Sometimes, when you’re looking for a dive watch inspired from history, you don’t want something that looks overly influenced by military applications, or the very unique styles that came out of the 1960s. If you instead want something that looks almost as contemporary today, then the new Citizen Promaster Mechanical Diver is what you need to be looking at.
For the history, this new Citizen Promaster Mechanical Diver is inspired from a model that was manufactured in 1977, and found washed up – encrusted with barnacles – on a beach in Australia in 1983. Even though it had been in the water a good long time at that point, the movement had stayed dry and still functioned. This new version, it looks much the same.
For example, the same 41mm case diameter is maintained. Here, however, the new Citizen Promaster Mechanical Diver features a titanium case, helping to keep things light and strong. The movement has also been upgraded, as there have been more than a few improvements in movements in the intervening 40+ years. Here, it’s the 9051 taking up residence, giving you reasonable accuracy and a basic 42-hour power reserve.
While the specs and PR don’t call it out, it looks like the lume, particularly in the blocky indices, has been improved as well. While the handset is definitely painted, it looks like the indices are either blocks, or deep applied indices that would allow for a good layering depth of luminous paint. Either way, this is a dial you should be able to see quite easily in the dark, or under water.
The Citizen Promaster Mechanical Diver is coming at us in two finishes. The black dial comes on a urethan strap and is projected to be $795, while the blue dial comes on a titanium bracelet, and is projected to go for $995. While they’re not available just quite yet, they should be hitting this summer. When it hits shelves, it’ll show up as part of the ProMaster collection over at citizenwatch.com