Best Citizen Watches

Citizen is a name we are all familiar with; when it comes to quality, affordable watches then they are one of the main go-to brands. Not only do they design rather smart timepieces that have enough spec and functionality to turn us from our smartphone clocks, they also look damn fine on the wrist.

But what we at Gear Hungry really like about Citizen is their innovative Eco-Drive technology. Their watches now need just light – artificial or natural –, not batteries to keep powered and on time. Feeling enlightened, we’ve put together what we think are the best Eco-Drive Citizen watches for men out there, so you can make light work of choosing your new favorite timepiece.

Avion Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch Citizen Watch

Avion Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch Citizen Watch

The stylish looks of the Avion Eco-Drive add some old school glamor as it channels the golden age of travel. With its design deliberately reminiscent of 1950s aviator style, you’ll love the vintage vibe. There’s not too many bells and whistles we think it is all the better for it.

It has a lux leather strap with contrast stitching as well as luminous markers and classic day/date function, contained in a large round stainless steel case with charcoal grey dial.

With the super-performing Eco-Drive , you get well-priced watch with a classic feel that will look as good with jeans as it will with your best business suit. For more classic looking watches, check out our front pocket watches guide.

45mm stainless steel case with mineral window

Stationary bezel and classic day/date function

Comes with Citizen’s five-year warranty

  • BrandCitizen
  • ModelAW1361-10H
  • Weight3.04 ounces

AR Eco-Drive Citizen Watch with Pinstripe Dial

AR Eco-Drive Citizen Watch with Pinstripe Dial

The AR is a big, bold, black watch with a modern appeal designed to keep time with a new generation of Citizen wearers. Citizen has aimed to make the AR more than a hardwearing timepiece – it’s a lovely looking accessory with an edgy feel at a not so edgy price.

With Citizen’s signature eco-drive technology, which uses light rather than battery power to keep it ticking, the AR offers the right amount of tech-spec to make a tough younger crowd happy. The matt black chroma finish has been produced with techniques to make a car body-sprayer proud, with the color layered to produce a hard wearing and vibrant finish. Water-resistant to 330ft, this is a watch that will travel in style. Our handy guide to the best Stuhrling watches features more great products like this.

Stainless steel case/Polyurethane band

Textured black dial and date window

Japanese quartz movement


  • BrandCitizen
  • ModelAW1150-07E


Promaster Diver Citizen Watch

Promaster Diver Citizen Watch

Citizen has resurfaced an old classic diving watch with the Eco-Drive Promaster, taking the original released in the 90s and bringing it to bang up-to-date for the 21st Century.

Adding the Eco Drive technology, the Promaster Diver just needs light to recharge and is water resistant to 660ft. Light and comfortable, with a molded polyurethane band and buckle closure, the Eco-Drive Promaster is a tough, functional watch that won’t let you down. Whether you are about town or diving under the surface, the easy to read display and luminous hands will ensure you keep to time. This is a good-looking revamp of the old Promaster, destined to become a classic of its own.

48 mm stainless steel case with mineral window

Unidirectional bezel and luminous hands

Water resistant to 660ft and ISO compliant

  • BrandCitizen
  • ModelBN0151-09L
  • Weight15.20 ounces

Men's Chandler Eco-Drive Citizen Watch

When it comes to Citizen watches for men, the Chandler Eco-Drive is one of the most practical, with rugged good looks at a great price. This stainless steel military-inspired watch comes with a tough green canvas band to keep you on time, whether out about town or out in the field.

Making the most of Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology, the outdoor life will keep this timepiece continually ticking. We also like the simplicity of how it alerts you if it is losing its charge, with the second hand in the chronograph dial jumping in two-second increments. Water resistant to 330ft, a tough mineral crystal window, and bright luminous hands, the Chandler is a great value, hardworking watch you’ll be happy to wear every day.

Three chronograph dials

Japanese quartz movement

Canvas strap with stainless steel buckle

  • BrandCitizen
  • ModelAT0200-05E
  • Weight2.4 ounces

Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual Chrono A-T Citizen Watch

This is a great looking 42mm titanium watch with enough science spec to keep even a physicist happy.

Solar-powered with Citizen’s Eco-Drive, the Titanium is much more than a way to tell the time. It’s a chronograph, has a tachymeter on the bezel, a perpetual calendar, alarm, and has radio-controlled atomic timekeeping that never misses a beat. There’s even a power indicator to let you know when the levels are getting low.

With all this tech, it’s inevitable that the dial on this handsome Citizen watch will be a tad overcrowded but it really doesn’t spoil the user factor. And a super-tough, anti-reflective sapphire crystal window will help keep your view scratch-free.

Synchronized to atomic clock

Time adjustment available in 5 time zones

Water resistant to 660ft

  • BrandCitizen
  • ModelAT4010-50E
  • Weight16 ounces

Ion-Plated Axiom Citizen Watch

Ion-Plated Axiom Citizen Watch

Step over to the dark side with this sleek, moody-looking, and stunning minimalist watch.

In a matt black with a linked-leather wristband, the Ion-plated Axiom can elevate any outfit without trying too hard. Equipped with just a date window and two super-slim hands, this is a seriously cool watch that demands attention. Stylish touches including stainless steel accents and flat edge-to-edge glass on the dial set this well-priced watch apart. Featuring Citizen’s Eco-Drive, the Axiom is also powered by light, so you can just keep going after dark.

40 mm stainless steel case with mineral window

Smooth Japanese quartz movement

Black dial, date window and slim hands

  • BrandCitizen
  • ModelAU1065-07E
  • Weight9.6 ounces

Citizen – About The Brand

Renowned for precision and quality, Citizen is an East meets West enterprise that celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The company was created in 1930 by Japanese and Swiss investors, who took over a watchmaking plant, set up 18 years earlier, in Yokohama by Swiss watchmaker Rodolphe Schmid.

Since 1930, Citizen has produced more than two hundred million watches and when it comes to watchmaking innovation, are consistently ahead of the game. The company claim to have pioneered the first shock proof watch and atomic timekeeping as well as the development of waterproof watches, designed specifically for scuba diving. One of their newer innovations is the Eco-Drive technology, which powers their watches purely on light. Impressive stuff that totally taps into the renewable energy agenda and is now a mainstay of their core range.

However, Citizen’s main driver has always been to use precision engineering to provide quality, reliable watches at an affordable price. So, while it has recently started to dabble in the high-end market as well as smart watch technology, its watches remain timepieces of the people. One hundred years after it started, Citizen continues to offer really good watches to match all of our busy lives. Happy birthday Citizen.

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