This week on #TBT, we investigate the Citizen Seven Star Deluxe Diver, an exquisite watch with an exceptional date display.
And we’re back with one more vintage Citizen jumper. On the off chance that you’ve been sticking around these parts for the most recent year or somewhere in the vicinity, you’ve likely saw that I keep on adding these to my assortment. Indeed, I’m on a casual excursion to make a pleasant involved library of pieces from the 1960s and ’70s to sit close by my more complete Seiko gathering. I love to compare and differentiation inside the brand, yet in addition to perceive how these two brands stack facing each other.
The Citizen Seven Star Deluxe Diver
The Citizen Seven Star Deluxe Diver before you was made in 1969 as reference 4-520017Y. As should be obvious, it accepts the decade to come with its c-case shape. And keeping in mind that Citizen made a lot of watches with this shape, it’s really one of only a handful few jumpers with an outline this way. I’m typically not an enormous devotee of this style, but rather there’s something about this watch that I truly like. I called it exquisite previously and I think that’s a well-suited portrayal. This watch has a dressier, more complex look that separates it from the two its family members and competitors.
A Sophisticated Looking Dive Watch
Firstly, the Seven Star Deluxe contains an inner pivoting bidirectional plunge ring. The unsigned upper crown works this easily. Like Seiko , Citizen ricocheted to and fro between its use of interior and outer bezels. Maybe they were both responding to the styles around them, for example, the Swiss “EPSA” Super Compressors. Whatever the case, it’s intriguing that these brands attempted to offer all things everywhere at the equivalent time.
Unique Day and Date Display
The other plan component I find intriguing here is the partition of the day and date window. Review the Seven Star 2812-Y that I looked several years prior and it was fueled by the equivalent in-house programmed type 5270 with day and date show. On that watch, however, the day and date shows are close to one another. Here on today’s Seven Star Deluxe, the day is at 9:00 and the date stays at 3:00. The cool detail is that Citizen limited the vibe of the day window since it comes up short on a chrome plated encompass and really has a little “step” into the dial. It’s as though they didn’t need to point out the way that it’s in reality nearer to the middle. The date, then again, has a chrome encompass and mixes well with the hour file design.
Another takeaway from the Seven Star Deluxe is that it’s extremely strong and very much constructed. I’ve said it previously, yet Citizen made some genuinely decent watches during this period. The brand actually does, yet you seldom catch wind of its ability during the 1960s and ’70s. The case completing flaunts matte sunburst striations and a cleaned bezel that encompasses a level mineral gem. It’s odd that unsigned crowns were picked, however they’re all around estimated to manage time setting, hand winding, and the snappy set date. Apologies, no quickset for the day.
Hyperbole and One-upmanship
Flipping the watch over shows us a strong screw on the off chance that back. This manages the cost of the declared 100 meters of water opposition — ahem, proof back then. That places it over the 70 Meters guaranteed by the Seiko Sport Diver Series . Indeed, an additional 30 meters in spite of a push/pull crown. Remarkable.
As an aside, if you’re a fanatic of vintage Japanese anything, you’ll note that absurd overstatement — consistently in English — was a thing in those days. Words like “Super”, “Deluxe”, “King”, and “Grand” were only a portion of the over-the-top descriptors on purchaser things. Need to feel superior was commonplace regardless of whether it was absurd. For example, Orient once made a watch called the — hang tight for it — Grand Prix with 100 gems! The main part of those gems on the development sat idle! However, there they were, noisy and proud.
So when we get back to our generally unassuming Seven Star Deluxe, I get a kick out of the protected “7” logo on its case back. It’s explicitly like the Seiko 5 logo, however prepare to have your mind blown. Seven is MORE THAN five, so it should be better! It’s every one of the somewhat senseless and helps me to remember the scene in Something About Mary where Ben Stiller gets a drifter. In the event that you’ll review, this character’s “get rich quick” plan was to best the “8 Minute Abs” exercise by making a “7 Minute Abs” exercise. Ridiculous!
Wearing and Final Notes
The Citizen Seven Star Deluxe Diver is one more vintage watch that functions admirably with present day tastes. At 41mm in breadth and 46mm haul to-carry, this is a pleasant enormous watch. The case slants descending on the outdoors fairly significantly and that gives it a more modest appearance. Additionally, a thin 18mm haul width straightens out the general look. On a little wrist like mine, it functions admirably. This model initially accompanied a pleasant looking impeccable arm band. Sadly, these were generally sensitive and are hard to track down. Mine was sent on this vintage Tropic-like lash with Olympic ring openings. It’s not my top choice, but rather it looks the part.
My Citizen Seven Star Deluxe Diver came from Japan and that’s likely the best spot to find one. They don’t come up regularly, yet I spy one consistently or two. Figure on $300-500 for a fair model and add a fundamental help for great measure. The developments are strong and were utilized across a wide number of Citizen models. Consequently, spare parts are generally pervasive through contributor watches. This Seven Star is absolutely not the most popular vintage jumper from the notable Japanese brand, however it is likely one of its more remarkable models.