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Ganadores Anteriores

May 2019 Winner

Orient Mako XL Men's Automatic Divers Watch - FEM75002DR

The deepsea shark: Orient Mako XL - Review by Fabian from Colombia

RESEÑA EN ESPAÑOL:

Soy una persona de relojes, como mi abuelo antes que yo. Va en la sangre.

Difícilmente podré olvidar la sensación que tuve al ver este reloj en mis manos por primera vez, después de abrir el paquete que me fue enviado muy amablemente por Dutyfree Island (y lo sé, no debería comprar un reloj sin haberlo visto en persona antes, pero ¿qué sería de la vida sin un poco de aventura?).

El Orient Majo XL es una joya, es un imán para los ojos de los amantes de los relojes. El azul de la esfera y el bisel me cautivaron, su peso, su solidez, el movimiento suave del segundero... Como coleccionista te puedes llegar a acostumbrar a tener un reloj nuevo cada cierto tiempo, pero jamás a la sensación de que aquello que acabas de adquirir es una pieza que estará entre tus favoritas desde entonces y hasta siempre.

ESPECIFICACIONES:
El reloj contiene un movimiento automático (46943) hecho en casa por Orient, una característica que en el mundo de la horología se aprecia bastante. Su reserva de energía es de alrededor de 40 horas y el contrapeso del mismo es extremadamente sensible al movimiento. Por otra parte, posee una resistencia al agua de 20 bar (200 m) y un tamaño de 44 mm de ancho por 51 mm de largo, con una distancia entre asas de 22 mm.

DISEÑO Y ESTILO:
Se trata de un reloj tipo diver, producido desde 2010. Su corona es de rosca para evitar el paso del agua por presión a altas profundidades y cuenta con un bisel unidireccional. Posee ángulos suaves en la caja, con caras pulidas y otras cepilladas. El pulso del mismo cuenta con eslabones sólidos (a excepción de los últimos del mismo, que son huecos) en tonalidad mate. Los índices en la esfera son de tipo barra, sin ningún tipo de número (algo que dejan para el bisel). La esfera tiene el logo de Orient aplicado y cuenta con una doble complicación de día de la semana y día del mes. El broche del pulso trae el logo igualmente y la tapa trasera del reloj es sólida y de rosca.

FUNCIONES:
El reloj cuenta con cuatro funciones: Hora, día de la semana, día del mes y bisel giratorio unidireccional. La corona tiene tres posiciones al ser desenroscada: en la primera el reloj se encuentra cerrado. En la segunda se ajusta el día del mes (que cambia de 12 a 1 AM) y en la tercera se ajusta la hora. Finalmente, el reloj cuenta con un botón extra sobre la corona que permite el ajuste del día de la semana (que cambia de 12 a 3 AM).

ILUMINACION:
El reloj cuenta con iluminación en los índices y las manecillas, pero no en el bisel. La luminosidad es bastante buena.

EN LA MUÑECA:
Es un reloj grande en apariencia, pero que se percibe de un tamaño menor del que tiene en realidad. Imponente, agresivo y fuerte por su diseño, muy masculino. Tiene un aire clásico, elegante, bien hecho. Exige respeto, no atención.

CONCLUSION:
En general recomiendo este reloj, aunque tiene sus pros y sus contras:

  • - El movimiento hecho en casa le da un valor agregado, pero se trata de un movimiento muy viejo (no se le puede dar cuerda ni es hackeable), a diferencia de los incluidos en la versión II y III del Mako y el Ray de esta misma marca.
  • - El bisel tiene una construcción muy sólida y a la vez agradable al tacto (sin duda el mejor bisel en un reloj de buceo de este presupuesto), pero no tiene un indicador claro en la "posición cero" del mismo, la que se ubica sobre las 12. Esto puede ser incomodo al momento de fijar el bisel sobre un punto preciso para tomar una medida de tiempo.
  • - La tapa trasera del reloj es sólida, lo que nos da a entender que se trata de un reloj de buceo serio (las tapas de exhibición suelen ser un punto débil si se utiliza el reloj a una cierta profundidad, pudiendo quebrarse).
  • - Los eslabones finales del pulso no son sólidos, lo cual es una lástima, ya que si contara con estos podríamos estar hablando del mejor pulso en un reloj diver de esta categoría de precios. Igualmente, por la naturaleza del reloj, luce muy bien en una correa tipo nato o en correa de cuero (ver fotos).

Espero que hayan disfrutado de esta reseña, así como yo he disfrutado de esta pieza. Como comentario final quiero agradecer a Dutyfree Island por el precio del reloj, el servicio brindado y el alcance del mismo, impecable.

Somos personas de relojes, como muchos antes que nosotros. Es un estilo de vida.

REVIEW IN ENGLISH:

I'm a watch person, like my grandfather before me. It goes in the blood.

I can hardly forget the feeling I had when I saw this watch in my hands for the first time, after opening the package that was sent to me very kindly by Dutyfree Island (and I know, I should not buy a watch without having seen it in person before, but what would life be without a little adventure?).

The Orient Majo XL is a jewel, it's a magnet for the eyes of watch lovers. The blue of the dial and the bezel captivated me, its weight, its solidity, the smooth movement of the seconds ... As a collector you can get used to having a new watch every so often, but never to the feeling that what you just acquired is a piece that will be among your favorites from then on and forever.

SPECIFICATIONS:
The watch contains an automatic movement (46943) made at home by Orient, a feature that is appreciated in the world of horology. Its reserve of energy is around 40 hours and the counterweight of it is extremely sensitive to movement. On the other hand, it has a water resistance of 20 bar (200 m) and a size of 44 mm wide by 51 mm long, with a distance between handles of 22 mm.

DESIGN AND STYLE:
It is a diver type watch, produced since 2010. Its crown is threaded to prevent the passage of water by pressure at high depths and has a unidirectional bezel. It has soft angles in the box, with polished and brushed faces. The stainless steel band of it has solid links (except for the last ones, which are hollow) in matte tones. The indexes in the sphere are bar type, without any type of number (something left for the bezel). The dial has the Orient logo applied and has a double complication of day of the week and day of the month. The brooch has the same logo and the back cover of the watch is solid and threaded.

FUNCTIONS:
The watch has four functions: Time, day of the week, day of the month and unidirectional rotating bezel. The crown has three positions when unscrewed: in the first the watch is closed. In the second, the day of the month is adjusted (which changes from 12 to 1 AM) and in the third the hour is adjusted. Finally, the watch has an extra button on the crown that allows the adjustment of the day of the week (which changes from 12 to 3 AM).

ILLUMINATION:
The clock has lighting on the indexes and the hands, but not on the bezel. The luminosity is quite good.

ON THE WRIST:
It is a large watch in appearance, but it is perceived as being smaller than it actually is. Imposing, aggressive and strong for its design, very masculine. It has a classic, elegant, well-made air. It demands respect, not attention.

CONCLUSION:
In general I recommend this watch, although it has its pros and cons:

  • - The movement made at home gives an added value, but it is a very old movement (can not be twisted or hacked), unlike those included in version II and III of Mako and Ray of this same brand.
  • - The bezel has a very solid construction and at the same time pleasant to the touch (without a doubt the best bezel in a diving watch of this budget), but it does not have a clear indicator in the "zero position" of the same, which is located on 12. This can be uncomfortable when fixing the bezel on a precise point to take a measure of time.
  • - The back cover of the watch is solid, which gives us to understand that it is a serious diving watch (the display covers are usually a weak point if the watch is used at a certain depth, and can break).
  • - The final links of the stainless steel band are not solid, which is a shame, because if you had these we could be talking about the best pulse in a diver watch of this price category. Likewise, due to the nature of the watch, it looks great on a nato type strap or leather strap (see photos).

I hope you enjoyed this review, just as I enjoyed this piece. As a final comment I would like to thank Dutyfree Island for the price of the watch, the service provided and the scope of it, impeccable.

We are people of watches, like many before us. It is a lifestyle.



April 2019 Winner

Orient 2nd Generation Bambino Version 2 Dome Crystal Automatic Leather Watch - FAC00009N0

Beautiful watch, Incredible price, Amazing service! - Review by Angus from Australia

This watch is absolutely incredible, looks even better that in the pictures! It's perfect, exactly what I was after and I love it! The cream dial looks amazing, and the blue hands just look incredible. This combination of colours, with the applied roman numeral indices and the train track chapter ring just makes for an absolutely beautiful watch.

As soon as I saw the price, I couldn't believe it, so when I saw they were back in stock, I bought one immediately. This is by far the best price for this watch anywhere! About $80 cheaper than any other website I've seen! Shipping was excellent, I received my watch only a week after ordering. It was packaged really well too, it came in a heavily padded envelope in its original box and everything. Everything was included, the box sleeve, the box, the tags, and the warranty and manual. The watch was brand new and in perfect condition, still had all of the stickers and plastic sleeves on it. Works perfectly. This is the best experience I've had buying a watch anywhere on the internet! The price was unbeatable, the shipping was super fast, and the quality of packaging, service and product was phenomenal.

Thank you so much, DutyFreeIsland! I'll definitely be buying from you again.



March 2019 Winner

Citizen Promaster Marine Mechanical Automatic Limited Edition 200m Divers - NY0081-10L

Meilleures finitions que la NY0040 - Review by Jo from France

== Citizen Eco Drive ==

Les caractéristiques techniques sont quasiment identique à la promaster NY0040

Mouvement automatique miyota Avec remontage à la couronne mais sans le stop seconde

On est sur du miyota de la série 8000 Un classique de la marque bruyant, on sent même par moment le rotor tourner Personnellement ça ne me dérange pas, Mais je préfère vous le préciser

Le bleu du cadran est changeant suivant la luminosité il est foncé quand la lumière est plus faible Et tire sur le bleu pétrole en plein soleil !

la lunette est en aluminium est reprend le même design que l’ancienne version Le bleu sur la lunette est différent de celui du cadran, il est mate Les chiffres et les points sont plus petit que sur la série des NY0040

Sur la couronne est gravé le logo Promaster, logo qui était absent sur les NY0040 Le design diffère aussi, elle est mieux finie sur cette série limité Bien sur, plongeuse oblige, la couronne est visée

Le bracelet est le classique rubber de plongée en caoutchouc

La date est les jours sont sur fond noir Les jours sont en anglais et japonais Rouge pour le dimanche Blanc pour les autres jours de la semaine

Le verre est un minéral Il est plat, ce qui est très bien pour diminuer le risque de rayures en tapant contre un mur ou autres obstacles

Le rouge du contour de l’aiguille des heures et la pointe de celles des secondes donne une visualisation rapide de l’heure et un côtés sportif supplémentaires à la montre Le design des aiguilles diffère des NY0040 Les index sont appliqués

Dans l’obscurité, les index et les aiguilles éclairent en bleu et la perle en vert

Sur le fond de la montre, est indiqué que c’est une série limité pour l’asie Et en plein milieu, pour changer du classique dauphin ou requin, que beaucoup de marques utilisent pour décorer le fond de leurs plongeuses Ils ont gravé un poisson FUGU (d'où le nom de la série limité) Poisson hautement toxique à la consommation si il n'est pas cuisiné à la perfection par un grand chef japonais

Voilà ma brève revue Mon ressenti est que posé à côtés de ma citizen NY0040 Full lume, elle paraît mieux finie, surtout le cadran est la couronne La différence est minime, mais elle est bien là L'augmentation du prix par citizen est justifié



February 2019 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar Sapphire Gents Watch - BL8140-80E

Идеальный вариант на каждый день - Review by Игорь from Russia

== Citizen Eco Drive ==

Современный стильный дизайн и безупречное качество - первое, что приходит в голову, когда берешь в руки великолепные часы легендарного производителя. Без преувеличений Citizen по праву принадлежит титул “номер один” в своем сегменте, ведь они первые в мире создали: самые точные кварцевые часы с погрешностью не более трех секунд в год, электронные часы, кварцевые часы в водонепроницаемом корпусе, часы на солнечных батареях. Строгие отточенные линии, внимание к мельчайшим деталям - все это выдает богатый опыт мирового производителя с почти вековой историей.

Японский кварцевый механизм калибра е870 (точность хода +-15 секунд в месяц) облачен в достаточно тонкий (11 мм) стальной корпус, покрытый сапфировым стеклом. Часы имеют полноценный календарь, отображающий дату, день недели, месяц и позиционируемый маркетологами как “вечный” (perpetual). Примечательно, что календарь автоматически учитывает високосность года и правильно отображает количество дней в текущем месяце.

Широкие стрелки основного циферблата хорошо считываются при любом угле обзора и уровне освещения, кроме того они светятся в темноте, благодаря нанесенному светонакапливающему покрытию. Три дополнительных циферблата, выполненных каждый в своем стиле, отображают время в 24-часовом формате, день недели и текущий режим работы часов (время, календарь, когда секундная стрелка стоит неподвижно, указывая текущий месяц, режим будильника с отображением установленного сигнала, и время второго часового пояса).

Часы имеют встроенный будильник, который, при активации, срабатывает один раз в сутки и имеет довольно громкий звук сигнала. Функция, конечно же, весьма условна, поскольку проигрывает даже самому простейшему приложению будильника на смартфоне, но, несомненно, сможет пригодиться.

Citizen BL8140-80E имеют яркий стильный дизайн отлично подходящий как к деловому костюму так и к стилю casual. Сложный, привлекающий внимание циферблат смотрится весьма солидно и элегантно. Металлический браслет из матовой стали с полированными вставками выглядит просто изумительно.

Часы прибыли в оригинальной упаковке к качеству которой никаких претензий нет: собрана очень добротно, логотипы нанесены ровно, печать четкая, приятный материал - смотрится дорого. В комплекте заполненный гарантийный талон (международная гарантия), фирменная листовка магазина и инструкция. Вся полиграфия довольно высокого качества - дорогая глянцевая бумага, отличная печать. В целом все выглядит дорого, чувствуется внимание к мелочам, присущее оригинальным японским изделиям.

Безусловно вживую часы выглядят куда более эффектнее чем на профессиональных фото в интернет-магазинах. Прежде чем выбрать Citizen я просмотрел более тысячи других моделей часов от десятка именитых производителей: Tissot, Swiss Military, Seico, Orient, фешн-бренды Fossil, Guess, AX, Diesel, Jacques Lemans и других. И на мой субъективный взгляд по соотношению дизайн-цена-качество-практичность Citizen тут вне конкуренции.

== Выбор магазина ==

Пожалуй единственный, на мой взгляд, минус магазина - это их репутация. Она настолько безупречна, что невольно закрадываются сомнения: “Разве это возможно?”. Судите сами: магазин зарегистрирован на eBay и имеет высшую оценку (почти 35 тысяч отзывов), является сертифицированным партнером PayPal, магазин с десятилетней историей (домен зарегистрирован в 2010 году), почти 4000 положительных отзывов на стороннем сервисе trustpilot.com, положительные отзывы на российском форуме watch.ru (известному по наиболее консервативной и критично настроенной публике).

Бесплатная доставка, гарантия возврата товара в течение 30 дней, международная гарантия, и, конечно же, цена. Стоимость этих часов при заказе у официального ритейлера в России порядка 500$. У перекупщиков можно взять за 350$. В dutyfreeislandshop - 275$. А если обратиться службу поддержки и попросить скидку, то 264$.

== Оплата и доставка ==

Оплата через PayPal с одной стороны несколько неудобна для использования в России, поскольку не все карты можно использовать, с другой стороны является гарантом того, что вы можете вернуть все свои деньги в случае возникновения каких-либо спорных вопросов с продавцом. К PayPal хорошо цепляются виртуальные карты Сбербанка (оформление, пополнение без комиссии), оплата производится в течение нескольких минут.

Доставка в Уфу заняла всего 14 дней. Трек отслеживается через почту России.

Магазин оставил очень хорошее впечатление, следующие часы в первую очередь буду выбирать именно здесь.



January 2019 Winner

Citizen Mechanical Automatic Sapphire Titanium Men's Watch - NJ0090-81E

Elegante, liviano y resistente - Review by Ezequiel from Argentina

Hace tiempo que tenía ganas de comprar este reloj. La marca Citizen siempre fue para mí sinónimo de calidad y al verlo me pareció perfecto. No conocía la página y me generó dudas al principio, pero el servicio es excelente y el reloj sin dudas es original. El precio es muy tentador, inclusive contando la bestialidad que nos cobran de impuestos en el país.

Se demoró una semana en llegar al país... y 4 meses en llegar a casa! Todo culpa de nuestro querida burocracia argentina como es de esperar. Pero ya en mis manos estoy más que satisfecho y valió la pena cada día y centavo gastado.

El reloj a primera vista es muy elegante, para vestir con traje es ideal. No tiene mucha resistencia al agua, pero tampoco es necesaria en este tipo de reloj. Al ser de Titanio es super liviano, casi no se lo siente en la muñeca. El cristal frontal es de zafiro, así que los rayones no son una preocupación. El cristal trasero es mineral, da una vista directa al mecanismo que es simplemente mágica. El calibre es más que confiable, no es fácil calcular cual es la precisión (por las mini-manecillas de segundero) pero aproximádamente +15 seg/día, lo que está dentro de las especificaciones.

A pesar de que el rotor da cuerda solo cuando gira en una dirección (antihoraria), este es bastante eficiente. Estando completamente detenido basta darle unas pocas sacudidas para que se inicie, ponerlo en hora y seguir el resto del día sin necesitar dar cuerda manual con la corona. Con 8hs de uso sobra carga para el resto del día. No se detiene el segundero al poner la hora.

En concreto una hermosa compra, estoy usando el reloj con mucho gusto. No solo volvería a comprar, sino que ya lo hice. En un tiempo (imposible de determinar como tantas cosas en argentina) me llega mi primer Orient



December 2018 Winner

Citizen Quartz Mother Of Pearl Swarovski Women's Watch - EJ6130-51D

Sa novim satom u novu godinu :) - Review by Katarina from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prije svega, želim da pohvalim brzu dostavu! Sat je stigao za 13 dana od naručivanja, što je veoma brzo, bravo! :)

I pakovanje i sat su kao na slici, zajedno djeluju prefinjeno i otmjeno, idealno ako želite nekog da obradujete poklonom! Zaista lijepo izgleda kada se otvori.

Sat je baš onakav kakav sam željela i kakav sam očekivala na osnovu fotografije! Tanak, elegantan, sa svarovski kristalima sitno poredanim jedni do drugih, taman da svima privuku pažnju, a da ne izgledaju napadno ili kičasto. Idealan mi je za svakodnevne kombinacije, baš zbog svoje veličine i jednostavnosti, ali mi se odlično uklapa i u kombinacije za večernje izlaske kao dobar komad nakita. I jedva čekam novogodišnju noć, savršeno će se uklapati uz moju crnu haljinu! :) Ima lijepu narukvicu i zanimljive je boje. Narukvica je bila podešena na maksimalnu veličinu, što je odlično, jer sam je ja onda skratila taman onoliko koliko meni odgovara. Baterija je došla uz sat, tako da sam ga odmah iz kutije stavila na ruku.

Što se tiče cijene, i ona savršeno odgovara kvaliteti i brzini isporuke same pošiljke, tako da sam ja i više nego zadovljna. Još ćemo sarađivati i svaka čast! Lijep pozdrav od Katarine :)



November 2018 Winner

Citizen Promaster Marine Mechanical Automatic Limited Edition 200m Divers Watch - NY0088-11E

Almost Perfect - Review by Corey from United States

Overall happy with my purchase of the new "Pepsi Fugu" from citizen with some complaints.

The first is the watch box that it came in - I paid the extra $3 to get the box that I thought would be the plastic Promaster scuba tank I'd seen elsewhere online. I was disappointed to see it was literally the black cardboard box shown on the details tab. I assumed the picture of the box was simply the default picture. I'd skip the box as the black cardboard isn't anything special compared to the scuba tank.

The other issues are quality related. The 8 o'clock marker is slightly misaligned with the chapter ring. Also the bezel has a little wiggle when I move it up and down or side to side (I'm not referring to back play with regard to rotating the bezel), which I haven't experienced on my Seiko SKX or Orient RayII bezels which have no wiggle at all.

All that being said this watch is my current favorite and taking all my wrist time away from the other two watches. The Chinese characters on the blacked out day/date wheel look really cool, and the squared, framed markers fill out the dial in a balanced way. Looking at my SKX or Ray dials, the circular indexes look a little too small now. Despite the flaws in the bezel I mentioned, the Pepsi color scheme looks really cool and is very functional. I actually prefer the 60 clicks instead of 120 as I only line up the bezel on full minutes anyway. I also prefer the blue lume of the Citizen compared to the greener lume of my SKX and Ray. For what its worth, the rubber strap is also better than the SKX, its slimmer and softer.

In conclusion, its a really cool watch and for the price I got it for I can live with the flaws. Would buy again but would skip the box.



October 2018 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Swarovski Crystal Sapphire Pink Dial Ladies Watch - FB1310-52W

Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Swarovski Crystal Sapphire Pink Dial Ladies Watch - FB1310-52W - Review by Aliaksei from Belarus

Данные часики я покупал для своей жены в подарок. Это уже вторые часы с этого сайта. Часы выбирал долго. Основными критериями были: зарядка от солнца, металлический браслет, стекло - сапфир, размер - ближе к 40мм, круглые.

Заказ сделал 19.09.18, сразу же подтвердили заказ, оплатил, а 20.09. уже выслали номер трека. Т.к. в Беларуси существуют ограничения по стоимости посылок ввозимых в страну(22евро), пришлось воспользоваться услугами посредников из России. 25.09. часы были в Смоленске, а 03.10.18 я забрал часы в Минске. Часы покупал в мешочке и с ними все в порядке.

Часы для жены были сюрпризом. Я ей и подарил их в почтовом конверте))). Наверное, самое приятно вскрывать конверт, не зная, что внутри). И жене и мне часики очень понравились. Очень качественно изготовлены. Очень красивы! Вживую смотрятся очень круто! Супер браслет(очень качественно исполнен), розовый циферблат, камешки Сваровски, хорошая читаемость циферблата, также прекрасная отделка циферблата. Стрелки попадают в метки, все исполнено на высшем уровне! Совершенство!

А для меня сюрпризом стало то, что данные часы изготовлены в Японии, хотя на сайте написано, что только механизм сделан в Японии. На задней крышке и циферблате написано Made in Japan! Супер!

Стоимость часов US$149.95. На самом деле для таких часов это очень приятная цена). О магазине могу написать только хорошие слова. Я уже писал, что это вторая покупка здесь. Меня все устраивает на 100%. Если вы выбрали часы, то заказывайте смело и не сомневайтесь ни в чем. Спасибо dutyfreeislandshop.com за их цены, сервис и порядочность. За все 5 звезд!



September 2018 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Stealth Black Plated Canvas Strap 100m Watch - BM8475-00F

Sleek, Modern, and Comfortable - Review by Ivan from Taiwan

Duty Free Island Shop has excellent customer service and quick delivery. They always replied to my questions the same day and I received the watch in about 5 business/working days (Mon-Fri) with the free registered mail even with Typhoon Mankhut hitting Hon Kong couple of days after I placed the order. They actually emailed me when the watch arrived and the tracking was helpful.

This is my first Citizen watch. It is modern, low-key, and comfortable with the canvas strap. It is well designed for black on black design. The dials and numbers are easy to read with natural light or with overhead artificial light on the streets. It is made with different textures and and shade of black so you can easily reatell the time if you angle the watch slightly.

BUT, the luminous handsand numbers are not glowing bright enoug in the dark. It seems to need direct light to charge the luminescence. I’ve placed it directly under a desk lamp for 30 minutes and it glows for 5 minute and then it completely loses the glow. Hopefully, after longer exposure to direct light the glow will last longer. Not sure how long you need to expose the watch to direct light to recharge the glow, and how long the luminous dials will be readable in the dark.

Also the days of the week are in Arabic and English. I can’t read Arabic so I’m assuming the watch will skip the Arabic and jump to the English. The store should let you know what the language the days of the week are shown in. I would prefer Spanish and English, since I can read both. But that’s a minor detail!

The important detail is that the dials and numbers will properly luminate in the dark. I don’t know the mechanics behind the luminescence. I wish Citizen had more information regarding reading the time in the dark.

Otherwise, so far, I only had the watch for a day and it looks classy and modern. It matches rugged and causal fashion and also a minimalistic look for dressing up with suits or collared shirts. The price seems to be affordable and discounted at DFI for the Citizen brand.



August 2018 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Global Radio Controlled Chrono Sapphire Gents Watch - AT8113-12H

Amazed by the Watch and service of DFI - Review by Ashish from Malaysia

Hi There,

I like Citizen from my College time. I am a big FAN of Citizen watches. I saw the Dual Dial Citizen during my college time but can't but it because of the Price, as Belong to Middle Class Family not much money to bought the watch in the year 2008. I started working from 2009 and I started Saving money for the Watch and finally on 2011 I manage to buy the watch at a price 10,000 INR.

Since then I was looking around for Citizen eco drive watch. All the Shop in Malaysia (I am now working in Malaysia) are so expensive for Sieko and Citizen watches.

The I started searching online for Citizen watches and Come across Dutyfreeislandshop.com. I can't believe the price they are offering and all 100% Authentic.

Firstly I had doubt about the authenticity of the watches, then I started reading the reviews and get confident about their Authenticity. I order this Watch and it is really amazing. I received it in one week from the day I ordered, I keep on receiving of the status of shipment which is what I like most about DFI. I don't even have to check the status and the status come to my mail box in ever route.

This was my first buy form DFI and I am Going to order more from them watches for My Wife, Dad and Mom. I will order some Sunglasses as well.

All the Best DFI and Keep it going, This help us a lot who looks to buy authentic watches with budgetary price.

******, 6 star for you. One extra for the wonderful status update.



July 2018 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive XC Happy Flight Radio World Time Japan Sapphire Ladies Watch - EC1030-50A

시티즌 전파시계 EC1030 - Review by seonghui from South Korea

우선 배송부터 이야기 하자면 주문부터 수령까지 일주일 정도 걸렸습니다. 해외구매이기 때문에 넉넉한 마음으로 기다렸는데 생각보다 빨랐고 가장 좋았던 점은 별다른 절차없이 주소입력후 결제만 하면 직배송이 이루어진다는 점입니다.

각설하고 시계를 처음 받았을 때 느낀점은 "가볍다" 였습니다. 티타늄 재질이 아님에도 50그램 근처로 상당히 가벼워 여성 손목에도 부담없이 착용할 수 있다는 점이 상당히 매력적입니다.

다음으로 외관을 보면 깔끔한 흰판 색상에 전파시계 특유의 디자인이라고 할 수 있는 삼지창 모양의 초침과 베젤의 도시명들이 적혀 있습니다. 인덱스는 로마자이며 중간중간에 작은 다이아로 포인트를 준 것이 특징입니다.

기능은 전파수신과 퍼페추얼 캘린더 기능으로 시간과 월말날짜 수정이 필요없고 측면의 버튼으로 전파수신여부와 배터리 잔량을 알 수 있습니다.

마감은 듀라텍이 적용되었고 유무광이 혼합되어 있어 한층 더 고급스럽습니다.

지금까지 이야기한 것만 하면 상당히 만족스러운 시계이자 가성비가 좋은 모델이라고 할 수 있습니다.

그래서 몇가지 단점이라고 볼 수도 있는 점을 말해보자면

사진상으로 자세히 보이는지는 모르겠지만 날짜가 오후10시가 넘어가면 삐딱하게 넘어가는 것을 볼 수 있는데 12시에 정확하게 넘어가는 퀵체인지 기능이 적용되지 않아 아쉽다고 느껴집니다.

또 한가지 단점으로는 가죽줄로 변경시 일반적인 구조가 아니기 때문에 가죽줄을 따로 제작하거나 정품가죽줄만 이용해야 된다는 점입니다.

사실 방금 이야기한 두가지 단점들은 개인에 따라서 그다지 상관없는 부분이기도 하고 워낙 여러가지 장점들이 많은 모델이기 때문에 여성용 시계를 고민하고 있는 분이라면 구매하신다면 후회없는 선택이 될 것이라고 생각됩니다~

(아래는 영어권 구매자들을 위한 영문리뷰인데 대략적으로 번역한거라 다소 어색할 수 있습니다)

First of all, it took about a week from order to receive delivery. As it is an overseas purchase, I waited with all my heart, but it was faster than I expected, and the best thing about it is that if I fill out the address without any special procedure, I can send it directly.

When I first received the watch, it was light. Even though they are not titanium materials, they are fairly light at close to 50 grams, making them easy to wear on a woman's wrist.

Next on the exterior are clear white plate colors with three-pane-shaped window handles and bezel door names. The index is Roman, and it features a small diamond in the middle.

The function includes radio reception and full perpetual calendar, which eliminates the need to modify the date of time and month, and allows the side buttons to indicate whether the wave is received and how much battery charge remains.

The finish is even more luxurious with Duratech and a mixture of flashlights.

So far, this is a very satisfying watch and a good model for comfort.

So let's talk about some of the weaknesses.

I don't know if you can see the picture in detail, but when the date is over 10 p.m., you can see it goes awry, and it's a pity that it doesn't have the Quick-Change function.

Another disadvantage is that the leather straps have to be manufactured separately or used only as a genuine leather strap, as they are not generally structural when changing to leather straps.

In fact, two of the disadvantages I've just talked about are things that don't really matter to the someone or individual, and they have so many advantages that if you're thinking about buying woman watch one, you don't have any regrets.



June 2018 Winner

Orient Ray II Mechanical Automatic Divers Watch - FAA02005D9

Incredibly much value for money! - Review by Jan from Norway

Orient with it's japanese quality and inhouse movements is one of my favorite brands of watches! For me this Ray II is a great watch for most occations, the nice blue sunburst dial with matching bezel combined with details like the signed screw down crown and a solid bracelet feel and for me a perfect size makes it a winner! Hack and wind movement with a long power reserve and an overall high quality feel with good weight makes it punch way above it's class. Timeless classic design that never will become out of fashion. This is my first time shopping at Dutyfreeislandshoop, but based on my first impression it will not be the last. Good price, fast shipping and plenty of information and updates for the shipment makes it a good buying experience. So far both this watch and the company is highly recommended!



May 2018 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Military Black & Yellow Multi Dial Canvas Strap 100m Watch - BV1085-14E

Черные милитари часы - Review by Dmitriy from Russia

Начну с того, что это мой второй заказ с данного сайта и на этот раз я вновь предпочел модель фирмы Citizen. При выборе были следующие критерии: зарядка от Солнца; небольшой размер, особенно высота, по этой причине отпали почти все модели серии G-Shock; легко читаемый циферблат; не тяжелые, а это значит текстильный, каучуковый, либо резиновый ремешок; ценой до 150-200$.

О покупке и доставке

Заказ был мною сделан 11 апреля этого года, в тот же день часы были отправлены из Гонконга и мне на почту пришел трек-номер отправления. Доставка по России заняла 10 дней, посылку получил 27 апреля. Итого: 16 дней. Довольно быстро и совершенно безпроблемно. На почте работник выдававший посылку разрешила убедиться в том, что часы на месте, прежде чем я подписал извещение о получении, за что ей тоже спасибо. На этот раз заказывал часы в обычном мешочке без коробки, посылка была хорошо упакована и часы добрались без каких-либо повреждений. По промокоду с форума watch.ru также был получен тканевый ремешок NATO, за что отдельное спасибо. Теперь перейдем к самим часам.

О часах

Часы имеют вид милитари: черный матовый цвет корпуса, брезентовый ремешок и минимум бесполезной информации. В живую они выглядят намного интереснее и красивее нежели на фотографиях. Подойдут практически под любую одежду, но хоть ремешок и черный, я бы не стал сочетать их с классическим костюмом. Часы изготовлены в Японии, ремешок в Тайланде.

На циферблате "выделены" минуты и им придано больше значения нежели отображению часа, это очень удобно и считывание времени происходит безошибочно даже при беглом взгляде - сразу видишь минуты (а их знать потребность возникает чаще, чем просто знать который сейчас час). Циферблат информативен, цифры крупные и видны под любым углом. То, что безель безо всяких цифр и букв также выступает преимуществом и не создает перегруженности. В общем, время читается влет и не требует долгой концентрации.

Люминесценция шикарная, светятся часовая и минутная стрелки (секундная и ее циферблат подсветки не имеют), а также цифры отображающие минуты. Вечером или ночью это мало того, что удобно, но и выглядит очень впечатляюще и приковывает взгляды. Даже непродолжительного воздействия хватает на несколько часов, подсветка уходит медленно и постепенно. Любой источник света продлевает светящийся эффект.

Зарядку часов после покупки проводил путем свечения фонариком порядка 20 минут, на следующий день просто оставил их ненадолго на солнечном подоконнике, с того времени часы сами "ловят" свет и аккумулируют энергию. Можно забыть о замене батареек.

Из недостатков: мне пришлось повозиться с настройкой даты по причине того, что из-за ее отображения часы различают время до полудня и время после полудня, пришлось читать инструкцию :) И так как календарь неавтоматический придется настраивать дату раз в месяц (механизм "не знает" какой сейчас месяц и сколько в нем дней). Эта особенность практически всех часов без электронного отображения даты, к этому просто придется привыкнуть. Если сильно всматриваться, то видна солнечная панель, это информация для тех кому это критично, лично мне это не мешает. Также ремешок в местах крепления к корпусу изначально немного похрустывал, но со временем это прошло.

Часы на руке, из-за своего веса (140 грамм) и небольших размеров, практически незаметны, ни корпус часов, ни безель, ни заводная головка не цепляются за одежду или предметы. Вместо (или вместе) с циферблатом секундной стрелки конечно хотелось бы иметь секундомер на 24 часа с функцией будильника, но это, как говорится "хотелки". Во всем остальном это именно та модель, которую я искал.

Хотелось бы также отметить качественное минеральное стекло, хорошую водонепроницаемость, точный ход и приятный к руке ремешок.

О магазине и сервисе

Почему я уже второй раз выбираю именно этот магазин? Первоочередное условие для меня это прием оплаты через PayPal, так я уверен в том, что заказанный товар я гарантированно получу, либо мне вернут деньги. Также магазин имеет хорошие рейтинги и многочисленные отзывы. Кроме того, сотрудники магазина очень быстро реагируют на любые вопросы по почте и идут навстречу клиентам. Ну и одна из главных причин это то, что и цены здесь намного ниже, чем в магазинах РФ, поэтому я предпочту и следующие покупки делать здесь же. Чего хотелось бы пожелать этому магазину, так это чтобы почаще распроданные модели снова появлялись в наличии и такие фирмы как Casio были более широко представлены. Чем больше будет выбор, тем чаще я как клиент буду к вам обращаться.

Спасибо вашему магазину за приятные цены, быструю обработку заказа и клиентоориентированность. И спасибо фирме Citizen за создание этих великолепных часов.



April 2018 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Radio Controlled Super Titanium Sapphire Chrono Gents Watch - AT8130-56E

아주 아주 만족합니다!! - Review by sungjoon from South Korea

개인적으로 해외배송이기 때문에 걱정을 했습니다.
고민을 많이 했습니다. 학생인 저에게는 비싼 물건이었습니다. 그럼에도 메탈 시계를 사고 싶었습니다.
제가 메탈 시계를 찾아보면서 정한 기준이 있습니다.
첫번째는 라디오 컨트롤 기능이 있는 시계, 제가 해외에 종종 나가야 할 때가 있기 때문입니다.
두번째는 시계 헤드가 크지 않은 시계, 제 손목은 매우 얇기 때문입니다.
세번째는 티타늄으로 만들어진 시계, 스테인레스 시계를 차봤는데 매우 무거웠습니다.
네번째는 디자인이 예쁜 시계, 디자인은 저에게 가장 중요합니다.
다섯번째는 값이 지나치게 비싸지 않은 시계, 저는 학생이기 때문에 돈이 많은 직장인처럼 비싼 시계를 살 수 없습니다.
이렇게 다섯가지 조건을 가지고 있었습니다.
이러한 조건들을 맞추기 위한 시계를 찾아보기 시작했습니다.
찾던 도중 AT8130을 확인했습니다.
이것은 라디오컨트롤, 켈린더 시스템, 에코 드라이브 등 시티즌의 고급 시계 기술이 집약된 매우 훌륭한 시계입니다. 게다가 중요한 것은 티타늄이기 떄문에 매우 가볍습니다. 제가 소유하고 있는 티쏘 가죽시계와 무게가 차이가 없을 만큼 매우 가볍습니다.
사실 이것도 한국에서 백화점에서 사려면 최소 900,000원($900)은 필요합니다. 하지만 이곳에서는 훨씬 저렴한 가격을 주고 살 수 있었습니다. 절반의 가격입니다. 상상할 수 있습니까?? 그래서 기다리기 시작했습니다.
사실 저는 이 시계를 사고 싶어서 기다린지 2달이 되었습니다. 2달동안 in stock이 안되어서 매우 슬펐습니다. 그러나 얼마전에 in stock 알림이 메일로 왔습니다.
저는 이 튜티프리아일랜드샵의 in stock 알림 메일 시스템을 매우 칭찬하고 싶습니다. 왜냐하면, 곧장 원하는 물건이 들어왔을 때 알 수 있기 때문입니다. 저는 알람을 받고 즉시! 주문했습니다.
수요일에 Free Shipping으로 주문했고, 다음주 목요일에 받았습니다. 저는 매우 빨랐다고 생각합니다. 주문 당일에 듀티프리아일랜드에서 발송을 했고 화요일에 한국에 도착했습니다. 그리고 궁금한 부분을 물어봤을 때에 매우 빠른 시간에 답장을 준 것도 회사의 서비스로 칭찬하고 싶습니다.
이러한 빠른 서비스로 인해, 저는 듀티프리아일랜드를 다시 이용하고 싶다는 생각을 합니다. 저는 다시 시계를 사게 된다면, 듀티프리 아일랜드샵을 이용할 것을 다짐합니다. 그리고 추천드립니다.

물건을 열어보고 감탄하지 않을 수 없었습니다. 제 인생 첫 메탈시계, 영롱하고 기스 하나 없는 깨끗함, 처음에는 홍콩 기준으로 한국보다 한 시간 늦었습니다. 그런데, 시계의 용두를 2단으로 올리고 초침을 Tokyo로 맞추고 버튼을 누르자 자동적으로 한국의 시간으로 맞춰졌습니다. 매우 놀랐습니다. 정말 이것이 라디오컨트롤이구나! 매우 놀랐습니다. 이러한 훌륭한 품질의 시계를 갖게 된 것에 매우 자랑스럽습니다.
또한 무게를 칭찬하지 않을 수 없습니다. 무게가 상당히 가볍습니다. 정말 이것이 메탈인가? 정말 이 시계는 메탈이 맞는가? 싶을 정도로 정말 가벼워서 놀랐습니다.
저의 한 친구도 시계를 차보고 매우 놀랐습니다. 자신의 것과 비교했을 때 자신의 것보다 훨씬 가벼운 것을 보고 놀란 것입니다.
이제 저는 세계 어디를 가든 시간을 하나하나 맞추려고 노력할 필요가 없습니다. 라디오컨트롤, 월드타임이 시계를 맞춰주기 때문입니다.
저는 이러한 품질의 시계를 가지게 된 것을 매우 자랑스럽게 생각합니다.
그리고 이러한 시계를 좋은 가격에 준 듀티프리아일랜드샵에게 정말 고마움을 표시합니다.
다시 시계가 필요할 때 구매하겠습니다. 고맙습니다. 나는 이번 구매를 계기로 듀티프리아일랜드를 사랑하게 되었습니다.



March 2018 Winner

Citizen Luxury Automatic 50m Black Leather Gents Watch - NH8350-08B

A Beautiful Simplistic Dress Watch - Review by Andrew from Thailand

Before purchasing this beautiful watch I almost fell into the trap of buying one of the latest fashion/design watches you'll find all over the internet! With a little more research I discovered most of these fashion watches were made in China and for the same price and even lower I could get a much better quality watch with a respected brand name. Citizen was my choice!

The Citizen NH8350-08B didn't disappoint and was more than I had expected! It's in keeping with the current trends but comes with superb quality! Also keep in mind that this watch is Automatic and not a quartz!

Being 40mm in diameter it looked just right even on my small wrists and it makes a great size dress watch. The push/pull crown felt just right and not cheap. Again you're getting that Citizen quality.

The dial couldn't be more minimalistic. I love the plain off white color and the black leather strap compliments it. The strap is a little stiff but as with all leather will break in becoming softer in time. You'll find the hands are just the right size, especially the minute hand reaching towards the edge of the dial keeping the style simplistic. Not short as with other watches and again this adds to the style.

The glass although not crystal is flat in design and for the low price I paid I have no complaints.

A quality watch from Citizen for under USD 100.00 must be one of the best dress watches on the market. It is so good I also bought the NH350 with the blue dial and have added pictures of both. I seriously love these watches and I guarantee they wont disappoint you!

A note on Dutyfree Island:

To be honest I hadn't heard of Dutyfree Island before so I was a little reluctant especially as their prices were so much cheaper than elsewhere. My watch arrived in only 5 days well ahead of the estimated shipping time and without any import tax! Perhaps ordering it without a box helps. It was exactly as described and I will definitely order from you again! Once you get a few of my other favourite watches back in stock of course! Hint!



February 2018 Winner

Orient Envoy Open Heart Semi Skeleton Japan Automatic Gent's Elegant Watch - SAG00003B0

Recenzja/Review - Review by Dominik from Poland

Hi everyone, i would like to tell sth about my first TRULY watch, let`s star the review of Orient.
I would like to split this review to two topics, first will be shipping, second: the watch itself.
Let`s start!
Shipping:
I`ve ordered that watch on 26th December 2017, and i choose longer shippement. DFL crew send my watch the next day, and on 30th December it go to my country (Poland), next i had to wait for about 30 (regular) days to took my package from postman.
I put an screenshot of shippement, so you can see the route by yourself.
One thing to remeber: be patient!

Watch:
On 30th January 2018 I`ve recevied a watch, the package isn`t too big but it`s well protected, inside we have:
* documentation
* certification book
* and the watch itself (which is also protected)

The watch itsefl:
Well it`s my first automatic watch so i don`t have anything to compare with but i can tell you one thing:
BOY IT LOOKS AMAZING
That smooth second is hypnotizing, black dial fits perfect with white hands its beatufil and easily readable, all in all i`m very happy to buy this watch, but... it is not the LAST ONE :)
There is one thing that i dont like about this watch is the rotor, it`s somethimes (when you twis you wrist too fast) too noisy.
Hope my review was usefull, see you soon with next watch review!

Regards, Dominik



January 2018 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive F900 Satellite Wave World Time Super Titanium Sapphire Japan Watch - CC9020-54E

Citizen CC9020-54E - мечты сбываются! - Review by Denis from Russia

Давно хотел иметь часы с синхронизацией времени по спутнику. И даже покупал часы Citizen CC3001-01E, которые показали себя лишь с хорошей стороны, но wow-эффект довольно таки быстро прошел. Нет, часы очень хорошие, все в духе Citizen, но как-то не зашли. С тех пор периодически поглядывал на другие модели с GPS от разных часовых брендов, но каждый раз возвращался к Citizen. Модель CC9020-54E видел с момента их презентации в Базеле. Первое впечатление было двояко, даже, можно сказать, не впечатлили вообще. Но вот, в один прекрасный день, и произошел тот самый щелчок, после которого понимаешь - "Елки-палки! Да это же МОЁ!" И началась подготовка к покупке. Пришлось многое из моего сета продавать, дабы собрать нужную сумму. Затем еще и ждать, когда искомая модель появится в наличии. Наконец звезды сошлись так, как мне это нужно было - часы появились в магазине, я их быстренько оплачиваю и приступаю к томительному ожиданию....... Вот тут меня ждал сюрприз! Все дело в нашей Почте России и ее отношении к посылкам, особенно ЕМС, особенно из заграницы. Это же и для сотрудников DFI тоже не секрет. А тут еще и покупка часов с немалой ценой... Одним словом, началась переписка с сотрудниками магазина и, ЧЕСТЬ ИМ И ХВАЛА!!!, ребята пошли мне навстречу и отправили вожделенные часы, за что я им безмерно благодарен! Номера отправлений (да-да, посылок было две) 21-го декабря получены, томительное ожидание началось. Если бы не новогодние праздники, часы были бы у меня еще раньше, но тут ничего не поделать. И вот, 9-го января, я мчусь на почту и получаю свои две коробки, в одной из которых фирменная коробка от часов, а в другой собственно часы. Лишь слегка приоткрыв на почте коробочку с часами, дабы убедиться, что они на месте, я сразу же понесся домой. Не думаю, что "unboxing" кому-то интересен, потому описывать его не буду.....

Скажу так - Ребята, это ВЕЩЬ!
Это часы, которые можно купить и иметь как единственные. Ну, вот все в них идеально. И читаемость, и удобство в эксплуатации, и посадка на запястье... Да, тут должен заметить, что часы крупные и, возможно, на небольшое запястье не сядут, но на мое 18,5-19 см сели идеально, как по мне сделаны. Часы пришли полностью настроены, показывали правильную дату и время, но... Гонконгское. Но разве это проблема с таким-то аппаратом на руке? Надо лишь выйти на балкон, зажать и подержать верхнюю кнопку, подождать секунд 15-20 и вуаля, у вас точнейшее время с правильной датой и правильным часовым поясом. Это ли не технологии? Это ли не 21 век?

Made in Japan; Eco-Drive; топовый калибр F900; сапфировое стекло с антибликовым покрытием; титан, да не простой, а с пресловутым покрытием Duratect α (Surface Hardening Technology) + MRK, зарекомендовавшим себя как одно из лучших; хронограф; будильник; UTC... да этот список можно продолжать и продолжать...

Спасибо DutyFreeIsland за отзывчивость, честность и за то, что они всегда идут навстречу покупателю! Я к вам вернусь еще не один раз!

Спасибо Citizen за столь высокотехнологичный и качественный гаджет!

С уважением,
Денис.



December 2017 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F900 Promaster Navihawk GPS Sapphire Watch - CC9030-51E

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F900 Promaster Navihawk GPS Sapphire Watch - Review by Jari Likonen from Finland

I had been looking for a new watch to replace my old Casio solar powered one. I have been quite happy with it but I had a problem with it; I never remember how to switch between summer/winter time. First I was looking at smart watches (Apple, Samsung) but very soon I discarded these because you need to charge the battery once a day. I don't want to have one more burden in my life.

Couple weeks ago I was flying to London (I'm living in Finland) and I was reading an airline magazine. There was an ad for Seiko Astron and I got excited about it. This type a watch was exactly what I was looking for. After arriving in London I did googling but unfortunately Astron was way too expensive for me. I then googled for other solar powered gps watches and ended at DFI website. Soon I found a watch (Citizen F900) I was looking for and the price was affordable for me. Of course I was somewhat suspicous about the price because on street market the prices are nearly double.

Almost all the reviews about DFI were positive so I decided to place an order. First attempt wasn't succesful because I tried to make the order using my IPhone. I then sent a message to DFI and asked whether my order had gone through. I got a reply from Kevin on the following morning and he checked the situation. It turned out that something had gone wrong so I placed a new order. I didn't want to get the box but I wanted to have the Tax free shipping even though it cost about 21USD. Kevin replied almost immediately and I got the tracking number. And soon I got another email saying that the watch had been shipped. After this I checked everyday the status of the shipment but for some reason the UK Royal Mail tracking number didn't show any results. After about 3 days I contacted Kevin again and asked about the shipment. He said that it may take 3-5 working days before the tracking number works. Finally the watch arrived in London so I was quite relieved and on the following day it was in Helsinki. I got really excited but I was somewhat worried whether I need to pay for any customs fees because the parcel was at the airport terminal for 1.5 days. After few more days the parcel was delivered to my local post office so I didn't have to pay for any additional fees. I noticed that the parcel had Royal Mail label so there was no indication that the parcel had been from actually from HK. I'm pretty sure that I didn't have to pay any customs fee because of this Royal Mail label.When I opened the well packed parcel I noticed that there was a Citizen box even though I hadn't order it. So, this was a nice surprise. I managed to find a Finnish manual and it seems to be very simple to change the settings for the watch.

The Citizen watch looks really awesome. I am really happy with DFI, everything works well, fast communication, fast shipment, no local taxes. I can recommend DFI to everyone. Thanks a lot.



November 2017 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Super Titanium 100m Chronograph Sapphire Men's Watch - CA0650-82M

Un reloj de caballero con gran elegancia y una calidad impecable - Review by Miguel Vázquez from Spain

Como aficionado a los relojes, conozco desde hace años el buen resultado que ofrecen los productos de la marca Citizen, por esta razón me decidí a adquirir uno de sus relojes. Buscaba un reloj bonito y con buena apariencia, que gracias a sus acabados proporcionara una gran experiencia de uso. Tras mucho buscar, encontré un reloj que se ajustaba a lo que quería, con un precio muy bueno y unas características completamente irresistibles, entre las que destacaban la durabilidad y el bajo peso que proporciona la tecnología Super Titanium y el cristal de Zafiro, unido al Cronógrafo y Taquímetro que se nos presenta en este modelo.

Era mi primera compra a través de Dutyfreeislandshop, y una vez realizada a través de la web, comencé a recibir información del pedido en todo momento, que además fue recibido en mi domicilio en 9 días, por lo que me quedo muy satisfecho con la gran seriedad y profesionalidad con el envío.

El paquete estaba en perfectas condiciones, con el embalaje original del reloj, instrucciones y garantía sellada.

El reloj cumplía las expectativas plenamente, funcionando desde el primer momento al recibir luz al ser un modelo Eco-Drive, proporcionando unas sensaciones de calidad y buenos acabados extremas, demostrando ser muy cómodo, adaptándose perfectamente a la muñeca sin resultar pesado ni molesto.

Espero que estos argumentos sean de utilidad, tanto para recomendar este reloj, como para recomendar esta tienda gracias a atención recibida. Ha sido una experiencia muy grata, puntuación 10/10.

Muchas gracias por todo.
Un saludo.



October 2017 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Global Radio Controlled World Time AT Perpetual Gents Watch - AT9071-07E

면세섬을 이용하시는 모든 한국인 여러분께 그리고 면세섬 관계자 여러분께 - Review by SANGHO from South Korea

먼저 좋은가격에 좋은시계를 구입할수있어서 너무 좋았습니다. 또한, 제가 사회에 첫발을 내딛으면서 첫월급으로 구입한 시계이기에 더욱더 의미가 큰것같습니다.

일본에 교환연구학생으로 있을때 처음 면세섬을 알게되었고 일본내에서 at9071-07e모델을 구입할수가 없어서 인터넷을 찾아보던중 dutyfreeisland를 알게되었습니다. 하지만 그 당시에는 재고가 없었고 제품정보란의 구독버튼을 눌러 재고가 들어오기를 기다렸습니다. 재고를 기다리지 않고 다른 곳에서 구입을 하면 되지않느냐 라고 하시겠지만 다른곳은 가격이 너무 터문이 없었습니다. 결국 2017년 2월부터 2017년 10월 간의 모니터링 끝에 얼마전에 물건이 들어왔다는 메일을 수신했고 바로 결제를 하였습니다.

각설하고 시계소개후 dutyfreeisland 통칭 면세섬을 이용하시는 한국인 여러분께 도움 아닌 도움을 드리고자 상세히 리뷰를 작성하려고 합니다.

at9071-07e 모델을 선택하게된 이유는 1. 충전이 필요없는 '에코드라이브'기능 2. 외국을 자주 출국할때를 대비하여 '월드타임' 기능 3. 그리고 날짜의 수정이 필요없는 '퍼페츄얼 캘린더' 기능 2100년까지 날짜수정이 필요없습니다. 4. 레더스트랩 5. 그리고 핸즈의 야광이 초록색이 아닌 파란색 이라는 점 이었습니다.

가격은 이베이나 어디를 찾아보아도 면세섬 만한곳이 없었습니다. 적게는 1.5배 많게는 2.5배 까지 가격이 차이가 나기때문에 저는 면세섬에서 구입하기로 마음먹었습니다.

저의 시계구입기는 여기까지이고 혹시나 면세섬에서 구입을 망설이시는 분들에게 팁아닌 팁을 드리고 글을 마치고자 합니다.

해외구매시 가장 걱정하는것이 배송문제, 관세문제, 그리고 판매처의 친절도 문제인것 같습니다.

1. 저같은경우는 배대지를 사용하지 않았고 기본적으로 면세섬에서 한국으로 무료항공배달을 해주었기에 이부분에 대해서는 걱정할 필요가 없었습니다.

2. 제가 시계를 살때 한국돈으로 352000가량, 미화로 302달러에 구매를 하였습니다. 곰곰히생각해보니 150달러 이상이면 관세를 내야하는데 이리저리 포함하면 가격에 10%정도를 지불해야하더군요. 관세를 지불하더라고 이미 충분히 가격에대한 매리트가 있기때문에 저는 상관하지 않았지만 택배가 한국에 도착하여도 관세청에서 연락이 오지않더군요. 그리고 직장으로 배송되었습니다. 제가 관세를 내지않은 이유는 아무래도 면세섬 측에서 상품의 가격을 40달려로 표기해주어서 그런것이 아닌가 생각이드네요. 정말로 센스와 소비자를 위한 배려가 넘치는것 같습니다.

3. 마지막으로 판매처의 친절도 문제. 솔직히 정말 감동받았습니다. 저는 해외직구가 처음인지라 그저 주소를 영어로 적으면 끝인줄 알고있었습니다. 결제를 하고 다음날 면세섬 측에서 메일이 왔더군요. 저의 주소중 zip-code가 누락되어 있으니 가능한 빨리 알려달라는 내용이었습니다. 알고보니 집코드가 새로변경된 5자리 우편주소더군요. 근데 저는 저사실을 알지못했고 국가별 코드를 적어서 보내는 실수를 하고맙니다. 하지만 면세섬 측에서 또한번 메일이 왔더군요. zipcode는 5자리로된 숫자이고 친절히 대한민국 우체국EMS사이트 주소까지 첨부해서요. 그리하여 저는 주소를 수정하고 고객서비스 헬프데스크에 메일을 보냄으로써 시계를 받을수 있었습니다. 대응시간은 퇴근후 6시쯤 메일을 보내면 아침 9~10시 사이에 답변을 해주더군요. 그리하여 물품 주문 3일만에 제품이 준비가되었고 선적되었습니다. 다른분들은 물품을 수령하시기 까지 대략 2주가 걸리셧다고 하던데 저는 10월3일 홍콩을 떠나 10월12일에 물품을 수령하였습니다. 해외배송치고 엄청빨리 받은듯 하네요.

저의 리뷰는 여기까지이고 dutyfreeisland를 이용하실 또는 이용할예정인 한국인분들은 믿고 구매하셔도 될것같습니다.

혹시나 관세문제에 대하여 다시 첨언드리자면 저는 300불가량 되는 물품에 관세를 매긴다고 하여도 10% 약 30불 정도지만 혹시 고가의 시계를 구매하시는 분들은 관세가 높게 책정될수 있으니 구매시 주의바랍니다.

이상 저의 리뷰였고 dutyfreeisland에서 시계를 더 구입할 생각에 가슴이 설레이네요.

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September 2017 Winner

Seiko Prospex Sea Baby Tuna Automatic 200m Divers Black And Gold Men's Watch - SRPA82K1

An excellent all day watch from a reliable profess store DUTYFREE ISLAND - Review by IOANNIS from Greece

Seiko Prospex Automatic SRPA82K1 Watch is extremely easy to read, and it makes suitable for business and other occasions. This watch is comfortable to wear in your wrist. The deep grooves in the bezel are designed for easy operation. Stainless Steel Case with Silicone Strap. Automatic Movement with Day And Date Display.Luminous Hands And Markers with Unidirectional Rotating Bezel.The dial design has just one objective; maximum legibility, even deep in the ocean where sunlight does not penetrate. The hour markers are large, so as to allow the maximum surface area and depth for Seiko's Lumibrite coating. The hands, too, are wide and easy to read.The watch is designed and manufactured to withstand up to 200m going under the water, and is suitable for wearing while scuba diving. The crown has screw-down protection to prevent it from being pulled out by any accidental operation as the water resistance function is secured only when the crown is at its normal position.The precise and secure operation of the uni-directional bezel prevent accidental rotation, so that the time measured is never shorter than the actual elapsed time. Additionally i want to thank the DUTYFREE ISLAND personnel about their support Its a real perfect store i bought more than 4 watches from them and i can tell you for sure that there are original geniue and hi-end watches trust them with close eyes.Keep going with your great jodbfriend...ill purse more watches from you !!!!!!!



August 2017 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave World Time F150 Blue Sapphire Japan Watch - CC3001-51L

Лучшие высокотехнологичные часы - Review by Спартак from Ukraine

Я уже не один год являюсь поклонником компании Citizen и её часовой продукции с современными технологиями. Поэтому выбор при покупке очередных часов пал именно на этот бренд. Ну а одно из лучших предложений продукции этой японской компании на просторах интернета делает известный во всём мире магазин DFI. Поэтому, дождавшись появления интересующей меня модели, я сделал заказ. Отправка состоялась на следующий после оплаты день, а на 14-ый день часы уже были у меня на руке. Задекларированная стоимость часов была 35 $, что избавило меня от уплаты таможенной пошлины и не привлекло внимания сотрудников почты. За это магазину DFI отдельное спасибо. Теперь о часах.

Citizen как всегда на высоте: при тщательном обследовании я не обнаружил ни одного дефекта в обработке корпуса часов и браслета. Всё выполнено на высоком уровне. Переходы между полированными и сатинированными частями имеют чёткие границы, не размыты, без дефектов и затиров. На сатинированный безель нанесены названия часовых поясов. Надписи очень чёткие и ровные.

Циферблат выполнен из какого-то полимера (затрудняюсь с определением, могу ошибиться) с очень изящным гильоше. Имеет двухуровневую структуру. При определённом угле освещения создаётся впечатление полупрозрачности. Цвет циферблата меняется в зависимости от освещения : от ненасыщенного тёмно-синего до графитового. Окошко даты глубокое, но прекрасно читается. Стрелки имеют интересную форму, особенно секундная. При её движении создаётся впечатление тяжеловесности, мощи. После калибровки часовая и минутная стрелки стали точно на метки, секундная же с 2-х до 5-и часов чуть косит, буквально на половину ширины метки. Это почти не заметно, даже если присматриваться. Простительно. И стрелки, и метки покрыты люминофором. Даже без предварительной засветки люминофор светится всю ночь, время считывать одно удовольствие. У кнопок тугой и плавный ход с ощутимым «смачным» окончанием. Заводная головка имеет два рабочих положения, в которые выходит с ощутимым щелчком, что исключает неверные действия при настройке (не промахнуться). По исполнению к браслету и застёжке вопросов нет. Застёжка литая, «крепко сбитая», браслет толстый, увесистый, литой. Звенья собраны на неразрезные шпильки с втулками (одна втулка на одном конце шпильки. При подгонке браслета под руку будьте внимательны, не потеряйте втулку). Браслет по дизайну кажется простоватым, без «изюминки». Он сделан в стиле «хай-тек минимализма», однако это прекрасно сочетается с технологичным полимерным циферблатом, необычной заводной головкой и всеми технологиями часов: от Eco-Drive до GPS приёмника. Настройка часов проста и понятна. Она заняла у меня 20 минут. Хочу отметить функцию проверки уровней заряда батареи. В часах Citizen Eco-Drive эта функция встречается не часто. Как правило, недостаточный заряд можно определить по секундной стрелке, движущейся через одно или два деления. Это означает, что в батарее заряд минимальный. Такое положение вещей напрягает. В калибре F150 увидеть уровень заряда можно на текущий момент и не допустить разряда батареи до минимального уровня. Для меня это очень важно. На запястье 19 см часы сидят комфортно, руку не давят и не натирают. Было снято одно звено при подгонке. Думаю, что на запястье 21 см браслет уже будет мал. В общем и целом, часы показались мне очень сбалансированными, все детали выдержаны в едином стиле и не выпадают из общей концепции. Циферблат не перегружен лишней информацией и большим количеством стрелок. Все данные легко считываютcя даже при «беглом» взгляде. Техническая начинка часов позволяет не задумываться об их обслуживании и точности хода, а приятный внешний вид делает этот прибор для измерения точного времени ещё и красивым мужским аксессуаром. Я доволен часами Citizen СС3001-51L и сотрудничеством с магазином DFI. Специально для DFI, Украина, Spartakus.

During a lot of years I have been a fan of Citizen and its watch products with modern technologies. Therefore, the choice to buy the next watch fell on this brand. One of the best offers of this Japanese company's products in the Internet is made by the world-famous DFI store. So, when the watch became in stock, I made an order. The dispatch was held on the next day after payment, and on the 14th day the watch was already on my hand. The declared cost of the watch was $ 35, which saved me from paying customs duty and did not attract the attention of mail employees. Special thanks for this for DFI. Now, about watch.

Citizen as always on top: with a thorough survey, I did not find a single defect in the processing of the watch case and bracelet. Everything is done at a high level. Transitions between polished and satin parts have clear boundaries, which are not blurred and without defects and scuffs. The satin bezel has the names of time zones. The inscriptions are very clear and smooth.

The dial is made of some kind of polymer (difficult to determine, I can be mistaken) with a very elegant guilloche. It has a two-level structure. At a certain angle of lighting, the impression of translucency appears. The color of the dial varies depending on the lighting: from an unsaturated dark blue to a graphite one. The date window is deep, but perfectly readable. The hands have an interesting shape, especially the second one. When it moves, it creates the impression of heaviness, power. After calibration, the hour and minute hands became exactly on the marks, the second one, from 2 to 5 hours, slightly skew, literally half the width of the mark. This is almost not noticeable, even if you look closely. It's pardonable.

Both arrows and marks are covered with a luminophore. Even without preliminary lighting, the luminophore glows all night, reading the time are only a pleasure. The buttons have a tight and smooth stroke with a tangible "tasty" ending. The crown has two working positions, which comes out with a perceptible click, which excludes wrong actions during the setting (not to miss).

There are no questions about the execution of bracelet and buckle. The clasp is cast, "tightly knocked down", the bracelet is thick, heavy, cast. The units are assembled using uncut studs with bushings (one bushing at one end of the stud. When you adjusting the bracelet to your arm, be careful not to lose the bushing). The design of bracelet seems rustic, without a "raisin". It is made in the style of "hi-tech minimalism", but it is perfectly combined with a technological polymer dial, an unusual crown and all technologies of watches: from Eco-Drive to GPS receiver.

The watch setting is simple and understandable. It took me just 20 minutes.

I want to note the function of checking the battery level. In the Citizen Eco-Drive watch, this feature is not common. As a rule, an insufficient charge can be determined by a second hand moving through one or two divisions. This means that the battery charge is minimal. This state of affairs strains. In the F150 caliber, you can see the charge level at the current moment and prevent the battery from discharging to a minimum level. It is very important for me. The watch is comfortable on the wrist 19 cm, it doesn’t squeeze and does not rub the hand. One unit was removed during fitting. I think that bracelet will be small on the wrist 21 cm.

In general, the watch seemed to me very balanced, all the details are in the same style and do not fall out of the general concept. The dial is not overloaded with unnecessary information and a large number of arrows. All data is easy to read even with a "quick" look. The technical filling of the watch allows you not to think about their maintenance and the accuracy of the stroke, and the nice appearance makes this device for measuring the exact time also a elegant male accessory.

I am pleased with the Citizen CC3001-51L and the cooperation with the DFI store.

Specially for DFI, Ukraine, Spartakus.



July 2017 Winner

Rhythm Japan Ladies Swarovski Crystal Sapphire Mother Of Pearl Rose Gold Leather Watch - L1504L04

RHYTHM L1504L04_Rose Gold - Review by Ivan Nikolaevich from Russia

Во второй раз приобр­ел часы в магазине www.dutyfreeislandsh­op.com. На этот раз покупал часы своей девушке в подарок. Основное предпочтение в часах для нее было – кож­аный ремешок) Изнача­льно рассматривал ча­сы марки Citizen, про RHYTHM даже не зад­умывался. Через какое-то время на e-mail пришло письмо с рек­ламой новых товаров, где среди прочих бы­ли представлены часы RHYTHM L1504L04. Вн­ешне они сразу вызва­ли интерес, часы оче­нь красивые, стильны­е, женственные, цвета розового золота. Циферблат перламутро­вый, слегка отливает разными цветами рад­уги, основной цвет бежевый. Край цифербл­ата украшен камнями. Вместо цифр золотые вставки с камнем вн­утри. Сапфировое стекло! Есть календарь.

Заводную головку укр­ашает синий камушек. По фото было сложно определить, насколь­ко он подходит к час­ам, но оказалось, что он действительно придаёт часам элегант­ности. Часы настолько лёгки­е, что не ощущаются на руке. Смотрятся они очень богато. Осо­бенно нравится, что цвет именно розового золота, он более на­сыщенный. Произведены часы в Японии.

Ремешок кожаный, бел­ого цвета. Застежка на ремешке классичес­кая, не бабочка, отч­его понятно, что рем­ешок будет быстрее изнашиваться. Обратил­ся в сервис с вопрос­ом о покупке дополни­тельного ремешка/бра­слета, ответили, что для данных часов ре­мешки отдельно не пр­одаются.

По точности хода вре­мени – на сайте этот параметр не указан, но за полтора месяца часы ушли на 7 сек­унд вперед. Результаты проверяли онлайн через интерн­ет. Доставили рекордно быстро, всего за 11 дней до Московской об­ласти!! Даже Почта России не подвела))

При получении часов оказалось, что вместо коробочки их упако­вали в мешочек. Снова связался со службой поддержки – предло­жили на выбор возврат денег за коробочку или выслать её отде­льно. Немного расстр­оился, так как часы были в подарок, но коробочку уже вручал отдельно)

Очень рад своему выб­ору, так как восторга моей любимой не бы­ло предела, когда я приподнёс ей часы RH­YTHM L1504L04.Спасибо магазину! Моя деву­шка с огромным удово­льствием носит эти замечательные часы. Эта модель часов выглядит на запястье просто потрясающе. Циферблат ни большого, ни маленького размера, а именно то что нужно. Отличный продавец! Рекомендую всем, кто хочет приобрести кач­ественные часы. Наил­учшее соотношение це­на/качество.



June 2017 Winner

Citizen Automatic 50m Elegant Men's Watch - NH8350-59L

Citizen NH8350-59L review - Review by Tvrtko from Croatia

This is a short review about my new Citizen NH8350-59L. I just recently developed enthusiasm towards watches and this is my first automatic movement. I am not very experienced in writing watch reviews, but I really hope this review will be useful for other buyers.

I was looking for a watch with blue dial and dressy look, but still affordable. Obvious choice was Orient Bambino V3. It had all the boxes ticked on my list of preferences, but then I stumbled upon this nice shop and their vast range of Citizen watches. Two models caught my eye. They were cheaper than Orient, but still had some nice details that give them very distinctive looks. First of, I saw NH8350-83L which has fairly similar dial to Bambino, blue color and nice thin markers all around. One thing I liked more about the Citizen was much longer hands that give this watch more elegant look. Honestly, after seeing this beautiful Citizen, the hands on the Bambino seemed too short and thick and suddenly I lost all interest in that particular watch. I searched for some pictures of that Citizen model on the internet and saw some really nice ones with this watch on brown leather band. It was shiny, but still distinctive, and also classy but casual at the same time. Then I finally saw the other model, NH8350-59L. I fell in love immediately. It has more detailed dial. I believe it has the same color as 83L, but it adds some really nice triangular texture. Honestly, on some pictures it looks like it is a bit "too much" but in real life it looks very decent and reflects much nicer when exposed to different light sources. One thing I also liked better compared to 83L were the hands that are a bit more classy and they even have some lume on them, so you can easily tell time in darker places. I also like the roman numerals on the dial. The font is absolutely gorgeous - very thin and condensed, and it compliments very well with other thin markers on the dial. One little thing came in to my mind... the lumed numerals and markers would look exquisite on this watch, it is a shame that they do not have any lume on them, but I guess they would not be that tidy and elegant looking then.

The case is 40mm in diameter without the crown, and about 11mm tall. It is a fair size for anyone, and fits perfectly on my 6,5" wrist. The case is nicely polished and shines very nice when outdoors. I am not a huge fan of too flashy cases, but this one looks appropriate with all the other details on the watch. I would prefer if they made some parts of the case brushed, like bottom part where the crown is, and others polished, but it would probably make production costs a little bit higher. After all, this is a hundred dollar automatic watch. You cannot expect some premium style finishing, but it is not bad in any way. The crown is not signed, and it is a bit plain. I would prefer smaller more vintage looking rounder crown, but hey - a hundred dollar watch! Don't expect some miracles! Two other things can give you a hint about the low price of this watch - the caseback is solid, with some info about the movement, not very interesting, but no one sees it anyway when you wear it on your wrist, and the bracelet is a bit noisy, but I exchanged it with leather band anyway. The leather band really makes this watch stand out. It goes well with almost every brown leather band, and I bet it would fit nicely with some grey perlon strap for summer nights. Again, the bracelet is decent for this price range, but I just like leather more. The glass is flat mineral (not curved like the Bambino) and that would be my only real negative point comparing those two. The movement is Citizen 8200 which I know absolutelly nothing about. I have read some reviews that say it is a reliable movement and that is all I need to know. I must admit, I noticed one really annoying thing - when you shake the watch excessively (when running, etc.) the seconds hand stops for a moment, and then resumes after a second or two. At first I thought my watch is faulty, but I googled it, and apparently it is a common behaviour for this movement and it does not affect time keeping (I still have to figure out how!). The watch is pretty light and very comfortable to wear. Some extra weight would probably make the watch seem more serious, but I am absolutely ok with it as is.

All in all, I am glad I chose this over Bambino (although I will definitelly get one some day, but different style). I got a really good looking watch for a very fair price. The beautiful textured blue dial with elegant hands and numerals are really something that make this watch worth every cent, and a lot more! All other stuff that could be better, but it isn't, would put this watch in a much higher price range, so when you have the price in mind, my opinion is that this watch passed the exam with straight A's. That is probably the main reason why this watch is sold out on almost every shop on the internet. When it got back in stock on DFI, it sold out in less than 24h, if I recall correctly, so I am really glad I am one of the lucky new owners of this watch.

As far as my experience with Dutyfree Island Shop, everything went better than expected. I ordered my watch without the box from their ebay store, and it came all bubblewrapped and in a pouch, with all the papers you usually get with your watch, so any damage is very unlikely to happen. The package travelled with no problems to my address. Also, I got my watch way before estimated shipping time and order tracking was available at any time. I would and I will definitely buy again from this shop.

Sincerely,

T.

P.S. I attached some pictures on stock bracelet and on light brown leather, so I'll let you decide which one suits it better!



May 2017 Winner

Suunto Traverse Alpha Stealth Outdoor Sapphire GPS Watch - SS022469000

Suunto Traverse Alpha Stealth Outdoor Sapphire GPS Watch - Review by Muhammad Habibih Al-Kuya from Malaysia

Awesome watch! I have studied many different models of GPS watches before purchasing this one. In fact I was going to purchase the Suunto Traverse a few weeks ago which is the older model.

I came across Suunto's website and saw that they had a new version coming out April 2016. I decided to wait and get this one, the Traverse Alpha. It has a few extra features that the older model doesn't like the hunting and fishing modes for the GPS.

The textile band, textured bezel, and Sapphire Crystal are other things added to the watch that contribute to the increased cost compared to the older model which is totally worth it. The smooth bezel on the older model would show scratches more when they happen. The textured bezel gives it a more rugged look and will show less signs of wear over time.

The sapphire crystal gives you more scratch resistance and more clarity on the screen, and the textile band feels nicer on your wrist than the silicon band on the older model. I tried on the older model at an REI for comparison.

This watch is worth the money. From all my research through reviews on various websites a lot of people have said the GPS on this watch is reliable. Whereas I was also looking into the Garmin Fenix watches and everyone loved the watch for the most part, but many said the GPS on it wasn't accurate.

That their runs with the breadcrumb trail on the Garmin Fenix would show them going way off trail making their total distance ran further than they actually ran. I have friends and family with Suunto watches and they have all been happy with them. One has the Suunto Ambit Peak 3 and told me the GPS function worked great.

I felt so much more confidence buying the Suunto Alpha over any other GPS watch out there. I am not a watch person since I just use my phone to check time, so I am not going to buy a watch just to check the time. I bought this because it is very functional with the GPS for when I go hiking in the backcountry and it even will vibrate when I receive a text or call.

I used the Apple Watch for a couple weeks when it was released and thought the notification features were useful, but it didn't justify the $400 cost of the watch. The Suunto Traverse Alpha is everything I wanted the Apple Watch to be. I wanted it to be a smart watch with a good battery life and with functional features that my phone cannot do off the grid.

This watch does everything I liked about the Apple Watch which was really only notifications since I keep my phone on silent and I don't always feel it in my pocket. I always feel the vibration on my wrist so now I never miss a text or call. This watch doesn't need your phone to get a GPS location, altitude, compass, or barometer measurement. It functions like any standard GPS. The battery life on the Apple watch was like 1.5 days. I've tinkered with this watch for a couple days now after a full charge 2 days ago it is only at 93% now. Seems like I could easily go a week or longer without charging this. Of course using the GPS function will drain it faster, but I don't need the GPS all the time.

I sold my Apple Watch soon after I bought it because it only did everything that my phone could do. Most of the time in the watch apps it would even tell me to open up the app on my iPhone to use more features since the watch couldn't do it all. It was an expensive gadget that didn't provide me with any extra function.

I now wear the Suunto Traverse Alpha since it can do things that my phone can't do and it has a lot of useful features when paired with your phone for everyday use. It is worth every penny.

Suunto Traverse Alpha GPS watch offers a ton of options for hunters, fishers and outdoor enthusiasts, including such versatile outdoor functions such as the electronic compass with tilt compensation and a bread crumb trail navigational system to help while exploring through any new and unknown environments.

Perfect for a long and arduous journey, the rechargeable battery lasts for hours at full intensity with the GPS function on. During testing, the battery lasted well over 3 days while the GPS and other functions were active.

The watch even produces a sound in order to alert the user of a low battery, and stays on for quite some time at a 1% charge (even at 0% charge it was still active for a couple hours), allowing the user more than enough time to trek it back to camp base to charge the device.

Overall Opinion of the GPS function - This is definitely a rugged useful watch for hiking in the back country. The Movescount App adds plenty of function for this watch as well. I was really impressed with the Suunto Movie option. The Movescount App will tell you some things that the watch itself won't show like how elevation or temperature changed throughout the time you recorded your route. Lots of useful information from the App.

To say the least, the Traverse Alpha is not only one of the most comfortable watches I've ever had the pleasure of wearing, but it's one of the most fully featured piece of outdoor equipment I have had my hands on and I highly recommend it to any outdoor enthusiast who's in need of a small and powerful device such as this.

THANK YOU DUTYFREEISLAND.COM FOR THE AWESOME SERVICE!

THANK YOU SUUNTO FOR THE AWESOME WATCH! I LOVE SUUNTO <3 <3 <3



April 2017 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Super Titanium 100m Sapphire Chronograph Japan Watch - CA4021-51E

My first wristwatch from internet store was a success - Review by Talgat from Kazakhstan

Hello, everyone!

A bit of pre-story - My 25th birthday was looming and I decided to spoil myself by adding another wristwatch to my collection. Surprisingly enough, despite living in 2017 I have never ordered a piece of jewelry online. We all know that fear of unknown, but do not worry this shop has a great reputation for being reliable and has been around for ages.

After browsing the store for days, I have finally settled on this Citizen model and ordered the watch. The shipment took roughly two weeks, which is not bad considering that it was stuck in my country for 3-4 days. The seller also wrote a much lower price on the packaging to decrease the chances of the watch being stolen.

Overall, after three weeks of using the watch I have nothing to complain about, the watch keeps a good time with +10 seconds in three weeks and all the features of the chronometer are working. For just 150 USD you can buy a full-fledged Japanese watch with a heritage that rivals that of the Swiss watches, do not pass up on this opportunity!

I can confidently recommend this site to everyone who is on the lookout for a new watch and is not snobbish about the Japanese ones. Definitely going to buy from them again, all five stars.

Regards, Talgat



March 2017 Winner

Seiko 5 21 Jewels Automatic Ladies Watch - SNK880K1

Часы для любимой жены. - Review by Ivan from Russia

Долго искал подходящий подарок на годовщину для любимой жены. Поскольку мы с ней очень любим часы, было решено остановить свой выбор на хороших механических часах, с японским механизмом. Моделей с подобными характеристиками на просторах интернета оказалось немало, однако цена везде была практически в два раза выше. Я так же являюсь постоянным читателем российского часового форума, поэтому за советом отправился туда. Прочитав отзывы про Dutyfreeisland от постоянных покупателей решил первый раз купить часы не в салоне, а через интернет. И не прогадал. Доставка довольно быстрая( правда по территории России шла посылка дольше чем из Гонконга, многие догадаются из-за какой организации). Сегодня получил часы и очень счастлив. Среднего размера корпус, для женских часов 34 мм. Превосходно обработан и корпус и браслет. Полировка и сатин выполнены на отлично. Приятный золотистый оттенок у безеля и элементов браслета. Циферблат простой, но очень информативный. Хорошо читается и время и день недели и дата. Окошко даты имеет золотую рамочку, что прекрасно дополняет картину.Накладные метки исполнены очень качественно, под метками и на стрелках имеется люминофор, который в лучших традициях Seiko, довольно яркий.Все стрелки чётко совпадают с метками. Внутри простой, но очень надёжный механизм 7S26 на 21 камне. Механика с автоподзаводом работу которой можно наблюдать через прозрачное заднее стекло. Водозащита 50 м. была проверена пока только в душе. В общем за такую цену обладает характеристиками которые у нас в магазинах стоят больше в разы. К покупке часы рекомендую однозначно. И сам магазин соотвественно тоже теперь у меня в любимчиках. Сервис выше всяких ожиданий. Поддержка и быстрота работы лучшая из тех, что я видел в интернет-магазинах. Присмотрел ещё пару дайверов на автомате, которых пока нет в наличии, к сожалению. Подписался на них, буду ждать как появятся. Спасибо команде Dutyfreeisland за такую работу. Удачи Вам в работе.



February 2017 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Sapphire Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watch - BL5540-53E

Citizen Eco-Drive Sapphire Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watch BL5540-53E - Review by Ivan from Russia

Всем доброго времени суток! В данном отзыве я хочу поделиться впечатлениями не только о часах, но и самой процедуре покупки (о магазине).

Начну, пожалуй, с процедуры покупки. Про сам магазин я случайно узнал от своего знакомого. Оказывается, он уже давно приобрел здесь часы и вполне ими доволен. Когда я узнал о сайте, начал смотреть часы, но все равно оставались сомнения об их оригинальности (боялся купить подделку). После посещения различных форумов о данном сайте (магазине) и увиденных только положительных отзывах, сомнения были отброшены! Зарегистрировался и оформил заказ. И вот неприятность - я вспомнил, что правилами Почты России в своих данных необходимо также указывать отчество. Следующим же утром я связался с сервисом поддержки покупателей и сообщил о своей проблеме. Специалист очень быстро ответил и смог внести соответствующие поправки. Буквально через пару часов после этого мне на почту пришло сообщение, что заказ отправлен!!! Еще через 3 недели часы пришли в почтовое отделение! Теперь о часах!))

Основной функцией, интересующей меня в часах, является вечный календарь. Ранее рассматривались модели только марки Seiko. Но, увидев разнообразие моделей Citizen и их функционал, решил остановить внимание на модели Citizen Eco-Drive BL5540-53E. Часы имеют красивый циферблат с римскими цифрами, сапфировое стекло, обладают функций вечного календаря, будильника, хронографа. Также удобно наличие отдельного циферблата для 24-х часового формата времени. Заряд аккумулятора, как и у многих моделей Citizen, происходит благодаря солнечной батарее. В темноте стрелки и метки под цифрами на циферблате подсвечиваются. Когда часы пришли, на них было установлено время, соответствующее Гонконгу, поэтому пришлось настраивать на Московское (перевести назад). Здесь тоже всё не так просто, как у обычных часов. Пришлось прочитать инструкцию. Инструкция международная, но отсутствует описание на русском языке, отчего, конечно, печально, так как дольше приходится разбираться. При наборе определенной комбинации можно посмотреть какой сейчас месяц и год (цифры на большом циферблате соответствуют месяцу, а на маленьком справа - году). В общем, можно долго описывать выбор функций, в инструкции все написано, поэтому двигаемся дальше. По указанным характеристикам погрешность составляет +-15 сек/месяц. На момент написания отзыва часы носились в течение недели, погрешность составила 0 секунд (результаты проверялись онлайн через интернет). Браслет довольно длинный, пришлось убавлять 3 звена.

Ну и что в итоге?

Сервис произвел только положительные эмоции, при возникающих вопросах специалисты очень быстро откликаются и стараются помочь! Цены также приятно удивляют!!!))

Вообще часы марки Citizen стали для меня открытием, раньше и не подозревал о таком количестве моделей. Данной моделью очень доволен, часы красивые, материал изготовления отличного качества (и корпус и браслет - сталь), на руке выглядят очень и очень солидно, приковывают взгляды окружающих!))



January 2017 Winner

Citizen Automatic Sapphire Japan 100m Gents Watch - NJ0070-53E

CITIZEN “Alpine Explorer” - Review by Don from New Zealand

I first discovered the true depth and value of Japanese horology after 14 years collecting Swiss, and only Swiss, watches. As many of you who have been in that situation before would recall, it was a big wake-up call and a challenge to everything I thought I knew and understood at the time. Now in my third decade of being a watch enthusiast, Citizen has been a permanent mainstay in my box, and a Citizen of some type has always been part of my weekly rotation. Over the last decade, I have owned a large number of Citizen, ranging from early-1970s 0200 Manual-wind and Leopard 28800s to modern Cal 2100 Mecaquartz and Eco-Zilla Ti.

What drew me to Citizen was their sheer ability (both movement and case technology)—but one that is paired with humbleness, devoid of boastful pretension—genuine honest value, and accessibility. As a Manufacture, their integrity can be felt through their products, and though I have a preference for traditional mechanical watches, I admire their relentless focus on using the latest technology to optimizing timekeeping, whether it be quartz or Eco-Drive—the latter undoubtedly the heart and soul of modern Citizen.

A decade ago, I had a different set of eye balls… not literally speaking, and but does feel that way. If I were to somehow peer into the case back of this Citizen NJ0070-53E, which I would like to be the first to nickname the “Alpine Explorer”, I would dismiss what I see as being just a plain run-of-the-mill Citizen Miyota 8200 Series—nothing special, nor desirable. I merely saw what it was, and not how it fits into the grand scale of things not only to Citizen, but to the entire watch industry. I lacked the understanding and reverence of this mechanical caliber, now in its 42nd year of continuous production—probably the longest movement production run among all current watch calibers.

First introduced in 1975, the modern Citizen 82xx is virtually unchanged from its original design, a testament to the level of engineering at the time in perfectly balancing performance, precision, and durability with economy of production. The 8200, of which the NJ0070-53E’s Cal 8210 is a family member of, is a living horological history. One that has not only served Citizen well, but brought life to many small independent brands that many enthusiasts love. Even the ubiquitous Swiss ETA 2824-2, released in 1982, has years to catch up to the service history of this humble 8210.

For many, it is relatively easy to admire the horological prowess of vintage Citizen high-grade calibers, such as those powering the Leopards, or the pure magic found in mechanical Grand Seiko. It takes a greater effort, only achieved by some, to appreciate a robust well-engineered workhorse movement like the Citizen 8200 series. So, despite the fact that I really do prefer watches with a solid, non-exhibition case back, every time I look inside the case of my “Alpine Explorer”, I am proud to own a Citizen Automatic 8210. While there are now newer alternatives in the form of the new Cal 4150, which I believe to be a rework of the 82xx with improved aesthetics on the movement (and does look very nice), the good old 8210 has solid, basic, and honest vibe to it that, for me, reflects a lot of Citizen’s values.

For those who have not experience mechanical Citizen in this price range, the quality of material and assembly is “very good”, comparable to say, a Seiko SKX diver, i.e. not perfect and unbeatable for the price. I name this watch the “Alpine Explorer” as I believe both the design influence and the spirit that this timepiece embodies are those of outdoor high-resistance watches like the original 1970s Rolex Explorer and Seiko Alpinist. The dial has an Explorer air to it, while the internal rotating chapter ring echoes those of the Alpinist 2nd Generation onward. Water-resistance of 100 m is the same as specified for the 70s Rolex Explorer.

While the role of watches like the Explorer and the Alpinist is now carried out by even tougher dive watches, the romanticism of the gene is undeniable, and in this respect, the Citizen Alpine Explorer is no less of a watch. Unlike Seiko 5, which constantly reminds you of its value-range status, this Citizen spares you from cost-saving things like mineral glass and folded-steel link bracelets. Made in Japan, the Alpine Explorer features sapphire crystal and solid links bracelet, though the latter is merely okay in quality and construction—still very much a bonus at this price, IMO.

Although the specification states a case diameter of 43 mm, it is around 45 mm with the crown guards, but excluding the crown. The piece does wear large due to its all-dial nature, though still very comfortable on my 18.3 cm wrist. I find it to be the perfect watch for a casual Friday at the office—restrained enough to wear under a shirt cuff and bold enough to wear with a T-shirt—or perhaps a weekend watch that works well in most situations. The icing on the cake is the relative rarity of the Alpine Explorer, surprising many watch enthusiasts who had not known of its existence.

In conclusion, if you are considering purchasing a gents or sports watch from the likes of Certina, Hamilton, Tissot or even Seiko Cal 4R36 range, I would very much recommend looking into this NJ0070-53E “Alpine Explorer”.



December 2016 Winner

Citizen Luxury Automatic Sapphire 50m Gents Elegant Watch - NY4053-05A

Citizen NY4053-05A Watch short review - Review by CHUAN CONG from Singapore

Citizen watch review

Imagine seeing a watch being sold here for nearly half the retail price. It’s a good deal, but some doubts about whether it is a genuine Citizen product floated around my mind even after I bought it. So I went to my local Citizen service centre to check for its authenticity.

The good news was the watch is indeed genuine and the international warranty that came with it will be honoured. However I do have a suggestion which is to have the product details and purchase date written on the blank warranty card.

The shipping was reasonably quick and its updates were prompt.

The actual watch is much more beautiful than its model pictures, and looks new compared to the ones in retail shops. One of my first thoughts upon unboxing the watch was how exquisite it is. The design of this watch consists of a white dial with the area around the hour markings having some pattern. Together with the rose-gold metal case and hour markings, the watch exudes fineness.

Though the only complication it has is a day-date window, to me this lends a touch of elegance to this simple yet classy-looking watch. Having worn it to formal and casual events, I grew to appreciate the watch’s versatility in both situations. The clear case back allows a peek into the inner mechanism of the watch. As I see the gears turning and the spring winding, it gave me a small sense of wonder that in this digital age there is this small and complicated device which is not powered by any electricity at all.

For my first automatic watch I’m satisfied with my purchase. I did not own any Citizen watch before this but now I have confidence in their capability to design and build a solid, quality watch.



November 2016 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive GMT Pilots Mens Watch - BJ7071-54E

Un gran reloj a un precio muy ajustado (A great watch at a very low price) - Review by Fernando from Spain

Cuando me decidí a buscar un sustituto para mi antiguo CITIZEN, pensé en un SEIKO u otro CITIZEN puesto que he tenido anteriormentente modelos de ambas marcas y siempre he estado muy contento con su resultado.

Tras analizar varios modelos, me decanté por el CITIZEN BJ 7071-54E por su tamaño (46,5 mm sin corona) y por su aspecto de reloj de piloto con un bisel dotado de regla de cálculo. Además es resistente al agua hasta 20 bar (200 m).

El reloj me llegó perfectamente empaquetado, con una caja oficial CITIZEN (así lo había escogido), la garantía internacional de un año y su manual de instrucciones en varios idiomas. El plazo de entrega se realizó en el tiempo indicado en la web y no tuve problema alguno en cuanto a tasas de aduanas o impuestos.

Tras usar el reloj durante varios días, estoy muy satisfecho con su compra. Buscaba un reloj de un tamaño superior a los 42-43 mm puesto que la tendencia actual son los relojes grandes pero, a pesar de su tamaño, no resulta excesivo en la muñeca. Por su aspecto, se puede utilizar tanto con ropa elegante como más deportiva. Me encanta el aspecto del reloj con la manecilla del segundero en color rojo.

El CITIZEN BJ 7071-54E es un reloj GMT; es decir, posee una cuarta manecilla que a simple vista parece inexistente salvo por su extremo en color rojo. Esta manecilla permite indicar la hora de otro país o la hora AM/PM (24 h) si está sincronizada con la hora local. En la oscuridad, las manecillas de la hora y los minutos y los índices horarios se iluminan en un llamativo color azul, con una buena intensidad y duración (fácilmente puede aguantar toda la noche si se ha expuesto suficientemente a la luz).

Lleva un cristal mineral endurecido con un tratamiento antireflejante, lo que ayuda a tener una buena visibilidad de la hora. No tiene la misma resistencia frente a los arañazos que un cristal de zafiro pero yo jamás he tenido demasiado problemas en eso puesto que suelo cuidar los relojes bastante. La caja tiene un acabado pulido pero mate, no brillante.

El bisel es interno, lo que ayuda a su conservación frente a las rozaduras y a que mantenga siempre un buen aspecto. Esta característica la veo como una gran ventaja, puesto que es más fácil solucionar una rozadura en el cristal que en un bisel, ya sea puliéndolo o sustituyéndolo si fuera necesario en un futuro. Permite hacer los cálculos típicos de los relojes de piloto (conversiones entre unidades, cálculos de consumo, etc...) y se opera mediante una corona situada en la posición de las 4, algo poco usual en relojes con bisel interno, permitiendo su accionamiento sin necesidad de quitarse el reloj.

La correa es muy sólida, de acero inoxidable, siendo los eslabones de una sola pieza aunque visualmente puedan parecer 5 piezas pequeñas en cada eslabón. A pesar de esto, no considero este reloj excesivamente pesado (unos 160 g) y no noto incomodidad alguna al llevarlo puesto, aúnque estaba acostumbrado a utilizar relojes mucho más ligeros. Además, su cierre lleva un sistema de seguridad que impide su apertura accidental.

El reloj funciona mediante carga solar, con un calibre de cuarzo B877. Este mecanismo ya lo utilizaban modelos anteriores por lo que su eficacia y durabilidad está más que probada. El manual incluye una tabla orientativa sobre las condiciones de carga de la batería y sus tiempos estimados. La batería es de Manganeso-Titanio Litio y su duración indicada sin recibir luz es de 6 meses, una vez que se ha cargado completamente. En caso de carga insuficiente, el segundero pasa a moverse cada dos segundos, lo que indica una reserva de carga de 3 días, aproximadamente. Los relojes Eco-Drive pueden cargarse con cualquier tipo de luz (natural o artificial) aunque he de indicar por mi propia experiencia que la carga mediante luz natural es superior a la realizada mediante luz artificial, incluso en días nublados (comprobado utilizando un luxómetro).

Como punto negativo resaltaría que su corona no es roscada, como en los Nighthawk, aunque de momento no he tenido ningún problema en ese sentido.

En definitiva, un gran reloj a un precio muy ajustado. En mi país puede costar hasta 100 euros más que el precio ofrecido por DutyFreeIslandShop.com. Por tanto, muy satisfecho con su compra y con la web de DutyFreeIslandShop.com.

English translation:

When I decided to look for a substitute for my old CITIZEN, I thought of a SEIKO or another CITIZEN since I have previously had models from both brands and I have always been very happy with their result.

After analyzing several models, I opted for the CITIZEN BJ 7071-54E for its size (46.5 mm without crown) and for its aspect of pilot watch with a bezel equipped with slide rule for calculations. It is also water resistant to 20 bar (200 m).

The watch arrived perfectly packed, with an official CITIZEN box (so I had chosen it), the one-year international warranty and its instruction manual in several languages. The delivery time was made in the time indicated on the website and I had no problem whatsoever in terms of customs or taxes.

After using the watch for several days, I am very satisfied with the purchase. I was looking for a watch size bigger than 42-43 mm since the current trend are big watches but, despite their size, is not excessive at the wrist. Because of its appearance, it can be used with both elegant and sportier clothes. I love the look of the watch with the red second hand.

The CITIZEN BJ 7071-54E is a GMT watch; in other words, it has a fourth hand that at first sight seems non-existent except for its end in red color. This hand allows you to indicate the time in another country or the AM / PM time (24 h) if it is synchronized with the local time. In the dark, hour and minute hands and markers glow in a striking blue color, with good intensity and durability (visible all night long if you have been sufficiently exposed to light).

It has a hardened mineral crystal with an anti-reflective treatment, which helps to have good visibility of the hour. It does not have the same scratch resistance as a sapphire crystal but I've never had too much trouble with it since I tend to care my watches. The case has a polished finish but matte, no glossy.

The bezel is internal, which helps to preserve it against scratches and keeps it always looking good. This characteristic is seen as a great advantage, since it is easier to solve a scratch in the glass than in a bezel, either polishing or replacing it if necessary in the future. It allows to make the typical calculations of the pilot watches (conversions between units, calculations of consumption, etc ...) and is operated by a crown located at the 4 o'clock position, something unusual in watches with internal bezel, allowing its operation without need to remove the watch.

The strap is very solid, made of stainless steel, the links being in one piece although visually they may look like 5 small pieces in each link. Despite this, I do not consider this watch too heavy (about 160 g) and I do not notice any discomfort when wearing it, although I was accustomed to use much lighter watches. In addition, it has a security deployant clasp that prevents its accidental opening.

The watch works by solar charge, with a quartz caliber B877. This movement was already used by previous models so its effectiveness and durability is more than proven. The instruction manual includes an orientation table on the conditions of charge of the battery and its estimated times. The indicated duration of the Manganese-Titanium Lithium battery without receiving light is about 6 months, once it has been fully charged. In case of insufficient load, the second hand moves every two seconds, indicating a load reserve of approximately 3 days. Eco-Drive watches can be charged with any type of light (sunlight or artificial) although I have to indicate from my own experience that the load using sunlight is superior to that made by artificial light, even on cloudy days (checked using a lux meter) .

As a negative point would emphasize that CITIZEN BJ7071-54E it's not a screw-down crown watch, as the Nighthawk, although at the moment I have had no problem in that sense.

Definitely, a great watch at a very low price. In my country it can cost up to 100 euros more than the price offered by DutyFreeIslandShop.com. Therefore, very satisfied with the purchase and with the DutyFreeIslandShop.com website.



October 2016 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Aqualand Chronograph Divers Japan Watch - BJ2110-01E

The right choice for a depth sensor watch - Review by Konstantinos from Greece

I used to had a C900 series old Citizen but I lost after a resettlement and I decided to look for a new watch in the market. I used to be a frequent scuba diver and now I dive every summer.
I had two choices. One is this watch and the second choice was BN-2024 or BN-2021. I guess I've made the right choice as those two are bulky and perform almost the same functions as BJ2110.
The only trouble was I had to perform "All reset / Adjust hands" procedure upon arrival. This is normal but the manual was not mention it as a start step. Without read it in the manual the watch could not start and I though the watch was broke or something. So please read the manual carefully before first time usage.
Thanks DFI for the watch !



September 2016 Winner

Citizen Promaster Radio Controlled Super Titanium Sapphire Watch - AS4035-04E

from work to snorkeling trips - Review by Łukasz from Poland

Poszukiwałem zegarka przez długi czas. Kryteria jakie miałem to analog, ciemna koperta, synchronizacja radiowa, wodoszczelność min 10 bar, skórzany pasek, szafirowe szkło, funkcja stopera, wieczny kalendarz i kompas;) Wszystkiego mieć nie można ale ten zegarek w zupełności spełnia wygórowane oczekiwania a dodatkowo jest z tytanu czyli jest lekki i trwały oraz posiada baterie solarną. Kompasu oczywiście brak;)

Przesyłka pojawiła się u mnie bez dodatkowych opłat w czasie zgodnym z opisem sklepu około 12 dni bez uszkodzeń i innych przygód. Wszystko w najlepszym porządku.

Obawiałem się dwóch rzeczy:
Zegarek ten synchronizuje się wyłącznie z nadajnikiem w Niemczech czyli funkcja ta działa na terenie środkowej Europy. Zastanawiałem się do jakiego czasu się synchronizuje UTC czy UTC+1. Okazało się że jest to czas niemiecki UTC+1 czyli również moja strefa czasowa. Oczywiście można ustawić zegar na Local Time gdzie również działa synchronizacja. Funkcja działa prawidłowo najlepiej w godzinach nocnych i poza budynkiem.

Druga sprawa to bateria solarna która długo nie widziała słońca leżąc w magazynie. Zegarek był całkowicie rozładowany dopiero po 2 godzinach pod sztucznym światłem wskazówki ruszyły. Teraz wszystko działa jak należy zegarek zatrzymuje sekundnik w ciemności aby nie marnować energii lecz niestety nie posiada wskazania stopnia naładowania baterii.

Aby uruchomić stoper należy odciągnąć koronkę co jest kłopotliwe. Jeśli często używamy tej funkcji ten model nie jest najlepszy.

Aby pasek szybko się ułożył polecam nawilżyć go olejkiem do ciała. Już po kilku dniach będzie dokładnie leżał na nadgarstku tam gdzie chcemy.

Ten model jest dość gruby 15mm ale wielkość mi odpowiada jest bardzo przejrzysty, lekki 75g, trwały i robi wrażenie na moich znajomych:) Szafirowe szkło jest bardzo odporne na zarysowania ale należy je chronić przed mocnymi uderzeniami gdyż może popękać.

Cena tego modelu jest wysoka i taki zakup powinien być przemyślany, w moim przypadku wszystko się udało.

Spełniłem marzenie za rozsądną cenę jak na tego typy zegarek. Żona niestety ma odmienne zdanie na ten temat ale to już inna historia ;)

Polecam dutyfreeisland i zegarki Citizena jestem mega zadowolony!!



August 2016 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive My First 3.0 Black IP 100m Gents Sports Watch - AW1354-07H

我的第一支 Citizen Eco Drive - Review by 吳宇沛 from Taiwan

戴了多年的SEIKO 石英錶在無預警的情況下停止在下午兩點三十五分。拿去錶店,拆開背蓋後,師傅先換上一個新電池,手表沒有反應,頓時我心頭涼了一半。師傅仔細一看,說是電池漏液,具腐蝕性的電池液波及到電路板。師傅又說,這款電路板已經停產了,沒法子修。我對著師傅苦笑說,看來是換新手錶的時候了。

我鎖定CITIZEN 的 ECO DRIVE 系列,不需要定期更換電池的特點也意味著為地球的環境盡一份心力, 前一支SEIKO的表殼與表帶都是不銹鋼的,重量因素使我只有上班時配戴,下班後與週末都留在抽屜裡。多年前佩戴皮質表帶手表的經驗是鼻子不時都會聞到表帶散發的汗臭味。這兩項考量使我更進一步聚焦在橡膠表帶的手錶上。很快的,我在 eBay 上就發現了CITIZEN 型號 AW1354-07H的這款男士休閒表。比較了台灣拍賣網站的價格後,我立即下標購買。

我選擇了最經濟的免運費,大約六個工作天我就收到包裹了。打開CITIZEN 原廠表盒,映入眼簾的手表正面有膠模保護著,拿出手錶,表帶上的吊牌還在。除了保證書與使用說明以外,還有DutyFree Island 印製的的感謝語與退貨說明小單張。仔細端詳手表,黑色處理的表殼與黑色的橡膠表帶搭配的天衣無縫,咋看之下會以為它是支CASIO的塑膠表,但表殼上的光澤是塑膠表所沒有的。香檳金色的面盤增添了活潑感,時針與分針的白色外框讓時間很容易讀取,日期是以扇形的方式在三點鐘位置呈現,在六點鐘與十二點鐘的大數字我個人不很欣賞,覺得太大了,不過對老人家會很方便。05、25、35、45、 55 這些數字我覺得有些多餘,表冠上的白色條紋與面盤二、四、八、十 點鐘位置的白色條紋相互輝映,有畫龍點睛的效果。表冠兩側的凸起可以避免表冠直接受到碰撞。也許是成本考量,鎖上的不銹鋼背蓋並沒有黑色處理,上頭說明的是日本機芯和10 Bar 的防水能力。

手錶出廠時表冠是在時間調整的位置。換句話說,手表並不會因為在存放時持續運作而消耗電能。把時間與日期調整妥之後手表開始行走,沒有半點電力不足的現象。戴上手錶調整表帶扣在第二孔的位置,對於16 cm 手腕圍的我感覺稍緊。42 mm 直徑大小的表殼在我手腕上剛好,正是我要的尺寸。使用一陣子以後我發現,調整表帶扣在第三孔的位置讓表殼表帶與手之間留些空間通風,讓正值盛夏的手腕更加舒適。固定多餘表帶的膠圈也很稱職,不會過大而自行移位。

第二天上午,我發現手表的日期在前一個午夜並沒有切換,有些困擾。回想當初調整日期時已經避開了會造成日期切換紊亂的時段。到了第三天傍晚,我把時間調快12 小時,欺騙手表已經過了12個鐘頭,隔日起床發現日期於午夜順利切換,這招果然奏效。

戴了兩個星期,發現它完全符合我的需求。特別在重量上,只有我前一支SEIKO的三分之二,左手腕上不再有個笨重的感覺,讓我即使下班後與週末時光也都樂意配戴。DutyFree Island 具競爭力的的價格,在我下一次選購手表時,一定會再考慮它。



July 2016 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Marine 200m ISO Cert. Divers Watch - BN0150-10E

from work to snorkeling trips - Review by Hadi from Malaysia

Been using this watch for the last 5 months and doubtless to say i'm a very happy customer.

been using it everywhere from work to snorkeling trips. just requires a change of strap from rubber to leather or nato. its very versatile and has a good lume.

i would recommend this watch to any interested buyers. i got some compliments on how simple yet good looking the watch is.

the watch timing is perfect and suffice to say i dont have any complaints.

this is my first diver style watch and i have to say that i have no regrets in buying it.



June 2016 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Sapphire Stiletto Ultra Thin Japan Watch - AR3010-65E

Amazing Watch! Amazing Service! Phenomenal Price! - Review by Joshua from Canada

I recently was in the market for a watch, since my eight or nine-year-old Fossil watch had gone missing, and I had a little spending money. I had been looking for a slim watch that would sit well on my very slim wrist and look classy without being like a nuclear warhead sitting on my arm, weighing it down.

Through google searches, I stumbled across the Citizen Stiletto Eco-Drive. However, none were sold in my area, and those nearby retailed for close to $600.00. I liked the watch but that was a little steep.

Enter Dutyfreeisland.com, via eBay, via google searches. What a find! They had the watch listed for my viewing at about $265.00 Canadian dollars. That blew me away. So I started looking at reviews, because I assumed that at this price it had to be a fake. But Trustpilot, eBay, and other places consistently rated the site well and as providing excellent customer service. I decided to purchase through eBay because I could use my PayPal where I had a refund sitting, plus an eBay discount. All in all, it ended up costing about $240.00. WOW!!!

After the order, Dutyfreeisland.com kept in contact, sending shipping updates, giving me the tracking number, and providing a constant source of communication, assuaging the fears of even one of the most careful internet purchasers (this was my first eBay purches!). When I received this watch, I was not disappointed.

It is sleek, refined, classy and only about 5mm thick. I have attached a picture of it on my wrist, freckles and all. Since I work in the accounting field and deal with business client’s day in and out, I wanted something dressy, but muted, that would say, ‘I appreciate fine watches’ without screaming it. This watch does it.

The face is simple but elegant. It is almost completely silent due to the solar powered mechanisms. And even my wife thought it was a considerable step up from the Fossil watch that I had for many, many years.

THANK YOU DUTYFREEISLAND.COM FOR THE AWESOME SERVICE!

THANK YOU CITIZEN FOR THE AWESOME WATCH!



May 2016 Winner

Citizen Promaster Metric Altichron JDM Duratect Titanium Japan Watch - BN4021-02E

Good watch and good service. - Review by Homin from South Korea

시티즌 프로마스터 알티크론 (BN4021-02E) 구매후기입니다. 예전부터 눈여겨오던 시계인데 리테일가가 비싸서 아쉽게도 계속 못사던 시계를 dutyfreeisland 통해서 훨씬 저렴하게 잘 구입했네요.ㅎ
우선 시계의 특징에 대해 말씀드리면 고도측정(10,000m~-200m), 나침반기능, 에코드라이브 파워리저브 정도가 되겠네요.
크기는 50mm인데 생각보다 많이 커보이지는 않습니다. 제 손목둘레는 16.5cm 정도 되니 참고하세요. 재질은 듀라텍 티타늄입니다. 매우 가볍고 튼튼해 보입니다.
글라스는 미네랄글라스라서 조금 아쉬움이 있지만 충격이나 파손에 강하다는 점이 오히려 장점이 될수도 있겠네요. 무브먼트는 에코드라이브 쿼츠입니다. 에코드라이브 제품은 처음 사용해보는데 매우 편할것 같습니다.
배터리 교체할 필요도 없고 기계식 시계처럼 용두를 감거나 계속 착용하고있어야 할 필요도 없습니다.
그리고 파워리저브 창이 있어서 에코드라이브 충전 정도를 알수 있는데 이게 은근 편한것 같습니다.ㅎ 디자인은 개인취향이지만 제눈에는 매우 이쁩니다. 다른색상(오렌지,노랑)도 있지만 가장 무난하면서도 옷입기 편한건 이 모델이 아닐까 싶네요.
여름에 반팔티셔츠에 이거 하나면 코디 끝날것 같습니다.ㅋ
아주 만족스럽네요~
이제는 dutyfreeisland에 대해 얘기해보겠습니다.
처음 구입해보는데 일단 live chat이 꽤나 좋습니다. 한국이랑 시간차이도 별로 안나서 궁금한것 그때그때 물어봤는데
매우 친절하게 응대해줬습니다.
가격도 다른곳에 비해 매우 저렴했고 dutyfreeisland 답게 구입하면서 혜택도 봤습니다.
배송은 FAST SHIPPING으로 했는데 정말 놀랍게 빨랐습니다.ㅋ
지금까지 직구 직배송하면서 받은 가장 빠른 시간이 아니었나 싶습니다.ㅋ 주문하고 3일인가 4일만에 받았으니까요.ㅎ
급하게 필요하신분들은 FAST SHIPPING 추천드립니다.ㅎ
그리고 저는 박스옵션을 선택하지 않아서 파우치에 받게 되었는데요.. 이게 일단 쉬핑되면 박스를 추가할수 없다고 하니.
주문할때 신중히 주문하는게 좋겠네요~
Dutyfreeisland..첫구매부터 좋은 인상을 받아서 앞으로 자주 들르게 될것 같네요~
제품, 서비스 모두 만족합니다. 추천드려요~
감사합니다.
I wrote the review by KOREAN.
This watch is great.
The funtions are awesome and the design of this one very good for men.
The size is little bit big(50mm) but It still fits me.
Thanks for reading my review.


April 2016 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Attesa Satellite Wave World Time Titanium DLC Sapphire Japan Watch - CC9015-54E

Review by Simon Wu from Australia

I am a bit of a tech geek and value functionality over aesthetics anytime. I am also a big fan of the Citizen Eco drive watches; I have had two other Eco drive watches for 7+ years and have never had any problems or replaced the batteries. The citizen CC9015 is both very functional and stylish. This Satellite Wave from the F900 family is particularly cool, this watch is able to actually use GPS signals to help it determine the time zone it is currently in and adjusts the time accordingly. This was a missing feature in the previous satellite wave watches, as you needed to tell the watch what time zone you were in and then it was able to update the time using GPS signals.

The CC9015 watch offers a function selector sub dial at 3 o'clock, and added features include a chronograph, alarm, and the ability to view two time zones at once on the dial. This last feature is particularly useful because you not only get a dedicated sub dial at 6 o'clock for the second time zone, but they are also interchangeable, so you can swap the display of local time and home time as you please. This is a big deal to me. With the added functionality in the CC9015, I do feel that Citizen has finally made the "perfect" travel watch that the Eco-Drive Satellite Wave collection needed to compete with the Seiko Astron. More so, I find the three sub dial layout of the CC9015 more visually balanced than that of the other satellite waves. Though not as clean in appearance as some, but more like a "tech /classy dress” watch, much like the Seiko Astron range.

This model is a little bigger and fits well with the current style for watches. Detailing on the modern-style case is really good. A close inspection of the details reveals a high level of finish and polishing. The watch is still considered thin at 13.1mm thick, which looks great on the wrist with the matching bracelet. The CC9015 case is produced from Citizen's Super Titanium (more tech), I got the natural titanium look, I believe they are also available in a DLC-coated black titanium case. This special treatment of the titanium elevates the hardness level of the case and bracelet to 1000+ Hv, thus equates to 5 times more scratch resistance than stainless. Even with the upmost care in the pass week, I have managed to knock it a few times against furniture, door frames and metal gates, yaks! And let me tell you not a scratch.

One negative though, the function selector is operated by the crown. You have to pull out the crown to position 1 to change function mode, and to position 2 to set the time zone (if required). This really annoys me about this watch. As every watch wearer will tell you, adjusting the crown whilst wearing the watch is an almost impossible task. To change function mode, I constantly find myself pulling the crown out fully to position 2 and missing position 1, and pushing it back in fully instead of stopping at position 1. And if you eventually manage to get it to position 1, you have to turn the crown to select the mode. In which case I almost always accidently push the crown back in while trying to turn it. And all this whilst bending my hand down fully to maximise the space between the watch crown and my wrist and supporting the watch against my stomach so as the watch doesn’t spin on my wrist as I try to change function mode. The watch would have been much better designed, if a dedicating side button was used to select the function mode (like every other watch I own).

Putting all this into context, a timepiece that never needs a battery change, updates your time and location automatically, and offers a range of useful travel features. It also looks pretty cool and has a durable case. For me, this makes the CC9015 not only a competitive timepiece but one that is still very relevant today. Even though Citizen debuted the CC9015 in March 2015, I have only seen the black titanium CC9004 in the shops in Australia. I have not seen the CC9015 in Australia at all. So it was a bit of a leap of faith to purchase this over the internet not having seen it in real life. I had been looking for this watch for over a year. I already know the quality and technology are top-notch because I have been wearing the eco-drive watches for years. When Duty Free Island shop send me an email indicating the CC9015 watches were back in stock and at about half the price of retail, I had to get it. I was a little scared about shipping something of this value by mail, but it arrived as promised and in perfect condition. Duty free island shop is a great place to buy from. They posted my watch the next working day; (though it took 8 days to clear Australian customs), their customer service is excellent and have a great range of watches normally unavailable locally; I will definitely use them again.



March 2016 Winner

Citizen Promaster Eco-Drive Nighthawk Euro Mens Pilots Watch - BJ7010-59E

I don't buy many watches but when I do is because I fell in love with them - Review by Simone from Italy

I don't buy many watches but when I do is because I fell in love with them. I own an old Casio G-Shock, a Casio Edifice EF-125, a Citizen Moon Phase BU0011 and now a Citizen Nighthawk BJ7010, and let me tell you, we haven't build an emotional connection yet, but it's already one of my favorite. I never loved crowded dials, but this one can manage to pull it off, it has a lot of information and still it feels clean and organized.

As far as specs:

  • B877 EcoDrive movement which means that the watch will runs solely on the power produced by light from any source by utilizing the mechanism of a solar panel and a charging device.
  • Analog Quartz with 3 Hands.
  • Anti-Reflective Mineral Crystal: this it's what makes this watch beautiful to watch and I think that no photograph wil truly show how clean and clear the crystal is. My only worry is that
  • unlike a sapphire glass it will scratch more easly (my moon phase is almost 4 years old and it doesn't have a single scratch).
  • The Nighthawk uses the typical Citizen Natulight lume, which has the signature blue glow which is very good and charges really quickly.
  • 2nd time zone: really usefull. In my case I use it to set the time to the local time of the second office of the company I work for.
  • Case size 42mm: I don't have big wrists but it fits perfectly. It's not too big so it works very well even if you don't dress formal and you usually dress casually
  • Water Resistance WR200/20Bar/666ft
  • Insufficient Charge Warning Function
  • Time Setting Warning Function
  • Overcharge prevention
  • Side roule: to master this you have to read the instructions or watch some videos no way around it, but once you get the hang of it it can be really useful, especially for the moltiplication, division and square root functions
  • Near the 3:00 crown it can be find the Promaster logo


February 2016 Winner

Orient Multi-Year Perpetual Calendar Japan Automatic 100m Men's Watch - SEU07005BX

ORIENTal Story - Review by Nikolay Markovich from Bulgaria

Our ORIENTal Story

We have less than few hours experience with the new ORIENT, but let me tell the story, that makes me sure it will be a great watch: We grew up in the socialist past of Bulgaria. For the people, who have no idea about the socialism, well, it has some advantages, but when we were children, we saw mainly the problems: it was very difficult for our parents to travel abroad, there was no import of western goods, so everything we had was made in Bulgaria or in the other socialist countries around, with neither so bad nor so good quality. The only happy exception were the sailors, international truck drivers and gastarbeiters, who have enough money and what was more important, they had the right to have dollars and to buy international goods. So logically, based on their quality of materials and production, the ORIENT watches soon become a symbol of financial and social success. All these casts of workers proudly demonstrated their touch with the new technologies. For me and my family, even quite well educated and qualified, it was impossible to have this kind of watch, the only thing allowed was to dream about it. We never talked about that with our dad, but as we further understood, it seemed he had the same dream about an ORIENT watch. The whole injustice of the system was focused in a few square centimeters, within Japanese gears and fine mechanics.

And then one summer evening, the miracle happened. Our dad, my brother and I were travelling to the village to visit our grandparents. Suddenly something shined up under the car front lights. What was that, a watch? Nobody believed, so we didn’t stop the car. It was too good to be true. After shortly discussion we agreed, that most probably it was a foil from cigarette box. Few hours later, when we travelled back the same way, we saw the same “foil” and this time stopped the car in order to take a closer look. A classic ORIENT watch, model Y469672-4A, was obviously unintentionally dropped by the window of a fast speed travelling car, and after that rolled over by unknown number of vehicles. Like we well know from the movies, there are now vanished samurai warriors, they are only live or dead, so this samurai was looking like after a long and unequal battle, more dead than alive, with broken glass, one missing arrow and another one badly inclined, laying in the middle of the road and proudly waiting for his fate to come. We took it and with almost no hope of success, went to a father’s friend, whose hobby were watches. This lack of hope represented our pure underestimation of the Japanese quality and of the Bulgarian skills. The amateur watch-master proved once again his patience, fantasy and creativity. The Samurai survived, and with a new, somehow compatible glass and definitely different third arrow started to count the years of his new life on the wrists of our family members. There was a strict schedule which days of week which man will carry the precious watch. If one of the teenagers was meeting a girl, he had the right to overcome the schedule and to carry the watch for that night. Our father was the happiest, finally making his dream come true.

Few years later, we grew up, the socialist system collapsed and at the same time our family went well, soon after that our dad succeed to find on the second hand market two more watches from the same model and colour. Of course, there were new models from different brands on the market, but he needed exactly this one. It was easier to find them, because the people with the good incomes from the past seemed to have problems in those days and needed money urgently, in other words, the wheel of fortune turned around. Speaking of our family, we accepted it as a proof, that the hard days are in the past, and better future is coming.
Now, after many years, we have wives and big kids, and my biggest son is celebrating 18, that strange and fuzzy border between the childhood and the manhood. When we questioned him what he would like for a birthday present, he smiled and asked us for an ORIENT watch, not the latest model, but the most similar to the Y469672-4A, mechanical with automatic winding, dark dial and perpetual calendar. “The tradition is still alive”, my wife and I proudly think. Two days later we understood, that there is a gap between the newest models and the classic ones, so it is not easy to find most similar model. Actually, when we found out the DUTY FREE ISLAND Company, things came to their right places. The model SEU07005BX is exactly what we were looking for. After that, the scheme is straight and clear: Find model - Sign In - Order – Payment – Delivery. The delivery was at 23.02., the very first day of the stated term 23.02-23.03. There were no problems at all.

Wish you all the best!

Nikolay Markovich Varna, Bulgaria

P.S. The photo is from this morning, 10 minutes after the delivery :), at the first possible place for photoshooting (in this case the car)



January 2016 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave World Time F150 GPS Sapphire Japan Watch - CC3007-55E

Citizen CC3007-55E - Review by Minas from Greece

The watch arrived after 9 working days and it was well packaged. It was on power saving mode by the time it arrived and as I opened its box I could see all the hands moving to display the current time (Hong Kong time). The bracelet, case, sapphire crystal, dial and the hands are all excellently made. The watch has a diameter of 43.5mm if you don’t include the crown and weighs 159 grams.

The time zone/time/day/date update took 35 seconds and the time/day/date update took 3-4 seconds to complete. After the time update, I visited time.gov to check the time and I found out that the second hand was spot-on. The minute hand moves one click every 10 seconds (at 0,10,20,30,40,50 seconds). The hour hand moves one click every 2 minutes (at 2,4,6,8,10,12 minutes etc.). The watch without receiving the satellite signal gains 1 second per week, which is excellent for a quartz (the average quartz gains/loses 3-4 seconds per week and the average mechanical gains/loses 35 seconds per week).

Other features of the watch: Light-Level Indicator: Indicates current power generation amount in 7 levels. It can be used as a reference for choosing a good charging place.
Perpetual calendar: No need for monthly and leap-year date correction until year 2100.
World time: Indicates the time around the world by manually choosing one of the 40 time zones.
Daylight Saving Time: You can manually adjust the setting on/off every March/October.

I’m really impressed with the watch and very satisfied with my purchase. Duty Free Island has the best prices on the world for any Citizen watch (the Citizen F150 on DFI is €400 cheaper than in my country), the customer service is excellent and I’m sure I will buy again from them.



December 2015 Winner

Seiko Sportura Solar Chronograph Perpetual Sapphire Men's Watch - SSC357P1

SEIKO Sprotura SSC357P1 - Review by Dalibor from Austria

Ich möchte mich für die sehr sehr schnelle Lieferung bedanken. Ich habe meine Uhr innerhalb von 7 Tagen erhalten und bin begeistert vom Preis und von Dutefreeislandshop. Die Uhr ist ein wirklicher hingucker sieht super toll aus, sportilich und gleich zu auch elegant. Kann wirklich jedem diese Uhr empfehelen und diesen Shop natürlich auch. Werde wieder hier eine Uhr kaufen und diesmal wahrscheinlich das Modell Citizen CC3001-01E. Nochmal vielen Dank für die schnelle Lieferung und super Ware. Liebe Grüße Dalibor

November 2015 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave World Time F150 Sapphire Japan Dual Tone Watch - CC3006-58A

Citizen CC3006-58A - Review by Mark from Australia

It has always been my desire to own a ‘GPS Satellite’ watch but cost wise they have been prohibitive. In February this year I compromised and bought from Dutyfeeislandshop.com (DFI) the Citizen ‘Radio Controlled’ BY0106-55H. Why a compromise? Well I live in Australia where the radio signals cannot be picked up. Japan has the closet broadcast tower but the signal stops short of us. I only pick up the radio signals when travelling overseas. However, having said that I must say the Citizen BY0106-55H is a great looking watch, easy to use, lots of functions and has not missed a beat since I acquired it.

Advance to November 2015 and a new range of Citizen ‘GPS Satellite’ watches have been released (Calibre F150) and better still, are now more affordable. I could not contain myself and with the great savings DFI offer (50.16% off RRP) I bought myself the Citizen GPS Wave CC3006-58A. I had no hesitation in buying from DFI again. At least with this watch I can now pickup the satellite signal from anywhere in the world, including here in Australia and aboard ship when cruising between Sydney to Los Angeles (via Tahiti & Hawaii) - YES you still need a watch on a cruise ship; how else would you know its opening time for the ‘Crown & Anchor’ bar on deck 14 or its time for your 8:30pm dinner reservation on deck 5.

The CC3006-58A has two very simple ‘on demand’ search functions: 1. The first will update the watch with time zone/time/day/date. When I did my first search it took 60 seconds to adjust to Sydney (Australia) time zone and set the time - it should be noted that the watch was set to Hong Kong zone/time/day/date on its receipt so day/date were the same as Sydney. Further, I did the search near tall buildings. I understand the search can be as quick as 3-seconds if no obstructions exist.

2. The second search will set time/day/date only.

While the user manual is not very clear on this topic, I assume the first search would be used when you move to a new time zone (e.g. just got off the plane) and the second to ensure continued accuracy within a time zone (e.g. use occasionally to ensure your watch has the most accurate local time and date details as possible).

It is also possible to manually change to a new time zone and this is also a simple operation. I will use this when boarding an aircraft as I like to change my watch to destination time zone in advance of arriving - but that’s me. Oh, there is also an automated search for time/day/date which employs every 6-days or so to ensure time/day/date accuracy. This will not activate if you have conducted an ‘on demand’ or ‘manual’ search etc. within the previous 6-days.

The CC3006-58A also has other great features:
1. It is an eco-drive (any light source will charge the internal battery) and on a full charge can keep the watch operating for up to 7-years without the need to recharge (e.g. if left in a draw).
2. It has a perpetual calendar up to year 2100 (should see me out).
3. Daylight savings time function - the satellite signal only contains standard time for a time zone, but some countries/states in a time zone may have DST. This easy function allows you to manually advance the time by 1-hour and reverse at the end of summer time. For example in Australia the state of NSW and Queensland are in the same time zone. NSW has summer time while Queensland does not.
4. Various functions such as insufficient charge warning; power reserve indicator; light intensity (for battery charging) indicator are all great features
5. Day of week in addition to the date.

I’m 61 years of age and hate having to get out my reading glasses in order to read the time on my watch. With this watch I can read the time easily without the need for readers. It also has luminous hands and markers making it easier to read in poor light.

On the negative side, it will not cook dinner nor wash the clothes. Honestly, it would be great if this watch would automatically set time zones (as it does in the Seiko Astron GPS watch series) rather than having to conduct an ‘on demand’ search and update. However, the Seiko does come at a significantly higher price of which I cannot afford and you have to put the watch into ‘flight’ mode (i.e. turn GPS off) when aboard a plane. Also, it would be good to have an am/pm indicator.

Finally, it is a great looking watch with an uncluttered face and a build quality second to none. Citizen make great watches. There are about 5-models in the range of which only two are available in Australia. The CC3006-58A a two-tone version is stunning with its stainless steel and gold tones and is not available here in Australia. I’m very happy with this purchase.

Back to Dutyfreeislandshop.com. What a great place to buy a watch from. Amazing prices; excellent customer services (both pre and post sales), great range of watches and brands and quite often has models not normally available in your country of living. It took 5-business days to be delivered via airmail.


October 2015 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Global Radio Controlled Sapphire Men's Watch - CB0010-02E

CB0010-02E - Review by Aleksey from Russia

В связи с ростом новых технологий захотелось приобрести часы, которые не нужно было бы подводить, менять батарейки, а также держать в боксах с автоподзаводом. Такой эталон времени, в соответствии с которым можно было бы в случае чего подвести все свои остальные часы. В дополнении к этому хотелось часы для постоянной носки, без дополнительных стрелок, с указателем даты, с черным циферблатом и кожаным ремешком.

Смотрел и выбирал значительное количество вариантов. Выбирал часы в магазинах города, но что-то не нравилось. Конечно, есть часы, нравились, но цена была значительно выше той суммы, которую предполагалось потратить. Смотрел часы Интернете в Российских магазинах. Небольшой опыт приобретения товаров через ebay.com подсказывал посмотреть часы там, особенно если попасть на скидку. Параллельно читал форумы по выбору часов. Неоднократно в отзывах встречалось упоминание о положительном опыте приобретения часов у продавца dutyfreeislandshop. У них также есть интернет-магазин. Признаться, всегда есть шанс попасть на подделку, стараюсь смотреть на количество продаж и рейтинг продавца. В этом случае сомнений не было. Среди всех часов в поиске были выбраны все часы с радиосинхронизацией и солнечной батареей. Из всех представленных очень понравились и подходили под мои пожелания - Citizen Eco-Drive CB0010-02E. Более того, часы продавались со значительной скидкой. Решено было брать. Но взял через Ebay, а не сайт, мало ли что. Признаться, был удивлен поддержкой продавцом своих покупателей. Тут были и различная помощь по работе магазина, разъяснения, отслеживания движения посылки. Молодцы, это было очень приятно! Пришли часы достаточно быстро, примерно за половину ожидаемого срока. Упаковано все отлично. Сама коробка часов достаточно простая, без каких-либо изысков. Внутри толстая инструкция, все подробно описано. Открыв коробку, часы показывали 12:00, когда попал на них свет, стрелки начали вращаться и встали на текущее время. Признаться, я был очень поражен. Такое прямо завораживающее зрелище. Единственное, часовой пояс отличался. По инструкции легко выставил нужный часовой пояс без проблем.

Внешне часы выгладят очень интересно. Не знаю, почему сделано такое их скучное фото на различных сайтах в описании. Время читается отлично. Стрелки часов стоят точно, нет каких-либо сдвигов относительно меток. Часы на руке не смотрятся маленькими, в тоже время нет чувства громоздкости. Визуально часы кажутся более тяжелыми, чем на самом деле. Их вес на руке не сильно заметен.

Люминисцентное покрытие есть на стрелках и больших метках циферблата. В темноте читаются достаточно хорошо. Дату не видно, но, думаю, это совсем не принципиально.

Удобно сделаны дополнительные кнопки в часах. Они не выпирают, как на большинстве хронографов, а просто утоплены и нажимаются острым предметом. В виду нечастого использования кнопок это оптимальный вариант, как кажется. При этом дизайн остается строгим.

Радиосинхронизацию часов, к сожалению, не смог проверить. Часы не смогли синхронизироваться с вышкой Японии. Возможно, нужно поискать правильное место. Пока нашел выход – это синхронизация со смартфоном через специальное приложение. Тоже очень удобно. Сама настройка синхронизации выполняется одной кнопкой. Короткое нажатие – проверка синхронизации (да, нет), длительное нажатие – принудительная синхронизация. Вообще все настройки часов интуитивны, удобны и понятны. Молодцы производители! Без синхронизации часы у меня за две недели от текущего времени не отклонились. Дольше не проверял.

Браслет у часов кожаный, хорошего качества. Носить удобно. Единственное, было бы значительно удобнее с застежкой-бабочкой. При частой носке часов браслет быстрее придет в негодность из-за постоянных его изгибов. Но ведь это всего лишь браслет и его всегда можно легко поменять.

В целом, часы приобретены интересные, ношу их часто и с удовольствием. Можно спокойно одеть их и под костюм, и спортивную одежду. Дома храню их в боксе для часов с прозрачным верхом. При этом, если я их не ношу, они заряжаются и всегда показывают точное время. Всегда вижу по ним, правильно ли идут мои остальные часы. Ко всему прочему я получил тот маленький эталон времени у себя дома. Спасибо за них dutyfreeislandshop.

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In day of new technologies I wanted to buy a watch that would not need to sum up, change the batteries and keep in the box with automatic winding. Such a time reference, whereby it would be possible in that case to bring all of its remaining watches. In addition to the wanted clock for constant wear, no more arrows, with date, black dial and leather strap.

I looked and picked a large number of options. Chose hours in shops in the city, but something did not like. Of course, there is a clock, like, but the price was significantly higher than the amount expected to spend. I watched the clock in the Russian Internet shops. Little experience of the acquisition of goods through ebay.com prompted see hours there, especially if you get a discount. In parallel, read forums for choosing hours. Repeatedly in a review, mention of the positive experience gained from the seller hours dutyfreeislandshop. They also have an online shop. Frankly, there is always a chance to get a fake, try to look at the number of sales and the top seller. In this case, there was no doubt. Among all hours to find all the clocks were chosen with global radio and solar battery. Of all the liked and fit under my wishes - Citizen Eco-Drive CB0010-02E. Moreover, the watch sold at a substantial discount. It was decided to take. But I am taken by Ebay, but not the site, who knows what. Frankly, the seller was surprised at the support of its customers. There were various kinds of assistance for the store, explanations, tracking parcels. Well done, it was very nice! Came clock fast enough, about half the expected life. Packed everything is fine. The box itself is simple enough hours, without any frills. Inside the thick guide, all described in detail. After opening the box, the clock showed 12:00, when he came to them light, arrows began to spin and got up to the current time. Frankly, I was very impressed. Such straight fascinating spectacle. The only thing different time zone. According to the instructions easy to put the time zone without any problems.

External clock ironed very interesting. I do not know why they make such a boring photo on various sites in the description. Time to read perfectly. The hands are exactly there are no changes with respect to labels. The clock on the arm do not look small, at the same time have no sense of awkwardness. Visually, the clock seem to be more severe than in reality. Their weight in the hand is not very noticeable.

Fluorescent coating has the arrows and large labels dial. In the dark, they read well enough. The date is not visible, but I think it does not matter.

Well-made additional buttons in hours. They do not stick out like in most chronographs, but simply drowned and pressed a sharp object. Due to the infrequent use of buttons is the best option as it seems. This design is strict.

Global radio in watches,, unfortunately, was not able to check. The clock could not be synchronized with the tower in Japan. You may need to look for the right place. So far, found a way out - is to synchronize with a smartphone via a special application. Also very convenient. The very setting of synchronization is performed with one button. Short press - synchronization check (yes, no), long press - forced synchronization. In general, all the clock settings are intuitive, easy to use and understandable. Good for manufacturers! Without synchronization clocks I have two weeks from the current time is not rejected. Longer is not checked.

Bracelet from leather watch, good quality. Wear comfortable. The only thing it would be much easier with a zip tie. If you frequently wear a bracelet watch will come into disrepair due to its constant twists. But it's just a bracelet and it can always be easily changed.

In general, the clock purchased by interesting, I wear them often and with pleasure. You can safely put them under the suit and sportswear. Houses store them in a box for hours with a transparent top. At the same time, if I do not wear them, they are charged, and always shows the exact time. Always I see them, right there are the rest of my watch. On top of that I got a little time standard at home. Thank you for them dutyfreeislandshop.


September 2015 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Sapphire Japan 100m Dual Tone Black Dial Men's Watch - BM7254-55E

Fathers Day Gift! - Review by Damian Borg from Australia

Usually for Fathers Day we would give my father money to spend as he wishes. This year I wanted to do something special and something he would remember. I thought a watch is perfect, but also a very personal choice. Well after much deliberation I decided on the Citizen BM7254-55E. Being a man in his 60's I didn't want to get a watch that was too 'BUSY' or 'BIG'. Although the two tone look is not my style I thought he may like it. My Father has a great eye for quality.

I ordered the watch well in advance from ebay in the expectation that it would take a long time to get to Australia. Low and behold it was at my front door the next week. Well when I opened it up, my opinion of two tone changed rapidly. Wow, what a beautiful simple looking watch. The sapphire crystal glistened in the light amazingly. I was so happy with my choice but would my father be?

Fathers day came around and we handed around our gifts. When it was time to open ours, he was opening it haphazardly as he thought it was just money in a box. When he first set eyes on the watch I saw a face of surprise and pure happiness. He hurriedly removed it from the case and placed on his wrist. He is in love with this watch. I adjusted the band length for him and it hasn't left his wrist. Every minute or so he is checking the time!!!

Thank you so much for a stress free purchase and for making my father's day special !!!


August 2015 Winner

Orient Dignitary Blue Japan Automatic Sapphire Calendar Gent's Elegant Watch - SEV0J003DY

Сокровище из морской пучины. - Review by Ravil from Russia

Доставка С момента оплаты до момента получения прошло всего 11 дней. Рекордные сроки! Омрачило доставку лишь то, что продавец не указал на посылке номер дома и квартиры получателя. Он указал лишь улицу. Спасло положение сообщение на электронную почту о прибытии часов. Часы пришли в фирменной коробке. В посылке лежала инструкция, гарантийный талон с печатью и письмо от магазина DFI. Все было упаковано очень хорошо. Итак, часы у меня в руках! На фоне остальных моих часов "работяг" - Seiko Divers Pepsi и Casio Marine Series - Orient кажется аккуратным, презентабельным японским "бизнесменом", строгим и слегка ретро. Часы очень легкие, на руке не чувствуются. После моих больших, тяжелых "дайверов", о том, что Orient на руке, забываешь очень быстро.

Корпус Диаметр корпуса часов 36 мм без головки, с головкой - 38 мм. От ушка до ушка - 44 мм. На моем запястье, окружностью 165 мм, смотрится и чувствуется органично. Размер практически идеален для классических костюмных часов. Немудрено, ведь дизайн и пропорции Orient практически полностью повторяет Rolex President. Корпус изготовлен из нержавеющей стали 316 L. Он имеет толщину 10,5 мм. Стекло возвышается над безелем на 0,5 мм, на стекле есть циклоп (увеличитель даты), расположенный на трех часах. Это безусловно помогает разглядеть дату и делает ее очень читабельной.

Бока корпуса гладко отполированы, лицевая часть - сатинирована. Обработка корпуса - очень точна. Безель - граненный, полированный, напоминает мне мои Seiko Divers, он очень приятно играет на солнце, вписывается в дизайн идеально. Заводная головка завинчивается. Она аккуратная, небольшая, совершенно не мешает при носке. Очень жаль, что на ней нет логотипа Orient. Это, по-моему мнению, добавило бы часам особый шик. Задняя крышка - глухая, завинчивающаяся. Благодаря головке и глухой задней крышке часы имеют водозащиту до 100 м, что является, возможно, лишним для костюмных часов, но я считаю, что это полезный запас прочности, ведь мы все в душе Джеймсы Бонды и жаждем приключений.

Циферблат Циферблат прикрыт сапфировым стеклом. Стеклу не помешало бы антибликовое покрытие. Грех скрывать такой невероятно-красивый глубокий синий циферблат, который играет, переливается на солнце! Под определенным углом появляются ярко-голубые лучи, бьющие из центра, напоминающие свет маяка над ночным спокойным морем. Все надписи выполнены серебристой краской и смотрятся адекватно. Шрифты не вызывают отторжения. Мне особенно нравятся блестящий полированный логотип Orient на 12 часах и железная дорога по кругу. На циферблате и стрелках отсутсвует светонакопитель (люминесцентная краска), возможно, для кого-то это будет неудобством, так как при недостаточной освещенности время разглядеть будет тяжело. Отдельная песня - это метки часовых индексов, выполненные в виде циркониевых камней в оправках. Они, вроде, и не привлекают повышенного внимания, но при определенном освещении сверкают, словно бриллианты. Стрелки часов - стальные, полированные, ровные, буквально светятся. Это огромный плюс к считываемости времени. Больше всего, лично мне, нравится большая дата под циклопом и день недели без сокращений на 12 часах. В итоге, как я уже говорил, глядя на часы, можно очень быстро определить время, дату и день недели. Механизм

Если душой этих часов является притягательный дизайн, то их сердце - это механизм. Механизм с автоподзаводом. Ротор автоподзавода вращается плавно с отчетливо-слышимым характерным звуком. Ручного завода нет. Секундная стрелка не останавливается ни при настройке времени, ни при настройке даты, но для меня это не является существенным минусом. Запас хода - до 40 часов. За первые сутки часы отстали на 5 секунд, что является хорошим результатом.

Этот калибр Orient - проверенный и надежный. Так что сомнений в ходе часов у меня и не возникало. Не очень нравится алгоритм перевода дня недели и даты. В Seiko, скажем, это реализовано гораздо лучше. Браслет Ширина браслета - 20 мм. Он - в стиле юбилейного. Сатинированные звенья соседствуют с полированными. Все звенья - литые, кроме концевых, они гнутые (концевые звенья немного меньше ушек корпуса и это слегка ухудшает вид часов).

Застежка тройная, на кнопках. Было бы надежнее с предохранительной клипсой, которой, к сожалению, нет. Браслет кажется жиденьким и он очень шумный - застежка даже скрипит, что странно при таком качестве отделки в целом. Он цепляет волосы на руке. Укоротить длину, кстати, вопрос пяти минут, звенья фиксируют стандартные шпильки.

К сожалению, качество браслета не соответствует часам и я всерьез задумываюсь о его замене. Общее впечатление о часах Совокупно Orient создал крайне сильный продукт- сплав классических строгих часов с привлекательным аксессуаром/мужским украшением. Очень высокое качество исполнения корпуса, циферблата, сапфировое стекло, водозащита до 100 м, и надежный японский автоматический калибр, все это по очень демократичной цене. Чего еще желать? Эти часы просто созданы для костюма или просто для классической рубашки. Уместны как на работе, в офисе, так и в ресторане. Вряд ли их можно назвать часами выходного дня, это не кэжуал, скорее, это нарядный аксессуар. Я смотрел на них и через пару секунд ловил себя на мысли, что не столько интересуюсь временем, сколько любуюсь циферблатом. Часы однозначно привлекают внимание и вы очень часто будете слышать комплименты в их адрес. Моя жена, которая никогда не увлекалась часами, с каким-то странным интересом который раз смотрит на них. Спасибо компании Orient за их безотказные механизмы, внушающие доверие, за великолепное качество исполнения и отделки часов, недостижимые в этой ценовой категории для большинства других брендов.

Спасибо магазину DFI за возможность носить эти замечательные часы. С удовольствием буду рекомендовать ваш магазин своим друзьям, так как ваш сервис, цена, скорость доставки - вне конкуренции.


July 2015 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Genuine Diamonds Mother Of Pearl Sapphire Ladies Watch - EM0325-55P

价格公道,绝对真品 - Review by Ngiew Voon Siew from Singapore

两个月前,为了给妹妹买生日礼物,一直在商场找这款女表,但是每次都失望而归。某日无意中在论坛看见了这个网站的链接,就随意的进来逛逛,没想到竟然在这里有卖这款女表,当时真的很高兴,但是我也犹豫着该不该冒着被欺骗的危险下单网购。当我和线上客服聊了大约30分钟后,客服的耐心和细心的解说让我为之心动,最后加上有30天无条件归还和可以用有保障的Paypal付款,我还是买了。

等了七天终于收到了这表,虽然实物没有照片般的美化漂亮,但是可以看出来是真品。妹妹试戴了一个多月,一切正常,防反光蓝宝石到目前为止如新的一样,珍珠母表盘色泽漂亮,光动能所储存的能量足够让表收藏在黑暗抽屉里续走两三天。

很愉快的一次购物经验,几天前已经下单购买第二只表给我爸,期待它的到来。


June 2015 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive F100 Satellite Wave Air GPS Sapphire Titanium Japan Men's Watch - CC2001-57A

Excellent Daily Wearer! - Review by Adam from Australia

I received this watch in 3 days using DFI’s super fast and efficient EMS Shipping from HK to Australia. The box was well packed and protected all the way to the inside of the standard Citizen box. Kudos to Kevin and the team for such great service. This is my third purchase from them and it has always been a pleasant experience. It’s definitely not going to be my last.

The first thing that catches you as you open the box is the beautiful and highly legible white dial. Up until last year when the first white dial Astron Chronograph was released as a limited edition, there were no white dialed Satellite syncing watches in the market so when this was announced, I was very excited. For me it was the white dial and full duratect coated titanium case and bracelet that had me sold.

DIAL - The dial is actually composed of 2 levels, the top part is layered silver and the section underneath which is shown in the center of the dial is pearly white. That’s where the light passes to charge the Eco Drive powered movement. I personally think it looks fine but after owning the second generation Satellite Wave Air with the crystalline turbine dial, I thought they could have done better on that aspect. The second subdial which serves as a day of the week, DST, and power reserve indicator has a soft hint of orange which gives the watch some much needed contrast. I wish there was more of that though. Unlike the Gen 2 release, the Citizen logo is applied on the dial and not on the inside of the crystal which again makes it look like a pedestrian model than something a bit more special.

HANDS and MARKERS - I like the styling of the 2- toned skeleton handset and the perfectly applied brush silver indices. The only downside really is that for a futuristic themed watch, there is hardly any lume!!! All you get are tiny tips of green lume on the edge of the hour and minute hand and absolutely none on the dial. The second hand is nicely shaped like the Gen 2 Satellite Wave Air which isn’t a bad thing at all but the choice of color fails in my book as it would have been nicer to have made it stand out a bit more with some color as this is the main indicator when you’re syncing. Unlike the previous Satellite Wave models, the bottom trident/ airplane wing shaped pointer on the second hand no longer has any use (it was the main syncing status pointer in the previous models) Instead, the normal tip of the second hand is now used as the syncing status pointer.

CRYSTAL and BEZEL - This watch features an AR coated flat sapphire crystal which is very clear and doesn’t catch smudges easily like my other sapphire crystal watches. It’s so clear that you’ll almost think there’s no crystal there. The 40 time zones are etched around the inside of the crystal and this time the Citizen logo is no longer printed on the crystal. I suspect the design change was influenced by having a flat sapphire on this release. It just wouldn’t look as good as when they had a super domed one in Gen 2. The brushed titanium bezel is very thin and makes the watch face look bigger than it’s suggested size. I’m glad they didn’t opt to go with a polished bezel as that would have been a scratch magnet.

CROWN and PUSHERS - I personally like the crowns shape but based on actual use I found it too small and hard to grip when you’re trying to pull it out. Good thing you won’t have to use it too often. The skeleton shaped pushers are a perfect compliment to the case shape and feels nice and clicky. I tried to tap them lightly to see how much wobble they had and they seem firm and stable enough. No rattle.

CASE and BRACELET - First of all let me just say that the case shape is one of my favorite features of the watch. It’s cushioned type which has a good balance between retro and techie. At 12.5mm thickness, it is the thinnest Satellite syncing watch in the market today. The case size is 45.4mm. A bit too big for some people. I thought if Seiko could fit a chronograph into a 44mm cased Astron, a normal 3-hander like this would have been better suited around that size or even 42mm would have been perfect. As you would expect from a top tier Japanese watch company, the finishing is superb. No rough edges and the brushing is precise. The integrated bracelet tapers from 30mm down to 20mm, it has a real retro feel to it like the ones from calculator watches of the 80’s. The minimal polishing inside the links makes it subtle and less blingy. The push release clasp is the same style they used in the Gen 2 model and is just a perfect match for the bracelet. There are 2 removable micro links on each side of the bracelet near the clasp so getting a precise fit should be easy. Unlike the chronograph model F800, this version doesn’t use super titanium but I find that Citizen used a better grade of Ti anyway compared to the lower end Ti models of Seiko and Orient. The verdict is still out on the Duratect coating as I managed to put a hairline scratch on one of the links while resizing the bracelet. Oh while we’re on that topic, as much as I love the bracelet design, it’s a PITA to resize!!! It uses the usual pin and collar system which is ok by me but I found that the links were easy to remove on one side and extremely frustrating on the other side like someone has used locktite on the pins. I ended up with 2 bent pins because I just couldn’t pull them out.

MOVEMENT - I don’t understand all the hype Citizen was putting on the F100 movement being the fastest. Satellite sync in as fast as 3 seconds…well, it’s never happened. Well at least not yet. I usually get a successful sync in 7-10 seconds just like my older Gen 2. Comparing the sync speed of this watch to an Astron is a bit unfair since it only does half the job of the Astron. It only syncs time and not location reference and that is why it will always sync faster. Looking at the GPW1000 from G Shock that also has a “time only” sync option (apart from having time and location) the speeds don’t vary at all. The lack of feature of this movement helps with the speed of syncing. No secret formula there to boast about. On the bright side, there was one big surprise with this movement and that is the standalone accuracy when it is not syncing. I’ve had an Astron, the GPW1000 G Shock, and both the standard and DLC version of the Gen 2 Wave Air models and this is the first time I have seen a watch still spot on against atomic time after 2 full days of not syncing. The Astron consistently went 1 second fast 2-3 hours after a satellite sync (which made me wonder what’s the point if it can’t stay accurate before the following day) and the two Wave Air models I had took 24 hours before they went 1 second fast so in that regard the F100 does really well holding accurate time until your next sync. It also has a light level indicator which tells you how good the exposure is to charge the watch any any given time. Pretty useless unless you drain the battery by wearing the watch once every 7 years (that’s how long it can go in the dark before needing to charge again)

CONCLUSION - Well overall I’m happy with my purchase. For the price DFI is selling the F100 for, it can’t get any better. Of course it’s not a perfect watch but there’s no such thing as a perfect watch anyway. The lack of time zone syncing is a bit of a letdown specially since everyone including G Shock already has that feature but I guess if they had it, it wouldn’t be the fastest to sync in the world right…good thing I don’t travel much so I really don’t mind.

PROS: - Price - Beautiful Case and Bracelet - Sync Speed - Second hand hits the markers perfectly (maybe just luck of the draw) - Lightweight - White dials are still rare in the Satellite syncing range of watches

CONS: - Limited Syncing Feature – Location and DST has to be set manually - Integrated bracelet style – You’ll have to customize straps if you want to change the bracelet - Size – At close to 46mm you’d expect more features built in than a normal 3 hander - Crown too small and hard to grip


May 2015 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Nighthawk Chrono Aviator Euro Radio Sapphire Leather Watch - AS4020-44B

Кремовый Гражданин AS4020 - Review by regdef from Ukraine

Проходила весна, наступало лето. А вместе с летом с новой силой приходило желание светлых и легких одежд, чего-то теплого, светлого и позволяющего совсем-совсем забыть про офисные будни ;)

Словом, было принято решение искать пилот в бежевом цифере, производящий "теплое и ламповое впечатление", как сказала одна девушка.

После некоторых раздумий и "смотрин живьем" оказалось, что часы-flieger мне будут скучны, опыт владения Seiko SSA003 показал - есть что-то очень притягательное в логарифмической линейке + иногда удобно выполнить какое-то несложное действие, по типу перевода цен в валюты. Прикинув, как буду носить и где - пришел к выводу - нужен кварц, но с полностью аналоговой индикацией, весь ana-digi вызывал какие-то футуристические ассоциации... И, просматривая обзоры на YouTube, стало понятно - наибольшее количество пилотов по доступным ценам предлагает именно CITIZEN, что стало просто отличным известием - японский часопром оставил только положительные отзывы.

Увидев в одном из обзоров гражданина AS4020 в сером цвете пришло понимание - стилистика подходит просто отлично. Эдакий Найтхок, но с хроном, синхрой, днем недели, будильником а главное - сапфиром. Помня систему нумерации моделей - модель должна быть не только серой. Пару минут гугла и вуаля: AS4020-44X (расцветка как у Найтхок BJ7017-17W 'Гаванна Эдишн') и сам виновник обзора - AS4020-44B.

Алгоритм простой: понравилось - взять паузу в пару недель и подумать - все еще нравится - надо брать. Из всех приметных интернет-магазинов - лучшую цену предоставил dutyfreeislandshop.com - $313 со скидкой по коду watchru превращались во вполне бюджетные $295 с бесплатной доставкой. Оплата и пересылка прошла без каких-либо особенностей, доставка заняла 14 суток - из них 3е суток Укрпоштой - попала на майские праздники. Посылка пришла без коробки, дабы не привлекать лишнего внимания к бандерольке, отлично упакованная во много слоев пленки с воздушными прослойками и мешочек DFI. Часы шли, что несколько успокоило от "глубокого разряда аккума". Если попробовать расшифровать серийник как "первая цифра год, вторая месяц" получается произведены в январе 2014.

Итак, пленки сняты, часы настроены, надеты, прошли неделю повседневной носки и можно наконец-то спокойно пройтись по основным примечательным деталям

Калибр E670

Eco-Drive, аккумулятор CTL920 с коннектором ' Citizen Capacitor 295-69'. Радиосинхронизация с европейской вышкой DCF77 - абсолютно достаточно для жителя Украины, хотя хотелось бы мультибенд. Точность хода 15 с/месяц без синхронизации. Вечный календарь, день недели, DST, 24ч циферблат. Местное время - выставляется с инкрементом 1 час от UTC. Хронограф 60 минут, по 1/20с. Будильник Reference position (подстройка нуля - к сожалению, с инкрементом в 1с, если будет непопадание стрелки в деления - откорректировать не всегда удастся) Power Save - обещают резерв хода в 1год в темноте.

Корпус Сапфир - по ощущениям с двойным антибликом - стекла практически не видно под любыми углами. Водозащита - 200 гражданских метров, без резьбы на головках и с захлопывающейся задней крышкой - впрочем, кто ныряет в пилотах, а кратковременный заплыв должны выдержать.

Размеры: корпус без головок - 45мм, толщина 14мм, посадочное место ремня 23мм, диагональ от головки на 8ч до пушера - 50мм.

Ремень достаточно мягкий и очень толстый у корпуса, около 4.5мм, 23мм шириной, переходит 2мм толщины и 16мм ширины у застежки. Застежка-бабочка, к сожалению, штамповка, хоть и толстой стали, скорее всего буду менять вместе с ремнем - хочется попробовать более темный и на бакле.

Обработка мелких деталей на высоте, под солнечными лучами вспыхивают маленькими зайчиками разные риски и окантовки субциферов. Заводная головка имеет приятную насечку для захвата пальцами и значок Promaster, головка логарифмической линейки на 8ч - просто гладкая. Задняя крышка имеет красивую глубокую гравировку. Единственное опасение вызывают кнопки, зазор между пушером и гильзой явно располагает к попаданию туда грязи и пыли. Безель - полировка, стекло на одном с ним уровне и занимает визуально всю поверхность. Как по мне - удачное решение, часы смотрятся миниатюрнее своих размеров, но полировка неизбежно соберет паутинку мелких царапинок.

Читаемость - выше всяких похвал, люм имеет приятный голубоватый оттенок. Есть мысль, что ее обеспечивает прежде всего форма стрелок, которые визуально очень легко выделяются на фоне перегруженного цифера. Нюанс - на 2ч и на 4ч люма нет, поначалу несколько непривычно в темноте. По яркости, конечно, не дайвер, но под утро все еще различимо светится.

Процесс настройки не очевиден вначале, но после вдумчивого чтения мануала кажется вполне логичным. Главное при настройке - выставлять местное время от мирового, если поставить мировое как местное - собьется при синхре. Синхронизация более чувствительна к помехам, синхра проходит реже чем в лежащих рядом Жи-шоках, окна выходят на северо-запад.

В целом, впечатления наилучшие от часов, единственным минусом для меня стал ремень, но, надеюсь, вскоре подберу другой.

Благодарю за прочтение, возможно, мой обзор поможет кому-то определиться с нелегким выбором :)


April 2015 Winner

Citizen Eco-Drive Aviator Pilots Black 100m Gents Sports Leather Watch - AW1360-04E

Superb watch - Review by Tomasz from Poland

For starters I must say that the package arrived very quickly (8 days) and it was packed good (I've bought version without the box so I was worried a little knowing how postmans handles packages sometimes). Also the tracking service is really accurate and when delivery has failed (no one was home at that time) I did get additional e-mail from DFI instructing me to go to my post-office. That's really cool!

The price difference between DFI and local boutiques in my country is quite big - I've paid about 40% less! That must count for something and it's definitely worth the wait.

Let's move to the watch itself. Build quality is great, everything fits perfectly, dial is big, but not heavy, numbers are very easy to read. Crown is proportional and easy to operate. Leather strap is thick and very well crafted. I did change it to Zulu, but it's my personal preference for the summer to come. Watch is not too heavy (in terms of weight) nor too light (so it doesn't feel cheap) and quite comfortable for it's size (45 mm case + crown is no joke!). The only con I've found is lume - it's only applied on hands, so it's harder to read dial in low-light.

Overall it's a great watch for great price. Perfect for everyday usage. And you will never have to worry about the batteries.

Here you can see how it looks on my wrist - http://imgur.com/POQl3TF


March 2015 Winner

Orient Conductor White Power Reserve Sapphire Japan Automatic Men's Watch - SFM01002W0

Nice watch! - Review by Arthur

When I decided to get this watch I wanted the white, but it was sold out. So I bought the black version on eBay and thought I could live with it. Turns out I couldn't, so I sold it after a month and bought this watch from dutyfreeislandshop. First off- for coming from Hong Kong, it arrived spectacularly quickly, and was also well packaged. Very pleased with the shipping.

On to the watch. As far as the looks go, I strongly prefer the white version to the black, but that's just my preference. The case is a healthy diameter, so if you're looking for a smaller watch, you might want to skip this one. If you like a mid-large to large watch, you'd like this one. The screw-down crown is smoothly integrated with the case and does not draw attention away from the face. The thickness is a bit more than I prefer usually, but only by a tiny bit, and is far more noticeable (to me) on the black version than the white. The white looks both more classic and more understated. Proudly displayed at the 3 o'clock position is the orient logo, which is not gaudy or intrusive at all. "Windows" in the hour and minute hands allow you to see the date wheel and power reserve indicator dial when they would normally be blocked, and the hands are very attractive and easy to read, despite being silver on white. The lume on the hands and dial lasts at least as long and is just as bright as the lume on my Seiko Kinetic, though it doesn't last quite as long as my Citizen watch. There is also lume on the power reserve indicator, which is a pleasant surprise, though it is virtually impossible to read the date indicator in the dark. The sapphire crystal glistens like a gemstone in the sunlight with a very slight prism effect, and looks much better on the white version than the black. The solid stainless steel bracelet is very comfortable, and has a great weight to it. In fact, the whole watch has a prefect weight for a watch of its size, without being obnoxiously heavy. It feels very high quality, well built, and hints that it will last for many years to come. With all links installed, this watch will fit a very large wrist. My wrist is nearly 7.5 inches, and I removed 3 links to get a comfortable fit. There are 3 micro-adjustment positions, making it easy to adapt for things like temperature or small variations in wrist size. The latch closes with a satisfying click, and feels very strong.

As far as function, I am very impressed. Orient is known for its high quality in-house movements, and the reputation is well deserved. The watch winds very efficiently--about 20 seconds of "swirling" the watch around got me about 10 hours of power reserve. The power reserve indicator is a useful feature that works very well. While the power reserve is rated for 40 hours, both the black version and this one last about 45+ hours before the second hand stops moving. The indicator usually moves a fair bit below 0 before stopping. The 6bps movement holds more accurate than Orient specifies, both of mine have been within +/- 10 seconds per day, often more like 5-7. The second hand sweep is very smooth. Visible through the exhibition caseback is the movement, which while not especially pretty (compared to much more expensive watches, mind you), the movement is obviously high quality and very nice looking.

All in all, this is a handsome men's sport/casual watch that wears well with most attire and would still be at home in a suit, though I cannot say the same about the black version. Again, that's just my opinion. It is comfortable, high quality, beautiful, and attention-grabbing but without being juvenile or tacky. It functions wonderfully, and I would bet money that it will continue to do so, problem free, for many many years. Thank you dutyfreeislandshop for the great price and quick shipping, and thank you Orient for a great watch!!


February 2015 Winner

Citizen Promaster Automatic 21 Jewels 200m Divers Watch - NY2300-09L

The Citizen Holy Grail! - Review by David Ruiz Ramirez Gomes

I just bought this watch for the second time! The Citizen Promaster NY2300-09L offers all a good quality watch can give you, and most importantly, at a just price! If you are looking for a mechanical watch with a deep history and great features you must buy this citizen, do this favour for yourself!

This watch costs less than US$150.00, and offers an automatic movement, the classic and trusted Miyota 8200 21 jewels. Its accuracy can be compared with watches that are 1.000 plus dollars, also this movement can be hand wound, so if it stays for a long time off your wrist you will be able to fully wind it in just a few seconds, instead of being worried all the time if the watch's charge won't last long - as I often feel while wearing other watches that doesn't have this function!

This particular model features the beloved 'pepsi' dial, so if you are into diver's watches this is a good watch to add into your collection. I am not a professional diver, but do a lot of swimming. I always use this watch because it is 200 metres water resistant, thus you'll only have to worry is about your breath while underwater, because this 'beater' will certainly survive it, every time, after all water is its 'natural environment'! The dial has simple marks, which are perfectly effective while looking at the time in a hurry, you just put your eyes in a second and you'll be able to realize what time it is, unlike other watches with busy and complicated dials, this one is simplicity and functionality itself!

I am 100% confident that this watch will make happy any of its owner, so if you are 'on the fence' as I was for a long time while thinking to buy it, you should 'pull the trigger' on this watch and give to yourself or to someone as a gift!

This watch is Citizen at its best! The finest Japanese technology at an awesome price!

Also, you should always buy with DutyFreeIsland! They are the best! Always offering the best prices on the market and providing an exemplary customer service, all the questions I did they answered me right away, so two thumbs up for the great effort that they do to develop the best customer experience ever!