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    Picture 2018 : My Japanese Story...Citizen!!!

    Hi,

    I had started this post in Dive watches forum but since it is related to Citizen, I am continuing it here which is more appropriate :
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    Prior to Citizen, I collect mostly Vintage Diver Watches and Chronographs especially Swiss and have also some Seiko. I started last year to sell most of my Seiko but somehow I came across Citizen which is its main contender ( Orient being under Seiko since early 2000 ). Most of us enjoy Citizen mainly for it Eco Drive technology. So I am starting with those two divers before going into the vintage part of the brand.
    *BN0150 and BN0100 "Excalibur" :
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    Re: 2018 : My Japanese Story...Citizen!!!

    Now for the serious vintage part of Citizen and since I am more into Diving Watches, the following two represent well what Vintage Citizen Divers are :
    *Super Jet 150m Parawater with the 1150 movement (39 jewels) and the 62-6198 Waterresistant which is prefer over the 52-0110 ( with plastic movement holder ).
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    Moving forward in time, it was the Quartz Era. Citizen had several Sub Brands such as VEGA and OXY. I found this rare VEGA DIVER Orange Dial with the famous Paddle Hands taken from the Citizen Quartz Divers. About the same time, I also found this rare Orient Quartz Diver. They both have Golden Hands :

    * VEGA 100m Quartz Diver and Orient Quartz Diver.
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    Re: 2018 : My Japanese Story...Citizen!!!

    To finish the Citizen Diving Part, I selected those two modern divers...The Citizen Kamen V3 Limited Edition ( 500 pieces ) and the discontinued Citizen Titanium 200m Diver NY0054. The Citizen Kamen bring me a lot of memories especially my childhood with the Kamen V3 series in the early 70s and it is this same NY0040 model that was the Marina Militare choice around year 2000. Also I love the Green Bezel that remind me of the 50th Rolex Submariner ( that I stupidly sold many years ago LOL ). For the Citizen Titanium 200m Diver, it is a special model that many didn't really pay attention, but personally it is one of the nicest Dive Watch that Citizen ever made, especially with the Blue Dial that contrasts well with the Grey Titanium Case.

    Video of the Citizen Kamen V3 here : https://youtu.be/yUqTShfNpzg
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    Re: 2018 : My Japanese Story...Citizen!!!

    Vintage Citizen certainly has stealth appeal...

    While I mainly collect vintage Seiko (King and Grand Seikos) and vintage JDM quartz, I must say that there are just some superb and overlooked vintages from Citizen.

    Just got a pic of this from Brian Leiser aka "31 Jewels" on a few items he has just serviced/restored:

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    I'm excited to receive these in the upcoming weeks!

    Shout out to 31 Jewels for his great work....highly recommended for any vintage Citizen work....he does it right!

    -Brian

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    Re: 2018 : My Japanese Story...Citizen!!!

    Hi hi_bri,

    You are right. People are more familiar with Seiko like I was. But Citizen offer more variety in term of Sport watches that is not directly Divers IMHO.

    Those Super jet are very nice. Congrats!!!

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    Re: 2018 : My Japanese Story...Citizen!!!

    Now for the interesting part of the Vintage Citizen is beside of their divers but still in the Parawater Era (60s-early 70s), there are some magnificent Classic / Sport Watches. Their size are between 40-36mm.

    Following to the Super Jet pre-diver, the Auto Dater is Citizen one of the most classiest and nicest vintage watch using its 41xx movement with a size of 43mm including crown.
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    To celebrate Citizen 100th Anniversary with an other Auto Dater Jet 40mm date only from the 60s before entering the early 70s era.
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    Re: 2018 : My Japanese Story...Citizen!!!

    An other Citizen Auto Dater Jet just came in...25 jewels and back glossy dial this time.
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    Re: 2018 : My Japanese Story...Citizen!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by FrancoThai View Post
    Now for the serious vintage part of Citizen and since I am more into Diving Watches, the following two represent well what Vintage Citizen Divers are :
    *Super Jet 150m Parawater with the 1150 movement (39 jewels) and the 62-6198 Waterresistant which is prefer over the 52-0110 ( with plastic movement holder ).
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    Love the 39J super-jet autodater para 150m water! What a great looking watch and it would be hard to find a cooler movement! Looks great with the nato strap that matches the color tone of the vintage lume. Straight boss

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