The Citizen Promaster Dive 37mm is a no-gimmick joy for smaller tastes The Citizen Promaster Dive 37mm is a no-gimmick joy for smaller tastes

The Citizen Promaster Dive 37mm is a no-gimmick joy for smaller tastes

Fergus Nash
  • The Citizen Promaster Dive 37mm shrinks down the crowd-favourite dive watch.
  • Despite its reduced size, it retains all necessary diving specifications.
  • Three models are available in black, blue or grey with a gold PVD case.

Given the sheer amount of dive watches which get released every day, it’s pretty common for them to include some kind of design gimmick that attempts to set itself apart. Rather than filling some imagined hole in your collection with a niche genre, the new Citizen Promaster Dive 37mm series is offering something simple and satisfying. If you’ve got small wrists or just prefer the look of a smaller watch, these three references are a distilled shot of the Citizen personality with great specs to back that up.

Although the utilisation of short lug-to-lug lengths is known to make big cases easier to wear, there’s only so much effect that can have on a huge slab of metal. The Citizen Promaster Dive in its classic 44mm size certainly holds its place in the watch community, however it’s just not feasible to bear it on a thin wrist. This new edition of the Promaster Dive 37mm is actually even more compact than its name suggests, with a diameter of 36.5mm and a lug-to-lug of 43mm. Proportionally the package looks just as good as the bigger sibling, and the unchanged 11.6mm thickness is still thin enough to feel balanced.

The case has a short and stout stature, not too unlike a Tuna can shape but with some robust lugs sloping towards the strap. A 4 o’clock crown also compacts the visual bulk, as well as preventing anything from digging into your wrist when moving around. You might assume that a size reduction must equal some lost diving capability, but the screw-down crown locks in 200m of water resistance and the minute-marked bezel fulfils all of the criteria for ISO certification — as you can tell by the word “diver’s” on the dial. Speaking of the dial, the Citizen Promaster Dive 37mm continues the legacy of the 1989 original with a bold and incredibly legible set of hands and hour markers. All filled with luminous paint, you can be sure that reading the time either above or below the waves won’t be an issue.

Three references have been created to open the Promaster Dive 37mm series, each with their own particular character. The black version is by far the most versatile, and will surely appeal to anyone who adores the basics which are so popular for good reason. A blue reference contrasts light and dark shades against each other, providing a bit of summery flair and colour to casual outfits. Lastly, the loudest model flexes a gold PVD coating and a mesmerising granite-grey dial, complete with a matching two-tone bezel insert. The accompanying pink rubber strap lends itself to feminine styling, however swapping it onto an 18mm leather or NATO strap would allow anyone to enjoy the confident colour scheme.

Powering the Citizen Promaster Dive 37mm is the Eco-Drive E168, a quartz movement that’s not just solar powered but by any ambient light. Not only is this a really convenient feature, but it’s also accurate within 15 seconds per month and super reliable. It can run for up to 6 months in darkness on a full charge, so it’s very unlikely you’ll ever need to worry about losing the time.

The Citizen Promaster Dive 37mm pricing and availability:

The Citizen Promaster Dive 37mm watches are available now from Citizen retailers. Price: US$375 (blue or black) / US$395 (grey and gold)

Brand Citizen
Model Promaster Dive 37mm
Case Dimensions 36.5mm x 43mm x 11.6mm
Case Material Stainless steel
Water Resistance 200m
Crystal(s) Mineral crystal
Dial Black, blue, grey
Lug Width 18mm
Strap Rubber strap
Movement Eco-Drive E168
Power Reserve 6 months on a full charge
Availability Available now
Price US$375 (blue or black) / US$395 (grey and gold)