Citizen BM8240-03E Review – Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch

Citizen BM8240-03E is a stylish and modern looking watch. It’s intended for men who want high quality and expensive looking timepiece but don’t want to spend too much on it.

The watch is worn for both formal as well as informal events. One unique thing about it is that it’s solar powered. To learn more about it, read the citizen BM8240-03E review to the end.

Round Black Stainless Steel Case

The case comes in a round shape and has a narrow bezel. It’s built from solid stainless steel, which should be able to endure abrasion, moisture, oil, sweat, and other things.

The highly polished finish complements the shiny silver look. It looks classy and suitable for most occasions.

The case has a diameter of 36mm, which is not bad for a man’s watch. However, a few consumers say it’s a little on the lower side and could have been more “manly” with a larger case.

The case back is also made of stainless steel and feels smooth to the skin. It also features a movable crown for easy time setting

Solar Powered Eco-Drive Japanese Quartz Movement

Citizen BM8240-03E close up

One unique thing about the watch is the solar-powered mechanism. The built-in panel will convert the energy into electrical energy.

This, in turn, runs the Japanese Quartz movement. It does deem to charge and keep power for a fairly long time. You, therefore, won’t need to worry too much during the cloudy days. When it comes to accuracy, it does score well.

The analog display is clear and functions decently. And since it’s powered via the sun, it’s a more economical option.

However, it’s important you place it in the right manner for it to get re-energized.

Shiny Black Dial

Reading time shouldn’t be a hassle with this timepiece. It features a black dial with a minimalistic appeal.

It has a bit of shine which gives it a fancier look in comparison to types with a matte finish. This also goes well with the shiny silver case.

The hour markers feature a silver-tone which stands out in the black background. Except for the 12, 8, and 4 O’clock markers, which are in Arabic, the rest are in stick form. a day/ date window is located at the 3 o’clock position.

The Citizen brand name and italicized eco-drive are placed below the 12 o’clock marker.

Citizen BM8240-03E on wrist

Alligator Styled Leather Strap

To enhance the classiness, the company went for a leather strap. It stands out more when compared to the likes of a stainless steel band.

Also, it’s much lighter and this helps to shed off some weight from the stainless steel case.

The alligator styled band looks okay for casual and formal events. It has a smooth interior lining to prevent Leaving marks while the smooth edges prevent any digging in.

The straps are joined with a stainless steel buckle end. It gets the thumbs up for flexibility, comfort, and elegance. It, however, comes second to steel in regards to sturdiness and durability.

Our Thoughts

The Citizen BM8240-03E is a simple watch that should work great with most users. The hour markers are well laid out and easily visible against the black dial.

It feels lighter than most other alternatives and also has very flexible straps. The Japanese Quartz movement and solar powered Eco-Drive also perform well. This is defiantly a good timepiece.

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