should be noted that in Ecozilla aftermarket threads, more WUS members seem to own the lighter titanium model despite it being 3x the price of stainless steel: https://www.watchuseek.com/f74/citi...hose-aftermarket-straps-bracelets-749063.html
 

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I would opt for a mechanical watch over quartz every day of the week and twice on Sunday. It is a totally different experience than owning a quartz watch, so much different I do not think of them as thing. If you have not yet owned a nice one, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. The M Force is a great looking watch that represents great value in this price range for a mechanical diver. It is a great choice.
 

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The interesting power reserve complication and the Citizen's giant size steer me towards the Orient.
 

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Seem like pretty solid choices. I briefly owned the Eco-zilla and loved it. However, as mentioned, it's massive. My 7" wrist just couldn't handle it. If you can, though, it is definitely a unique piece. I personally am a fan of eco-drive, too. If you leave it out, it will always be charged and ready to go. I don't have any experience with Orient but am under the impression they make a solid watch, as well.
 
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