Citizen and Seiko seemed to have competed on many fronts, watch design unsurprisingly being one of them - like this two-tone early 1960's Citizen Deluxe manual winding dress watch, which bears a stringly resemblance to the Seiko Goldfeather.
Citizen likely had volume production of its watches at least as early as Seiko, and has for much of its history been a larger producer than Seiko at the time. That said, Citizen arrived later to international markets and gets to the U.S. in 1960 through via cooperation with Bulova and into Europe in 1965.
On to the Deluxe - this stylish dress watch debuted in 1958 as a high end manual watch, akin to the aforementioned Seiko Goldfeather. The Deluxe came in a number of variants and continued together with the Super Deluxe to be produced a few years into the 1960s.
The handwound movement within this Citizen was its workhorse movement for decades, for good reason – it was reliable and robust. The dial features a simple but beautiful brushed dial, with longitudinal brushed texture. Dauphin hands match the overall sparse design cues of the Deluxe.
This Citizen Deluxe comes with a lizard strap, NATO strap, springbar tool, and Pelican travel case.
1961 Citizen Deluxe Parashock Dress Watch
DIAL: Original signed two-tone brushed silver dial with original minute, hour, and second hands. No lume was included on the dial when it came from Citizen.
CASE: Stainless steel 35.5mm (w/o crown, 37.5mm with) x 43mm case, with matching stainless steel caseback. Caseback is inscribed with scarecely readable - but still there - Citizen Deluxe in italics, along with Citizen’s “Parashock” designator.
CRYSTAL: Original crystal, scratch and blemish-free.
STRAP: Dark brown 18mm Japanese lizard strap – a nice classy complement to the Deluxe's classic vintage styling. This watch also comes with premium "seatbelt" orange, white, and blue NATO strap, also with stainless-steel hardware.
MOVEMENT: Original Citizen 19-jewel manual-wind movement, manufactured in May 1961.
CROWN: Unsigned crown, might not be original.