Best laid plans and all that….

I’d hoped that well before now I would have published my article on Citizen’s vintage divers – unfortunately real life has intervened and I have not been able to get it done just yet.

Apologies for the delay, I hope to get back to it soon.

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8 Responses to Best laid plans and all that….

  1. pom says:

    Hello stephen!
    I have a citizen seven star deluxe parawater compressor diver. I cant seem find anything about it and this has lead me to think it might be a fake. I hope you can provide some info about the watch.

    Best regards,

    Pom

  2. sweephand says:

    Hi Pom, thanks for your comment and question. Citizen made compressor divers in the late 1960s and I have seen just a couple of examples like yours. There were also models with a ‘mercedes’ hour hand and a different internal bezel, which are seen a little more often and I have one of those in my collection. So I think yours is likely to be a genuine example. Unfortunately I don’t have an original catalog pic or advert of your type.

    I will post a couple of pics later for comparison with yours, but have to go out in a minute so can’t do it immediately I’m afraid.

    In the meantime can you confirm the case number (this form of number: 4-5xxxxx) and the serial number from the case back. Does it have any other numbers stamped on the back and is the dial marked 21 jewels / para100water (or water proof)?

    Stephen

  3. Emily says:

    Hello Stephen!

    My name is Emily, and I have a question for you that no one else has been able to help me answer yet!

    Let me start out with a story (that I swear I’ve tried to make as short as possible): My mother was given a ladies’ citizen watch sometime in the 70’s (give or take five years) by her father, my late grandfather; he picked it out especially for her, and I’m told it was a women’s Citizen watch with a turquoise face that was somewhat angled (i.e., as wide as it was tall, but with edges that were hexagonal or something similar as opposed to completely circular). I was also told it had a simple metal band of some sort. I say “I was told” because I’ve never seen it; my mother had it stolen from her while she was working at a homeless shelter in the 80’s, and was heartbroken because of the sentimental value (my grandfather is no longer with us).

    At any rate, I’ve been trying on and off for some time now to see if I can rustle up a replacement of the same make, but so far, despite tons of time spent e-baying and rustling through bins at swap meets, I haven’t found anything that fits the bill. I think, however, that my search would be much easier if I knew the official name of the make/model (forgive my ignorance of wristwatch terminology!).

    I would very much like to surprise my mother with “her” watch if I can ever find another one, so if you would happen to know the name (or direct me to where I could maybe figure it out for myself), I would be EXTREMELY grateful! I realize that you might not be able to help me in my search, but I also figured it couldn’t hurt to ask. 🙂

    Thank you so much for your time! (Pun!) You have a great blog here!

    Emily

    • sweephand says:

      Hi Emily,

      What a shame that your mother’s watch was stolen, and it’s a great idea to try and replace it. But it’s a very tough mission! I have a few questions I’m afraid to see if we can narrow it down a bit. First of all, since it was a 1970s watch, was it a mechanical movement? Quartz came in during the mid to late 1970s, so could it have been a quartz model? If so I can’t really help I’m afraid.

      If the watch was a traditional mechanical type, do you know whether it was a hand winder (i.e. wound every day to keep it running) or was it an automatic, which would stay wound just by wearing it? Also was it a stainless steel or gold plated model (e.g yellow or white gold)?

      I guess the other big question is how close you want to get to the original piece – there were very many models in the early 1970s. I have Citizen’s 1971 catalog for example, and there are over 200 ladies watches in there! And, unfortunately, ladies watches do not interest collectors so there’s very little information about them around and there aren’t too many for sale. However if you wanted a nice vintage automatic that was about the same age as your mother’s as a replacement but not the same, it’s certainly possible to acquire one.

      Stephen

  4. Marko says:

    Hello!

    This is little bit off topic, but have say this: When i started collect watches, i first start collect only pocketwatches. Then i saw first time automatic wristwatch and that was it! 😀 I was sold! I continued to all kind of mechanical wristwatches, inclued ladies watches. Now i have few Citizen ladies watches, two with automatic movement (cal.6900). And what kind of pieces of art they are!!!
    Stephen, is there some topic where to attach some pics and info for those ladies ones, in generally?
    Emily, Is there any kind of photo, where this watch might be seen, even little bit? It would help a lot of searching…
    Regards, Marko

    • sweephand says:

      Hi Marko,
      I agree that the ladies’ automatics from the early 1970s are fine watches. And yes it’s a good idea to do a page on them, and the 1960s models too. So that gives me three jobs to do……the diver article, also one on the Cosmotrons that I’ve wanted to do for a while, and a page on ladies’ models 🙂

      Stephen

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