Citizen sometimes produced special editions, and one of the rarer ones is this week’s featured model – it’s an ‘Autodater’ from the early to mid-1960s with a 27 jewel version of the 1121 date only Jet movement first produced in 1962. This model is designated as a ‘777’ and this logo is applied to the dial. One nice feature is that the ‘Autodater’ logo is applied, rather than ‘Citizen’ which is printed beneath. I don’t think I’ve seen that on any other model.
The watch is rated at 40 metres, and is also marked ‘DMC’ in a fancy gothic font – I have seen ‘DMC’ on at least one other model, but I’ve yet to determine the meaning…
The bezel is gently fluted, whilst the case is a one piece design with a thick mineral crystal and large crown:
As with some other special editions, which were probably made for export (i.e. marked ‘waterproof’) the case back has a unique design, unfortunately with no production date to go with the case / model number of ADOS81301:
All in all this is an interesting and rare model, with a nicely etched case back and unique dial. Now I just need to find out what the significance of ‘DMC’ is – maybe a company that commissioned the watch?
Brian Lieser asked me to reach out to you I have some Leopard questions and I wanted to ask your permission to post your blog on http://www.Texaswatchtalk.com. I used a few of your photos in my Leopard thread. I also posted a link to your blog. http://texaswatchtalk.com/viewtopic.php?t=45
The Leopard thread. http://texaswatchtalk.com/viewtopic.php?t=54 I’ll also be posting to the Facebook pages. Group: Texas Horology Page texaswatchtalk.com
Hi Sean – thanks for visiting and yes that’s ok. NB: I edited your comment to include only the links to your watch forum since they are the relevant ones. Stephen
The ‘DMC’ typeface is so unlike the rest of the printing and the style of the watch itself I would have to go along with your theory that it’ was commissioned company for gifts, etc.
Thanks again for posting such a fine example of a fine watch. Where do you find these beauties? The dial looks pristine!
Hi Marvin, I’ve got a possible company name for the logo. I’ll be doing another post about the watch soon, so I’ll refer to it then. I got it via Yahoo Japan, Stephen