Pearl white dial, classic face, 3 hands, no luminous material, right size, hand winding, black leather strap… This is the iconic suit watch design.
Looking for an elegant look? Well look no further! This is the vintage Citizen reference 63-5537. You have to see it in person to fully appreciate the underrated pure beauty. It is more than words can describe. Sublime!
The case is stainless steel, with elegant lugs, polished entirely, 36mm diameter. The lugs are a little bit twisted, narrowing towards the end. They are perfectly integrated in the overall design. The bezel is polished too. The acrylic crystal is domed. The crown is signed “CTZ”.
The dial is pure class; white, pearly, silver, sunburst pattern. On the upper part it is written “Citizen 17 jewels” and on the lower part “waterprotected unbreakablespring shockproof”. All this sounds like a lot of writing but it is not too much and not overwhelming at all. There is no luminous material and this is good because the lines are so fine, so elegant, that any luminous dots would ruin the design. The dauphine hands and the hour markers are mirror polished and reflect a lot of light so the legibility is optimal. The markers are wider towards the border of the dial and pointed towards the center. (sharp point for 3, 6 and 9 and without the tip for the others) The 12 o’clock marker has two parallel lines.
The movement is hand winding Citizen calibre 0201, with central sweeping hand. It has 17 jewels and a it beats at 18.000 bph. It has a power reserve at about 40 hours. It was used starting from about 1966. This particular watch is from ’69 July. Nothing fancy, just a classic, simple, thin (4mm) hand winding movement.
The strap that I used for this watch (aftermarket) is 19 mm, tapering black lizard skin with a stainless steel buckle. I think it compliments the watch nicely without over powering it. It is very difficult to find a watch this old with an original leather strap.