In life of every WIS there comes a time when you realize that you have never owned some classic timepiece, which all the other folks knew and praised for ages. To me, such a piece is Citizen NY0040 series. However, it’s finally going to change as I got my hands on this Citizen NY0040-09W model, which I’m going to put in the test. Citizen NY0040-09W is a classic diver’s watch on a budget which competes for the spot with such big boys as Seiko SKX007 or a Seiko Monster. Not exactly easy place to be, isn’t it?

While the competition is tough, Citizen NY0040-09W got all the tools to fight back. It has a stainless steel case, it’s ISO 200 meters rated diver’s watch, and it has a mechanical movement. All these specs can be yours for less than $200. That’s quite alright in my books.

Packaging

Citizen NY0040-09W comes in a simple cardboard box. Unfortunately, all these Japanese budget watches manufactures don’t spend too much on packaging, and perhaps it’s for the best as all the money goes to the watch itself. Inside the box you will find a white cushion on which the timepiece is resting, a warranty card, and a user manual in a form of a leaflet. And that’s basically it. As I said, the money is in the watch itself rather than wasting it on packaging, which you will probably put on the bottom of your wardrobe anyway.

Case, crown, bezel, crystal, caseback

The 43 mm case of Citizen NY0040-09W is made of 316L Stainless Steel. It has nice combination of brushed and polished surfaces. When you look at the watch from above, the case as well as the bezel are brushed, which give the watch a nice toolish look. However, if you look from the side you will see beautifully polished flanks. It’s a really similar aesthetics to the legendary Seiko SKX007.

One of the more interesting aspects of that watch is the placement of the crown. We got used to Seiko and Citizen placing crowns in their dive watches at 4 o’clock but this time, the crown is at 8 o’clock. I have to say I’m not entirely sold on this idea. On the one hand, it completely eliminates the risk that the crown would dig into your wrist but that’s rarely a problem for me anyway. On the other hand, this crown placement makes it harder for me to unscrew it and set the time and date. It certainly takes some practice to make it work seamlessly. The crown itself has nice grip though and feels sturdy enough to withstand everyday wear and tear.

Citizen NY0040-09W
Citizen NY0040-09W

The only negative thing I can say about the case is that the lugs are not drilled. I prefer the drilled lugs on diver’s watches for easier strap changing.

The diving bezel on Citizen NY0040-09W is very well made. As I mentioned, it has brushed finishing with an aluminum insert and the grip is secure so you can easily turn it even when your hands are wet. It has 60 clicks, so it’s half of SKX007 and Monster offers. However, clicks are very precise, there is no backplay on the bezel, and all the markers are centered spot on on the 12 o’clock – something that Seiko has its issues with.

Citizen NY0040-09W

There is not much to say about the crystal. It’s flat and it’s mineral and there is not AR coating of any sort. But it gets the job done.

When you flip the watch over, you will see an entirely polished surface of the back of the watch as well as the screw-down caseback. It’s not the most creative caseback in the history of watches for sure but I bet that wasn’t a goal anyway. There is a laser etched Citzien Promaster logo as well as some basic information regarding the watch as water resistance, movement or serial number.

Dial, hands

Another interesting feature of Citizen NY0040-09W is its full lume dial. It gives the watch’s face an interesting look. It’s something I’ve never seen before because the dial changes its color based on your surroundings. In sunlight it has a yellowish tint, but it takes just a little shadow and the dial turns green as the lume on it is very strong, it’s on par with Seiko dive watches.

To add some contrast to the dial, designers at Citizen decided to go with all black indices with just a small chrome border. The border looks also black in most lightning condition but if you look at it from a certain angle, you will notice how beautifully it reflects the light. Great job on that Citizen. There are two more interesting things about the indices. Frist, they sit flush with the dial despite having their chrome border. It looks like they were embedded into the dial. It’s the small things like that which makes the watch stand from the crowd.

Citizen NY0040-09W
Citizen NY0040-09W

Another interesting thing about the indices is the 12 o’clock marker. I’m not sure if it’s commonly known but Citizen NY0040 series has a special nickname on Polish watch forums, which is “majtki”. It means “panties” in English. Just look at that index 🙂

Movement

Citizen NY0040-09W, as well as the whole NY0040 family, is powered by an in-house Miyota 8203A automatic movement. According to the article posted on 17jewels.info this movement has been in production since 1977! The movement has day-date function, hand-winding option and a power reserve of up to 45 hours. It lacks; however, second hand hacking, which will make a precise time setting a little bit a nuisance.

Straps and wearability

Citizen NY0040-09W comes on a standard Citizen rubber strap. It’s exactly the same strap as on the Citizen BN0150-10E which I had to chance to review. That being said, I’m personally a steel bracelet person, and I would love if NY0040-09W came on steel instead. The watch itself is rather on the small side despite its 43 mm case. It wears similar to Seiko Monster or Seiko SKX007 and I think that stainless steel bracelet would add some needed heft for the watch. But that’s me. If you are a rubber strap person, you will be pleased with the stock option because is quite decent and it has this vintage look to it with its wave pattern at the endings. On the longer part of the strap there is printed diving table, which might be useful for some.

Citizen NY0040-09W wristshot

As usual with diver’s watches, NY0040-09W feels right at home on a nato strap. It has a standard 20 mm lug width so your options are almost limitless. I got a nice black and yellow nato strap for it, which complements the dial.

Conclusions

Citizen NY0040-09W is definitely a great contender for your “diver on a budget” slot. It has all the tools at its disposal: a sturdy stainless steel case, great lume, a reliable workhorse automatic movement, 200m ISO rating. On the other hand, the Japanese competition is also not too shabby. Seiko SKX007, Seiko Monster or even Orient Mako, these are great watches. Whichever you choose comes down to your personal preferences. Citizen NY0040-09W has some unique features such as full lume dial or a crown located at 8 o’clock to catch your attention. Is it enough though, it’s a question you have to answer yourself.

PROS:
+ full lume dial
+ ISO 200m rating
+ robust Miyota 8203A automatic movement
+ great bezel action

CONS:
– Movement is a great workhorse but its construction is somewhat old
– Crown at 8 o’clock takes some time to get used to
– No stainless steel bracelet in the package

Model Citizen NY0040-09W
Diameter 43 mm
Thickness 13 mm
Lug to Lug 48 mm
Lug width 20 mm
Crystal Mineral, no AR coating
Movement Miyota 8203A – automatic, 45 hours power reserve, hand-winding, non-hacking, day-date
Water resistance ISO 200M certified
Price $150-200

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7.0 Good

Citizen NY0040-09W is definitely a great contender for your “diver on a budget” slot. It has all the tools at its disposal: a sturdy stainless steel case, great lume, a reliable workhorse automatic movement, 200m ISO rating. On the other hand, the Japanese competition is also not too shabby. Seiko SKX007, Seiko Monster or even Orient Mako, these are great watches. Whichever you choose comes down to your personal preferences. Citizen NY0040-09W has some unique features such as full lume dial or a crown located at 8 o’clock to catch your attention. Is it enough though, it’s a question you have to answer yourself.

  • Design 6
  • Quality 7
  • Value 8
  • User Ratings (36 Votes) 5.7
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