Originally Posted by tempest11
It's the BL5250-02L leather/titanium. It's a fine watch, but there are a few things that bother me. My main niggle about it is that the strap feels and looks so incredibly cheap for what you pay for this watch. Of course you can get a different one but after spending that amount of money you really shouldn't have to purchase a new band to make it stand up to the quality of the watch itself. The other thing is that the luminescent coating on the hands stops glowing after about an hour, so forget about telling what time it is in the dark after that.
Regarding the lume glow extinguishing rapidly, that's the one thing I don't like about my Citizen (pictured in this earlier post.)
If Citizen offered the same exact features, but with Tritium tubes added to the hands and hour markers, I would consider this watch to be perfect for my needs and tastes. As it is, there's so little lume on the hands (and none on the dial) that I have to turn on the lights to see what time it is.
This led me to go out and buy a less expensive Eco-Drive, not radio-controlled and not with Tritium, but with a lot of lume - that I only wear at night - the BV1085-14E (also pictured in an earlier post). This guy allows me to read the time several hours after the lume was last charged, but I've heard that the Seiko Monsters have the brightest lume out there.