With many thanks to ‘Marty’, who sent me excellent macro shots, I’ve got some pics to share….and a question or two to ask 🙂 First though, which watch are we looking at? It’s the 67-9071 model from the 1970s fly-back chronograph range, i.e. with the 8110A twin register movement. Sometimes referred to as a ‘monaco’ in style, the lower case is black coated alloy, with an angular steel upper case. It’s not too common a watch, and to find one in good condition is difficult – mine is not so good, so Marty’s images of his two examples are very useful and welcome in exploring the finer detail. The 67-9071 came with two primary dial colours, green and gold. This is Marty’s green example:
And this is the gold version (not Marty’s):
There was also a gold version with white lettering – this is from a 1974 catalog so definition is not great – it’s hard to see colours on the sub-dials for example, but a great reference for the original strap:
So let’s take a closer look. First the green dial – the textured finish on the main dial and sub-dials is nicely shown, with crisp printing:
….and a clear dial code:
When we look at the gold dialled example, we get to the questions:
The printing is not quite as fine, and there is a slight gap in ‘chrono graph’ – that style can be found at least on one of the 8100 models though. Many of the finish and colours look very good, but there is less texture on the dial and sub-dials.
Dial code looks good, but the font on the sub-dials is narrower than on the green one and gold reference example, and some of the numbers are positioned slightly further away from the sub-dial track:
I have seen the exact same dial on another model, sold as ‘mint and original’:
Well, it’s not mint, and either the applied Citizen logo or the printing looks to be slightly out of line, but is it original? Marty and I have considered this issue, and at the moment we think it is more likely to be after market, but we’d like to hear from others, especially if you are an owner of one of these. What do you think……?