Many people who know about vintage chronographs are familiar with the Citizen ‘bullheads’, since they are the models most usually seen on the internet auction sites. However, Citizen made a number of other models using their 8110a twin sub-dial movement, some of which are rarely seen and are difficult to find in really good condition. So to mark the first ‘featured watch’ from the chronograph model lines, I’m starting off with one of the less seen models which I was fortunate to acquire in close to pristine condition – the 67-9038:
This model was also made white and black dials, it seems to me that the one most likely to appear has the blue dial. From examples Ive seen for sale the dial looks prone to fading, and the black bezel can get chipped so is sometimes polished back to shiny metal, so this one stays in its box when not in use:
The 8110a automatic movement is a fine piece of engineering – it is compact in size, can be hand wound and has ‘flyback’ functionality (i.e. can be reset to zero and instantly restarted without stopping the chronograph function first).
I haven’t taken the back off this one, to minimise the risk of damaging the back, so no movement shot as yet. Typically the back is marked with case material code (SSB – stainless steel with black bezel), case number (4-9010371A) and model number (67-9038). The serial number shows production in April 1974:
The original solid link bracelet is very comfortable and is signed on the clasp:
The colour combination on this model, especially the bright orange hands on the blue background certainly give it impact on the wrist:
I’ll be doing a separate page in the not too distant future on the chronograph models, to provide as much reference material as I can on these excellent time pieces.