This week’s Featured Watch #72 – Super Deluxe Date

Citizen made higher end versions of some their mainstream models, designating them ‘super’ with enhanced finish/features and more factory adjustment for greater accuracy. My last ‘Featured Watch’ was such a model, the Super version of the Crystal Date. This week I feature a super variant of Citizen’s first really successful watch – the Deluxe.

The hand-winding Deluxe was launched in 1958, with movement 2B/9200 and was Citizen’s first watch to achieve sales of over ¥100million. In the same year the Super Deluxe (http://sweep-hand.org/2011/05/09/this-weeks-featured-watch-3/) was also launched. Some years later, in 1965, Citizen added a further version to the Super Deluxe, using an enhanced version of the Homer 1810 movement, which added a date complication, and was designated 1850, 1851 & 1860. So, if you compare the movement shots you’ll see this later model uses a different design of movement rather than the original 9200 as seen in the Super Deluxe.

The case and dial is typical of the mid to late 1960s designs, and of course 3 applied stars are added to the dial to indicate the ‘super’ quality level. This model only came with 25 jewels as far as I know:

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The case back is what I call the transitional type with the later style of general markings but the earlier model/case number of HODS2802 – production was in July 1967:

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And here we see the upgraded finish on the movement of this Super version, with the immediately recognisable ‘Homer’ architecture. The movement also has ‘hacking’ or ‘second setting’, i.e. the watch s stopped when the crown is pulled out to set the time, allowing precise time setting :

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This example is running perfectly, with no adjustment needed after over a week’s wear. Very nice :)

This date version is relatively scarce and well worth getting hold of if you can – a nice quality hand winder that is probably not far off its Chrono Master sibling using the same movement (designated 1870 in the Chrono Master). The dial, hands and markers look pretty well the same too. You could argue the Super Deluxe is better since it has the gold plated movement, not found in any of the Chrono Masters….

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More Speedy’s – 67-9313 Restorations

With the kind permission of their owners, Brian has provided two more Speedy examples for his Restoration Page. These are now included as numbers 7 & 8 :)

Thanks again to Brian, and to the proud owners of the Speedy’s he has serviced and restored.

I don’t think we can get enough of these classics!

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Nice Review of A Chrono Master

I’ve added a link to the blog of ‘musingsofawatchaddict’ who has a hand winding Chrono Master which he has reviewed and compared to similar offerings from the same period by Seiko. Interesting read – thanks Musings’ :)

The link is in the ‘blogroll’ on the right of this page for future use, and here it is as well for now: https://musingsofawatchaddict.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/citizen-chrono-master-citizens-answer-to-grand-seikoking-seiko/

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Wim, are you out there?

Hi Wim (‘WVE’) – I hope that you are watching :) I saw the Citizen only thread on the Dutch ‘horlogeforum’ and I would like to contact you about one of your watches. The email address I have for you is an old one I think. I got a ‘couldn’t be delivered’ message when I tried.

So if you see this please get in touch – you may still have my email address, or reply in a comment here. Thanks.

Stephen

Update: Found him! :)

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Citizen 52-0110 Diver – Blue Bezel Insert…or Faded Black? Solved!

With thanks to Bert and Nick – Bert who was prepared to take the bezel off his diver and Nick who suggested it – we have an answer to the question….was the bezel blue  originally, or was it black and has faded? Well, as they say a picture (or three) paints a thousand words:

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Looks black to me…..

Thanks Bert for being prepared to take your watch apart, and for the photos.

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Citizen 52-0110 Diver – Blue Bezel Insert…or Faded Black?

If you’ve read the Diver Page (http://sweep-hand.org/citizens-vintage-divers-1962-to-1980/), you’ll have seen some commentary in the 52-0110 section about dial variations and questions about whether there was ever a blue bezel insert for this (and other 150m divers). The conclusion was that it’s more likely that the blue colour is the result of UV fading of the original black insert, even though there has been an after-market blue insert available as well as black ones. Bert has sent me a nice photo  of his 52-0110 with blue insert- I particularly like the background ;) :

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I’m interested to know what other people think – is this a blue bezel insert, or is it faded black? Bert noted that his is from 1977, as is the one shown via a link in the diver article. What do you think?

 

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Up to Date?

I hope so – just finished replies to comments, I think I’ve done them all. Please let me know if I’ve missed anything!

And here’s a quick pic, just for Marko :)

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