This week I’m featuring a ‘guest’ watch rather than one from my own collection. I am grateful to Matt Diehl for contacting me about it and then sending photos, along with permission to use them here. Full credit goes to Matt for the first three images in this post.
This is an interesting and relatively rare watch, which is why I wanted to feature it here. It is one of Citizen’s alarms, known as the ‘College Alarm’. It has what looks to be a unique font for the printing on the dial:
Matt’s example is in excellent condition, having been used only a few times and then stored, so it is a very nice original piece. The movement used in this model is the 9810 with 17 jewels. This movement was first produced by Citizen in 1958 using a Swiss hand winding design, and there was also a 21 jewel version. The College models feature large winding crowns and as far as I know only use the 17 jewel movement:
Here’s the case back, showing production in 1966 (the style of the back has the ‘transitional’ format as I’ve call it – see the case backs page: (https://sweep-hand.org/vintage-citizen-case-backs/) :
Seeing this back and production date prompted a little more research on my part, which confirmed that Citizen continued to use the 98xx movement alongside the later 31xx models, which has a date window and is only found with 21 jewels (first produced in 1964). The College was made at least until 1971 – here’s one in the catalog from that year:
The College Alarm was the least expensive in the range of alarm watches, I guess with its name and price it was targeted at younger people.
Finally, here’s another example, seen for sale on Yahoo Japan – it looks like the model in the 1971 catalog (credit to the seller for the images):
Thanks again to Matt for permission to use his photos 🙂 This has allowed us to view a seldom seen model.