Citizen started producing its most highly desirable vintage chronograph variant in 1971, when it received its nickname “speedy” for its resemblance to a well-known watch used by NASA astronauts. The Citizen 8110 automatic flyback “speedy” chronograph came in two variations, a white and – like the one here – black-dialed variants. Of note, the 8110 movement can be wound either manually or automatically.
Citizen launched the vertical-clutch column wheel 8110 chronograph in 1972, and its compact movement featured a high beat automatic movement, at 28,800 bph. Citizen designed these well, featuring a ‘fly back’ mechanism – which allows the wearer to zero the chronograph whilst it’s running, rather than having to stop it first, then restart – permitting the instant stop/re-start of the chronograph function. The compact design of the 8110 movement allowed smaller casing, so it was lighter than, for example, the Seiko 6139 chronograph series (which also did not have a flyback feature) of the period.
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 in today’s market with similar features and construction sell at a far higher price point – such as Blancpain, Vacheron Constantine, Patek, and Audemars. The 8110’s are the least expensive, yet most sophisticated chronograph ever made!
This Citizen Speedy comes with a leather strap, NATO strap, Pelican case, and spring bar tool.
1973 Citizen 8110 "Speedy" Automatic Chronograph
DIAL: Original Citizen-signed black dial with original minute, hour, and chronograph hands. Lume shines faintly.
CASE: 40mm x 42mm (with crown) stainless steel case with original matching stainless steel caseback.
CRYSTAL: Original crystal, scratch and blemish-free.
STRAP: Light brown leather strap, with cream-colored accent stitching and stainless-steel hardware. This Citizen Speedy also comes with a black and dark gray "Bond" NATO strap – a nice sporty complement to the Speedy's styling and black dial and bezel insert.
MOVEMENT: Original Citizen 23-jewel automatic movement, manufactured in August 1973. Separately, the date and day - with Arabic/English calendar variants – rotate and set as designed.
CROWN: Original Citizen-signed crown.
CHRONOGRAPH PUSHERS: Chronograph pushers depress with satisfying click, no stick. Hour and minute chronograph hands snap back and reset to zero, on occasion somewhat slowly; however, second hand resets to just shy of zero.