The Citizen Skyhawk A-T is the big brother to another of Citizen’s acclaimed pilot watches, the Nighthawk. It’s a watch that was born and bred for meeting the needs of a modern pilot and it’s jam-packed with features that you would expect from an aviation watch. The Skyhawk has a chronograph, a perpetual calendar, dual time, multiple alarms, a countdown timer, a digital backlight, UTC displays, and a rotating slide rule bezel. It looks busy, but it’s not without good reason.
The case on the Citizen Skyhawk is forged from a silver-toned Super Titanium that is treated with a proprietary surface hardening technology. It’s five times more scratch-resistant and 40% lighter than stainless steel. The Skyhawk is a 45mm watch, so it is a watch with real wrist presence. It may be too big for those with 6 or 6.5-inch wrists, but for those that can pull it off, this is a watch with real presence.
The dial, as previously mentioned, could appear a little busy for some. However, this busyness is a direct side effect of the built-in functionality that you get with the Skyhawk. It’s an analog-digital dial with two LCD screens and four sub-dials. Each one is perfectly designed to display the information you need, to the extent that you wonder how Citizen is able to cram so much into something that fits on your wrist. At night, the complexity just fades into the darkness, and you are left with the intense blue glow of the lumed indices.
- Case Size: 45mm
- Case Thickness: 15mm
- Lug to Lug: 50mm
- Strap width: 22mm
- Movement: U680 Eco-Drive
- Power Reserve: 6 months+
- Water Resistance: 200m
- Crystal: Sapphire
The Citizen Skyhawk A-T uses the U680 EcoDrive movement, and will almost never need set manually because it uses atomic timekeeping in 43 world cities to automatically set the time for you. Because the U680 is an EcoDrive movement, you also won’t ever need to change the battery on this watch. This makes the Skyhawk a hassle-free watch that you can always depend upon.
So, if you are looking for a pilot’s watch that is functional and legible, the Skyhawk will always be worth a look. There are few watches like it, and fewer still that have as much functionality and practicality. Not everyone needs a watch like this. Not everyone wants a watch like this, but for those that do, this one should be at the top of your list.
Video Review of the Citizen Skyhawk
Citizen is a Japanese watch manufacturer that dates back to 1918. It is primarily known for its popular range of wristwatches but is also responsible for manufacturing Miyota movements which are sold to a variety of other watch manufacturers. The Citizen Watch Group includes a variety of other brands such as Bulova, Alpina, Frédérique Constant, and more. Citizen is well-known for its Eco-Drive technology, dive watches, and atomic timekeeping. Citizen is also the Official Timepiece of both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Learn more here.