We are excited to present our first Citizen Crystal Date offering at Samurai Vintage, a timepiece that encapsulates the innovative spirit of Citizen in the mid to late 1960s. Known for their exceptional quality and affordability, the Crystal Date models were instrumental in showcasing the versatility of Citizen's 54 movement. Their success is a testament to their timeless appeal, and here's why.
In an era dominated by plexiglass glasses as crystals, the Citizen Crystal Date set a new standard by featuring toughened glass. This enhancement not only rendered the watch scratch-resistant but also gave it a modern, sleek appearance. The 'Crystal Date' name commemorates this distinctive feature, with 'Crystal' denoting the type of borosilicate glass, BK7, used.
At the core of this Citizen Crystal Date is the automatic 21 jewels Citizen cal 5401 movement with automatic winding and also hand-winding capability, ticking at 18,000 bph. The 54 series movement is renowned for its excellent timekeeping, with some connoisseurs comparing its precision to the esteemed Citizen Chronomaster line.
The Citizen Crystal Date case have demonstrated the design element Citizen wanted to add to the watch in 60s. We can spot multi dimension lug which will also later see in Seiko's early King Seiko models. The watch is in a clean 35.5mm case size, with its polished and mirrored finish. When paired with a vintage leather strap, the watch provides a solid and comfortable fit on the wrist.
The Citizen Crystal Date was a remarkable success in the 60s, providing the Japanese market with a variety of affordable, stylish dress watches. We especially like the logo and font used on the dial of Citizen Crystal Date, the Citizen logo used is in a futuristic font type, which we can trace the reason back to the space rush the society have in the 60s. Today, the Citizen Crystal Date remains a stellar entry point into the world of Japanese Vintage Watches, alongside the likes of the Seiko Lord Matic.
We are proud to present this iconic Citizen Crystal Date. Don't miss this opportunity to own a piece of horological history.
Model: Crystal Crystal Date Para Water AUDS 2802-Y
Era: Around 1967
Case Diameter: 35.5 mm
Lug width: 18 mm
Case Condition: Unpolished case
Dial Condition: Clean sunburst silver dial
Crystal:Original Citizen toughened glass with few usage marks on it
Movement: 5401 automatic movement (with hand winding capability)
And of course, it comes with any one of the Kyoto Series straps we offer in the store. Just let us know which colour you like to pair the beauty with.