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Published on February 13th, 2014 | by Greg

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Time For Valentine’s Day: Citizen Watches, A Perfect Gift For Him

Gentlemen, you know what your ladies like- flowers, chocolates, a nice dinner out, maybe an exciting and slightly spicy gift to show her that she’s special. But women have it a bit tougher when it comes to finding the right Valentine’s Day gift, and guys don’t always make it easy. Sure, you could swing for the fences and get the audiophile something he’s bound to love, but he might stop listening to you when he’s focused on his music. And it’s all too easy to send the wrong message, or have a gift backfire, or find something that he already has (books, music, movies, and games are all in this category).

We’d suggest thinking outside of the box, and picking out something classy- like the Citizen Eco-Drive Military Chronograph. The name stems from the look and build of this timepiece, rugged, with a brown canvas strap that is certainly inspired by the armed forces. The stainless steel case stands out on a wrist, and it’s not so large that your guy will be pinned down by the weight on his arm nor too small for the retired soldier to wear. The Eco-Drive system ensures that you’ll never need to replace the battery, light-powered without being ostentatious (or even requiring sunlight, artificial will do just fine). It’s also water resistant to 100 meters.

Three smaller front dials- for 24-hour, 60-minute and continuous second timings- complement the main dial, and we found the Eco-Drive (technically model CA4095-04H)
easy to read. There’s even a small indicator for the date, and it’s all pretty easy to set, and kept accurate over our testing period. The hands are luminous, so you’ll be able to see them dimly in the dark. This watch won’t count calories or offer a GPS, and it won’t talk to you either- but it’ll be a trusty, durable pal that never needs charging and comes with a five-year limited warranty. Available now, online and in stores for around $240.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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