Big Cat Restorations – a New Page!

I’m delighted to let you know that I have just uploaded a new page featuring more of the work of Master Watchmaker Brian Leiser. This time he is showing us restorations of early 1970s automatics – all members of Citizen’s big cat family 🙂

It promises to be a fascinating page to follow – if you already know Brian’s work, you’ll also know he doesn’t shirk at what to many may seem impossible challenges! The first instalment tells us that he will work on seven watches and introduces four of them – one of which, I am pleased to say, is my Leopard Highness which required some significant mechanical work to get back to a fully functional state.

This page will provide a great insight into Citizen’s craftsmanship and quality, and most of all, a window into the world of a great watchmaker. Although the page – ‘A Tale of Citizen’s Big Cat Family’ – is pinned to the Home Page, here’s a direct link:

Further instalments will of course follow, so be sure to bookmark it and I welcome your comments 🙂



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4 Responses to Big Cat Restorations – a New Page!

  1. marvin says:

    Love to see Brian’s restorations. He’s so meticulous in his work and truly cares about the results.
    We had arranged to have him clean and restore one of my Leopards last year, but I think he got too busy and forgot about it. Maybe this will rekindle our efforts.

  2. Will says:

    Stephen, I had a bit of trouble figuring out how to get a question to you so I apologize if this is not the correct way to do so but in following up from my previous question on posting pics I thought it might just be easier to ask you directly about what I have…it is rectangular frame and says eco drive on the front and on the back it says Stiletto as well as St steel gn-o-s sapphire g820-too1670 ta then last is 2n0807..any help on what it is and approximate value would be greatly appreciated. If you need to email me for pictures just let me know.


    • sweephand says:

      Hi Will, it’s fine posting a question in any of the page threads. I’m no expert in the the newer Eco-drive models, other than I use one as a ‘tool’ watch to avoid damage to my vintage ones. I know that Citizen do a ‘stiletto’ range of Eco-drives with sapphire glass – the ‘stiletto’ references their ultra thin design. Googling Eco-drive and stiletto will bring info about the technology and the range, whilst an eBay search should give an idea of their used value if you can find a similar one to yours and in similar condition. Stephen

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