An introduction to the Promaster series

Ask a diver to think of an affordable, quality dive watch and the brand most likely quoted will be Seiko – and rightly so. Seiko have decades of history making high quality dive watches at “everyday” prices. We don’t hide the fact that ChronoDivers.com are great fans of the Seiko dive watch range

Note – all images courtesy of Citizen Watches (1)

But don’t forget the other Japanese chronometer giant – Citizen. In my personal collection I have a Citizen Promaster Divers 200m BN0191-55L (price check) with Eco-Drive movement. A true alternative to the entry level and mid-range Seiko watches the Citizen range likewise offer great value for money and typically high standards of build quality.

Popular models

The Promaster dive watch range from Citizen is not as comprehensive as that offered by Seiko Prospex. However, it has two main product lines – the Citizen Promaster Aqualand and the Citizen Promaster Diver’s 200m covering most people’s requirements. The Aqualand models feature a depth sensor, either analogue (hands) or digital. The Diver models are all 200m water resistant (or more) – such as the Promaster Diver Professional – WR to 1000m and featuring a helium escape valve.

Retro models – NY0040 & JP2000

If you want a retro dive watch – the now discontinued Citizen JP2000 with digital depth display and analogue hands is still much sought after. Personally – I still much admire the Citizen Automatic NY0040 – a classic diver’s watch much akin to the Seiko SKX007 / SKX009

Current models – available movements

The Citizen range has a limited number of options with regard to the internal movement of the watch. Seiko cover all tastes with their Quartz, Automatic, Solar and Kinetic dive watches. Citizen offer only their Eco-Drive movements. There are some older Automatic models (such as the NY0040) on eBay and even some “new old stock” models. The NY0040 could be something of a collector’s model in the future.

Diver

Eco-Drive Diver

Aqualand

Eco-Drive Aqualand

Automatic

Diver Automatic

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Citizen Promaster Aqualand

In 1986 Citizen released the innovative and groundbreaking Aqualand Dive Watch with integrated electronic depth gauge. An iconic watch with analogue hands and a digital readout for the depth. The Citizen Aqualand is immediately recognisable by it’s protruding pressure sensor on the left hand side – at the 9 o’clock position.

The model below is the Citizen Promaster Aqualand 200m BN2029-01E. Note the depth sensor on the left and the 70m depth display around the inner ring of the face. The blue outlined arrow hand is CURRENT depth, the small thin hand pointing to 9 is recorded MAXIMUM depth of this dive. This functional timepiece also features a power reserve indicator (it’s Eco-Drive powered) plus a rapid ascent alarm. It’s also – as you might expect – ISO6425 compliant

The Citizen Promaster Aqualand
N2029-01E

If you want your Promaster to come equipped with a depth meter – then search for the Promaster Aqualand. From the current collection there are several to choose from including these particular product code

  • BN2029-01E – shown above (all analogue display)
  • JV0030-19F (analogue & digital display)
  • JV0030-01E (analogue & digital display)

Counterfeit warning – shoppers must make their own judgement to determine the authenticity of any watch before buying it – avoid buying a fake watch

Citizen Promaster Aqualand for sale – UK

A selection of Citizen Promaster Aqualand watches posted by sellers in the UK. These classified adverts have been added within the last 24 hours. Please scroll down for Citizen Promaster Aqualand listed for sale in the US. Many of these sellers will ship WORLDWIDE so it’s worth looking at UK listings if you are in the US and vice-versa.


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Available online now

Chronodivers.com is an affiliated partner of Amazon.com. Here’s a selection from their collection of Citizen Promaster Aqualand watches


Citizen Promaster Aqualand for sale – USA

A selection of Citizen Promaster Aqualand watches posted by sellers in the US. These classified adverts have been added within the last 24 hours.


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Classic Promaster Aqualand – JP2000

Citizen JP2000-08E

The classic style of the Promaster Aqualand is shown above. A true icon of a watch in the diving fraternity with ISO 6425 certification. Unfortunately this model – the Citizen JP2000-08E – is now discontinued after being in production since 1992. However, it is still available from stores such as citizenwatch.eu (as of Feb 2019)

When buying a used model it is quite difficult to determine the year of manufacture. At ChronoDivers.com we have read various threads relating to serial numbers – but none seem to be decisive / authoratitive. If you are really lucky you might find a NOS model (new old stock) – still boxed etc. Remember – the JP2000 has a quartz movement – if it’s had a battery change there is a chance the water resistancy may have been compromised.


Counterfeit warning – shoppers must make their own judgement to determine the authenticity of any watch before buying it – avoid buying a fake watch

Citizen JP2000 for sale – UK

A selection of Citizen JP2000 diver’s watches for sale in the UK. These classified adverts have been added within the last 24 hours. Scroll down for Citizen JP2000 for sale in the US.


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Citizen JP2000 for sale – USA


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Citizen Promaster Diver

The Citizen dive watches without a depth meter are vaguely grouped in to the category of Citizen Promaster diver. This group mainly consists of 200m dive watches equipped with Citizen’s Eco-Drive movement. There are also some legacy models that feature an automatic movement – but these are quite hard to find – they were discontinued several years ago. We have listed some popular product codes below to help you find the model of your choice.

Note – if you want accuracy from your watch then go for an Eco-Drive model. Solar energy is used to charge a battery giving quartz watch accuracy without the hassle of changing batteries every 12 – 24 month.

Promaster Diver Eco-Drive

The Citizen Promaster Diver
BN0191-55L

The Citizen Promaster Diver
BN0190-07E
Citizen BN0150-61E

Citizen BN0151-09L

Four very popular models – shown above – come from the Citizen Eco-Drive Diver’s 200m range. These models feature Citizen’s much acclaimed Eco-Drive system. High quality dive watch for less than £300 / US$300. If you are buying one on eBay make sure you can’t get a NEW one for less than a used one. We’ve seen these new for less than £250 / US$250 – so shop around. Amazon sell these models at very competitive prices – check here

These watches conform to the ISO 6425 dive watch certification and being Eco-Drive means they should never need to be opened. Unlike a quartz watch that needs a battery change – an Eco-Drive watch can remain factory sealed unless it needs repairing. The benefit of buying such a model on eBay is obvious – there is no reason what it’s water resistancy shouldn’t be as good as the day it left the factory.


Citizen Eco-Drive Diver 200m for sale – UK

A selection of Citizen Eco-Drive Diver watches for sale in the UK. These classified were added within the last 24 hours. Scroll down for Citizen Eco-Drive Diver listed in the USA.


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Available online now

Chronodivers.com is an affiliated partner of Amazon.com. Here’s a selection from their range of Citizen Promaster Diver watches


Citizen Eco-Drive Diver 200m for sale – USA

A selection of Citizen Eco-Drive Diver watches for sale in the USA.


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Promaster Diver Automatic

No longer in production – the Citizen NY0040 series of dive watch may become a modern collectible in the not too distant future. Utilising the 8203 automatic movement this model is automatically wound by natural movement of your wrist throughout the day. Many people, myself included, appreciate the mechanical workings of this style of watch. Like all other models in the Promaster range this one is water resistant to 200m and conforms to the ISO6425 diving watch standard.

Citizen Promaster Diver Automatic NY0040-09x

Counterfeit warning – shoppers must make their own judgement to determine the authenticity of any watch before buying it – avoid buying a fake watch

Citizen Automatic Dive watch for sale – UK


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Citizen Automatic Dive watch for sale – USA


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Citizen Watch Movements > FAQ

Quartz

A Quartz movement relies on a small coincell battery to power the watch. Depending on the particular model the battery should last between 8 – 60 months. Remember – if you have the battery changed in your quartz watch youwould be advised to ask about the water resistancy. A professional / Citizen accredited jeweller should be able to provide assurances regarding water resistancy following a battery change.

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Eco-Drive

I have now had a couple of Eco-Drive watches and I have been very impressed with their reliability and accuract. Currently in my own collection of I have a Citizen Promaster 200m BN0191-55L with Eco-Drive movement. How does Eco-Drive work …. in Citizen’s own words ..

Citizen EcoDrive technology harnesses the power of light – from any natural or artificial light source – and converts it into energy, which is stored in a permanently rechargeable solar cell. An EcoDrive watches recharges itself in any kind of light, to run forever

https://www.citizenwatches.com.au/eco-drive

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Automatic

An automatic watch relies on movement of the wrist to keep it ticking. Simply put, every time your wrist moves a semi-circular rotor spins – in effect – winding the watch’s mainspring. The movement does not have to be forced, it works from natural gestures expressed throughout the day.

Some watches also allow for “hacking” – the manual winding of the watch to give it a headstart. Unfortunately, the NY0040 is non-hacking – so it will need a wake up shake if you haven’t worn it for a couple of days. Just swing it back an forth for a couple of minutes. Waving it around frantically does NOT help – just move your arm in a slow flag wave movement.

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Great online deals for Citizen

Chronodivers.com is an affiliated partner of Amazon.com. We have selected some great Citizen Dive watch offers available today. Here’s our handpicked selection from Amazon’s collection of Citizen Dive watches

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External references / further reading