Many dive watch collectors and tool watch enthusiasts have heard of the Seiko SKX007. And many too have known of that watch’s main rival, the Citizen Promaster NY0040. For a long time, watch collectors had to choose between the two or simply bought both of these fine Japanese dive watches. While the former is still in production, the NY0040 has actually been discontinued for a while although the watch can still be found in possession of some retailers if you looked hard enough. We at HourMarker agree though, on the debate that the NY0040 is the superior of the two watches in terms of fit and finish as well as the movement powering the watch. In fact, there’s even a version of the NY0040 made to pass the stringent tests for use by members of the Marina Militare (Italian Navy).
Anyway, we were just allowed to handle and photograph a revival of the NY0040. These watches will be produced by Citizen and only available for a limited run and when each of these models run out, there will absolutely not be any re-runs! As such, this series of watches are parked under the ‘Citizen Limited’ moniker.
The two that are mentioned in this article are given the nickname the Fugu. The poisonous blowfish can be seen gracing the casebacks of these watches.
The first, is the brown dialed and green bezelled NY0082-17X. This version has a rose gold IP on the steel case (to us, it looks closer to bronze).
And the other watch we saw is the black dialed, Pepsi bezelled, NY0088-11E.
These new releases showcase the same specifications as the NY0040. They will come with rubber straps (and matching buckles). A NATO strap will also be given to each owner.
Of course Citizen would not simply release a carbon copy of the NY0040. If you observe closely, you will notice the differences in the dial.
- The markers have been updated to a more contemporary look.
- The Citizen Promaster logo is now featured on the dial.
- The seconds hand has been lengthened to a more appropriate length.
Full specifications are as such:
- Movement: Automatic Miyota 8203a movement with hacking and day/date display with 40 hours power reserve.
- Case: 43mm 316L stainless steel with 200m ISO certified water resistance.
- Dial: Brown on the NY0082-17X and black on the NY0088-11E.
- Crystal: Mineral with solid engraved caseback.
- Strap: Rubber dive strap with matching buckle. A choice of NATO strap will be provided in the box.
The official launch date is 1st October 2018 for the NY0082. The brown/green NY0082 is a limited edition (one run only) of 500 pieces. We understand that the Pepsi version of the Fugu is a limited edition of 1000 pieces. Price to be announced. All will only be available at key retail points in Asia.
There will be up to 4 other versions of this to be seen (including an all-dial lumed watch). We are informed that this will be the start of a series of interesting timepieces to come from Citizen. Stay tuned for more info!