Categories
Watches

Citizen Plans Future With More Mechanical Watches Like The Calibre 0200

The two most important things Citizen shared with aBlogtoWatch during our recent call with its headquarters in Japan is that we will see a larger volume of high-quality mechanical movement production in the near future and that the Swiss-style watch movement beautification techniques it adapted from in-group watchmaker La Joux-Perret are entirely accomplished in Japan. Citizen is no stranger to mechanical movements — as indicated in this recent Citizen post on aBlogtoWatch here — but it has been over a decade since Citizen has introduced a new mechanical watch movement. This is despite the fact that Japan’s Miyota (a large volume manufacturer of mechanical and other watch movements) is part of the Citizen Group. Rather, most of the recent Citizen watches until now have featured the brand’s high-tech movement technology focused around Eco-Drive and that has made a lot of innovations in the world of GPS, connectivity, and miniaturization over the last several years.
Citizen isn’t going ..

Categories
Watches

Watch Review: Citizen CZ Smart With Google Wear OS

In 2020, Japan’s Citizen watch company officially entered the smartwatch race with the release of the Citizen CZ Smart collection of products powered by Google’s Wear OS (operating system). Citizen has actually been early to the smart(er) watch game, and back in 2012, it debuted the Citizen Proximity (aBlogtoWatch review here) watch that attempted to meld the world of Citizen’s light-powered Eco-Drive watches with a Bluetooth-enabled phone connection that offered on-dial phone notifications. The CZ Smart is however an entirely different product.
In this smartwatch-maker role, Citizen takes a backseat in some areas that it has traditional expertise, and offers what it knows best (case and hardware design) in others. Competitor Casio has taken a similar role when offering its own Google Wear OS-powered watches where has no choice but to leave much of the watch’s operation to the core operating system and try to design a proper timepiece around it. Casio and Citizen have taken very diffe..

Categories
Watches

Citizen Debuts New Series 8 Automatic Watch Collection

Japan’s Citizen watches marked its 2021 new product launch season with its biggest punch: a high-end automatic watch with a brand-new movement that combines Swiss and Japanese techniques in the Caliber 0200 watch (debuted on aBlogtoWatch here). The $6,000 USD product left many watch collectors feeling excited, but a bit priced out of the fun. It has been over a decade since Citizen has debuted any new mechanical movements — even though the company’s in-house movement maker Miyota has introduced new movements that are used in other products.
So with that in mind, it is good news to many timepiece enthusiasts that Citizen has something new and mechanical, and much more affordable, with the relaunch of the Series 8 collection. These new watches feature two new movements, the caliber 0950 and the 0951, that are put into the Citizen Series 8 870/830 and Series 8 831 models, respectively. What you really need to know is that the Series 8 comes in two two core styles (with a few variants eac..

Categories
Watches

The Citizen 0200 Automatic Watch With Movement That Merges Japanese & Swiss Craftsmanship

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser
In the several hundred-year history of horology, a mere decade is a blip. In the realm of technology, it is practically an epoch. These two worlds combine today as Japan’s Citizen watches releases its first newly developed mechanical movement since the year 2010. After an 11 year wait, Citizen now launches a brand-new mechanical movement and wristwatch to house it. The mechanism is the Citizen Caliber 0200, the product of a technology and technique exchange between Switzerland and Japan.
Advertising Message
Situated in a traditional nerve-center of Swiss watchmaking, the watch movement maker La Joux-Perret was acquired by the Citizen Group back in 2012. It was always the Group’s intent to maintain a large degree of independence to the still Switzerland-run movement maker, while actively incorporating traditional Swiss movement design and decoration techniques with the honed skills of Citizen’s micro-mechanical engineers back in J..

Categories
Watches

#TBT Citizen Seven Star Deluxe Dive Watch

HomeTBT#TBT Citizen Seven Star Deluxe Dive Watch TBT#TBT Citizen Seven Star Deluxe Dive Watch A closer look at a late 1960s diver by Michael Stockton May 28, 2020 MIN READ#TBT Citizen Seven Star Deluxe Dive WatchThis week on #TBT, we take a look at the Citizen Seven Star Deluxe Diver, an elegant watch with a unique date display.
And we’re back with yet another vintage Citizen diver. If you’ve been hanging around these parts for the last year or so, you’ve likely noticed that I continue to add these to my collection. Yes, I’m on a relaxed journey to create a nice hands-on library of pieces from the 1960s and ’70s to sit alongside my more complete Seiko grouping. I love to compare and contrast within the brand, but also to see how these two brands stack up against each other.

The Citizen Seven Star Deluxe DiverThe Citizen Seven Star Deluxe Diver before you was made in 1969 as reference 4-520017Y. As you can see, it embraces the decade to come with its c-case shape. And while Citizen mad..

Categories
Watches

#TBT Citizen Crystron Diver

HomeTBT#TBT Citizen Crystron Diver TBTCitizen#TBT Citizen Crystron Diver Just a Damn Good Watch for Next to Nothing by Michael Stockton April 23, 2020 MIN READ#TBT Citizen Crystron DiverToday, on #TBT we take a look at a Citizen Crystron Diver, a truly satisfying watch that won’t break the bank. In fact, a visit to the bank might not be necessary.
I never tire of highlighting the tit for tat behavior exhibited by Seiko and Citizen. These days, the heavyweight Japanese duo duke it out but it’s less obvious because they’re also battling it out with others. But back in the ’70s and ’80s, things truly went back and forth like an Ali-Frazier bout.
High-beat movements, quartz, and solar exemplify just some of the technologies where the two followed each other in lockstep. In 1973, Citizen debuted its first quartz watch under the Crystron name. This answered Seiko’s earlier Astron. The Crystron name was used well into the next decade across model genres. One such example was the Citizen Cryst..

Categories
Watches

Citizen Of Japan Aims For Space As It Celebrates 50 Years Of Industry-Leading Titanium Watches

Sponsored Post written for aBlogtoWatch by advertiser
In 1970, just one year after NASA’s Apollo 11 mission to the moon, Citizen watches of Japan introduced the world’s first consumer wristwatch produced from titanium. Since then, the renowned timepiece and instrument maker has been an innovator in the field of not only designing robust and lightweight titanium metal watches but also in the manufacture and production of precision titanium components.
As Citizen celebrates 50 years of producing titanium timepieces, the conglomerated company also suggests that its Super Titanium material has urgent applications in industries outside of wristwatches — namely private rocket and space shuttle companies. (More on Citizen’s space aspirations below.) First, a brief look at highlights along the chronology of Citizen’s long investment into the study and improvement of titanium wrist watch technology.
1970 Citizen X-8 Chronometer watch with titanium case.

The 1970 Citizen ..

Categories
Watches

Citizen Caliber 0100 World’s Most Accurate Watch Review

If you are looking for something “Grand Seiko quality” from Japan’s Citizen, then look no further than the very impressive Citizen Caliber 0100 — which also happens to include the world’s most accurate self-contained timepiece movement. I will get back to that in a moment. It actually makes me quite happy that the Citizen Caliber 0100 watch (here as the reference AQ6021-51E) is lovely enough on the outside to get copious compliments from those who have no idea what it contains on the inside. Elegant and well-proportioned, among its other virtues, the Caliber 0100 is a glowing example of Japanese dress-style watch excellence and humility. The timepiece fits so well in line with values from the culture that created it, one might argue that Citizen’s goal with the Caliber 0100 was to honor Japanese engineering in general.
width=”560″ height=”314″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> It has been my experience that the Japanese manufacturing mindset values precision, efficiency, performance,..

Categories
Watches

BREAKING NEWS: Citizen And Bulova Announce Withdrawal From Baselworld 2020 Over Coronavirus

The troubling trend of withdrawals from the 2020 Baselworld trade show continued this morning, with Japanese industry giant Citizen announcing that both Citizen and its stablemate brand Bulova will not be attending the show. In its official statement, Citizen cited the growing threat of the coronavirus epidemic as the reason for the abrupt decision.
In November of last year, Citizen Group had delivered a statement reconfirming its commitment to Baselworld for 2020 amid news of scheduling-related withdrawals by several other major brand groups. With this latest announcement, none of the Japanese Big Three brands (Citizen, Seiko, and Casio) are currently scheduled to display at the event.
Interestingly, aBlogtoWatch has spoken with representatives from fellow Citizen Group brands Frederique Constant and Alpina, who have stated that as of press time both brands are still slated to attend the 2020 show. aBlogtoWatch will continue monitoring these brands and report any further changes as ..

Categories
Watches

TimeTravel #3: Radio-controlled Citizen 7400 Multizone

HomeTime TravelTimeTravel #3: Radio-controlled Citizen 7400 Multizone Time TravelCitizenTimeTravel #3: Radio-controlled Citizen 7400 Multizone Creative thinking meets daring design by Tomas RosputinskyJanuary 25, 2020 MIN READTimeTravel #3: Radio-controlled Citizen 7400 MultizoneA brilliant idea in a sci-fi package: Meet the Citizen Multizone 7400-70015C with five pushers and seven hands.
What you see here today is the world’s first multi-band radio-controlled watch. And what a mindblowing gadget it is. Thanks to Citizen and their ref. 7400-70015C creation, we can once again travel back in time, this time to 1993.

Quartz Time It wasn’t premeditated, but the first two watches introduced in our new TimeTravel series happened to be quartz. The best part? Both the Tissot RockWatch and the manual wound quartz Seiko 8T23 garnered a lot of interest from you, our Fratello Magazine readers. Believe it or not, again without particular intention, we dug out yet another jaw-dropping quartz watch..