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  • Citizen Solar-Tech 180

    TAKE THE SUN INTO THE SEA

    by Ty Sawyer



    With the Citizen Solar-Tech 180, the face of dive watches has changed. It is now a stunning field of cobalt blue photo voltaic cells housed in an exquisitely handsome and harder than nails titanium case. Citizen, an innovator and leader in the timepiece industry for 20 years, has captured the elegance of simplicity and unobtrusive usability twofold with its Solar-Tech 180 Titanium Professional Diver watch. This fine instrument is unique in that it utilizes an inexhaustible, extremely inexpensive (free!) and nonpolluting power source that is readily available to every person on the earth: the sun (or any other light source). And because a dive watch is more than just an ultra rugged, water resistant timepiece, Citizen has crafted the Solar-Tech's titanium case and bracelet with an eye of refinement meant to please your sense of ownership, now and into the future.

    Solar Power

    Citizen has devised a way to take the sun into the sea. Harnessing the power of the sun is an idea that has been around for many years but the practical applications have always been too daunting for everyday use. As power storage devices become more efficient, environmentally friendly and abundant solar power is finding more mainstream uses. The Solar-Tech 180 not only utilizes the sun's power but its continuously rechargeable lithium-ion battery can store a charge that will last through 180 sunless days. That's six months of power storage. The photo voltaic cells are spread across the pleasant blue face of the watch. For charging, simply make sure the cells are exposed to the sun or any other light source. The result is the Solar-Tech 180 is extremely eco-friendly (nothing to discard into landfills) and literally effortless to own and use.

    Titanium Tough

    Titanium is hypo-allergenic, nonmagnetic, 30 percent lighter than stainless steel and stronger than stainless steel. It's a metal with a future and Citizen even improves its qualities. The Solar-Tech 180 has an injection molded titanium case and bracelet with a patented multi-layer coating, making it twice as hard as ordinary titanium watches and extremely scratch proof. This watch is made to endure the most extreme conditions and the most indelicate use.

    The Citizen Watch Company, it seems, adheres to the Pythagorean idea that time is the soul of this world. As a result, its timepieces have become known for their quality and durability. Citizen's craftsmen also produce watches of great workmanship, reflecting an eye for enduring beauty. The simple lines and subtle touches of the Citizen Solar-Tech 180 Titanium Professional Diver watch preserve this history and reverence in a timepiece that is both ready for action and beautiful. The titanium case and bracelet of the Solar-Tech 180 are metallic gray with gold-tone highlights. The one-way rotating bezel moves smoothly and clicks solidly into place, ensuring it won't be shifted during strenuous activity.

    The lovely, deep ocean blue faceplate is large and easy to read; the date window is conveniently found at the three o'clock position. The minute, hour and second hand are generously luminescent for use at night and in low light conditions, as are the hour markings.

    The internal mechanism utilizes a highly accurate and durable quartz movement. The Solar-Tech 180 is water resistant to 666 feet (200 meters), way beyond recreational diving limits. The screw down crown maintains watertight integrity and allows the user to change the time and date, the only adjustment you'll ever have to make with this watch.

    The innovative and advanced Solar-Tech 180 Titanium Professional Diver watch with the cobalt face retails for $495 and can be found at most watch outlets. A white or champagne face is also available (the white face without gold tone highlights retails for $450). For more information on this maintenance free dive watch, which can simplify your life in the future and beyond, write to Citizen at 1200 Wall Street West, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 or call (800) 321-3173; fax (310) 215-3063.



    COMPARISON OF CITIZEN
    DIVE WATCHES


    Model Price Case/Face Strap/Bracelet Comments
    Hyper
    Aqualand
    $495 Stainless and gold tone.
    Black face.
    Heavy duty reinforced black rubber strap Includes all the bells and whistles:
    digital depth, max. depth, temp., dive time displays and memory, 30 dive log memory, alarms. Data transfer to PC.
    Aqualand
    Pro
    $495 Stainless and gold tone.
    Black or luminous face.
    Heavy duty reinforced black rubber strap Includes analog time, digital depth display, max. depth memory, alarms and a rotating bezel.
    Aqualand $475 to $795 Stainless, stainless and gold tone, black and gold.
    Black face.
    Heavy duty reinforced black rubber strap Includes analog time, digital depth display, max. depth memory, alarms and a rotating bezel.
    Aqualand II $675 Stainless and gold tone. Black or luminous face. Heavy duty reinforced rubber strap Includes analog time and depth display, max. depth memory, alarms and a rotating bezel.
    200 Meter
    Pro Diver
    $199 to $350 Stainless and gold tone or stainless and black.
    Black or champagne face.
    Heavy duty reinforced black rubber strap
    or stainless and gold tone bracelet
    Includes analog time, day and date.
    Titanium
    Solar Tech 180
    Pro Diver
    $450 to $495 Titanium with white, blue or gold face Titanium bracelet Solar powered with photo voltaic cells on face.
    Analog time and date.
    Aqualand
    Duplex
    $475 to $595 Stainless, stainless and gold tone.
    Black or luminous face.
    Heavy duty reinforced black rubber strap
    or bracelet
    Includes analog time, digital depth, max. depth,
    temp., dive time displays, 4 dive log memory and alarms.
    Depth Meter
    Chronograph
    $395 to $495 Stainless, stainless and gold tone.
    Black or white luminous face.
    Heavy duty reinforced black rubber strap
    or stainless and gold tone bracelet.
    Includes analog time and date; 50 minute chronograph;
    depth display to 125 feet and max. depth memory.