Introducing the “Fugu”: A Dive into Citizen’s Promaster Collection

We had the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest addition to Citizen’s Promaster line—the “Fugu” Promaster diver. This timepiece casts a captivating Lumos-like spell with its striking full-lume dial.

Stealth and sophistication define the Citizen Promaster Dive Automatic NY0155-58X. Its 44mm case and bracelet feature a sleek black ion-plated coating, complemented by a fully luminous dial. Inside the watch beats the reliable hand-winding automatic Citizen (or Miyota) 8204 movement. One notable design feature is the left-hand crown placement, which defies convention by residing at the eight o’clock position, escaping the usual “destro” label.

The dial steals the show, making this timepiece truly intriguing. While there are a few modern watches on the market with full-lume dials, such as TAG’s Aquaracer Night Diver, they often reside in a higher price range. With a price tag of $695, the Citizen Promaster offers outstanding value for money. Gone are the days when Japanese workhorse watches under $500 were abundant. In this new era of Seiko Luxe and slightly more upscale Citizens, $695 is a fair and reasonable asking price. The best part? You might even find one at your local Macy’s, and I’m not joking. There’s a certain nostalgic charm in the days when department stores were the go-to for all kinds of purchases. So, why not take a trip down memory lane and come back with a brand-new timepiece?

When worn, the Fugu resembles the popular SKX diver in terms of fit and feel. This comes as no surprise considering the similar case profile. The bezel grip, however, differs slightly, featuring deeply cut grooves that bear resemblance to the serrated edge of a Benchmade or Spyderco knife. While it’s easy to operate, the contrast of the numerals on the bezel could be improved. Even in broad daylight, they prove difficult to see. In pictures, it’s hard to discern, but they are slightly tinted and grayed-out, making them challenging to read. On the bright side, the bracelet boasts impeccable craftsmanship and a well-designed clasp.

As much as I adore the eccentric and distinctive design language of watches like the Orca and Eco-Zilla, they don’t quite fit the bill for everyday wear. What truly excites me about the NY0155-58X (we need to come up with a nickname for the all-black model; let’s refer to the entire range as “Fugu”) is its ability to seamlessly transition between casual wear and a reliable diving companion. In my opinion, this timepiece serves as Citizen’s direct response to the beloved SKX007. Its specifications, including a water resistance of 200 meters, align perfectly with that discontinued classic. If you’re a fan of the legendary Seiko timepiece, you’ll appreciate the complete package offered by the NY0155-58X. Let’s set aside tribalism and instead appreciate what both Citizen and Seiko bring to the table, just as we can enjoy the unique offerings of both Star Wars and Star Trek.

A Guide to the Different Types of Men’s Watches

1. Dress watches

Dress watches are your best bet for formal occasions; they possess a simple, sophisticated design, and are usually sleek and thin to fit under a shirt cuff. They’re often made of precious metals, such as gold or silver, and feature a leather strap.

2. Diver watches

Diver watches are your go-to if you plan on taking your timepiece swimming or diving. They’re equipped with water-resistant features and have a legible dial, often covered with lume for easy reading in low-light conditions.

3. Pilot watches

Designed with aviation enthusiasts in mind, pilot watches are known for their large dials. They’re modeled after the watches worn by pilots in the early 20th century and often come with additional features such as a timer or a chronograph.

How to Choose the Right Men’s Watch for You?

When it comes to selecting a men’s watch, it’s essential to consider its intended use. If you’re after something to wear to the office or formal events, a dress watch is the way to go. If you’re an adventurer, then a reliable diver watch would fit your needs perfectly. And if you’re looking for a timepiece with a sporty flair, then opt for a pilot watch.

Other key factors to consider include the watch’s size and fit, durability, and style.

Closing Thoughts

Men’s watches are an essential investment, and choosing the right one requires careful thought. Whether you’re after a formal watch, an adventure-ready timepiece, or something more versatile, the right watch can elevate your style game to a whole new level. So, go ahead and pick your perfect time-telling companion, and get ready to rock it with confidence!