Citizen automatic diver 150m – 52-0110


Vintage divers – every time I hear this combination of words my heart races a little. 

I dream about that period in time when a watch was what it was supposed to be, a true tool watch, a real diving instrument, not a desk diver fashionable statement.

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This is, in my opinion, the best looking vintage diver ever! It has everything a real diver should have: decent water resistance (150m), screw in crown and easy to use, screw in caseback, a diver bezel, clear indexes, easy to read hands, contrasting with the dial, a sweeping central second hand, matte dial, thick glass, diver extension clasp, a reliable movement.  Wearing this watch makes me dream about the ocean depths and underwater adventure. It looks good on original bracelet, on nato, on mesh bracelet, on rubber and even rugged leather. Beautiful watch!

The case is made of stainless steel, 41mm diameter, 13mm thick, brushed face and polished sides. It has thick lugs and it is rugged and powerful without being overwhelming. The perfect shape and size for a diver. The screw in crown is easy to operate, and it is unsigned. The bezel is frictional type, bidirectional, easy to use but not so easy to mess with when underwater. The lugs are 20mm apart accommodating most modern straps you throw at it.  The mineral crystal looks like it is domed but in fact it is flat. The underside is actually concave bending the light in a mysterious way that makes me day dreaming. It sits at about the same height (or slightly higher) with the black bezel. Pay attention because most aftermarket bezels don’t have dots at every minutes.

The dial is gorgeous. Plain, matte, deep black. There is no reflection. The reflection comes from the crystal and from the indexes and the hands. Not too much writing on the dial except the applied Citizen logo, automatic, 21 jewels, water resistant, 150m. At 3 we have the date window. About the date window – there are some variations here – with or without luminescent index at the side, in the same frame with the date, or in a separate frame. The luminescent material is glowing even after 35 years and has a superb green-yellow light to it.

vintage citizen diver

The movement is the work horse 8210A, 21 jewls, automatic with wand winding capability. Not much to say about this, it is just a clean, easy to use and do service, reliable movement. Nothing fancy, just a up to the job honest movement. It beats at 21.600 bph and has a quickset date. The first time this movement was used in this watch seems to be 1977. You can see the date of manufacture in the serial on the caseback. The first number is the year, the next two digits are for the mont.

The bracelet is stainless steel, with “H” shaped links. Very comfortable. The clasp is also stainless steel, signed Citizen. It has a diver extension. The bracelet should be brushed.

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Conclusion: Beautiful, real diving watch, a time capsule that as soon as it is strapped to the wrist ticks away telling a story about sand, sun, and underwater adventures. A watch made for real men, a work horse that enjoys being wet. Give it at least a short shower every once in a while.

Read about the 2 dial variations of this model here: https://vintagecitizenwatches.com/2015/03/08/citizen-diver-150m-52-0110-dial-variants/

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13 thoughts on “Citizen automatic diver 150m – 52-0110

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  3. Never realised what high regard my old citizen diver 52-0110 was held in! Bought it in 1978 in Schipol Airport Duty-Free on my way to my first Red Sea dive. Been wearing it every day since and it still keeps good time. Serviced only once. Literally just now replaced the original bezel insert with a repro one from Crystaltimes. Looks great but would prefer an original. Looking for a new watch strap but in the meantime new PU rubber and s/s oyster bracelet on their way. Just bought myself an Invicta as a replacement. Shouldn’t have bothered. That will be a dress watch but the Citizen will carry on as my everyday “tool” watch. Had a lifetime of great adventures all over the world with it. 🙂

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      • Yes, I think it’s in my “Old watch box”. I wore the watch every day of my life and wearing it right now. At night I’d wear various makes of dress watch for work (Casino Manager). I’ve got pics of me wearing it in Africa, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Europe and America! Diving, sailing, waterskiing, skiing and partying….. Sorry it took so long to reply. I only came across your message today, after finding Jeffrey Sabas’ message below in my email. I was in Bulgaria competing in the World Karate Championship. Now I’m home I’m finally going through my inbox. Best wishes.
        Richard B.

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      • Shat is such a nice story! I would love to see the pics! By the way, would you be interested in writing a few words with some pics for an article here on the site. (I was also practicing Karate for a little more than 10 years 😉 )

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  5. Hi there, I am from Indonesia & I have this watch too, it’s a gift from my dad who bought it in 1978 but the watch itself was produced in May 1977 according to the serial number on the caseback.. The bezel insert, crystal and hands are already worn out and I want to replace it with the new parts, do you know any seller on internet where I can purchase these parts? Many thanks in advance for any information.. Cheers..

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