Sometimes, all you really want to put on the wrist is a solid, legible dive watch. While you may not commonly think of Citizen for that particular need, that’s not for lack of them putting out solid designs. Their latest, the Citizen Promaster Dive Automatic “Fugu”, puts a bit of danger on your wrist as well.

What’s the danger? Well, that’s the fugu part of the name. Fugu is prepared from pufferfish, which have some pretty lethal toxins in there. That means they need to be carefully prepared, to remove the dangerous stuff. Here, it just takes the form of a pufferfish engraved on the caseback. So, why name the watch this way? It was a nickname given to the 1989 NY004 model, which this one was modeled after. So, dangerous fish aside, this watch is all about keeping you safe.

For one, the crown on the Citizen Promaster Dive Automatic “Fugu” is moved to the 8 o’clock position, which means you won’t have it digging into your wrist (unless you put the 44mm case on your wrist wrist). For another, you’ve got wonderfully chunky indices and hands used here – all lume filled – meaning you can see the time no matter how dark or light it is. And finally, if you were going to go diving (or just time your parking meter), you’ve got the 60-minute bezel with luminous pip.

Frankly, we just like the looks of the Citizen Promaster Dive Automatic “Fugu”, and the additional texture on the dial is an added bonus. Pricing for the line ranges from $550 – $650 (interestingly, the steel bracelet model is in the middle of the pack). We’re working on getting a loaner in; for now, you can check out the details or order your own directly at

Tech Specs from Citizen

  • Caliber 8204 
  • 44mm stainless steel case / 20mm lugs
  • 3 Hand / Day / Date 
  • Sapphire Crystal 
  • Water Resistance 200M 
  • Fold Over Clasp with Hidden Double Push Buttons on Bracelet Model 
  • Buckle on PU Strap Models 
  • Screw down case back closure 
  • Rotating Bezel 
  • Luminous Hands & Markers 
  • Screw Down Crown  
  • Fugu Icon on Case-back  

ByPatrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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