It was one of those typical Saturday evenings. You know, the sort where you’re savagely duking it out with another bidder who probably hails from a country across the world. Almost certainly, unknown adversary and I was unable to try and communicate utilizing the verbally expressed word, yet, there we were, bringing our offers up in moronically little Japanese Yen-based augmentations, subsequently expanding the closeout each time by a set number of minutes until the thing went approximately an hour past its booked end mark. He (I’ll speculate that it was a “he”) had likely annoyed his significant other, in the event that he had one – we’re watch geeks recall, since it was effectively 10pm in Japan reaching out towards 11. Me? I was headed to sending my significant other crazy for developing what was at that point an awfully devoted relationship with my telephone. And afterward, in light of the fact that nothing occurs without the assistance of the Intermediary (you may recollect him for finding a Universal Geneve Nina Rindt at what must be characterized as a Wal-Mart Rollback value), I had his assistance in setting offers and afterward sitting tight for him to horrendously advise me that my combatant had raised by something like $5 to broaden the agony. Eventually, I at long last struck the conclusive blow (perhaps I raised by a staggering $7 and tossed him into confusion) and leveled the other talented, or dorky, fighter and won the damn thing. Without a doubt, at this point, you’re asking, what in the damnation was the focal point of this relentless fight? Indeed, it was a duel for an exceptionally minty vintage Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver from 1968. Obviously it was…
For me, vintage Citizen is at present similar to finding observes once more. There’s a ton to learn – like Seiko or some other brand so far as that is concerned – Citizen is its own universe, and it’s unbelievably under the radar – for the time being. Without a doubt, the novel inclination will wear off, however I’m as yet in revelation mode and in spite of my propensity to attempt to assimilate however much data in as brief period as could reasonably be expected, I’m putting forth a valiant effort to spread this euphoria out for the long haul.
Yes, I’ve referenced in an earlier article on the 51-2273 jumper that get-together information on vintage Citizen is dramatically more troublesome than on account of Seiko on the grounds that it appears to be that the brand simply didn’t make it out of Japan in numbers until a whole lot later. Yet, that is not the explanation that I’m taking my social occasion of Citizens gradually. It’s really for a far more troubled explanation: I’m running out of new things to find as a rule that normally appeal to my 60’s-70’s game watch tastes. In any case, the Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver was a watch that I just needed to have.
A brisk look at the Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver uncovers a twin-crown watch that might actually be confused with one of the numerous Super Compressors made during the 60’s. Obviously, the Compressor assignment alludes to a case plan that compresses to build water opposition and the Citizen basically copies the look. Indeed, it has an interior plunge clock bezel that is worked by bending the upper crown, yet its strategy for fixing is by means of an ordinary screw-down case back. This, alongside 2 non screw-down crowns, help make a watch that is water safe down to 100 meters.
When looking at the subtleties of the Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver, one can really locate some genuine contrasts from the previously mentioned eponymous Swiss jumpers of the day that make this undeniably in excess of an effortlessly discounted Japanese copycat watch. The case plan, in hardened steel, for instance, could be depicted as a misrepresented interpretation of the normal Aquastar plan – or something near the 62MAS. With blocky brushed drags that stream straight out from the case and a made right region where the lash mounts, the case looks enormous and just upgrades the size of a watch that comes in at almost 44mm in breadth and 50mm from one carry to another. Indeed, if little vintage jumpers are your anxiety, this could possibly be your watch.
Then there’s the Chichen Itza of an acrylic gem on the Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver. Alright, that portrayal is pushing it, yet it contains a tall calculated side that comes to the sudden edge that frames the level gem surface. As I referenced, it’s tall and it’s particular in a universe of jumpers that principally included domes.
Another genuine feature for me is the case segment between the twin marked crowns. The case sticks outward and is squeezed in the center to help structure to some degree a crown watch. It’s an odd shape that is not rehashed at all on the contrary side of the case. Once more, it’s novel and not in the least piece sided like most moderately reasonable watches.
When taking a gander at the dial of the Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver, there’s an undeniable degree of intelligibility. In this form, the dial is matte dark (there are silver, blue and even red adaptations – and a substitute reference called the ), and it sits against a reflexive dark pivoting inward bezel. The dial includes a decent white cross hair that sprouts from the focal point of the dial and it runs into lume-filled trapezoidal applied markers. Similar to the case on so numerous Japanese watches, a day and date can be found and as is additionally the situation on so numerous Japanese watches, it by one way or another works here. Indeed, it gives the watch somewhat of a nerdy feel, yet there’s such a lot of land to work with that it streams well.
Quality savvy, the printing looks incredible, as does the applied Citizen name and the protected “7” that sits underneath the Para Water (the model family) name and profundity rating. As to hands, a few models inside this family utilize an hour hand that is comparable fit as a fiddle to the minutes hand, yet for this situation we get a very “Rolexian” pointer complete with the lumed Mercedes theme. The compass hand contains a lumed candy at its end. These hands, coincidentally, were found on a wide range of Citizen divers.
Inside the Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver is the programmed 5270 type. It beats at a relaxed 18,000 bph, and can be hand wound. Both the day and the date are quickset through the lower crown essentially by turning it either clockwise or in opposite once indent out from the case. My day wheel is shockingly tacky, yet all the other things works impeccably as this watch appears as though it saw light duty.
The Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver and its sister reference comes up from time to time on different closeout destinations. They’re moderately mainstream with Citizen gatherers, however fair forms can in any case be had for around $400 – 650. I’d expect that corrective parts are generally hard to find, however the developments are positively functional. An average bandy I have with vintage Citizens are the apparently slight chrome coatings they utilized on their base metal crowns, yet else they appear to stand up well to the progression of time. This one, coincidentally, went ahead a crazy Japanese elastic Bambi lash, however I’ve changed it out for a 20mm Tropic. Notwithstanding its huge distance across, the watch is genuinely thin at 12.5mm and functions admirably, yet packs presence on my more modest wrist.
The Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver is a commendable piece to add to any assortment, particularly when figuring in its cost. It conveyed nice water obstruction and some truly decent current highlights. Furthermore, its size makes it strangely not quite the same as most watches of now is the right time. Indeed, eventually, it was a watch worth winning – notwithstanding captivating in end of the week battle.