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.