I haven’t done a Featured Watch from my collection for a good while, so thought it time to do this one…
First off there is a rather boring back on this model – but it gives the basic info that’s needed I suppose – case material code, case number, water resistance, serial number, model number, and case type. The serial gives a production date of February 1972 since this movement was made for only a short while at the end of the 1960s and in the early 1970s:
Once the back is removed, there is a rather more interesting movement – a hand winding chronograph with a column wheel and vertical clutch like its automatic siblings:
However the base movement for this watch is not related to the auto’s since it is the ‘Homer’ 02 calibre, sporting 21 jewels. Unlike the high-beat automatics, the Record masters run at 18,000 beats per hour, and is designated the 5700, hence the 4-57xxxx case number. Here’s a view of the chronograph mechanism:
And here’s a schematic of the mechanism:
The first Record Masters had relatively plain dials, with an inner tachymeter scale and no outer bezel – but the Rally Custom version is rather different!:
The black coated case, bezel and dial are an ideal background for the white detail and orange highlights. The white day wheel is positioned close to the 5 o’clock marker and I particularly like that it is printed to read vertically – unlike so many modern watches where the date is angled.
The chronograph is started and stopped by the upper button, and reset to zero by the lower button, and yes….it is has ‘fly-back’ capability – great stuff 🙂
All Record Masters are now very collectable and are increasingly expensive to buy these days. It’s interesting that the first models were one of the least expensive watches in the original Citizen line-up. Ho-hum.