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The Affordable Diver That Should Be On Your List - Windup Watch Shop
Words by Windup Watch Shop

For months now, you’ve been in hot pursuit of a new watch. You want a diver, something sturdy, from a brand with history. Preferably something iconic from their catalog. By now, this feels like quite a daunting task. Especially when you’re working with just $600 in your watch fund.

Yet, if you’re reading this, chances are you think we can help. And I’m here to tell you we can. Because there is a diver in the shop that meets all your criteria. It has an iconic design that is unique to the brand and in hand, feels like a tank. That watch is the Citizen Promaster Dive Automatic, affectionately known as the “Fugu” by those that wear and love it.

The “Fugu” (Japanese for pufferfish) first hit the scene for Citizen in 1989. It features a round case with an interesting bezel design, reminiscent of the spines of an inflated pufferfish. This unique look takes nothing away from the watch’s capabilities. So dependable was it’s build that it found its way into the hands of the Italian navy in the 90’s. Rough, rugged and reliable, the watches became a classic for fans of the brand and diver fans in general.

For this new generation of Promaster Dive Automatic, Citizen continues that story. First, there is the 44mm case that has quite a presence. Yet with a sub 50mm lug to lug, and a diver respectable 13mm thickness, know that you get a nice, compact wear on the wrist. On the Inside, you’ll find the dependable Miyota 8204 movement, providing 42 hours of power reserve and hacking functionality. And should you want to take full advantage of this watch as a diver, know that it has an ISO-certified 200 meters of water resistance.

All of these specifications are presented in five distinct aesthetics. Meaning you’re bound to find the right “Fugu” for you. Still on the fence about the Citizen Promaster Dive Automatic? Schedule an In-Person Consultation and stop by our Brooklyn offices to check one out. We’re ready and waiting to help!