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August 30, 2015

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Gary

And how many were multiple re-buys? Sumo? SUN019? Other?

To me, re-buys mean you were too quick to sell the watch. I think you sold some of them without even having them a week.

jonnybardo

I hear you, Gary, but sometimes you just know when you open the box and the watch isn't right.

Gary

As I recall, this happened with some of the re-buys, so they were wrong then right again. If you're not sure, there should be a cooling off period before flipping it.

Ulysses

It looks like a Panerai. If you want alternatives that resemble this, take a look at Magrette or Alpha (which is a company seemingly well-liked on Watchuseek despite homaging just about every watch there is).

Dan

Hey! I've been reading your page off and on for several years now. Have an interest in SWL and watches as well. Has been interesting to see your tastes evolve over the years into what it is now. I've also found the Citizen Signature line to be a real winner. I picked up a Grand Classic on eBay for cheap to wear as a "beater" while my Omega AT goes out for a long overdue service. I have to say that in many respects, I like it as much as the AT. I also can note that it has attracted more attention than my Omega ever did.

I do have a question for you, since you have owned a few of the Citizen Signature models.....Do you find that the stainless scuffs or scratches easily? I'm kind of surprised by the amount of wear showing up on mine. It seems that the metal is "soft". I'm not the type to rotate watches. I pick one and wear it for a good while. (hence why I'm so fond of the Aqua Terra as it is truly in the "do anything well" class). But I assume that the Grand Touring, Grand Sport, and the Grand Classic are all using similar metal content and you could offer an opinion on the topic?

I keep a few other watches around (mostly Seiko divers) and they have been through every type of mishap, and show practically zero wear. I am considering looking at some of the DLC type treatments that Seiko and Citizen use on their Ti and some stainless lines.

Keep up the interesting work!

Dan

The Grand Touring looks nothing like a Panerai. I could see how someone might default to describing the Grand Touring's dial layout as looking "Panerai-ish" if limited to two dimensions. But the mind works in three dimensions, and the comparison to Panerai ends there. I suppose that the questionable crown cover might add a second dimension of comparability between the two, but I really don't see it.

The Grand Touring really stands alone in it's own style. Which is something that is completely lacking in watches these days (at least until you enter the realm of Haute Horology). And there needs to be more non-diver sport watches that can handle more than a simple dunk in the pool. I'm all for Citizen pushing to define new space in this segment.

I do hope that it has better lume than my Grand Classic though. That and what I find to be an easily scratched stainless alloy, are my only letdowns with this line so far.

herculodge

Your question about the softness of the steel on the Citizens. I don't know if that's true. But I do know that the Citizen Promaster Sky Titanium models have Duratect, which is supposed to be anti-scratch. I hope you're wrong about the Citizen's soft metal. Or perhaps desk diver scratches are inevitable.

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