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    Nice watches, my Dad swears by them. He has one of the originals. Must admit I'm tempted to get one as a beater and get shot of my SKX, keeps dreadful time.

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    Just picked one of these up from Very, at a very nicely reduced price of £179.

    Sign up to an account and get another 10% off, can even pay by card to avoid running up any debt if you prefer.

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    Nice heads up there and a great price, shame I already have one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by electorn View Post
    Nice heads up there and a great price, shame I already have one!
    Out of stock anyway.

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    Maybe I bought the last one!

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    The only complaint I have with mine after a few months of ownership is reading the date, the window is so small coupled with the fact the date wheel seems to deep set.

    Anyone else have this problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt68 View Post
    The only complaint I have with mine after a few months of ownership is reading the date, the window is so small coupled with the fact the date wheel seems to deep set.

    Anyone else have this problem?

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    I had exactly the same problem. Donít have the watch anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vortgern View Post
    I had exactly the same problem. Donít have the watch anymore.
    Glad it's not just me then, was thinking I may need an eye test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vortgern View Post
    I had exactly the same problem. Donít have the watch anymore.
    That's a bit extreme just because of the date isn't it? The watch as a whole is a brilliant daily knock about piece. I wish I had bought another at the OPs price, a replacement strap for these costs almost 80 quid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt68 View Post
    The only complaint I have with mine after a few months of ownership is reading the date, the window is so small coupled with the fact the date wheel seems to deep set.

    Anyone else have this problem?

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    If you want to pass it on, half of me is ears
    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seikopath View Post
    If you want to pass it on, half of me is ears
    You fancying one then Dave?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt68 View Post
    You fancying one then Dave?

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    Yes mate. Comments about the date have put me off a bit since I'm a squinty old bastard but still got me pecker up.
    Had one of the verys in my basket last night but didn't pull the trigger.
    Saw the blue version online and that looks very tasty.
    Might come in handy in the old cave.
    Rgds
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    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seikopath View Post
    Yes mate. Comments about the date have put me off a bit since I'm a squinty old bastard but still got me pecker up.
    Had one of the verys in my basket last night but didn't pull the trigger.
    Saw the blue version online and that looks very tasty.
    Might come in handy in the old cave.
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    Bignose dave xx
    Well, I wouldn't let the date put you off Dave, just consider it a ND Watch, that's all I do, besides, you can always carry a magnifying glass round in your back pocket if the dates so important! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt68 View Post
    Well, I wouldn't let the date put you off Dave, just consider it a ND Watch, that's all I do, besides, you can always carry a magnifying glass round in your back pocket if the dates so important! :) Sent from my SM-A320FL using Tapatalk
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    Quote Originally Posted by electorn View Post
    That's a bit extreme just because of the date isn't it? The watch as a whole is a brilliant daily knock about piece. I wish I had bought another at the OPs price, a replacement strap for these costs almost 80 quid!
    Not really. I like to see the date at a glance. This watch didnít meet that need. Bad design.

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    The little brother BM6400-00E has the same problem with the date being too far away from the window and being a little too small.



    But I love that watch and wear it most days.

    How big is the BN0118-04E ?

    The BM6400 has 20 mm lugs, is 41 mm OD diagonal, 48 mm lug to lug, and 45 mm wide across the crown. Thickness is 11 mm

    /Mogens

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepo View Post
    The little brother BM6400-00E has the same problem with the date being too far away from the window and being a little too small.



    But I love that watch and wear it most days.

    How big is the BN0118-04E ?

    The BM6400 has 20 mm lugs, is 41 mm OD diagonal, 48 mm lug to lug, and 45 mm wide across the crown. Thickness is 11 mm

    /Mogens
    A tad smaller at 40mm I think.

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    Took delivery of one of these yesterday. Really liking it a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuyIncognito View Post
    Took delivery of one of these yesterday. Really liking it a lot.
    Me too.
    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Question Ordering from UK and posting to US

    Anyone know of a Citizen Authorised dealer in the U.K. that will post to the US for the BN0118-04E

    As it looks to be a nice watch and great reviews here.

    I heard John Lewis in Oxford will post to the US?

    I had the original Ray Mears back in 2002 but it was 39 mm and seemed a bit to small on my 7 in wrist


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    John Miller
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    ďRetired BP 35 yearsĒ

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    John, watcho will ship to the US free insured
    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Keep finding myself drawn back to this watch and then remembering how much I think it has in common with my Damasko dc56, obviously different watches at different price points but wondered if anyone has owned both and what the outcome was, I could only really justify one...?


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    CptBignose? Seriously?
    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seikopath View Post
    CptBignose? Seriously?
    Call me bignose Andy if youíd prefer?


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    Price just dropped to 240 at JL. You can thank me later.
    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Looks like they might not stock?

    Thanks so much, I looked on their site but not seeing the watch

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    Quote Originally Posted by safetypro79 View Post
    Thanks so much, I looked on their site but not seeing the watch
    https://www.johnlewis.com/citizen-me...watch/p3475080

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    Thanks I need to contact them. ( JL)

    As their site does not allow the watch to be exported, I suspect it has nothing to do with the watch and more based on their shipping policies.

    From WUS here in the US a recent (August buyer) he mentioned he purchased from the Oxford Street location and they will export to US.

    I am awaiting a return from John Lewis to my Saturday quire on Monday when they open.

    John

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    There is one here in the US on WUS

    @ 380 USD. but my concern is the warranty paper is not stamped by an authorized dealer so should an issue come up in the 5 years it would be at my cost,

    plus unless shipping is very high to the US even with the overseas transaction fee it would appear JL in Oxford UK is less.

    John

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    This may have been linked to before, apologies if I've missed it. It seems a pretty comprehensive history of the watch
    https://thespringbar.com/blogs/guide...-mears-citizen

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    Thanks Spike

    I did find one on WUS here in the US. Seems a chap had gotten 3 from a dealer in the UK.

    The price was right

    Cheers

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by safetypro79 View Post
    I did find one on WUS here in the US. Seems a chap had gotten 3 from a dealer in the UK.

    The price was right

    Cheers

    John
    Hi

    I am that chap. I purchased four units as I am a hopelessly OCD watch nerd that had read that QC with these could be dodgy so decided to get multiple units and pick the best one. As it turned out all four were superb, so I currently have one on as handmade black leather strap :)

    I still have two left, currently on offer on WUS. I sold one to a chap in Oklahoma City. I supplied him with a John Lewis gift receipt that matches with the watch serial number/barcode so therefore validates the 5 year international guarantee. I also posted to him tracked and signed with the shipping spec (ie gift, value) of his choice. It took about a week to get to him I think, as I checked a few days ago and it's delivered.

    I didn't originally plan to sell these on as, as already pointed out, I only wanted a nice one for myself. However, having nabbed these on Black Friday I can afford to send them on at a cost that works well, so decided to offer a good deed to my fellow Mears enthusiasts.

    If no one wants them I can still get a refund until the end of Jan '19.
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    Noticed them on sale at Beaverbrooks. Not the £179 crazy price from earlier in the thread but not bad.


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    £183 at Beaverbrooks with the code vipextra20
    Got four watches in four weeks so I'll pass on this one but really tempted...

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    Picked mine up from H Samuel for £149, don't know if it was just a managers special as as it's not shown on their website.


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    Really tempting and it would go well with my BJ9130-05E but need to make some space in the watch boxes first!
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphajet View Post
    Picked mine up from H Samuel for £149, don't know if it was just a managers special as as it's not shown on their website.

    Wow! Iíd have had one for £149!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    Wow! Iíd have had one for £149!
    I paid £280 for mine with 10% discount, I feel robbed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt68 View Post
    I paid £280 for mine with 10% discount, I feel robbed

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    You shouldn't feel so bad, it still looks like a lot of watch for the money to me.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Know this is going to sound weird, but given I baby my watches anyway & just take them off if they risk dirt, danger or even water!

    Love the looks of these and always wanted a Ray M one. However Iíve recently got a Sinn UX SDR and more recently a DA36 on bracelet. Both are tough as nails but thereís still something about the citizen bringing me back to consider it.

    Although reality is I donít need one & it looks a bit similar to this in my eyes.




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    Having now flicked through the photos again, maybe not as similar, maybe as robust or maybe more so. Certainly heavier.


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    I really want one of these, but every time I try one on it looks tiny, like a ladies watch. I do have large wrists - Iím usually on the last hole with most straps - but itís annoying to say the least! - I also had a new solar tuna I returned to John Lewis for the same reason I must be in the minority, the big watch fad suited me, Iím hoping to get a nice collection of 44mm Panerai when everyoneís wearing 34mm like itís the 1930ís!


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphajet View Post
    Picked mine up from H Samuel for £149, don't know if it was just a managers special as as it's not shown on their website.

    Hi. From which branch of H Samuel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal Mother View Post
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    Hi! Welcome aboard the gravy train

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    I’m a Johnny-come-lately to this thread, but I thought I’d add my thoughts about the “Ray Mears 2.”

    Some have managed to buy this watch for an absolute steal. I bought mine with a 10% discount from Ernest Jones, so it cost me £270. Even at that price, I’m very pleased with it. It has a lovely clear dial, a nice mix of brushed and polished titanium on the case, which is of course a monocoque design. Being quartz the accuracy is exemplary and unlike many much more expensive marks, the second hand of the E168 hits the markers, bang on, all the way round. The 20mm lug width allows many types of strap changes but the accompanying canvas strap is a great match, although I did remove the metal keeper being heavy and “waltish.”

    It does wear surprisingly small for a 40mm watch. I think this is due to the small lugs and large amount of dial, including its depth. I like the blue lume, although it could do with being a bit brighter and the date window is all but useless. Overall it's a very nice, easy to use and wear, lightweight but rugged watch.
    Last edited by dkpw; 15th April 2019 at 15:48.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkpw View Post


    Iím a Johnny-come-lately to this thread, but I thought Iíd add my thoughts about the ďRay Mears 2.Ē

    Some have managed to buy this watch for an absolute steal. I bought mine with a 10% discount from Ernest Jones, so it cost me £270. Even at that price, Iím very pleased with it. It has a lovely clear dial, a nice mix of brushed and polished titanium on the case, which is of course a monocoque design. Being quartz the accuracy is of course exemplary and unlike many much more expensive marks, the second hand of the E168 hits the markers, bang on, all the way round. The 20mm lug width allows many types of strap changes but the accompanying canvas strap is a great match, although I did remove the metal keeper being heavy and ďwaltish.Ē

    It does wear surprisingly small for a 40mm watch. I think this is due to the small lugs and large amount dial, including its depth. I like the blue lume, although it could do with being a bit brighter and the date window is all but useless. Overall it's a very nice, easy to use and wear, lightweight but rugged watch.
    I paid about the same from the same AD, you have summed the Watch up pretty much word for word what I think, the date being the only negative being totally useless IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt68 View Post
    I paid about the same from the same AD, you have summed the Watch up pretty much word for word what I think, the date being the only negative being totally useless IMO.
    Thanks Matt, yes I'm impressed with the watch and the movement. I have my eye on another Citizen which has been a forum favourite for some years, the BN0151-09L diver in blue. Same movement as the RM2 but with an apparently terrible strap. However I have a rather nice, cut down blue NATO which would work with the dial.


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