Citizen Grand Touring watch with an orange hand and an in-house caliber, which considered a driving force not only in supplying scuba divers with watches equipped with integrated depth meters, but in contemporary dive watches in general.
Citizen Grand Touring watch is not called a “Promaster” or “Aqualand” or even a “Diver.” Instead, it carries a name that seems to be inspired by motorsport rather than diving. Secondly, its massive metal bracelet does not come with a divers’ extension or safety clasp, which would make it rather difficult or even risky to wear during a dive. The elegant exhibition caseback also indicates that it was meant as more of a “desk diver,” and the lume is not as intense as one would normally expect on Citizen watches.
The bezel, large crown protector and the orange minute hand, however, would seem to indicate a rather action-oriented dive watch. And the red dots marking the first 15 minutes on the dial do not have any functional purpose at all.
It is a substantial, great-looking diver with a beautiful sandwich dial , and an overall quality that should not disappoint. What we personally did not like was the large, plastic ring around the 9012 caliber when treated as a desk diver and the missing safety clasp when treated as a dive watch.