Today’s Watch – Citizen Leopard, 4-770498, 24 Jewels

Back to one of Citizen’s range of high beat ‘Leopard’ watches today – launched in 1969 there is no doubt that the movements used in these are of a high quality. Running at either 28,800 bph or 36,000, they offer a wide range of designs and, in good condition, they are great timekeepers. In the past at least, they could be found at reasonable prices (all prices seem to have risen recently unfortunately), unless you were after the top of the range ‘Highness’ models which have always been sought after and, therefore, have been expensive. Today’s model is a 24 jewel 7700 calibre piece with case number 4-770498, this time in a gold plated case. It features black italicised Arabic hour markers, which are very easy to read against a white dial with elegant gold and black hands. This one is in generally good condition, and runs very well and accurately – the crystal has some deep scratches unfortunately, but I’ve not been able yet to find an OEM replacement:

This is the third Leopard I’ve featured so far during the ‘lock-down’ series – there will be a few more yet 🙂 Here’s some marketing material from 1969:

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