Introduced just last year, the Promaster Mechanical Diver 200m is an distinctive and compelling “tool” watch with an over-the-top style and impressive specs that include a hardened titanium case and magnetism-resistant movement.
Now the watch returns in even more striking livery in a limited edition that will be available only in Asia. Dressed in green and gold, the Promaster Mechanical Diver 200m Asia Limited Edition “Green Anaconda” has a hobnailed dial and bezel, while the case, bracelet, and bezel are all black coated.
The original model was easy to like, especially if you like chunky dive watches. Its technical features are amongst the best in at its price segment, while the slightly exaggerated styling also helps it stand out in the crowded segment of affordable dive watches.
What the first version lacked, however, was flair. Thought the watch was big and hard to miss, it was dressed almost entirely in shades of grey, which felt too restrained for the size and design. The “Green Anaconda” certainly took that lesson to heart with its striking colours that leave the hobnail patterning seem even more obvious than before.
The colours and textures are brought out even more by the contrast with the black-coated case and bracelet. They are finished in diamond-like carbon (DLC), resulting in a charcoal finish that’s slightly glossy. The dark finish also makes the watch look smaller than it is, which is useful given its 46 mm diameter.
Though the Green Anaconda is largely a change of colours, it is decidedly more attractive than the muted original. The appealing look does come at a price – the Green Anaconda retails for about 50% more than that of the original model.
But the price is justified by a couple of things. For one, the original was supplied on a rubber strap instead of a bracelet. And it also did not have a DLC coating.
While the Green Anaconda is not as much of a value proposition as the original, it is still fairly priced. . And it is certainly more appealing given its design and relative scarcity (since the edition is a 500-piece run). More broadly, it remains a value buy when compared to the competition, since similarly priced watches have less impressive specs, while similarly spec’ed watches usually cost more.
An emerald serpent
While green is a faddish colour and more common than it should be, it is still attractive when applied in the right context. The Green Anaconda gets it right in both tone and complements.
The dial is in a verdant green that’s nevertheless livened up with by the warm, gold-tone accents on the hour markers and hands, which are echoed by the two-tone bezel with an insert of Duratect Gold, essentially hardened titanium coated with gold. The gold-plated insert has DLC-coated studs and sits within a DLC-coated bezel ring for pleasing contrast.
Fortunately, the case and bracelet opt for a restrained, brushed finish with a DLC coating so the watch doesn’t seem over designed. But the case and bracelet aren’t just merely conventional titanium. Instead both are made of Citizen’s proprietary alloy known as Super Titanium, which is lighter and harder than the common alloys used in watchmaking.
And they are further treated with Duratect MRK, a surface hardening process that allows the hard DLC coating to better adhere, boosting scratch resistance.
Inside the watch is the Miyota cal. 9051, a significantly improved version of the standard 9000-series movement.
The cal. 9051 is magnetism resistant thanks to its balance spring and escapement parts that are made of non-magnetic alloys, giving it magnetism resistance of 16,000 A/m. That’s more than three times the minimum dictated by the ISO standard for an anti-magnetic watch (which is pretty much most conventional watches).
Key facts and price
Citizen Promaster Mechanical Diver 200 m Asia Limited Edition “Green Anaconda”
Diameter: 46 mm
Height: 15.3 mm
Material: Super Titanium with Duratect coating
Water resistance: 200 m
Movement: Cal. 9051
Features: Hours, minutes, seconds, and date
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 42 hours
Strap: Super Titanium bracelet with diving extension
Availability: Starting August 2022 at Citizen boutiques and retailers
Price: 2,354 Singapore dollars, or about US$1,670
For more, visit Citizen.com.sg.
This was brought to you in partnership with Citizen.
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