The majority of Citizen’s watches were originally sold with steel bracelets, sometimes gold plated, sometimes black. Although some bracelets are very nice, and it’s good to have an original one fitted, I confess to a preference for leather straps. I find them more comfortable and in my opinion they can look better than steel. Living in the UK with its cool climate, leather is also ok for the prevailing conditions.
One of my watches that came on a non-original bracelet is the Deluxe ‘Parawater’ – this was Japan’s first waterproof watch, first made in 1959. The steel bracelet was in decent condition but did’t have suitable end links:
And looking at my reference material, the watch is shown on leather as well as a steel bracelet – so I changed it today:
Although ‘Parawater’ clearly refers to keeping liquids out of the watch, a UK Citizen sales person’s hand book I have – from around 1968 – emphasises that the basic proofing (i.e. to 10 meters / 1 atmosphere) is good to keep dust out, thus better preserving the quality of the oils.
After a comment from Bogdan I realised that I hadn’t had the back off this one – so just did that, and pleased to see a nice low number on the movement. I don’t know how Citizen determined the number though….