The advantages of metal
- Media OutReach - 31
July 2019 - While it is the case that receives the most attention for the
technical capabilities of a diving watch, it is the supporting structure, the
part that secures the watch head to the wearer's wrist, that also receives a
fair amount of consideration.
reason, diving watches have traditionally been mounted either on rubber straps
or metal bracelets. This is because, in comparison to other widely used
strap options, these are materials that function well and are impervious to
NY008 series from last year being presented on rubber straps, the new NY009
series watches now comes offered on a metal bracelet, presenting a different
technical and aesthetic choice to fans of this iconic watch family.
from stainless steel, the new metal bracelets of the NY009 series give the
watches all their advantages. Aside from the obvious benefit of being resistant
to water, metal bracelets are also more convenient and secure when putting on
and taking off the watch. Additionally, the metal bracelet imparts a rugged
look to the watches, fitting well with their ability to accompany their owners
on all types of adventures.
A nod to the past with vintage inspired colours
NY009 series of watches comes in a choice of four vintage inspired styles with
colours that recall the early history of diving. Without doubt, the highlight
of the collection is the 1,989 pieces S.E.A. Limited Edition (NY0099-81X). This watch comes with
a mesmerizing green dial and green bezel, and unlike the other watches, has an
additional detail of having black numerals against a white background in the day-date
window. The limitation number of 1,989 was chosen as it recalls the year (1989)
in which the PROMASTER collection was first introduced.
will only be available in South East Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia,
Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Additionally, each piece of
this 1,989 limited edition will be numbered on the case back.
this, three other models will also be introduced on a stainless steel bracelet.
These models all have a black dial, and only differ in the colours of the
aluminium bezel insert. The NY0090-86E with a black bezel is certainly the
classic choice, while the NY0091-83E with a wine red bezel and the NY0098-84E
with a blue bezel are for those who want a splash of colour with a decidedly
vintage vibe. Of special note for the black (NY0090-86E) and wine red
(NY0091-83E) models is the use of a rose gold colour for the indications on the dial, including the CITIZEN
and PROMASTER logos, the minute markers, as well as the "Divers 200m" text.
These three ASIA Special Edition models will be limited to 2,000 pieces each and will be available in Singapore,
Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
A pair of two-tone watches
with the vintage feel of the NY009 series as a whole, two special additions
will also be introduced, that take the retro theme that little bit further.
These have a two-tone colour scheme, combining stainless steel and gold plating,
referencing an aesthetic that was popular in the later part of the 20th
century. With a recent revival of vintage styling prevalent in the watch
industry, the look is back.
come with the bezel and crown in gold plating, contrasting with the stainless
steel case. Where they differ is in the colour of the dial, bezel insert and
the strap. The NY0096-12L comes with a blue dial, bezel insert and matching
blue rubber strap printed with a N.D Limits (No-Decompression) table. The
NY0094-85E on the other hand comes with a black dial, bezel insert and it is
mounted on a matching two-tone stainless steel bracelet.
watches, as part of the ASIA Special Edition series, are limited to 2 , 000 pieces each.
A lineage to the iconic NY004
NY009 series of watches being the new iteration of the line, it's
worth remembering the original NY004 and its place in history.
had a tradition of making diving watches since 1959 starting with the
introduction of the first Japanese made water-resistant mechanical watch known
as the "Parawater". The NY004, which was introduced in 1993, was merely a
continuation of the same process of relentless improvement in the service of
divers all over the world, of all capabilities.
technical elements from the original NY004 have been retained in the new NY009
series. The first, the left- handed crown, which was designed to prevent
inadvertent knocks as well as to provide ergonomic comfort to the wearer. The second,
the distinctive bezel - with alternating smooth and serrated edges for a
positive grip in wet conditions, that was inspired by the pufferfish or "Fugu"
in Japanese. The third, the case size of 42mm. And finally, the inclusion of
the proven CITIZEN Calibre 8203, a movement that offers hand-winding capability
as well as approximately 40 hours of power reserve.
the aesthetic updates from last year's NY008 series, have been brought over to
the new NY009 series. These include the redesigned hour indices that match CITIZEN's
first Aqualand model, the iconic JP2000 from 1985 (a quartz watch with depth
meter) as opposed to the circular indices of the NY004 series.
exception of the new metal bracelet and vintage inspired aesthetics therefore,
the new NY009 series largely keeps to the same tried and true formula that won
it fans in the first place.
series will be available in stores and authorized dealers from August 2019.
* The final design and specifications are subject to change