My twins had a five-day fever last week. Today is my fifth day and I feel worse today than I did yesterday. I heard this flu mutates and is especially virulent. I haven't been this sick from the flu in 19 years. Tomorrow I go the doctor to see if I have any secondary infections. My blog is on hiatus.
Only 43mm across the bezel and 45mm in case size, the Citizen Promaster Sky BY0084-56E plays big enough on my wrist. In fact, it sizes up well against my Seiko Tuna SBBN017 and Seiko Fieldmaster SBDL021, both offering 48mm case sizes.
I was thinking of selling my Seiko SRP 307 on the Super Engineer bracelet to make room for the bigger Seiko SRP637 Black Monster; however, these pics came out so well, it may be tough to sell it after all.
As soon as I saw this Citizen Promaster Sky a few months ago, I was convinced it was for me. At 45mm across the bezel and with features that capture the soul of a pilot watch, the watch had my attention, and I started selling some watches to fund this Eco Drive BY0084-56E.
I'm happy to report that its light weight doesn't bother me, which is surprising since I'm used the feeling of a "heavy presence" on my wrist.
The dial is busy but easy to read the white markers against the black dial. Speaking of the color, I love this type of black that isn't a pure black color but more of a black charcoal gunmetal.
While I'm used to much larger timepieces, the 45mm case has good presence on my wrist and I'm six feet, 235 pounds.
The set-up was easy. All I had to do was pull the crown and scroll down to my California time, designated by LAX.
My booklet says to tighten the crown, you push in and twist clockwise; however, my crown doesn't tighten. It may be that the manual is not accurate for my watch though I intend to make an inquiry about this at my watch dealer today when I have a link or two removed.
I'll do my best to not get the stainless steel version since I don't want competition between the two to cause wrist time anxiety (yeah, first world problems, well chronicled here).
My hunch about this watch proved correct. Elegant, refined, expensive looking but not compromising in manly watch cues, the Citizen Promaster Sky looks like a winner. For a cheaper alternative, check out the similarly styled Seiko SNAB69.
Tech Info for Daylight Savings
In re-reading the instructions for your Promaster, I think you just need to set STD AU now (since we're in standard time currently). When the switch to DST occurs, I think the watch will set itself to SMT AU.
I think I know why they did this. When I received my last G-Shock atomic watch (AWG-M100A), its last sync was during DST (late October), but I received it during standard time (in December). When setting it to DST Auto, the time was off by an hour until the watch synced because the watch thought it was still during DST.
With the Promaster, during DST you'd set SMT AU; during standard time you'd set STD AU. This way, the watch is set to the proper DST setting even before a sync occurs. This is actually a good design.
Set in the early 1980s with flashback scenes from the 1960s, The Americans has well over a half dozen vintage radios for their sets. I can't say for sure, but they appear to be Panasonic RF-5000 and Sony TFM-800 types. I do long for those radio days.