For all the tales we expound on Seiko here at Fratello Watches, we spend that accurate inverse measure of time discussing Citizen. There are a few purposes behind that: specifically, they’re an extreme company to find and they exclusively center around non-mechanical watches nowadays (in spite of claiming Miyota, probably the biggest provider of mechanical developments). On the vintage side, we’re blameworthy of having never highlighted a watch from the brand. There are explanations behind that which I’ll detail in the following section, yet we’ve held off long enough. Today, women and gentlemen, we kick off our inclusion of the other brand from Tokyo and investigate the Citizen 51-2273 diver.
Before we dive into the subtleties of the Citizen 51-2273 jumper, how about we spend a second to examine our inclusion of Citizens both new and old. On the new front, and maybe I’m missing something, Citizen doesn’t do a great deal of effort. While we hear a ton from Seiko, we hear little from the other simple Japanese brand. This odd way to deal with advancement stretches out to the brand’s Baselworld display region. There are no meeting rooms and there’s no capacity to go 1:1 with the watches – trust me, we attempted. It’s odd and much more so as the company claims outward arriving at divisions you might know, for example, Bulova, Arnold & Son, Frederique Constant, and the development company La Joux-Perret. Likewise, as expressed, Citizen puts the heft of its emphasis on Eco-Quartz developments versus mechanical. Indeed, the fairly unbelievable NY0040 jumper is one of only a handful few mechanical standard items on offer. Nonetheless, we’d in any case prefer to cover a greater amount of the wild and insane multi-work watches delivered by the company every year. On the off chance that Seiko can transform, I suppose there’s potential for Citizen too.
On the subject of vintage, it’s genuinely straightforward concerning why we’ve needed inclusion. Data on old Citizens is difficult to come by – particularly in English. For a brand that a significant number of us have related as being accessible internationally for a long while, data is by all accounts to a great extent in Japanese. What’s more, people, I have abilities (most are insignificant – simply ask my better half), however I can’t understand Japanese. It astounds me, again versus Seiko, how there’s a genuine lack of very much established information and data out there on the brand’s noteworthy models. That is not on the grounds that individuals haven’t attempted (an extraordinary site exists and I’ll make reference to a second later on), however there’s little that springs up on discussions and minimal in the method of documentation out there that I’ve seen. What’s more, that smells since Citizen made some lovely damn cool watches once upon a time. Maybe they were fundamentally, or all, implied for JDM utilization and that is the explanation. In any case, it makes investigating a watch troublesome: and in all honesty, I do concentrate up before pontificating. In any case, that’s it, we will investigate the Citizen 51-2273 jumper since it’s simply excessively acceptable to ignore.
One thing worth referencing is that if there’s a vintage Seiko model you adore and appreciate, there’s a great possibility that result exists from Citizen. Resident had a response for Grand Seiko, the Bellmatic, the early programmed chronographs thus numerous different models. Indeed, I don’t know whether Citizen’s deliveries were consistently an answer or on the off chance that they really “posed the inquiry” first. Whatever the case, the present Citizen 51-2273 jumper is a truly genuine illustration of the competition between the companies in light of the fact that the watch existed during the creation run of Seiko’s notable 6309 “Turtle” (the last 50% of the 70’s into the 80’s). Certainly, the two are very unique as far as plan, yet spec-wise, they’re firmly coordinated. The 51-2273 is additionally like the Seiko on the grounds that, as it were, it addresses the toward the end in a long queue of semi-proficient programmed jumpers (head to see some heredity). Of course, the two brands made programmed jumpers a short time later, yet they were regularly planned in a more spending well disposed way and quartz variants became undeniably more prevalent.
From a distance, the Citizen 51-2273 jumper may resemble your commonplace to some degree Rolex-esque watch that is prepared to overcome the undersea. After looking into it further, however, you’re met with a case that is unobtrusively interesting. I say unobtrusively on the grounds that, in contrast to the Seiko’s, the case isn’t actually the point of convergence of the watch. With its meager, short drags and sides that are covered up underneath the bezel, it almost goes concealed. All things considered, with unobtrusively estimated crown monitors and a little screw-down crown, it’s sturdily planned in a way that is a stage above utilitarian.
The bezel is the place where some strength comes into play. It gets hash denotes right around however includes thicker imprints for the initial 15 minutes. The bezel is unidirectional and is a very much weighted 60-click form. From the side, it’s quite basic with vertical knurling, however the completing is smooth.
I truly make the most of my Seiko 6309 and it’s by and large a delight to wear, however it’s a weighty watch that can feel somewhat huge on my wrist. At generally 44mm, it’s on the enormous side, yet profits by an almost lugless plan. The Citizen 51-2273 jumper, then again, comes in at a more modest 40mm (the bezel shades and causes it to appear to be bigger) and is somewhat lighter. The carry configuration additionally wraps down adequately to embrace the wrist. Another comfortable distinction is the 20mm carry width on the Citizen compared to 22mm on the Seiko. It is anything but a colossal disparity, yet everything amounts to less on the wrist. Concerning the case back, Citizens are known for staying with simply current realities and this jumper doesn’t wander. There’s a ton of composing on here that incorporates the model number and a 7-digit chronic number that permits us to date the watch (much the same as Seiko) to October of 1983.
As consistently, however, the dial and hands are what eventually sell the watch and with the Citizen 51-2273 jumper, I’m an enormous fan. Numerous vintage Citizen jumpers aped Rolex with the utilization of Mercedes hands. There’s nothing amiss with that and those watches contained barely enough different contacts to make them remarkable, yet with this watch, we get a portion of my number one hands. I’ve heard them alluded to as “spade” formed, yet to me they simply appear to be unique. They’re lume filled, incorporating a breadth hand with a square pip, and function admirably with the applied records that are loaded up with heaps of the gleaming stuff.
Visible under the mineral glass (making photography a genuine torment), the matte dark dial contains seemingly some little granulated specs in it, however these are just noticeable in certain lighting at a point. An applied Citizen logo and some printed verbiage exist. Of note, the water opposition coordinates the Seiko at 150 meters.
Inside the Citizen 51-2273 jumper we can discover the Miyota 8200A. It’s a 21-gem development that can be handwound and it beats at 21,600 bph and has a force hold of approximately 45 hours. My experience is that it runs and keeps time well overall and I like the hand winding capacity. The development additionally includes day and date usefulness. Like a great deal of Seiko’s, the Citizen includes a rotating Japanese/English date wheel. Everything is speedy setting and works smoothly.
There’s only something about this Citizen 51-2273 jumper that I truly like. It essentially feels like an all around fabricated watch that could be worn day by day. It keeps extraordinary time, it’s comfortable, and I like the inconspicuous uniqueness it offers. Discussing the last point, go attempt to source one of these and you’ll discover around 1 Citizen for each 10 Seiko 6309 you see. Also, similar to the Seiko’s, the vast majority of these Citizens have carried on with a full life and are normally in terrible, harmed, or adjusted condition. Resident lume frequently looks green, so don’t let that trouble you except if it just looks too great to even consider being true.
Be keeping watch for watches with wrong crowns, hands (check every one of the three), dreadful date wheels giving indications of water entrance, and those with missing internal strain rings (I’ve seen many). A decent 51-2273 isn’t not difficult to track down – this goes for practically all vintage Citizen sports watches – however it merits the stand by. Valuing shrewd, you’ve potentially come this route expecting to get a frequently ignored deal, however it appears to be that there is an enthusiastic group for Citizens. Attributable to this present jumper’s attractive features and clique prevalence, hope to pay somewhere in the range of $350 – 500 for a fair model. In case you’re venturing out to Japan, that is a respectable spot to look.
We’ll have more Citizen coming up on #TBT as I’ve added a couple in the course of recent years. It’s been a sluggish granulate in light of the fact that, as referenced, they’re hard to track down and much harder to investigate. Here’s to trusting that some Citizen fans come out and show us a portion of their cool pieces in the comments. For the time being, investigate on the web and I think you’ll see that a piece like the Citizen 51-2273 Diver could serve simply as a prologue to a genuinely remunerating hare opening of cool vintage watches.