Diver Page Updated Again!

It must be ‘add a diver’ week this week 🙂 After including the Super Deluxe model a couple of days ago, an exceptionally rare silver dialled version of the 120m Jet auto dater diver emerged. It’s the only one I’ve ever seen, and previously I thought only black dials were produced. I am very grateful to its owner, Jalaludin Adzali, for allowing me to use his pics.

I also realised that I had not included another rare model, this time a 100m rated Crystal Seven, alongside it’s Dandy Seven sibling., so I’ve taken the opportunity to add that one too.

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I wonder if there are any other models out there, yet to show their faces? 🙂

Here’s the page link: https://sweep-hand.org/citizens-vintage-divers-1962-to-1980/

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Diver Page Updated

I’ve just updated the Diver reference page, to include a rather unusual – and very rare – early model. In 1958 Citizen introduced the Deluxe and Super Deluxe range of watches. They proved to be popular and were Citizen’s most successful models in terms of sales value up to that point. The Deluxe and Super Deluxe are very much ‘dress’ watches, but I have seen three examples of a diver version, with a depth rating of 120m, in a monocoque case and with an external bezel, produced in 1965. Because of these features I’ve decided to add it to the Diver reference page, even though some elements are not quite what you’d expect of, or need in, a true diver.

I have to say when I first saw this model  I thought it was a ‘franken’ of some kind, but I can confirm that it is authentic. I have found it correctly referenced in an original parts Citizen technical manual from the 1960s.

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Here’s a quick link to the reference page: https://sweep-hand.org/citizens-vintage-divers-1962-to-1980/

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Chronograph and Jet Page Updates

I’ve just done amendments to a couple of reference pages. Here’s a quick summary of the changes:

1) The ‘Jet Automatic’ – amended the text about how to identify the 41xx movements versus the 03xx and 11xx movements. See the 8th paragraph of the page: https://sweep-hand.org/the-jet-automatic/

2) ‘Automatic Chronographs’: I’ve added notes and images to the 67-9011, 67-9020, 67-9038 and 67-9577 entries to include what I’ve referred to as the ‘Australian’ models. With many thanks to Mikko, who sent me a scanned 1970s catalogue for, we believe, the Australian market, I have now described dial variations, particularly to the tachymeter ring and the scale used: https://sweep-hand.org/citizens-vintage-chronographs/

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I have never seen an example of these outside of the catalogue, so please let me know if you have!

 

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Brian’s 8110a (‘Speedy’) Restoration Page Updated

It’s nice to start the New Year with an update to Brian’s ‘Speedy’ restoration page. It’s always a joy to see his work 🙂 You’ll find two new additions at numbers 16 and 17, and a better pic of #13

Here’s a quick link to the page:

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

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Happy New Year

Best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous 2018

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Happy Christmas

Thank you for visiting and following my blog.

I wish you a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2018.

 

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Blue Monday – in a good way

Of Citizen’s chronograph range, the model most likely to have a badly worn bezel is the 67-9054. The design leaves the bezel exposed to wear and tear, so finding one in good condition is quite a challenge.  As a result I very rarely wear this one!:

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With a solid link bracelet and a chunky case, this model feels good – it’s a shame that the bezel is so vulnerable – it’s hard to see in the pic, but the bezel sits slightly proud of the case so the edges are particularly exposed 😦

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