Citizen’s Vintage 200m Diver – the 21 jewel ‘Skin Diver’

Although I shall be updating the diver page, I wanted to share some photos here first 🙂

‘KK’, a reader of this blog, got in touch with me to say that he is the owner of this rare piece, the 200 meter ‘Skin Diver’ –  this may have been Citizen’s first ‘true’ diver. It’s certainly a good candidate, since it was one of only two divers made with the 1120 movement in the early to mid-1960s, the other being the Jet Autodater 120m model (with 19 jewels) . KK asked if I’d like to use his photos here – needless to say I was extremely pleased to say yes, and I’m enormously grateful that he contacted me. Full credit goes to KK for these images. They are his photos, posted here with his permission – please do not post them anywhere else but feel free to link to this post:

This model uses the 21 jewel 1120 ‘Jet’ movement with its circular toothed rotor. The movement was first made in 1962, but unfortunately Citizen chose not to use serial numbers on these, so no production date can be determined. The case back has the typical scrolling for that period (early 1960s) and the unique model name:

The elegant dauphin type hands are lumed, whilst the second hand is plain, and the relatively narrow bezel has dots all round, and counts down rather than up as is more usual:

I particularly like the hour markers, which are beautifully shaped in a somewhat Art Deco style:

Thank you again to KK, it’s very good of him to allow me to share his photos.

Happy Easter! 🙂

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