This Week’s Featured Watch #67: 67-9356 Chronograph

The first featured watch of 2015 is number 67 in the series, so it had to be a ’67’ model 🙂 And this one is just back from Brian (aka ’31 Jewels’) who has done a great job, as usual, providing a full service and repair:

This is one of the two dial variants of the 67-9356, with the 8110A movement inside. These black or silver/white dialled models are unique amongst the ‘bullhead’ style of Challenge Timer, in that they are al stainless steel. Other bullheads have base metal cases which are gold plated, black coated or satin finishes. As a result it has a decent weight to it, and with it’s octagonal case it has a real presence on the wrist. The reset button was not working when I got it, but that has been repaired by Brian so everything is now functioning as it should:

One of the things to watch out for on these models is over-polishing of the case which can take away the sharpness of the lines. This one still looks good, and the ‘patina’ of the case is not a problem compared to a highly polished finish where the angles have been spoilt.:

The case back shows this one is from October 1980 – these models were one of the later 8110A models:

It appears as well that Citizen used their Promethium lume on the 67-9356, since the dial on this one and others I’ve seen, are marked ‘P-JAPAN-P’ (see here for more information:

The crystal had to be replaced (given marks on the bezel, it had taken some knocks), and Brian not only fitted a correct one, but he also managed to source an original part 🙂 :


(pics courtesy of Brian/31 jewels)

Good examples of this model are hard to find, so this is a nice one to have, especially after Brian has given it his attention 🙂

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17 Responses to This Week’s Featured Watch #67: 67-9356 Chronograph

  1. Mike Wilensky says:

    I, too, own a 1970’s era Bullhead. Mine has a black face with silver subdials and orange hands, which looks really sharp! It was reconditioned when I bought it about three years ago…I think I paid $150.00 for it(Thailand purchase). I don’t wear it; I use it as a display model…a piece of art in its own right!

    • sweephand says:

      Hi Mike – is yours a 67-9011 or 67-9356? Any pics? 🙂


      • Mike Wilensky says:

        Stephen it’s a 67-9011. And I sent you two pics of this watch about 2 or 3 months ago and you said it was really nice; I guess that you receive so much correspondence and watch pics that you can’t remember them all!

  2. Marko says:

    Just AWESOME !!! There´s just everything in this model, what you want from the watch! Would be in my wrist every day, if i had this one :D.
    Awesome job from Brian, as always..!

  3. Brenda Newman says:

    Hello, i bought a watch today for $5 it has bullhead inside the casing. The watch also has 3 separate circles, date of the week is at the 9 o’clock hr, then, then at the 6 oclock hr it has numbers like 12,14,16,18,20,22,24, one the left, then # 2,4,6,8,10,12. Then at the 3 o’clock 17 thru 31, as well as 1 thru 15. The watch only has one dial and thats at the 3 o’clock position The watch says japan movement on the back. Stainless steel. It also has this MPC M 10 as well on the back. I am affraid to open it to get a serial # i do not want to wreak or scratch the watch.
    Anyways all i see is bullhead watches with Citizens on the front inside. I am curious if you can tell me, did they stamp bullhead (like mine) before they did Citizen. I hope you can help me. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you for your time
    Brenda J Newman

    • sweephand says:

      Hi Brenda, thanks for visiting my blog. I’m afraid your watch is actually a recent one, branded ‘Bullhead’. From what I can find they have a quartz movement and have the appearance of a chronograph but do not actually function as such.


  4. Sean says:

    Have one with what might be an original box. Brian said you might be interested

    • sweephand says:

      Hi Sean, thanks for visiting my blog, I saw your thread on the WUS forum, so I can get the photos from there. The macro shots are nice 🙂 Good to see you are sending it to Brian, he is the man for this kind of work. I’d like to post about this when Brian does the work on it, so we can show some of the ‘behind the scenes’ technical work, if that’s ok.

  5. Sean says:

    Seand me an email and I’ll send photos. Brian will be restoring the watch.

  6. GRaham says:

    My trying to bring my 67-9356 to a more original look.
    Currently it has an acrylic glass 31.5 mm neatly glued to the bezel but still GLUED.
    What is the original minerall glass dimensional?

    • sweephand says:

      Hi Graham – thanks for visiting my blog. The 67-9356 is a nice watch, and is the only Citizen ‘bullhead’ with a full stainless steel case. Well worth getting back to the original spec if you can. As far as I can measure accurately, the original crystal is 31mm, but it is fitted with a gasket which adds 0.5mm. This explains the size of your acrylic glass which has been glued in. The gasket is white and when they are fitted they give a white edge to the glass, so it is a good way of checking whether it is present and correct. Original glass, which comes with the gasket, is getting very hard, or impossible, to find for many of the vintage Citizens. I might be able to help with this one, so please let me know here if you want me to email you directly (no need to post your email address since I see this when a comment is posted).


  7. Eduardo Farha says:

    Thank you, Stephen!

  8. Andrew says:

    I need to replace a crystal on my octagon, the watch is ok but no crystal. I want to try doing it myself. do you know if they just push straight in with a crystal press? (there seems to be a thin black gasket still in there after the old glass came out).

    Or does the bezel need to be removed for any reason?


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