So far I’ve completed 3 articles which give more detailed information on a few of Citizen’s more iconic watch lines.
The first two are very much related in that they look respectively at the hand wind and automatic Chrono Masters, plus a mention of the electric version of course! (that’s in the piece on the automatics).
The mechanical Chrono Masters were launched in 1967 and were Citizen’s highest grade models at that time replacing their original ‘Chronometer’ (hand wind only) model which was produced from 1962 to 1968. The wider range of Chrono Masters included both chronometer and ‘superior’ chronometer grade pieces as well as the standard model.
The two Chrono Master articles can be found via links in the Header.
My third article is on the Leopard line, a range of high beat watches first produced in 1969. The Leopards were all automatics, using a swinging weight type of rotor (by then Citizen had moved away from their circular geared rotor – the ‘Jet’), and the range was extensive, featuring a number of different styles.
It’s probably fair to say that the Leopards started at upper mid-grade and reached distinctly high grade in the chronometer version, which features its own unique dial logo and case back medallion. Whilst most run at 28,800 beats per hour, the higher grade models are 36,000. Typically the jeweling reflects the quality hierarchy, starting at 22 jewels and reaching 28 jewels for the best ones.
Often sub-titled ‘Superbeat’ the Leopard line is a great reflection of the quality of mechanical watches to be found back in the early 1970’s.
My article on them is also on the Seikoholics forum via the specific Reference Data link.