Citizen founded the Shokosha Watch Research Institute in 1918. The name originates from a pocket watch it produced in 1924. The Mayor of Tokyo, Mr Shimpei Goto, named the watch "CITIZEN" in the hopes the watch would become a worldwide success.
Here we have a 1970s Citizen "Bullhead" Chronograph 67-9020 with a 38mm tonneau polished stainless steel case. The case sits on your wrist like a cushion. Lug to lug length of 41.5mm and a thickness of 13.5mm gives the watch an excellent wrist presence. At the top of the case, you find the pump chronograph pushers and a signed crown in the centre, this configuration gives it its name of “Bullhead”. An outer smooth stainless steel bezel painted black holds a domed crystal. The silver dial has an outer Tachymetric scale precisely printed. Applied baton indexes infilled with luminescence mark the hours. At 3 o’clock you have a 30-minute register, at 6 o’clock a day date vertically positioned, and finally a 12-hour register. The stainless steel sword hands are complemented by a red chronograph hand. The black registers are a nice contrast with the silver adding asymmetry to the dial. An applied “Citizen” at 12 with precisely printed text underneath. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the watch's reference and serial numbers stamped into it. Inside an Automatic Citizen Cal. 8110A, 23 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour, and this movement has a pillar wheel flyback feature. Comes fitted on an 18mm black suede strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Citizen box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on a well-suited black leather suede strap. The watch is from Circa. 1970s and is sold in worn, vintage condition. The watch has been polished in its past but remains in fair condition for its age. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
I have always loved all Bullhead watches, I've owned the Seiko & Citizen versions and always regret selling them, but I can't keep them all... This example is fantastic with its silver dial, black contrasting subdials and its bright red highlights, reminds me the Paul Newman slightly. I believe these are some of the best value chronographs that can be had on the market at the moment, fully automatic and well made, they are truly awesome.