If You Like A Good Back Story….

I’m very pleased to tell you that I’ve just published a new page 🙂  But it isn’t written by me, but by our Dutch friend Bert. He recently acquired a very nice Citizen diver, after making contact with the seller, Kelvin, through this blog. Sounds like an ordinary kind of transaction? Well not really since Bert was very interested in the history of the watch, and Kelvin very kindly told his – and the watch’s – story.

Bert promised to do a piece for the blog about the watch, and he has now done just that. And what a fascinating story it is – and with their full permission, I’ll leave Bert and Kelvin to tell you the rest…


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6 Responses to If You Like A Good Back Story….

  1. Marko says:

    Well, there is no option for a comment in that unbelievable story, so i write here :D.

    What a fine story! I´m a partly military-enthusiast and military history has been my all time favuorite readings. But i´m also against war, it´s insane thing and absolutely something, which should be avoidable… Well, this is going to politics, so i leave it here…

    Well what? After 47 years of rest, a couple of shakes and Citizen starts to tick !!! Tells something about the quality of these machines…
    Just like the watches, which Stephen have introduced in his “This Week’s Featured Watch”-section lately, this one also preresents a quality of watchmaking, which could be compared for example to Zenith´s quality (meaning 1960-1970 period) !!! I know, this could be an arguable statement, but that´s why i wrote it here :D.

    There´s a lot of, i´d like to say more about this watch and so on, but this is too long already so… 😀
    Thank you Kelvin and Bert !!! Once more, unbelievable story !!!

    Regards, Marko

    • sweephand says:

      Hi Marko – thanks for your comments, it is a great story and I’m so grateful to Bert and Kelvin that it can be posted here. I don’t think the quality of Citizen’s watches, especially back in the late 1960s and 1970s can be doubted. Whatever others may say in comparison to other makes, we know how good they are! 🙂


  2. Mikko says:

    Stephen, thank you for sharing this great story! I totally agree with Marko about military history making watches more desirable . Prices of vintage Seiko divers have gone through the roof partly because of this particular reason.

    • sweephand says:

      Thanks Mikko – I’m sure you’re right about divers + military history = $$$ 🙂


    • Marko says:

      Yes, there´s a kind of trend going on, well at least in Ebay, that divers, military-watches and Seikos(all of them) are at their height. I have seen some cases, where, for example, diver-watch with some EB movement has gone for hundreds! Considering that movement, the “right” price for the watch should be under 10 what ever currency.
      Seiko-mania, it began about year or to ago. Before that, one could cost $30, now that same watch costs $150 or more!
      MIlitary watches are a kind of same story, prices has gone to madness… :D.
      And there is same kind of trend with Citizen, prices are going to rise all the time.


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