Hitting Its Stride

Stemming from the Citizen’s 100th Anniversary collection of watches, this is the new Satellite Wave GPS F990!

The Citizen Satellite Wave GPS F990.

Back in 2011, Citizen first revealed the original Eco-Drive Satellite Wave watch. It was a world’s first and a true innovation at the time. So it is no surprise (and high time) for the Japanese legendary brand to produce an all-new GPS satellite synchronized watch in order to maintain its lead in the world with regards to such time-keeping technology.

Thus, the Satellite Wave F990 is born. Here is a watch that is confident in its ability to receive accurate date and time from the GPS satellites orbiting the Earth. What are the new advancements this new model brings to the table? The movement speed of the minute and hours hands have been doubled during the synch process.

Futuristic case styling also lends comfort and convenience to the wearer.

To bring ruggedness and practicality to the watches, all the cases of these watches made using the latest version of the robust material, Super Titanium™. Added to this is Citizen’s Duratect surface hardening technology which lends its scratch-resistant character to the case. Duratect has been made to achieve 1000-1400 Vickers in hardness and it does this while keeping the surface of the case slippery smooth. At the same time, the titanium case keeps the entire package lightweight.

The F990 Models

The first two models in the new Satellite Wave F990 series are the CC7005-16E and the CC7005-16F. It is apparent that they were created to inherit the design concept of the original Satellite Wave from 2011. The former shows off a recognizable black and green dial that borrows inspiration from the Aurora Borealis. The latter comes with a monotone ring and brings one’s imagination towards the satellites orbiting the Earth.

F990 CC7005-16E
F990 CC7005-16F

There is one more release for the new F990. This model is for commemorating the centennial anniversary of Citizen. As such, it sports similar design and styling elements like the other anniversary commemorative models. The watch highlights a gold and black dial ring. which also points to the Eco-Drive technology powering the watch from the inside.

F990 CC7005-16G

All the watches come with the Citizen’s Eco-Drive movement inside. It is capable of turning any light source into energy. There is no need for batteries. As a bonus, the watches have a Light Level Indicator to show the intensity of light hitting the watch.

A fine view of the limited 100th Anniversary edition of the Citizen Promaster Satellite Wave F990 CC7005-16G.

Watch Specifications

Movement – Calibre F990 Eco-Drive movement. Accurate up to ±5 seconds per month (without time signal reception), world timer and dual time, Satellite Wave GPS synchonization, chronograph, alarm, light-level indicator. Power reserve of 1.5 years with up to 5 years using the power save function.

Case – 48.5mm Super Titanium™ (Duratect DLC*5) and 50 metres water resistance.

Dial – Black

Strap – Urethane

Note that all models of the Satellite Wave come only in 1500 limited edition runs each!

Citizen’s fine watches are available at authorized retailers in Malaysia.

Citizen Watch Tours Malaysia

Citizen Watch, one of the World’s largest watch companies, organized a first ever Eco-Tour exhibition to commemorate its 100th anniversary. This first of its kind event, hopes to share the importance of Eco-Green across four states in Malaysia. The schedule is as follows:

  • Penang (22nd Nov to 25th Nov)
  • Kedah (29th Nov to 2nd Dec)
  • Sarawak (5th to 9th Dec)
  • Sabah (18th Dec to 26th Dec)

The tour aims to encourage the importance of Eco-Friendly practices, especially those not yet adopted by the majority of the players in the same trade. The Citizen Eco-Tour stopped at City Plaza Alor Star Kedah as one of the exhibitions’ stops. Unknown to many, it is the home of one of the world’s largests solar panel manufacturers and this makes the state extremely suited to host the exhibition.
Also, Kedah is also the home state of Tun Mahathir Mohamed and, in a tribute to the Japan-Malaysia relations, the exhibition helps in pointing everyone to be aware of the green Citizen technologies such as the Eco-Drive along with the state’s green efforts.

The Eco-Tour in Kedah with YL Time Sdn Bhd.

The celebration in the Citizen’s efforts in the exhibition reached greater heights when it became the first international company to support Penang’s Green Council project – Green Oasis. Penang was chosen as the state’s green effort was in line with Citizen’s Eco-Green practices. Furthermore, it was one of the states to have watches imported here, earlier than any other states in Malaysia. Ultimately, this makes Citizen a direct supporter of the Eco-Green movement. The project is going to create Malaysia’s first learning facility for environment. For this, Citizen donated a sum of RM5,000.00 and three ECO-DRIVE watches totalling RM8,360 in total and they were used as the grand prizes for the Green Pinang Gala on 29 Nov 2018.

With this, Citizen emerged as the 1st international brand to support the Penang Green Council in its Green Oasis project. This, in a way, justifies the fact that Penang is the first state in which Citizen was imported. Citizen hopes to inspire the local community and show that it is possible to be both Eco-Friendly while achieving corporate results. Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology and its aims are in line with the PGC’s goals to be environmentally aware. In fact, today, up to 80% of Citizen’s watches are now powered by Eco-Drive, one of Citizen’s core advanced technogies.

The inaugural exhibition dropped into Queensbay Mall in Penang only to be held with Brilliant Watch Sdn Bhd.
(L to R)
Mr Zentrix Chiu, Consultant for Citizen Watches (Malaysia) Sdn bhd.
Miss Thing Siew Shuen, General Manager of Penang Green Council
YB Yeoh Soon Hin, Penang State Exco Councillor 
Mr Hiramatsu Kyosuke, Director of Citizen Watches (Malaysia) Sdn bhd
Mr Ronnie Ng, Director of Brilliant Watch Sdn Bhd.
Citizen Eco-Tour visits Penang Green Council.

As seen, regardless the market, be it domestic or international, Citizen, in its positions as one of the world’s largest manufacturers, believes in supporting causes that promote eco-friendly measures by both individuals and organisations.  Like a feather to its cap, Citizen became the world’s first company to receive the gold prize at the EcoMark Award in 2014. This is the highest honour achievable for a company to be recognized as having made superior efforts to produce products that are environmental friendly.

Citizen Watch is one of the rare true manufacturers of watches. Hailing from Japan, Citizen has created many groundbreaking watches in the world of horology and its legendary status befits its ability to create a timepiece all the way from its individual components to its completely assembled form. Today Citizen operates in more than 130 countries worldwide.

Since its founding in 1918, Citizen has held firm to its belief and goal that is “Better Starts Now“. Today, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018, the brand still deeply believes that no matter who you are and what you do, it is always possible to make something better and no better time to do it than now.

Citizen’s famous high-technology feature, Eco-Drive, powers its fine timepieces, keeping them accurate and reliable while fulfilling the deeping Eco-Green values that radiate from the watch and its green-aware owners.

Citizen’s 100th Anniversary Limited Edition models.

Among Citizen watches featured at these events are the key timepieces that were created in conjunction with Citizen’s 100th anniversary in 2018. Standing out of this collection is the Satellite Wave GPS 990 Limited Edition models, capable of syncing with GPS satellites to set the correct time. Launched in 2011, the original Eco-Drive Satellite Wave was the world’s first light-powered watch that received signals from satellites to always show the correct time, anywhere on the globe. The latest iterations of the Satellite Wave models come armed with a refined movement along with better durability due to the “Super Titanium” case.

Photos were provided by Citizen Watch.

New Orient Sun & Moon is here!

Solar Time brings us the latest Orient Sun & Moon and they are already flying off the shelves. The Japanese brand has another winner here and we’re most happy to show their intricate details to you!

Fine details on the dial.
Sun & Moon – day/night indicator.

The watch is a dressy 42.5mm in diameter. It is automatic, powered by Orient’s own F6B24 calibre which offers both hacking and hand-winding capabilities. 40 hours of power reserve is on board as well as the now famous and sought after day/night indication. There is also the unique dual display of day and date as well as sapphire crystal protection with 50m water resistance.

As always, remember to enjoy extra discounts when shopping from the authorized Orient Watch retailer, Solar Time. If you’re keen to own one of the lovely watches from Orient as well as from other brands such as Hummer, Bonia, Alain Delon and Cerruti 1881, please use the website and utilize our exclusive discount code HOURMARKER15 to enjoy a further 15% discount on all purchases there! Happy shopping for the festive season!

New Rays and New Makos

Look what came into the market quietly just recently! Already the net is abuzz with Orient Watch’s new entries into their dive watch range. Please welcome the all-new Orient Ray 3 and the Orient Mako 3! Also read on to find out how to get further discounts when purchasing these popular tool watches!

Below are the pictures we took of the new Orient Ray 3 and Mako 3. These pictures, we hope, shall tell a lot more than what we can put into words especially when you can use them to compare with the previous iterations of the popular Ray and Mako watches. As always, we are sure that Orient has provided us with really value for money and quality sports watches in these new models.

Orient Ray 3 – AA0002L
Orient Ray 3 – AA0002L and AAA0006L
Orient Ray 3 – AA0001B
Orient Mako 3 – AA0008B
Orient Mako 3 – AA0009L

The watches share similar etched backs (dolphins) and signed crowns.

Interestingly, we have yet to get the confirmation which dial model is actually the new Ray or the Mako but already several discussions online tend to link these models with their respective names. The official Orient Japan website does not use them for the watches and instead just sticks to their model numbers.

The Ray 3 has a diameter of 41.8mm with sapphire crystal whereas the Mako 3, 44mm with mineral glass instead. Both watches have a water resistance rating of 200m and are powered by the calibre F6922 with a minimum power reserve of 40 hours.

As always, remember to enjoy extra discounts when shopping from the authorized Orient Watch retailer, Solar Time. If you’re keen to own one of the lovely watches from Orient as well as from other brands such as Hummer, Bonia, Alain Delon and Cerruti 1881, please use the website and utilize our exclusive discount code HOURMARKER15 to enjoy a further 15% discount on all purchases there! Happy shopping for the upcoming season!

Citizen 100th Anniversary – AV0077-82E Tsuno Chrono Racer ‘Bullhead’

The Tsuno Chrono Racer.

The Japanese watchmaking giant, Citizen, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and the festivities continue with the arrival of the 100th Anniversary Citizen Limited Edition Tsuno Chrono Racer.

As a homage to the sought after 1973 Citizen Bullhead watch, this watch presents a contemporary approach to the bullhead chronograph with its crown and pushers sitting atop the case for easy access and timekeeping in high-pressure situations.

Crown and pushers forming the ‘Bullhead’.

The Tsuno Chrono Racer also proudly shows off its unique case shape and thick sapphire crystal.

Distinctive case shape.

Thick sapphire crystal provides a lens like effect.

To enhance this avant-garde styling, the case and bracelet are black/grey ion-plated and the dial contains classy gold-tone accents. The dial, while full of intricate details, always displays all crucial information legibly.

Tasteful dial details and accents.

Multi-layered dial construction.

The watch, as expected is chock full of the latest technological wonders from the engineers at Citizen and features a myriad of functions for the lucky owners.  Powering the watch is a ±15 second a month E210 Eco-Drive movement that has been hand assembled in Japan. Apart from telling the time accurately and reliably, the watch provides a 1/5 second flyback chronograph and tachymetre, alarm function and power reserve indication.

All registers and indicators are functional and legible.

Furthermore, this movement is fully powered by light making it a truly green endeavour from the brand. Eco-Drive technology is doubtlessly one of the key innovations in watchmaking and is the culmination of Citizen’s four decades of R&D towards this technology.

Going all the way with technology.


Movement – E210 Eco-Drive Chronograph/Alarm, power reserve indicator, 24 hours and date display.

Case – 44.5mm diameter IP coated grey, stainless steel with 200m water resistance.

Bracelet – Stainless steel with folding clasp

Signed bracelet clasp.

Only 3000 pieces worldwide are made for this 100th anniversary model and you can find them at authorized Citizen retailers although we are made to understand that most of them have been sold out! The watch retails for RM15,690.

100th anniversary etched caseback.

A special box for all the Citizen 100th anniversary models.

HourMarker Express – Exciting Hummer Watch – HM1001

HourMarker Express presents a new watch bound to excite those looking for a great value but well made timepiece, just in time for the year-end festive season!

Here’s the Hummer Watch HM1001!



The Hummer HM1001 is a quartz powered chronograph watch with sporty looks and comes in a varied selection of colours. These are bold and prominent watches with a 48mm diameter case. They come in 5 colours and all but one are adorned with rugged leather straps. The remaining is attached to a steel bracelet.



The dial of the HM1001 is multi-layered and showcases a background of a globe.  Robust mineral glass crystal are standard with the HM1001 watches. The cases are all made using solid stainless steel and the watches water resist up to 50 meters.



Remember to enjoy extra discounts when shopping from the authorized Hummer Watch retailer, Solar Time. If you’re keen to own one of the lovely watches from Hummer as well as from other brands such as Bonia, Alain Delon and Cerruti 1881, please use the website and utilize our exclusive discount code HOURMARKER15 to enjoy a further 15% discount on all purchases there! Happy shopping for the upcoming season!

The Street comes to Seiko

Presented in the famous Tuna-styled case that began in the early 70s by Seiko, here are the watches in the newly announced Seiko Prospex Street Series.

The Street Series is expected to arrive in Malaysia in December 2018 and comes as a solution to those seeking a more contemporary and fashionable approach to the tool watch. It is a perfect watch to be used daily, be it in the office or at play. This new series features 3 models that come in 3 different attractive colours.

Continue reading “The Street comes to Seiko”

A New Cocktail

Seiko’s new additions to the Cocktail Time range come in the form of the Fuyugeshiki. While the specs remain as per the previous watches in the Cocktail Time series, the dial is the differentiating factor here. In Seiko’s own words – “Today, a new limited edition is launched, again based on one of Kishi’s creations. His Fuyugeshiki cocktail has a cool, pure appearance which is now reflected in the delicate and dramatic dial of this watch. The word Fuyugeshiki means a winter scene and the dial captures the magic of the bright light of a clear winter’s day.”

Here are some quick shots.

Limited edition of 7000 pieces SSA385J1.

Limited edition of 7000 pieces SRPC97J1.

There is also a ladies limited edition of 5000 pieces with the model name SRP843J1.

More info can be found here.

HourMarker Express Arrives!

Please welcome a new category of watch related news in Malaysia! It’s all about HourMarker Express here. What is it all about? Read on to find out!

HourMarker Express

Moving forward, HourMarker will present a range of postings on all our channels, fashion watches created for everyone! This is dedicated to our readers seeking affordable timepieces that do not compromise on fashion values while offering a great value proposition.

To celebrate the launch of this new segment, we are pleased to offer a discount when purchasing the lovely watches at Solar Time. If you’re keen to own one of the lovely watches coming from brands such as Bonia, Alain Delon, Cerruti 1881 and Hummer, please use the website and utilize our exclusive discount code HOURMARKER15 to enjoy 15% discount on all purchases there!

Of course, readers who are keen on haute horlogerie and the world of fine timepieces can still tune into our channels!

Thank you for your attention and look out for more from HourMarker and HourMarker Express soon!

Synth Sounds On!

It’s all about the new Hautlence Vortex Gamma. We just love the look and feel of this watch that we had to feature a pictorial for it!

The Nort has similar specifications as its sibling, the Tron. Likewise, it’s blue case has luminescent edges to highlight the 6 sapphire crystal panels and the watch’s composite ceramic case. The watch features hour indication on a rotating chain along with a retrograde minute. There is also a power reserve indicator and the star has to be the off-axis one-hour tourbillon. Find it in Malaysia at its authorised retailer, Cortina Watch.