Citizen launched this rather unique vertical-clutch column wheel 8110 automatic chronograph - like the all original 1979 octagon bullhead example here - in 1972, with Brad Pitt's character Cliff Booth wearing one throughout Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood." Significantly, the 8110 movement was Citizen’s answer to Seiko’s famed 6139 movement, with one key difference - Citizen’s well designed 8110, unlike the 6139, featured hand winding and ‘flyback,’ which allows the wearer to zero the chronograph whilst it’s running, rather than having to stop it first, then restart. This permits an instant stop and re-start of the chronograph function.
The compact design of the movement in the 1970's 'flyback' Citizen 8110 "Challenge Timer" automatic bullhead chronograph allowed smaller casing, so the 8110 tends to be lighter than, for example, the Seiko 6139 (which did not have a flyback feature) chronographs of the period. The 8110 is a far more compact version of the Seiko’s own bullhead design, the 6138-0049.
The start and stop of the chronograph is by pressing the button positioned at the 11 o’clock position and is reset by pressing the button at 1 o’clock. Pressing the reset button without first stopping the chronograph enables instant restart from zero. All models have the column wheel/vertical clutch design. These movements have quick setting mechanisms for date and day. Both are set when the crown is pulled out one click – the date by rotating the crown, the day by pressing the reset button.
Compared to modern chronographs, the only chronos in today’s market with similar features and construction sell at a far higher price point – such as Blancpain, Vacheron Constantine, Patek, and Audemars - rendering the 8110’s as the least expensive, yet most sophisticated chronograph ever made.
This Citizen 8110 bullhead comes with original stainless-steel bracelet, nylon NATO strap, spring bar tool, and Pelican travel case.
1979 Citizen 8110 Bullhead "Panda" Octagon Chronograph
DIAL: Original silver "panda" dial with original minute, hour, and chronograph hands.
CASE: Unlike the far more common round nickel-cased Citizen 8110 bullheads, this 8110 has the more rare octagon 40mm x 44mm (with crown) all-stainless steel case, with matching stainless steel caseback. The case also features hooded lugs, just like on the far more common rounded case variant.
CRYSTAL: Original crystal, no scratches.
STRAP: Original stainless-steel Citizen bracelet, with tight links. This bullehad also comes with an 18mm grey and blue nylon NATO strap, with stainless-steel hardware.
MOVEMENT: Original Citizen 23-jewel automatic movement. The 8110 flyback tachymeter movement can be wound either manually or automatically. Separately, the date and day - with Spanish/English calendar variants – rotate and set as designed.
CROWN: Original Citizen-signed crown.
CHRONOGRAPH PUSHERS: A firm push on the chronograph reset results in all chronograph hands resetting to zero with no issue.