More of Brian’s restoration work added….

I’ve added two more watches to Brian Leiser’s Speedy restoration page. One is a customer’s nice black version. The other is…..well….different 🙂 You may have seen already Brian’s ‘Speedy Mod’, and now he has added another piece, demonstrating his skill in breathing life into bits and pieces that most people would throw in the bin!! See here:https://sweep-hand.org/brians-8110a-restoration-the-speedy-67-9313/

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A New Blogroll Link….

I’ve just added a link to my Blogroll – ‘George’s Videos’ – it’s to George’s (aka ‘SkyM’) YouTube channel , who has done some nice videos of vintage Citizens (and Seikos as well). Please take a look 🙂 Here’s a direct link too: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq-pTaD-bAxvUPEecvrMrsw?view_as=subscriber

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Rare 8110A variant confirmed….

It’s not often that I’ve added ‘new’ variants to the Automatic Chronographs page, but I have recently been able to confirm one that I had previously been unsure of – and I must thank George, a fellow enthusiast in Ukraine, who recently sent catalogue scans to add to me reference material.

The model in question is the 4-901096 black cased ‘bullhead’ model, which was not given its own model number. I was sure about the green dialled version:

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But not so sure there was a gold coloured version – until now:

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This is not the clearest of images, but the case number is confirmed. So, as with the 67-9071, the 4-901096 has these two dial colours. I’ve amended the Chronograph reference page accordingly.

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This Week’s Featured Watch #80 – the 67-9054 Chronograph

One of the Citizen’s range of mechanical chronographs, the 67-9054 is usually found to have been produced in 1974 – two years into the 8110 automatic movement’s production run. There were two dial variants, blue and green in colour, which are found in a chunky cushion style case . The all stainless steel case has a good degree of heft, giving the watch a substantial feel on the wrist. The almost ‘TV’shaped tachymeter is unusual, with printed blue numbering on both dial colours – here is the blue variant:

Note the layout of the applied CITIZEN  logo and the printing beneath – I haven’t seen any aftermarket dials for this model, but on other models aftermarket dials can be betrayed by failure to get this positioning right.  The other printing is ’23J’ under the centre at the 6 0’clock position. The blue on black theme of the tachymeter is replicated on the minute and hour sub-dials, giving this blue version especially a nicely harmonised appearance. The original bracelet is a familiar design, since it is also found on both the 67-9011 and the 67-9356 octagonal ‘bullheads’:

The case is a simple but effective design, here are the side views:

The case back is typical of the 8110 range, showing the model number, the case number 4-901070 and in this example, a production date of June 1974:

Now the green dialled version, and immediately we can see the problem with the design of this watch!:

Unfortunately the tachymeter bezel is very susceptible to wear, and these models can sometimes be found with all their markings polished off, or re-painted plain black. It is a shame, but there is no protection for the bezel, as can be seen on models with a steel bezel and tachymeter insert, for example as on the 67-9313 ‘Speedy’.  Although the tachymeter is worn, the rest of the watch case is in nice condition:

This one is from July 1974.

All in all these are good looking watches, but that basic design flaw is real problem, and leaves you apprehensive when wearing them – especially if you are lucky enough to find one with a mint bezel!

 

 

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Cosmotron from 1971 – What’s So Unusual?

Citizen made many different Cosmotron models, an interesting hybrid movement that became obsolete well within 10 years of its launch in 1966.  Here’s one, case number 4-480279, from November 1971:

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A passing glance might suggest it’s a straightforward enough rather plain model with the 4840 date only movement inside. However, you may already have spotted an unusual feature – zoom in and it becomes clearer:

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Yes, it’s a printed crystal, with applied hour markers and the Cosmotron symbol plus the dial code on the dial itself. The rest is printed on the underside of the glass. As far as I know this is the only such model in the Cosmotron line-up, but if you have seen another please let me know 🙂

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Don’t Forget to do Your Research Before You Buy!

With prices rising all the time for good quality and original vintage watches, especially mechanical chronographs as seen in Citizen’s 8110 and 8100 automatics, I advise you to do your research before buying!! For example there’s an 8110 for sale at the moment on eBay described as ‘100% original’……well I suppose the parts themselves were originally made by Citizen, but the piece is a cobbled together watch with a 67-9178 case, a 67-9011 case back, and a 67-9071 dial – although offers can be made, the BIN price is over US$700.

If sellers have not done their research, make sure you do 🙂  I am happy to advise if you are not sure of something, just ask via the Form on the right side of the home page.

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Have You Contacted Me?….

I received a message today via the enquiry form, from ‘Marchand’ with an ‘@me.com’ email address. My reply is bouncing back as ‘undeliverable’, saying the email address does not exist or is unable to receive mail.

The query was about the calendar works in a 5470 movement. If you see this can you please contact me again, with a different email address if possible.

18th January – now resolved 🙂

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