Citizen is the world’s largest watch manufacturer and looking at their 1960s Citizen Crystal Seven “UFO” watch, you can see why. In 1965, Citizen launched this relatively well-known Crystal Seven range of automatic watches, using a variety of its 5200 automatic movements. Citizen produced a range of divers in throughout the 1960s and 1970s – a few were/are relatively well known, but others are not and rarely seen.
Citizen’s 100m sport divers were part of the Seven Star range, like this one for sale here, and Citizen began production in 1969. The divers were made with a range of dial colors – black, silver, blue, orange and red, and all had day and date complications. At the same time, Citizen launched its related, but less well known Seven Star range, and as with the Crystal Seven, the Seven Star range featured “Custom Deluxe” models which had less traditional design features such as split day and date windows and larger ‘cushion’ cases.
Vintage Citizen watches are a little like discovering watches all over again. There’s much to learn - unlike vintage Seiko, Citizen has its own ecosystem and a (lot) less rabid following, and it’s quite under the radar (at least for now).
This Citizen comes with a suede strap, nylon two-piece NATO strap, springbar tool, and Pelican travel case.
1969 Citizen Seven Star “UFO” Automatic
DIAL: Original silver sunburst Citizen-signed dial, with radial brushed finish, original hands, and patina.
CASE: Original atypically large 42.5mm x 38mm stainless-steel case.
BAND: This Citizen comes with a dark green leather strap, with cream-colored stitching and stainless-steel hardware. The watch also comes with a nylon two-piece gray, black, and red NATO strap, also with stainless-steel hardware.
CRYSTAL: Original crystal in excellent condition, no scratches.
MOVEMENT: Original Citizen 21-jewel automatic movement, manufactured in June 1969.
CROWN: Original Citizen-signed crown; the upper one is for the date function quick-set (day function is not quick-set), and the bottom one is to set the time.