Citizen Promaster NY009 ‘Fugu’ Limited Edition

By Michael Penate

Citizen has announced a new collection of limited edition divers this summer. And if you’re familiar with the approach they took with the NY008 Asia Limited Series, you can probably guess a few of the release details before reading on. In total, there are six variants that make up this regional release and we’re happy to report that they all come in at under $500. Unfortunately, snagging one in the States will probably be difficult—but not impossible. In the meantime, let’s check out some of the specifics surrounding the new Citizen Promaster NY009 ‘Fugu’ Limited Edition watches.

Much like the coveted NY0040-09EE, these new ‘Fugu’ series watches deliver a sporty, affordable timepiece experience with the kind of quality Citizen is known for. Again, I often wonder how serious the competition would get if these watches were readily available in the States and duking it out with Seiko’s SKX series directly. In terms of aesthetics, Citizen has also delivered a variety of color options by mixing things up with the vibrant aluminum bezels. My guess is that the green model—with its “Hulk” style dial and bezel—will be the toughest to get. It’s limited to 1,989 pieces (the Promaster was introduced in 1989) and only available in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. What a stunner.


 

Citizen Promaster NY009 ‘Fugu’ Limited Edition Specifications

  • Case and Bracelet Construction: Stainless steel
  • Case Diameter: 42mm
  • Water Resistance: 200m
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Movement: Miyota 8203A
  • Crown: Screw-down
  • Price: $360 – $480

Inside the watches, we get Citizen’s cool Miyota 8203A movement with 45 hours of power reserve and a 3Hz operating rate. It’s cheap, in-house, and perfectly acceptable for watches in this price bracket. Remember, these movements don’t hack—just like the 7S26 from Seiko. Overall, the Citizen Promaster NY009 ‘Fugu’ Limited Edition watches bring a serious degree of variety to the market and I’m sure USA consumers would eat them up if they were available here. From two-tone to a plain black dial/bezel version—it’s all here. Let’s just hope that Citizen keeps experimenting with new iterations that might be easier to get. Aside from the green version, these models are limited to 2,000 pieces and sold exclusively in South East Asian countries.

Photos: Citizen 


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