After my plan for week 2 was disrupted by the arrival of the Highness, I can now get back on track and present my Super Deluxe.
Citizen made higher grade models of their earlier hand winding watches, and prefaced them with ‘Super’ to distinguish them. So we can find, although not that often, Super versions of the Ace, the Hi-Line and of course the Deluxe. The Deluxe was Citizen’s hugely successful line launched in 1958, with sales worth over 100 million yen until production ended as soon as 1963. The Super version was also launched in 1958, and production of this ended around 1966.
What makes the Super Deluxe er…Super? In terms of the accuracy of its timekeeping the watch was subject to a higher level of adjustment at the factory – the standard Deluxe movement is marked as having 3 adjustments, whilst the Super is marked as ‘Specially’ adjusted, suggesting to me adjustment in at least 5 positions. Another indication is that the jeweling range is up a notch to 23 and 25 rather than the standard model’s 19, 21 and 23. The quality of finish applied to the movement is also superior, and gold filled cases were typical.
Mine is from 1962:
There were a couple of dial variations, one has an applied logo and three stars at the 6 o’clock position. Mine has simple printed markings in an elegant cursive script:
The case is gold-filled, using 14k gold to a depth of 80 microns, serial number shows production in February 1962:
The dial finish and printing are shown better in this shot:
The hands are nicely shaped to ensure they reach the outer edge of the dial under the curve of the crystal:
Finally, let’s take a look at the 9200 movement – finished in gold plate the markings clearly show that it’s a Super model:
The Super Deluxe – a high grade hand winding watch which oozes the dress style of its day, and would have represented citizen’s most accurate timepiece at the time just prior to the launch of the Chronometer in 1962.