Following Jim’s diver, here’s another watch from a blog visitor. Bill commented about his 31 jewel hand wound chronometer and kindly gave permission to use the photos he sent me 🙂 Full credit goes to Bill for the four watch images posted here.
Citizen’s first true Chronometer was produced in 1962 and is now a sought after piece. It is rarely seen outside of Japan – in Japan they sell for big money! The majority I’ve seen are gold filled, occasionally solid gold, with fewer in stainless steel. Bill’s is a steel one:
The dial is of a classic design, and carries the Eagle emblem, which is repeated on the case back medallion:
The serial number gives a production date of April 1965 – these models were probably not made much later than that as automatics became more the norm. Here’s the inside of the case back:
And here’s a great shot of the high grade movement – note the unique movement number and fine adjuster on the balance:
As far as I understand it, these Chronometers were made to Citizen’s own standards, which probably exceeded the Swiss COSC measures at that time. Here’s a scan of the relevant certificate:
I’m very grateful to Bill for allowing use of his photos – this is a significant watch and it’s great to be able to show it in this post.