Hisonic…A Boxed Set

Having a good vintage watch is one thing (a good thing of course 🙂 ), but having some of the ephemera that go with it makes it a little more special. Not least because by their nature ephemera are things that were used only in the relatively short term and were not designed to last a long time, so they can be hard to find…..here’s an example:



Inside the Cover: SONY DSC

And the watch in its place:SONY DSC

The box is hinged so the watch can be displayed:SONY DSC

The original cloth: SONY DSC

And the instruction / guarantee booklet: SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC

Finally the leather strap and buckle:SONY DSC

More detail on the watch itself is here: https://sweep-hand.org/2012/01/07/this-weeks-featured-watch-19-the-hisonic/



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14 Responses to Hisonic…A Boxed Set

  1. Chris irish says:

    Stunning set ,how much in uk Pounds£ was the watch in the year it was made.?

  2. maripido says:

    That is a STUNNING watch, Stephen. Congrats! I just bought my first Hisonic – http://www.ebay.com/itm/034-Rare-034-1974-Citizen-Hisonic-Tuning-Fork-Mens-Vintage-Watch-3711-uhr-reloj-/351933675134?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=yZPFocvYUFFmpOt1ZjOYWSg88AQ%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

    According to my estimation, the case doesn’t look polished and the dial and hands look original to me. I bought it for 202 USD. What do you think?. Did I make a good buy? 🙂 As always, great post and more power to you.

    • sweephand says:

      Hi Jose – and congrats on getting a Hisonic, I think they are great, and interesting watches. The price for your example, presuming it is all working well, is ok – these are fairly rare watches and I’ve seen prices higher than this. The acrylic glass is a replacement, the original was mineral glass. I’m sorry to say that I do think the case has been polished – for example the sharpness of the little dings and edges is softened, and the cutout for the crown is more rounded, as compared to this:

      The 3D effect on the dial is cool and I reckon it will look good on the wrist 🙂

      I’m happy to look at a watch before you buy if you wish – don’t hesitate to ask.


      • maripido says:

        thanks a lot for the information. This is a total bummer since I really dislike polished cases. I guess it doesn’t look *too* polished, I think. I’ll wait till I see it. It’s shipping from Japan as we speak. BTW – I have an SR44 battery that I recently bought..do you think it will fit in this watch? I didn’t see any details on the 3771A movement.

        BTW – the same seller is selling TWO hisonics now…you might be interested. What do you think? Are both legit? Unpolished? Which one would you choose?

        1) 1972 -http://www.ebay.com/itm/351936111330?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

        2) 1973 – http://www.ebay.com/itm/252688549218?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

        Thanks again, Stephen.

        • sweephand says:

          Hi Jose – I don’t think the case has been aggressively polished so you may well find it looks pretty good. You need a Renata 344 battery or equivalent for the Hisonic, so your SR44 is not the right one 😦 Remember as well that the battery fits +ve side down, which is unusual. I’ve had a quick look at the other two Hisonics although one is sold now. I think that’s the one I prefer the look of – got a very nice case back, and can’t see that it has been polished. The other one looks like it has had some polishing, as do a number of the seller’s other pieces. I’ve got a catalog pic of your Hisonic, so will send it via email since PhotoBucket is being a pain at the moment! Stephen

          • JOSE Pido says:

            got your email! Thanks for the pictures. I’ll keep you up to date with my incoming Hisonic and Cosmotron! I appreciate your advice.

          • Raveendran Ramasamy says:

            Hi Stephen,
            Your blog have been very helpful for me in gathering Citizen’s watch information.
            Recently, I manage to grab a Citizen Hisonic but without any battery in it. And I can’t find any replacement battery for it – and not sure if it’s mechanism is in working condition.
            You mentioned that SR44 is not suitable for Hisonic. The Renata 344 is 1.55V which means it’s only different by 0.05V. So, does Hisonic need exact 1.55V to fired up?
            Any other method just to confirm if the watch is in working condition?
            Best Regards,

            • sweephand says:

              Hi Raveendran, thanks for visiting my blog, and I’m glad that you have found it useful. The Renata 344 is suitable for the Hisonic – I was asked about a Renata SR344 which is not the correct name (I realise now that this was just a mistake since Renata don’t do an SR344!) The Renata 344 is also called the SR1136SW. Other equivalent batteries are: D344, V344, 242,SR42, SR42L, 529, RW36, S10, 1133SO (see here: http://www.smallbattery.company.org.uk/sbc_344.htm).

              I hope the watch fires up with a suitable battery – make sure you place it with the positive side down, and be careful not to lose the tiny screws for the battery holder. I’m not a watchmaker so I don’t know how to test the movement I’m afraid. Stephen

              • raveen13 says:

                Hi Stephan,
                Thank you for the links.
                I manage to buy a Renata 344 however my Citizen Hisonic still didn’t fired up.
                Yes, I place it positive side down.
                Any recommended person / links to for get a repair?
                electric-watches.co.uk seems to temporarily hold on any repair works.
                Are this Hisonic worth a repair and what is the typical cost?

                Best Regards,

                • sweephand says:

                  Hi Raveendran, I’m afraid Paul at Electric Watches is the only one I know enough to recommend. If the watch is otherwise in good condition I would think it is worth repairing if it doesn’t get too expensive. Stephen

  3. Eduardo Farha says:

    Simply fantastic! Thank you, Stephen!

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