In the early 1960s Citizen used their ‘jet’ movement in their line of automatic watches. Featuring a circular geared rotor, the Jets have an unmistakable design once the case back is removed (see this page for more information: https://sweep-hand.org/the-jet-automatic/.
Most of the Jet automatics can also be hand wound, but a few models don’ t have this feature, notably the ‘Rookie’. First produced in 1962, the Rookies were made with the plain dialled 03 movement or the 113 movement with date complication. Both movements had either 17 or 19 jewels. The 03 versions have small recessed crowns since they were not needed for winding, whilst the 113 have larger crowns to help with date setting. My example is one of these, with 19 jewels:
The back shows the model name and the older style model number:
This one appears to be on its original leather strap, which is no longer in wearable condition, but it’s interesting to see – typical for its day, it tapers strongly to the buckle end:
Also present is the original tag, showing the retail price in the early 1960s:
No movement shot since I don’t want to risk damage!
Hi Stephen.. Nice to looking your Rokkie ini very good condition.. I have Jet Suprr Auto Date 39 jewel, gold color 100 micron, but the crown is not original. Could you show me the design of the crown?
Hi Stephen.. Nice to looking your Rookie.. I have Jet Super Auto Dater 39 jewel gokd color 100 micron, but the crown replaced not original. What type of the the crown that match yo the model? Could you show me the design?
Also the acryluc crystal, my Jet seems like original. What type for original crystal?
Hi Chemmy, glad you like the Rookie 🙂 First of all, acrylic is fine for the Super Jets, hard glass wasn’t used on them (except for the diver). As to the crown here’s a quick pic of the one on mine:
More pics of the watch here: https://sweep-hand.org/2013/02/14/this-weeks-featured-watch-the-super-jet-autodater-39-jewels/
Have you got the same model, with the date window? There was a different crown used on the pain dial version – let me know if you have that one and I’ll post a pic for you.