Today’s Watch – Citizen Custom V2 Yacht Timer (4-720474), 23 Jewels

I’m sticking with the Custom V2 sports watches today, following yesterday’s post – and there’ll be another one tomorrow 🙂 This one uses the same 7290 calibre and the exact same case – also with an inner rotating ring, this one is specifically designed for sailing. It has the 5 second countdown marked, ready for the start of the race. This one has (in my opinion at least) a much better colour palette than yesterday’s watch. But, despite the neat ‘tail-less’ blue second hand, the choice of main hands leaves a lot to be desired. They are hard to read, to say the least, and are a strange choice for this dial. They are original by the way! The 72 movement is a nice one, running at 21,600 bph, with second setting (hacking) and quick-set for the date. Citizen called it ‘rapid date change’ in its briefing leaflets for dealers back in the day. The 720474 was used on three models, and although there is no depth rating on the dial, it was in fact rated at 10 bar/ATM, i.e 100 feet. So it was good for swimming and snorkelling, and makes sense therefore for use out on the water on your dinghy or yacht.:

Here’s a catalogue image from 1971, showing those badly chosen hands 🙂 The last line of text above the price, translates as 10ATM water resistance:

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