Citizen Eco Drive Calibre 9000

I love my watch. It is Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Calibre 9000 (Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar Watch) that I got on one of the “Deal of the Day” website (I believe it was Yugster, but it was one of the site that was linked from dodtracker.com). However, this watch is pain in a neck to set the time, or, change the time by one hour for today, as it is the end of day light saving time – Fall back.

Not only it is almost impossible to figure out what button does what by looking at the watch, on Citizen’s website, I couldn’t find its user’s manual or instructions by searching for “Calibre 9000″. On the manual page (Update: try this link for manual), you have to (somehow) find G900 to get the manual. I have no idea why, but Calibre 9000 series are also called MODELS – BL900* and Mvmt. Cal. No. G900.

There is an instruction video, and it is pretty useful, but I figured I’d just paste the instruction jpg here for my future usage:

Speaking of setting the time, US government have an official time website at time.gov. Also, last leap year was 2008, and next one is 2012, then 2016, 2020.

How to set time on Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Calibre 9000 Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar Watch

How to set time on Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Calibre 9000 Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar Watch
How to set time on Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Calibre 9000 Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar Watch

Also found this info useful on Citizen Eco-Drive Archive page:

Q: What does it mean when the second hand on my watch jumps two seconds at a time?
A:
It means that the reserve power is getting low and the energy cell needs to be fully recharged by exposing it to light for a period of time outlined in your owner’s manual. This may also occur after fully recharging your watch after a complete discharge of the energy cell. If you have fully charged your watch and the second hand continues to move in two second intervals, you need to do an all reset of the watch. For simple analog models, pull the crown out to the time setting position for 30 seconds, then return the crown to the closed position next to the case, then set the time. For multi-function models, please refer to your owners manual.

G900 RECHARGING GUIDE

YOUR MOVEMENT CALIBER RESULT : G900
ECO-DRIVE RECHARGE GUIDE :
Maximum power reserve at full charge: 270 Days
Low Charge Warning: 5 Days
Quick Start: No

CHARGE TIME FROM STOP STATE :
Indoors, Office
One Day use : 4 Hours

Incandecent 20
Full Charge : 180 Hours

Outdoors, Cloudy (10,000 Lux)
Full Charge : 60 Hours

Outdoors, Sunny (100,000 Lux)
Full Charge : 9.5 Hours

Useful links

NOTE:
If a low/no charge state is reached, or another malfunction is experienced, then an ALL RESET, 0-POSITIONING AND MASTER (HOME) TIME SETTING will be required.

SPECIAL NOTE: All functions of the watch operate from the ‘master’ time set on the sub dial located at the 7:00 position.
The conventional hour and minute hands (large hands) can be set independently and have no effect on the functions of the watch.
Do not make reference to the conventional (large) hour and minute hands when using the various functions of the watch.
AM or PM time is determined by referring to the small indicator hand at the 5:00 position. When the hand is in the orange color block, it indicates a.m. time. When the hand is in the black color block, it indicates p.m. time.

ALL RESET PROCEDURE AND 0-POSITIONING PROCEDURES

  • Pull the crown out two ‘clicks’.
  • Press and hold all buttons (A,B,C) simultaneously for 3 seconds and release. After a brief pause, the date/mode hand and the master time minute hand will move back and forth. An audible beep will then sound confirming the All Reset is complete.
  • Press and release the upper right button (B) to move the date/mode hand to the ‘0-SET’ mark ( ) indicated on the dial between 4:00 and 5:00.
  • Press and hold the lower right button (A) to advance the master time hour/minute hands (7:00 sub dial) to the 12:00 midnight position. The master time hour/minute hands will point to 12:00 and the a.m./p.m. indicator will point to the end of the “black” color block.
  • Press the crown in two ‘clicks’ to the closed position next to the case. The master time minute hand (7:00 sub dial) will move back and forth confirming completion of the ‘0-positioning’ procedure.
  • The AM/PM indicator hand will move to the beginning of the orange color block. You must now set the time.

TO SET THE ‘MASTER’ (HOME) TIME

  • If you have just completed an ‘all reset’ and ‘0-positioning’, continue with the next step, otherwise press and release the lower left button (C) to move the date/mode hand to indicate ‘0-SET’ position.
  • Pull the crown out two ‘clicks’.
  • Press and release the lower right button (A) to advance the master hour and minute hands (sub dial at 7:00) to the current time. Be sure to pay special attention to the a.m./p.m. indication shown by the a.m./ p.m. indicator hand. NOTE: You may press and hold the lower right button (A) to advance the time quickly.
  • Rotate the crown either clockwise or counterclockwise to set the conventional (large) hour and minute hands to match the master time shown on the 7:00 sub dial. Remember that all functions operate from the master time (7:00 position sub dial) and not the conventional (large) hour/minute hands.
  • Push the crown in two ‘clicks’ to the closed position next to the case.

TO SET THE DATE, MONTH AND LEAP YEAR

  • Before proceeding, be sure to determine if the current year is a leap year or how many years have elapsed since the last leap year.
  • Press and release the lower left button (C) until the date/mode hand indicates a date.This ensures the watch is in the ‘normal’ or time mode.
  • Pull the crown out one ‘click’.
  • Press and release the upper right button (B) to advance the date to the correct date.
  • Referring to the hands on the sub dial at the 7:00 position, the minute hand indicates the month and the hour hand indicates the leap year or years past a leap year. Press and release the lower right button (A) to advance the sub dial minute and hour hands to the correct month and leap year designation. Each press of the button will advance the minute hand ‘one month’. Each full rotation of the minute hand will advance the hour hand ‘one leap year’ designation.
  • Push the crown in one ‘click’ to the closed position next to the case. The master time hour/minute hands will return to the time set in memory.

11 Responses to “Citizen Eco Drive Calibre 9000”

  1. Awesome post, thank you SO much. I have the watch and have never been able to figure out these details. :)

  2. Thanks a lot for that, I couldn’t find my watch on the Citizen watch page, but I found your page from a search. My watch is the same mechanism as yours Calibre 9000, just mine has a leather strap and different colored face.

    I couldn’t adjust my watch so thanks again for that information, much appreciated.

  3. I have had this watch since 2009 and have not been able tomfigure it out till I found your post…….thanks a lot……awesome watch though

  4. My Eco-Drive 9000 is broken and I need some spare parts. I would love to fix it as it has sentimental value for me. I need the Dial Ring (with the calendar) and the Crystal.
    If you can help me, please contact me directly to my email

    [email protected]

    Thank you very much in advance.

    Best regards,

    Odo.

  5. Thank you very much .It is now 1/02/2013 and I found your instructions perfect.I probably have not worn the watch in three years and have completely forgotten how to adjust the watch.Clive

  6. Thank you very much. There’s no information, anywhere, about this watch. Excelent inicative!

  7. Michael Chenault

    Thanks for your instructions I haven’t been able to use this watch because I missed placed the manual. It just set in the box for years thanks again.
    Michael

  8. Why is it that the citizen watch co. WebSite does not even recognize its own watch number? I even talked on line with support and they couldn’t even give me a quarter info that I received from you. They ask me if I had the CD and watch that. My husband past away this last year he collected watches this was his favorite. I had it sized down on the bad and since large watches are in for women I wear this. It means a lot to me and when daylight savings time came I no longer heard the chime at 10:00 every night I missed it terribly. The chime was like having my spouse of 30 yrs say good night as he always did. Thank You for giving me back my memories

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