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Discussion in 'Watches' started by AK Adventurer, Nov 30, 2011.
I like the idea of eco drives and found a BM8180 that I may buy. Any suggestions at all?
If I were to point out that there is one on my wrist right now would that answer your question?
Superb value, and a decent watch that you won't go far wrong with.
Nice watch brotherman!
The BM8180 I found ended up being sold I found the eco drive BV1060 which I like the look of, but will it stand up to abuse?
Also is it best to try buy it new or used?
looks like its the same as mine, only non-chrongraph, with the same ugly green canvas strap?
Only advice I have is get it, you;ll love the watch itself! From my two, and everything I've read, you really can't go wrong with a Eco-Drive!
But maybe be prepared to replace the strap.
IMO the holes in these straps are spaced funny compared to other bands... I think its because of the large area each hole takes up with the grommet around the hole; it offsets their spacing funny. But thats me and I think I have smaller than average wrists anyway.
I had read the same opinion from others before buying mine with the canvas band..... BUT watch bands are a Very personal fit and taste item, so YMMV.
Don't skip on it for that reason though, bands are easy and cheap to replace with lots of options, and it might fit your wrists perfectly!
Heh, took me too long to write a reply; let me dig around and see if I can find anything specific on the BV1060... but I still gotta say; I doubt you can go wrong with ANY Eco-Drive!
I just purchased a BM8180 recently and ordered a replacement strap with it. I had read a ridiculous amount of reviews about people not liking the stock strap and for $12 I found a leather one that looks good/feels much better than the stock strap. I bought mine after my Seiko 5 died on me. My Fiancée has abused the Eco-Drive I gave her for two years and it's still in great shape.
I like the face of the 8180 but sadly they seem to be quite hard to find now :O
I have done a ton of research on these watches and a bunch of different models. With the exception of some complaints about the more expensive titanium Eco-Drives having issues with the bezel falling off (found about 10-15 reviews across the web about that issue), I have read nothing but good reviews. And after seeing my Fiancées watch go through her day to day abuse for the last two years (she killed 5 watches before I got her this one), I was duly impressed and purchased mine.
To be clear, we are talking about this watch right?
If so, I bought mine new on Amazon last week and there are plenty available.
Edit: Just noticed I made a huge mistake while searching
I found it on ebay (UK), and shipped from Hong Kong. Know any better places (amazon UK has not got it in stock)
I do not.. BUT.. My Google-Fu is strong.. give me a few.
It probably got scratched because you wear it on the inside of your wrist. You can get away with that if your watch has a recessed face, but most citizens don't.
Your probably right generally, but I'm pretty sure its in a lot better shape having been worn on the inside than if I had worn it on the outside. I have half as many contacts/impacts(that I notice anyway) on my watches since I started wearing them on the inside of my wrist, compared to when I wore them on the outside. For what I do, they've always seemed more protected on the inside.
Hmm. I don't think I've ever owned a watch with a recessed face/crystal... Interesting.
I noticed there are some available through Argos in the UK (I am not familiar with this retailer though).
Also, I am not sure where you are located in the UK, but if you use Citizen's site, they have tool to locate local retailers. I found over 30 just in the London area. I can't imagine one of your local Citizen dealers can't order this watch. Not as nice as ordering it online, but still an option.
Here are my Eco-Drive watches.
Color me very jealous!
nato straps tend to have only one strap with 3 buckles all together....
zulu staps tend to have 5 buckles and and extra piece that runs under the watch to help keep the watch in place should you lose a pin...
nato by ibescottfree, on Flickr
zulu by ibescottfree, on Flickr
i have no personal knowledge of the citizen but it seems to be a good watch...
as i have stated many times over at bdwf (best watch forum) most of us do not need a real divers watch as most of us will never see depths approaching the world record of 318 meters...most of us will not see the record for free diving at 500 ft...most of us will not see depths over the pool in our back yard or depths much more than catching spiny lobster in the keys...
although i guess if you live in a place that experiences the midnight sun a solar watch would not be a bad choice...