Sometimes less is more and this is true when talking about this watch, the first Citizen equipped with a central sweeping hand and not the usual (at that time) eccentric seconds. Starting with this model most of the following watches were like this, without small seconds. So, it was an important milestone in watchmaking.
The “Center Second” came in many versions, and even a solid gold one, and a total of 6-7 generations for about 10 years. The first one was produced in 1948. All of them were running at 18,000 bph and came equipped with 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and even 19 jewels. The Center Seconds are non-hacking and don’t have a date complication. During this time they became water protected and starting from 1956 they had the Citizen Parashock system installed.
The first watch presented here is ParaShock and Water Protected and is made in about 1961. The case back is SS and screws in even though most of them had snap on case backs. I love the simplicity of the pale white dial with gold accents! The Citizen “C” logo at 12, the hour markers and the hands are all golden while all the rest of the marking are printed in black.
Here are a few pictures from catalogues showing different calibres:
The Center Second had a lot of variations so you can find interesting dial designs, case shapes, hands… etc.. like this beautiful NOS Citizen Junior Center Seconds. (pictures belong to the online seller)
And here it is in a pocket watch form, with original chain attached: Bottom line, it is an important watch in the Citizen history and a great elegant timepiece itself. Every collector should have one.
Read about more simple Citizen watches HERE.