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:
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?
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 :
One Day use : 4 Hours
Full Charge : 180 Hours
Outdoors, Cloudy (10,000 Lux)
Full Charge : 60 Hours
Outdoors, Sunny (100,000 Lux)
Full Charge : 9.5 Hours
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.