CITIZEN Chronometer CR1507051 Steel 31 Jewels
Payment method : Credit Card or Bank Transfer
Manual Wind Cal.0400
Black Leather Strap
The watch has been completely serviced by our watchmaker recently
1-year Mechanical Warranty by us
Global shipping via FedEx International Priority
*Due to Washington Convention, we cannot export Crocodile/Alligator leather overseas.
If you purchase from overseas, the strap will be replaced with a similar strap made of calf leather as an alternative.
Citizen is a Japanese watch manufacturer founded in 1918.
Together with Seiko, it has created the history of Japanese watchmaking.
This "Citizen Chronometer" was produced from 1962 to 1966.
It was the Citizen's flagship model.
It was develeped and launched against the first Grand Seiko released in 1960.
As the name suggests, it was the first Citizen watch to comply with the Swiss Chronometer Inspection Standard of Excellence.
While Seiko produced the movement for the Grand Seiko based on that of the "Crown", Citizen designed and developed the movement for this model.
It can be said that this model is the result of all of Citizen's technology.
In fact, the assembly process differs from a normal factory line, and records show that one craftsman handled the entire production process for one piece.
One craftsman worked on just one watch per day.
This is unusual for a manufacturer of watches as an industrial product.
That's why this "Chronometer" is a very special model.
It is said that because it was made without regard to profitability, it was sold at a higher price than the Grand Seiko, but made almost no profit when sold.
In addition, because the AGF (gold-plated) models were more popular at the time, there were only a few stainless steel ones left, making them quite rare.
The case is large at 37 mm and the multi-faceted, thick-cut lugs are one of the watch's distinctive features.
The CITIZEN C mark can be seen on the crown.
The caseback of the watch has a gold medallion with an eagle symbol.
This was the first Citizen product to feature an eagle, and the eagle symbol is still used on flagship models today.
The dial is a silver dial with sunray finish.
The details of the hands and indices vary depending on the production period.
This one from 1964 has mountain-shaped dauphine hands and the serial number is engraved on the caseback.
The movement is a manual-wind Cal. 0400.
As mentioned above, it is a specially designed movement manufactured for this model.
The mainspring was powerful, had a power reserve of 53 hours.
It can be said that the reputation as a movement is the best in the Japanese vintage watches.
This watch was purchased from Mr. Yoshihiko Honda a.k.a BQ(@bqwatch) who is leading expert of vintage seiko and citizen watches.
All components and authenticity are checked by him as well.
[About Leather Strap]
Due to Washington Convention, we cannot export Crocodile/Alligator/Lizard leather overseas.
We will replace the strap with a similar strap made of calf leather as an alternative.
Or we will send the watch without strap if we don't have stocks of them.
1. Credit Card (Visa/Master/Amex)
2 Wire/Bank Transfer
*We have U.S/Singapore/EU/UK bank account. So you don't need to transfer internationaly.
Shipped via DHL Express with full value insurance.
Normally,Item will be shipped in 1-2 working days after payment received.
Tracking number will be provided, and insurance will cover if the item is damaged or missing in the shipping process.
International buyer has a responsibility to pay import duties, taxes or charges. (ex VAT/GST)
We do not accept to declare lower value on shipping label or invoice.We will declare full value of them.
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We accept return in the case of shipping mistake or item defect in 14 days after your receive.
1.Can I reserve it?
-Since it is also sold on the web, it cannot be reserved.
2.Can you adjust the bracelet?
-If you fill in the approximate arm circumference when ordering, we will send it after adjustment.
(*Riveted bracelets and folded link bracelets require some time to be adjusted by a repair craftsman.)
3. How long does it take for "delivery after complete service?
-Please consider it to be about 1 month from the date of your order.
(*It may take a little longer depending on the schedule of our watchmaker and the degree of congestion.)
4.Is there a payment deadline? (Bank transfer)
-If we cannot confirm the payment within 2 days after placing the order, the order will be canceled.
5.Can I order by cash on delivery?
- Due to the nature of the product, we do not accept it.
Our stance is that "customers can use good products with peace of mind for a long time."
In order to achieve this, the presence of a skilled repair craftsman is essential.
How well the work is done depends largely on the thoughts of the craftsman.
The watchmakers who Arbitro asks are craftsmen who do not cut corners in such areas, so we ask them to carry out the repair work with peace of mind.
About Complete Service
Complete service, sometime called overhaul is the work of disassembling a mechanical product down to its individual parts, cleaning and reassembling it to bring it closer to its new state of performance.
Roughly speaking, the overhaul procedure is as follows.
1. Separate into case and movement
2. Disassemble the movement
3. Inspection and pre-cleaning of wear condition of each part
4. Wash parts with a special machine
5. Lubrication and assembly
6. Waterproof test
7. Final adjustment and running test.
Some movements are made up of hundreds of parts, but it is a very meticulous process of disassembling them one by one, inspecting them all, cleaning them, and reassembling them.
If you don't overhaul, the oil will deteriorate just like a car, and the risk of wear and damage to parts increases, causing a decrease in accuracy and, in severe cases, not working.
There is also the reason that it will be very expensive to replace parts after they are found to be damaged, so we recommend overhauling once every 2-3 years for economical and long-term use.
Vintage watches have been used for decades, and even the stainless steel used in many watches has rounded corners that were originally sharp, and has many small scratches even though the mirror finish should be beautiful. state.
At Arbitro, some watches are sold with a new finish, based on the idea that you can purchase them in beautiful condition and use them for a long time.
In particular, gold-cased dress watches are finished to bring out the best of the precious metal case.
The watches sold by us that have been given a new finish are shot in very high definition, so you can see that the edges stand out and the light is reflected by the mirror finish.
Also, depending on the case or bracelet, there are cases where multiple finishes such as mirror finish and hairline finish are mixed, but there are not many craftsmen who can distinguish between them and finish them at a high level.
In addition, the “thinness of the case” is also a part that is greatly influenced by the skill of the craftsman.
A watch that has become thinner and has thinner lugs is far from its original design, and the appearance becomes unbalanced.
It is a very precise work that brings the case closer to the original finish by eliminating scratches and dents while reducing the thickness of the case to the utmost limit.
Of course, there are cases where it is better to use the watch as it is, in order to emphasize the history of the watch and its original condition.
We look at each watch and judge whether it is best to finish it before selling it.
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