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!