The Japanese watchmaker has released new Military Eco-Drive BME watch, available in three different versions. Apart from the name and to some extent its design with subdued background colors and its prominent legibility, the newcomer does not have many “military” traits. Especially when it comes to the supported features. It is more or less standard and run-of-the-mill watch with a solar-powered Eco-Drive quartz movement that has three central hands and a date display. One of the specifics of the timepiece whose price measures to affordable $325 is the representation of the globe which stands as the background on its dial.
Citizen Military Eco-Drive BME timepiece comes in a round housing with the diameter of 46 mm and the thickness of 10 mm. The housing is made of stainless steel which is treated with black or gray ion plating. It has a solid metal case-back and features water resistance to 100 meters. Its bezel, which is fixed with six screws, includes accents corresponding to the first 15 minute positions. However, since the bezel is not a rotational, these are not really functional, but purely decorative in its nature. The fixed bezel surrounds the glass made of low-end mineral.
The watch’s dial with the map of the Earth as the basis is made in either gray or black color and it is designed to be as readable as possible. This is why its four large Arabic numerals (at the main positions), bar-shaped hour markers and two hands are coated with luminous material. Inside the steel case is a Japanese-made quartz module. Being a Citizen Eco-Drive movement, it is powered by solar energy. When the wristlet is concerned, Citizen decided to pair the model with two available material options. The first one is a black or a brown nylon strap with leather patches and peculiar letter-shaped stitching, while the other one is a three-row stainless steel bracelet with ion-plating in black or gray color.
There are three variations of the model which are different among themselves solely by to the color pattern that is used. Two of the versions are with a black plated case and the dial of the same color. In these two instances, color of the accents is orange or blue. Somewhat different is the light gray faced model with white accents which is the only one that is made with gray plating for the case. All versions are available at $325.