You can’t speak Citizen without taking into consideration this is a quintessential Japanese brand just as Seiko, with the nation’s philosophy and lifestyle encoded in its DNA. Citizen – like this vintage automatic piece for the December 2017 Clockwork Synergy and DC Vintage Watches giveaway – has all these and much more: respect, simplicity, tradition, work ethics and pride, innovation, art, and philosophy.
One hundred years ago – this year (!) – the Citizen Watch Co. Ltd. was born under the name Shokosha Watch Research Institute. Tokyo mayor Shimpei Goto named the first watch “CITIZEN” with the hope the watch, a luxury item in those times, would become widely available to ordinary citizens and be sold throughout the world. With this hope, Citizen went on to become the world’s largest watch manufacturer.
In 1924, the first Citizen pocket watch was produced; in fact, one of the first pieces produced by the company was purchased by Emperor Showa, Prince Regent at the time. Fast forward a few years, in 1930, Yosaburo Nakajima laid the foundations for the Citizen watch empire, and in 1936 Citizen expanded beyond the boundaries of Japan, exporting watches to many parts of Southeast Asia.
BANDS: 5 new Clockwork Synergy straps + Steel Spring Removal Tool.
MOVEMENT: Original 1970’s 21 jewel Citizen automatic movement.
CROWN: Original stainless-steel crown.