Army Field Watch Shootout 2016: Seiko vs Citizen



Seiko Field Watch OD Men’s SNE095P2 (shown):
Citizen Field Watch OD BM8180-03E (shown):
Timex Field Watch (very clean, simple, effective, affordable, various colors):
Hamilton Field Watch HML-H69419363 (over twice the price of these but nice, day only, Khaki):
Hamilton H74451833 Khaki Field Analog (actually very nice, reasonably priced):
The Excellent NAVIFORCE $15 Japaness mvt watch (shown):

A combat field watch has history. It was used in World War II and many other conflicts. Its pedigree means this: it tough, slim, easy to read, simple, and accurate. Enter two super high value field watches that combat each other here. Each hails from superb Japanese watch makers: Seiko and Citizen. Each is SOLAR POWERED positioning them above any other automatic or manual field watch [for me]. They will run for 10 years before needing a battery! Each has the military look including olive drab nylon bands. The specifics such as crown, bezel, stem, markings, lume, second hand precision, and value are examined. In the end the winners takes the race by the narrowest of margins. Each is a phenomenal and smart field watch choice.

Nutnfancy Likability Scale Seiko SNE095: 3.5 Stars, Citizen BM8108 3 Stars

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  • Nutn….STILL irritating AF.

    ThisnThatPackRat May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Good looking watch. Comfortable✹✹>imgs.love/SeikoSNK805?わg   and not oversized like most watches nowadays. I just wish it had manual winding and hacking

    Jamie Piot May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Sadly the days seems not to be in English, or why do I have "Lun" is that for Tuesday? Someone help me please?

    George Tsonev May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Is the Seiko still made? I can't find them anywhere…

    Pedro Nogueira May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Yeah, that second hand needs to line up. That would drive me nuts at any price range.

    Philip Janes May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Casio for me, no contest. Better build quality/reliability, clearer face, excellent lume and 5 year guarantee – oh and I can by at least four different design NATO straps as it is much cheaper than the Seiko.

    Boris Tabacsplatt May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Just bought the Seiko after seeing your review. Excellent watch for the money, thanks for the comprehensive comparison.

    Stephen Ford May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • I typically prefer the citizen eco drive for the practicality, power reserve, etc. And looked at these 2 watches, and I went with the seiko snzg15j1 for 1 simple reason. EMP. Tongue in cheek of course, but an emp would kill the citizen, where the seiko would survive and carry on as it's an automatic.

    Greg Workman May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Dude, dude, dude, DUDE!

    TheNoobFlutistTM Ear Rape Recorder May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • 👍👍

    Ricardo Bernal May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • I prefer a tactical sun dial.

    Bodacious May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • My Citizen Nighthawk eco drive still going strong. Got it over 16 years ago

    MotoSurgeon May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • When it comes to solar, Eco drive is a good bet.

    Tan Tu May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Got the Citizen, added a nato strap, loving it for an edw or on holidays.

    LordKellthe1st May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • And well…. What Is your conclusion….
    Which is better of both????
    To me Citizen, is a watch more heavy than Seiko…
    Grettings!!!

    I Love Seiko May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • In my many experiences Seiko is much more reliable watch than Citizen as far as watch/keeping time goes.

    New Sigmund Freud May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • I like the seiko case and the Citizen dial

    Robert Wilder May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • There is a amazon prime sale going on today for the citizen for 56 bucks!

    Mr Mac May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Howmuch

    Mayronz Tato May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Unpopular Opinion: I don't think stock watch bands matter at all. Unless it's a bracelet (and even then) I immediately chuck the factory strap and use my assortment of nylon NATOs. Just have to make sure I only buy watches with 20mm or 22mm lugs. If it was up to me I'd buy just the head in a cardboard box and pocket the money they spend on cheap bands and fancy boxes.

    Phafanapolis May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • I love the WRVs! Force 10 from Navarone is an amazing movie.

    David Oesterle May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • citizen hands down.

    Kal Val May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • SEIKO LOOKS LIKE REAL ARMY FIELD WATCH,EAZY TO READ, CITIZEN IS BEAUTIFUL WATCH, BUT ON THIS ONE I WILL GO GRUB SEIKO,
    CITIZEN ECO DRIVE PRO MASTERS WILL TAKE ANY TIME OVER SEIKO PROMASTERS, INC MARINE 300

    eshedu1 May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Seiko looks best for sure.

    Ruben Sanchez May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Sub dials aren't a new function on watches even though. Some of the earliest watches made, going back to the seventeenth century, had Sub dials. Watch wearers have constantly been excited by the idea gathering more records than merely the approximate time from their watches: https://youtu.be/uFCYNKyCXOw

    Myname Jesus May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Grief.

    785K subs????????????

    Well all the best but I'm bored.

    Paul Stevenson May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • The citizen is by FAR the better watch.

    GUNSnSTUFF May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Thanks for the upload helps a lot!

    prizzom May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • I've read there are battery issues with the Seiko. Is there any truth to this? Many reviews on Amazon said such

    Tobin Zerby May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • The skeletonized hands on the Citizen have kept me from buying it. If those were changed to more traditional sword hands it would win hands down!

    Sublyme May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • His voice reminds me of Tom Delonge hahahah

    Amirul Afiq May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • The only thing stopping me from buying that seiko watch is that ugly bezel which also seems to do nothing.

    81canuck81 May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Black background conceals some important details of the Citizen watch, such as the crown guards.

    Al G May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • Do u think solar watch last longer

    Arfian Wismiga May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • I have bought Seiko solar but it stays second-hand at night.
    stop your watch too?

    I m the strong man May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • I've been looking for a decent military style field watch since my Seiko 5 (SNK). That thing just doesn't tell time properly. Probably not gonna bother with budget mechanicals anymore.

    Harris Rihan May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • I have had two of these BM8180s citizen watches for around 15 years , one for workshop and knock around use and the second for casual wear. That is getting old so I decided to buy another watch. I have always liked the eco-drive so I went on line and found a similar watch AW1410-24E, what sold me was the screw down crown. But not being a watch nerd ( meant in the nicest way) the diameter did not register with me. I have a large wrist 9.5 inch and the strap on this new watch is around an inch away from even touching the buckle. But that is not a problem as I am never going to wear it as it is so freaking enormous. I will give it away to a nephew and buy another BM 8180 and retire the more knocked around one .I suppose you could call my watches a very boring collection as they are all the same. all the best.

    labrat7357 May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • I do love the white background on the day date on the citizen tho

    Dan Miner May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • I have the citizen good watch but the Seiko with it's 24 hour wins in my opinion I don't own the seiko

    Dan Miner May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply
  • well, I wasn't interested in watches when you posted this video but now I am wanting one so I looked up what videos you did on what watches and am watching them all now so thank you for your honest, unbiased opinion that you share so freely.

    Cory Cooper May 22, 2020 2:58 pm Reply

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