Version 3 is now available, via the Blogroll link on the right of this page. Some minor amendments have been made to existing pages, and an additional page added to take the table to 1977.
The new page includes the 8200 movement, which became Citizen’s mainstay automatic caliber and has been in production ever since. Often seen with the ‘Eagle 7’ logo on the dial, this became Citizen’s equivalent of Seiko’s 7s26 – the Seiko 5.
There are more movements which may have been in production between 1975 and 1977, but I have restricted the listing so far to what is shown in Citizen’s 1977 Parts Catalog to ensure there is no doubt about validation.
Hello, I have bought a watch for my husbands birthday and from what I understand of your movement table I think it must be a 1983 watch. I was wondering if you could confirm this?
The movement is Japan P – 8200 and it has a picture of an eagle on the front with the number 7.
It has the following numbers on the back:
GN 4W S
I just want to be able to suprise him with some facts about his watch when I give it to him.
Thank you for putting your movement table on the web – it has been by far the most useful source of information I have found.
Hi Caroline – thanks for your comment, much appreciated. And what a nice birthday gift for your husband 🙂
The 8200 automatic is a very sound and reliable movement – it was first produced in the mid-1970s and has been in production ever since, and it became Citizen’s ‘standard’ automatic mechanical watch as quartz took over. The rotor winds the watch in one direction only, which was new at that time and was described a more efficient design than the previous automatics where the rotor wound the watch in both directions. One nice feature is that they can be hand wound as well, which is nice when the watch has wound down and needs to be ‘fired up’ quickly. As far as I can work out the ‘Eagle 7’ line was established in the 1980s. The serial number on yours is ‘728519’, which indicates production in February 1987 in fact. First number – 7 – gives us the year, second number – 2 – gives us the month. I don’t think it will be from 1977, since I don’t believe the Eagle logo was used that early on.
The other numbers are the case number – 4-039190 – and ‘GN4WS’ is the case type, which is helpful for watch repairers when they do repairs or service watches. I’m not sure what ‘SMT’ means – could relate to the factory where the watch was made.
Hope this is helpful, please get back to me if you have any more questions,
Thank you, that is very helpful indeed (and a very speedy reply). I will write all this information down and include it with his present. I will also tell him to check out your website after his birthday so he can learn more. He is getting really interested in watches and I love to enable his only weakness! Thank you again
You’re welcome Caroline, I hope your husband takes a look around here, and that he seeks out a few more vintage Citizens 🙂
All the best,