Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sneak Peek at a New Citizen Signature

Joe Kirk of Arizona Fine Time just posted a sneak peek of a new Citizen Signature.  The picture below is from his post.  See original post here.

For those of you who don't know, the Signature line is positioned as a primer series characterized by meticulous finishing and an invisible sapphire crystal.

To my surprise this next model is to be a diver with 300M of water resistance and containing a perpetual calendar solar powered movement inside.  The starburst dial is very similar to the newly released diver BN0085-01E.  The bezel reminds me of a Tag Aquaracer.

Photo of the entire collection.

 Some real life picts.  Blue one is by far my favorite.  More here.

I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to seeing some more of this model.  It is also good to see Citizen continue to develop this line which I think fills an open gap in the "near luxury" offerings from Japan to the rest of the world.

EDIT 4/5/11
More picts here.  I really like the blue.

What do you think?


JapanWatchConnection said...

Looks nice but hard to tell otherwise until I get to see it in the flesh. A diver watch doesn't seem to translate all to well into the Signature Collection range but seems to be an attempt to offer something more "sporty" amid the other SG Citizens that tend to be more dress/casual in look and feel.

Will this one offer radio controlled atomic clock sync? Doubtful and the lack of this feature on a quartz watch retailing in the $1K price bracket is still unexcusable. Better yet, drop a more refined version of the Bulova Precisionist movement and I'll be all over this baby.

JapanWatchConnection said...

Also, I would like to add the dial of this diver reminds me too much of the Citizen Eco-Drive World Perpetual AT watches, just with a timing bezel instead of the world cities outer bezel as depicted in some models on that range.

Another thing that I would like for Citizen to consider is to drop the "Eco-Drive" moniker from their more expensive watches. Citizen Japan has removed this dial wording in their Attesa and Exceed lines.

Anonymous said...

I think this diver deserves its own set of hands. The Skyhawk hands don't look so bad on the other models, but a diver like this should have something more characteristic. If anything the 2100 Seamaster style hands would look better.

Spin Doctor said...

Just read a post in the thread referenced above that this model is hand assembled and will have a full retail price of $795.

JapanWatchConnection said...

$795 makes this "luxury" diver the lowest priced Citizen Signature Collection in the range. Can't wait to see it in person.

Spin Doctor said...

Just found out this model will be offered with 5 different dial and bezel color options.

Franco Bollo said...

The Blue Dial version might just be the watch I've been looking for to round out my collection. It every criteria I've established for my next watch:
Dress Diver
and did I mention BLUE

Spin Doctor said...

Blue one is my favorite too.

JapanWatchConnection said...

I finally got to see them in person last week and quite frankly was underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, is not a bad watch, but in respect to other offerings within the Signature Collection lines and more "true" diving watches like the JDM Seiko Sumo (Sells for exact same money as this Citizen) it is unimpressive. The case finishing lacks imagination and the kind of attention a watch from this series should have.

If you are a fan of the Tag Heuer Aquaracer (This Citizen is clearly modeled after it), then this watch should be up your alley.

As to me personally, my money is on the JDM Seiko Sumo. That's how a $600 diver should be finished. The case work of the Sumo is amazing and something this Citizen can't hold a candle to.