Oops….

Sometimes what otherwise might be a nice dial restoration is spoilt by lack of attention to details like……spelling:

This watch was for sale recently – probably a Homer movement in this ‘Ctizne’ gold-plated hand-winder. Oops!

(credit to the seller for the photo)

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A ‘New’ Diver…..

I’ve been very busy with family commitments lately – good ones :) – so I have not posted too much. Things are settling down at home now, so it’s time for a new post. And it’s time for something a little bit exciting – nothing less than the discovery of a previously unseen diver!

One of the joys of collecting and, more importantly, researching vintage Citizens in the absence of reliable reference material, is that ‘new’ models can be unearthed. It’s important of course to somehow authenticate a ‘new’ model, since it could be a ‘franken’ or an outright fake….

Some time ago I spotted a diver style watch for sale in Japan – I wasn’t convinced at that time that it was correct, so I archived the pics and ‘sat on it’. And then, just recently. I saw another example, also with clearer images. My conclusion is that this is an authentic, original piece, so I am posting about it now :)

And it’s unusual! This is a hand winding diver, rated at 120 meters, with an external bezel. What is rather cool is that it is no ordinary hand winder, but a white/silver dialled 25 jewel ‘Super Deluxe':

Notably this watch features no lume, not even a pip on the bezel, so its practicality as a diver is somewhat limited! It seems to me that the case is a one-piece type – doesn’t look to me to be a snap on type looking at the shape:

The ‘monocoque’ case suggests it was made to a diving specification. The case/model number – D1307051 – is a genuine number, and ‘D’ probably means ‘Diver’. In my case parts manual the data for this model is marked ‘x’, i.e. a one piece case that can’t be opened from the back.

Here is a pic of the first of these I spotted, well two actually:

The case backs both seem to show production in 1965:

So there we have it – the Super Deluxe 120m diver :)  Before I add it to the diver page I’d like to hear what people think, so please post your comments.

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Date Flake Movement

Just realised that I had not included a movement shot of the Date Flake in my last ‘Featured Watch’ post. I’ve now rectified that :)

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This Week’s Featured Watch #70 – the Date Flake

The Date Flake is one of the more obscure hand winding models – first produced in 1964 it uses the same thin movement as the better known Diamond Flake, which was the thinnest Japanese watch when it was introduced in 1962 (http://sweep-hand.org/2013/05/15/this-weeks-featured-watch-51-the-diamond-flake/) . Citizen also introduced a Diamond Flake Date in 1964, so there is scope here for confusion! The key differences are that the Diamond Flake uses the 0700/0701/0702 movement with either 25 or 31 jewels, the Diamond Flake Date uses the 2700 movement with 25 jewels, and the Date Flake uses the 2710 movement with 22 jewels. The lower jewel count indicates a slightly lower grade of watch and this is also reflected in the steel movement, whereas the Diamond Flake models have gold plated movements. Original retail prices supported this with the stainless steel models selling for ¥9,000, ¥11,000 and ¥8,000 respectively.

This stainless steel example is from 1968. The silvery white dial has simple black centred hour batons and hands, very similar in design to the Chrono Master models:

The back has the model name and the older style case / model number (DAFS2901), along with a June 1968 serial number and a water proof case type code of OR-D-2:

The back is very flat, to help keep the overall thickness to a minimum. From the side the case is clearly slimline:

No applied Citizen logo on these watches, but an elegant cursive script is used:

Here’s the 22 jewel movement, as per the Diamond Flake, but without the gold finsh:

This final shot shows the design of the hands more clearly:

The watch runs at 18,000 beats per hour and is keeping very good time. A classicly simple design, it is a compact 36mm across (excluding the crown) and is very easy to wear.

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Restorations by Brian, aka 31 Jewels, Page 1…… Part 2

I’ve now added a full report on Brian’s restoration of Mikko’s Alarm Date to the new page. Mikko has now had two watches fully sorted by Brian, so the one page features both of these. I first published the report on the Custom V2 at the end of April 2015,  so that is Part 1. Scroll down to the end of that to find Part 2 on the Alarm Date: http://sweep-hand.org/restorations-by-brian-aka-31-jewels-page-1/

I must thank Mikko for writing the report and his photos, and Brian of course for his commentary to Mikko and excellent photos. I hope you find this detailed account of Brian’s work interesting – it fascinates me and I am completely impressed with the skill and care Brian applies to his work. Another of my pieces is going to him soon, and I hope it will be the subject of another of these superb reports in due course.

Please do not reproduce any of these pages elsewhere, although I am very happy for you to post links to them here if you wish :)

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Black and White Pair

Well, black and silver really :) These two Cosmotrons use the 4840 electro-mechanical movement. They are the same model, but the dials have differences – the black one from 1971 is marked ‘transistorized’ whilst the silver one from 1970 is marked ‘electronic’. And the fill colour of the Cosmotron logo is different – there is also a blue dialled version with green. The hour and minute hands are a frame design, i.e. see through centres, and the contrast of the bright orange second hand is a great highlight:

A great pair imho :)

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Latest Addition to the Speedy Restoration Page

Another Speedy (67-9313) is now added to the restoration page :)  This is is a white dialled version…..

http://sweep-hand.org/brians-8110a-restoration-the-speedy-67-9313/

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