Following Jim’s diver, here’s another watch from a blog visitor. Bill commented about his 31 jewel hand wound chronometer and kindly gave permission to use the photos he sent me Full credit goes to Bill for the four watch images posted here.
Citizen’s first true Chronometer was produced in 1962 and is now a sought after piece. It is rarely seen outside of Japan – in Japan they sell for big money! The majority I’ve seen are gold filled, occasionally solid gold, with fewer in stainless steel. Bill’s is a steel one:
The dial is of a classic design, and carries the Eagle emblem, which is repeated on the case back medallion:
The serial number gives a production date of April 1965 – these models were probably not made much later than that as automatics became more the norm. Here’s the inside of the case back:
And here’s a great shot of the high grade movement – note the unique movement number and fine adjuster on the balance:
As far as I understand it, these Chronometers were made to Citizen’s own standards, which probably exceeded the Swiss COSC measures at that time. Here’s a scan of the relevant certificate:
I’m very grateful to Bill for allowing use of his photos – this is a significant watch and it’s great to be able to show it in this post.