by alex lauer

10 Watches From Citizen You’ll Want to Give (And Receive) This Holiday

Promaster Mechanical Diver

If you think this is just another blue and stainless steel dive watch, think again. This retro design, which debuted earlier this year, actually uses Citizen’s proprietary Super Titanium, an alloy that’s lighter and more scratch resistant than stainless steel.


If the Promaster is a subtle flex, this gold-tone stainless steel Carson is a siren for the wrist. It’s not all style with this model (though the deep green dial and metal-accented subdials make it a real looker), as the three-hand main dial is complemented by 24-hour time, the date, a tachymeter and a chronograph that tracks up to 60 minutes.

Promaster Blue Angels Air Skyhawk

Citizen’s latest tribute to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aerobatic squadron, this piece is a 46mm beast with features like atomic time synchronization, time adjustment for 43 cities around the world, digital and analog displays, a power-reserve indicator and that’s just to name a few!

Promaster Dive Orca

Just wait until the aesthete (or animal lover) in your circle gets their hands on the Orca. It truly is unlike any other watch out there, with its case, bezel, indices and even strap design evoking the black-and-white creature of the deep. Of course, with a 200-meter water resistance rating this ISO-compliant dive watch is built for action as much as aesthetics.

Promaster Professional Diver

“More than sufficient for even the most hardcore adventure seekers.” That’s how our watch expert described this Promaster when he chose it as one of the best dive watches under $1,000.


You can’t go watch shopping without running across the phrase “military-inspired.” But Citizen took that overused descriptor and made a damn good field watch in the Chandler Get this for your brother, your cousin, your dad, they’ll all find a place for it in their collection.


If they want to be known for more than good looks, match their energy with this rose-gold tone, green-dial and leather-strap PCAT. The acronym stands for “perpetual calendar automatic timekeeping,” which is the fancy way of saying this piece is packed to the gills with functionality that they’ll spend their entire winter holiday learning to set, engage and wield.


As we’ve seen, Citizen does busy, feature-packed watches well. The Endicott proves they can handle subtlety, too. The rose-gold tone stainless steel, geometric case and crown guards add some punch, but the black leather strap and pared down dial (three hands, simple date window) make this a dress watch anyone can pull off.

Stiletto Tank

Everything she needs in a watch, nothing she doesn’t. The rectangular shape will never go out of style, while the gold-plated stainless steel (that is, actual gold, not just gold tone) will add some welcome luster (make sure she opens it under some twinkling lights). It’s an Eco-Drive model too, which means it’ll charge in the light, no fuss needed on her end.


We’d gladly buy the Stiletto Tank for most of the women in our life. This version of the Calendrier, on the other hand, is for a particular recipient, namely one who won’t enter into a relationship with someone until they know their zodiac sign. The standout feature is the moon phase subdial at 6 o’clock; scratch that, it’s the shimmering blue and purple watercolor scheme; wait, no, it’s the inlaid diamonds around the dial.

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