NEW CITIZEN FUGU NY011
The original Promaster NY004 diving watch that was released in 1989. This formed the basis for the re-introduction in 2018 which we covered in detail. The Fugu continued to evolve, and in 2019 to include a steel bracelet. Both earlier variants were 42mm case size.
For 2020, Citizen has updated the NY008 and NY009 with the NY011. Four colour variants are offered, all on a polyurethane strap. The case is enlarged to 44mm and a few improvements are made to the series.
In the new Promaster NY011 series, the most prominent change is the case size is enlarged from 42mm to 44mm. The case is in stainless steel and the shape and proportions remain the same. All signature design elements remain unchanged. The signature bezel with serrated teeth for easy gripping in wet conditions, as well as the new design of the hour markers that was introduced in the Promaster NY008 series in 2018 are retained.
Citizen also took the opportunity to add some features. First is the use of sapphire crystal instead of mineral glass. Sapphire is harder and more resistant to scratches.
The bezel is also upgraded. The NY011 series bezel is now equipped with 120 clicks as opposed to 60 clicks in previous collections. The feel of the bezel is a more precise, and somewhat smoother, though it retains the positive feedback that one click has moved as well as the earlier models.
The dial layout remains the same, featuring large clear markers and huge hands. The overall effect of the enlarged case and dial/hands makes it even more legible than ever. In the dark, the lume remains superb.
Finally, the laser engraving of the “Fugu” is etched deeper in the engraving process, making it more prominent.
One special version is in the rather rare full lume dial. This was seen in the first 1989 edition of the Fugu NY004 and in the 2018 first re-issued, and now again in the NY011. The full lume dial on the NY0119 is promoted by Citizen to be three times brighter than the NY008 version, and is a limited edition of 2,000 pieces, with each piece carrying its own series number on the case-back.
44 mm (diameter)
Citizen Calibre 8203 automatic with day/date and 40 hours power reserve
3 years international warranty.