Citizen launched its Homer series – like this all original 1972 Citizen Homer Date variant here – in 1960, and it ran through circa 1980. Of historical note, the example here was presented in 1972 as an award to an employee of the Japanese Government Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, per the Kanjii Japanese inscription on the caseback.
Unsurprisingly, simplicity reigns in the design of this watch, as it does throughout Citizen's Homer line. The silver dial is rather quite clear and legible, with large lumed hands and pips outside the hour markers – all allowing the watch to be easily read.
When first launched, the Homer was most commonly produced in gold plated cases, which were more popular in the era – despite the Homer’s humble place in the quality hierarchy early models often featured textured and patterned dials, and some had hexagonal and square cases.
This Citizen Homer comes with its original bracelet, nylon NATO strap, and Pelican travel case.
1972 Citizen Homer Date Mechanical Watch
DIAL: Original silver dial, no blemishes - lume at the hour indices glow nicely. Citizen Homer Date-signed dial, in ornate cursive script. Original dauphine hands, with excellent lume.
CASE: Original stainless-steel case, 35.5mm (38mm w/crown) x 43mm. Caseback was inscribed, officially, by the Japanese Government, and the top number, “47,” equals out to be 1972, and, per Japanese kanji inscription this Citizen was issued by Japan Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
CRYSTAL: Original domed acrylic crystal, no cracks or imperfections.
BAND: Original Citizen-signed stainless-steel bracelet - with installed buckle extender, this Homer will fit an eight inch wrist. This Citizen also comes with a nylon dark blue and orange NATO strap.
MOVEMENT: Original Citizen 17-jewel manual wind movement.
CROWN: Original Citizen-signed crown.