……vintage Citizen watch parts are often hard to find, so finding hen’s teeth can sometimes seem more likely! Many can be just about impossible to find, and this is something that puts collectors off since repair of worn out or damaged watches can simply be a non-starter.
Occasionally though, and completely unexpectedly, parts do turn up.
I have a fairly rare Seven Star Yacht Custom with a poor dial, which I did not think I could improve. I thought I’d have to buy another example in better condition. But last week I spotted a dial for sale on eBay – original dials are very rare anyway, but to find one for a Yacht Custom was a complete surprise. So I snapped it up and it arrived, from Brazil, today. Although this is not the correct box for this dial it’s always nice to get some of Citizen’s original packaging:
Now, technically this is not quite the correct part, since Citizen made this model with both the 52 and the 72 movements inside. The latter has a frame round the day/date window, whilst the 52 does not. So I’ll keep the old dial, but fit the new one since it makes the watch so much more wearable. Now I just need a new crystal for it…….