Serving up a high tech mix of analogue and digital is the long-serving Citizen JR3060-59F Skyhawk Titanium Eco-Drive Flight Chronograph watch.
One of Citizen’s solar-powered Eco-Drive range, the watch looks like it should be strapped on the arm of a lantern-jawed pilot, with two etched outer dials allowing users to calculate fuel consumption rates by lining up the dials.
We’re not sure that many people are going to have the faintest idea how to use them – or ever feel the need – but it’s just the sort of thing that blokes love to fiddle about with.
The watch’s face has two LCD panels for displaying world time, day/date, alarms, battery charge and other functions, wedged between three small analogue sub-dials.
These dials are for the selection of the eight modes, 24hr hand and a 2-hand UTC, while the high contrast clock face has fairly clear luminous markings and numbers.
The hands have luminous tips, but we were disappointed with the overall luminosity of the watch – they’re bright enough straight after lights out, but you’ll struggle to work out the time in the middle of the night.
Similarly, those with poor eyesight may find the LCD display a little tricky to read.
Made from titanium, the watch is very light on the wrist, has a full screw-on back and slightly domed mineral glass and feels like it can take a few knocks.
The strap looks equally tough and chunky and has a neat safety clasp and button release.
Unlike the wobbly dial on the Citizen E-Drive BL5250-53L watch, the multi-position crown was firm in action, and the LCD display made it fairly intuitive to make adjustments.
Rated as waterproof to 100 metres, this looks like a watch that may outlive you, and with internet prices hitting as low as £150, it looks great value.
– Value for money