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Citizen Homer Railway Watch
If you have been to Japan, you will know or heard of the accuracy of the Japanese Railway system, they count their delay in seconds, not minutes or hours.
The ultimate accuracy of train arrival is made available with precision timing. Many of us know that Japanese Railway Company issue Seiko pocket watches to their train drivers, but during our research on Japan Railway Watches, we found that Japan Railway company also issue wristwatches to their staffs. And it is Citizen, not Seiko who dominated the wristwatch of most railway company workers.
Bauhaus Style Design
In the 1960s to 1970s, Japanese Railway Company worked with Citizen to made wristwatches based on the Citizen caliber 911 with hacking second function to their staff for precision timekeeping. While I am researching the Citizen Homer Railway Watch, I was immediately attracted by the clean and minimal look of the watch. Similar to IWC and Nomos, the dial design of the Citizen Homer was following a Bauhaus style. The black numerals hour marker gives a contrasting and easy to read design to the watch, the small lume pip outside of each numeral working with the beautifully lumed dagger hands enable user to check the time even in the dark. The watch is giving a strong German minimal Bauhaus design to the watch.
There are small details from the watch case of Citizen Homer Railway Watch that we know Citizen wanted to make a watch for the workers to wear even when they are off their duty, not simply just building a tool. The case was added triangular chamfers on the lugs, making the watch more elegant and wear comfortably on the wrist. Credit to the thin design of the case and the Citizen Caliber 911 movement for keeping the thickness of the Citizen Homer at around 9.75mm only! This makes the watch stay comfortably on the wrist even after a long day.
Issued by Japanese Railway Company to employer
Last but not least, the engraving on the snap case back of the Citizen Homer Railway Watch is the main highlight of the watch. The information on it can tell us the issue year, individual number and the department in the Japanese Railway Company that issuing the watch. This specific Citizen Homer was issued to a staff in North East Railway and is the 1153 watch issued to the staffs.
One of the Best Choice Vintage Watch
If you are looking for a 3 handed wrist watch with minimal Bauhaus design or looking for a watch with a story you can happily tell your friends during a gathering, the Citizen Homer Railway Watch will not let you down! With the clean design and history, I think it is fair to say the Homer Railway Watch is one of the most attractive vintage watches at this price point!
Model: Citizen Homer Second Setting Railway Watch
Era: Around 1975 (for North East Railway Staff)
Case Diameter: 36 mm
Lug to Lug: 42 mm
Lug width: 18 mm
Case Condition: Unpolished case with mirror finishing. Minor usage mark can be found on left side of the watch case
Dial Condition: Mint White Dial with Black Numeral Marker developed into a light blue dial.
Movement: 911 hand-winding movement. Just serviced in Japan.
And of course, it comes with any color of our Kyoto Series Leather Straps. Also you can pair it up with any straps we have in store by adding just a few extra to make the watch suit your personal taste. Just let us know which one you like to pair the beauty up with.