Citizen… GLORIOUS !
2014 March 13 – this is exactly the date when I decided to really start searching and get myself a Citizen Glorious! It took me 3 years, 5 months and 26 days to have it in my hands. During this time, after seeing literally over one million pictures and spending at least 2 hours each day looking at Citizen watches, I can say that I have seen only 4 or 5 for sale but none was good enough to actually make me pull the trigger. Fast forward to 2016 August: I finally found it. It looked NOS and had the original strap, buckle and tag! My heart raced and my hands got all sweaty while reading the description and looking at the pictures. It was really expensive and I was sure it will get even more expensive as the auction will take it’s course. Soon after discovering it, I contacted my friend Eric and told him about the watch, that I found it. I needed an inside man. Well… Eric is THE Glorious friend I have inside. (side note: not enough beer in the world to thank him enough 🙂 ) Unfortunately the seller decided to end the auction early… What a sad day! So sad… I started asking questions and even though Japanese guys are not really talkative, I managed to find out, with the help of another friend, that the watch will be relisted. I was determined to make it mine. The time has come for me to put my money where my mouth was. I knew I was fighting in the big league, with the serious Japanese collectors, but I was prepared for this day. I trained a lot. 🙂 So… in a few days, the watch was back on-line. I made up my mind regarding my highest bid that I was willing to commit to, and I added a little more. Then I added just a little bit more. 🙂 As the auction was about to end the price got higher and higher and higher… Obviously… I won!
In a few long days, that felt like years, the watch was finally here! Needles to say that I checked the tracking at least twice a day. I opened the box and here it was in all it’s glory: THE GLORIOUS!
(If you want to read about another great find, my Holly Grail Citizen, you can do it here, The Citizen Chrono Master 500m diver. )
So… The Glorious, reference 4-770285 Y. Stainless steel case with the perfect finishing. I have never seen another Citizen case polished like this. So precise, so… beautiful. Some say that Grand Seiko is the best when it comes to case polishing, but maybe, just maybe they didn’t see this. The buckle is signed with GC logo and marked stainless steel. No wonder that one buckle alone sold a few years ago with over 700 USD. The black strap was original too but I changed it with a Citizen brown one for the photo shooting because the black one was almost to fragile to handle all the fuss. It was placed for safe keeping along with the GC tag. The winding crown is SS too, with the GC logo. It is made of two parts. The outer part winds it (first position) and sets the time (second position). The inner part (the one with the logo) is used for changing the day and the date. Keep the watch vertical and press it. The date will jump. Turn the watch twelve side down and press it and the day changes alternating English and Japanese.
The dial is simple, white. No luminous material, no useless writing. It doesn’t need to brag about it. So Japanese… The applied polished Citizen and GC logo and printed in black is just enough: Automatic 36000. It is after all a high beat one, 10 per second. And it is no ordinary Leopard. It is the Glorious. In fact it is powered by in-house calibre 7750, gold plated, that has a daily rate in 5 position better than COSC of today. It was guaranteed to be at -2 +3 S/ day! Mine after all these years (made in 1971 September) seems to run at +1S/ day.
Measures (as from Stephen’s blog article HERE ) for Citizen watches:
Standard Excellent Glorious
- Mean daily rate in the 5 positions
S. -3.0 +12.0 E. -1.0 +10.0 G. -2.0 +3.0
- Mean variation of the daily rate
S. 3.2 E. 2.2 G. 1.8
- Maximum variation of daily rate in the same position on two consecutive days
S. 9.0 E. 6.0 G. 4.0
- Difference between horizontal and vertical positions
S. ± 12.0 E. ± 8.0 G. ± 6.0
- Greatest difference between mean daily rate and any individual rate
S. 18.0 E. 12.0 G. 5.0
- Variation of rate per 1 degree centigrade
S. ± 1.0 E. ± 0.6 G. ± 0.3
- Rate resumption
S. ± 9.0 E. ± 5.0 G. ± 4.0
Also, in the same article written by Stephen, you can see the evolution of the best Citizen calibres, starting from the awesome hand winding Chronometer and going through the Chrono Master range with the Elite special and Superior Chronometer and then the Leopards with the Highness.
Each movement is marked with a serial number, and so is the case back. Unfortunately, Citizen doesn’t have an archive to match the two serials. Well.. the case back… beautiful again. What can I say, I love the way it looks, with the gold medallion, like the Chrono Masters. This time we don’t have an eagle inlay but a GC one.
What else? I could talk a lot about it, the simple, elegant look, so understated beauty and power at the same time, so clean and perfect in every way… How can someone not love it? Is this the best vintage Citizen? It could be.
And, one more picture, just because: 🙂 Oh, do’t forget to click on it and magnify it. The details are outstanding.
The Glorious also came in a few other options. Here are a few pictures from the catalogue with some variants, a date only and a solid gold? (or is it Gold Filed? – EGF 100µ?) one. You cab see the price at the time 55 It also came in a slightly different case design and one with dark blue dial. Click the pictures to magnify them for better details.
And here it is a NOS blue dial one (pictures from online seller) found in 2022 February:
To make a long story short, because I could go on and on and on… this is…
The glorious… GLORIOUS!
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It’s Glorious for sure but what about those lugs? 🙂
What about the lugs?
https://polldaddy.com/js/rating/rating.jsWell, I’m not sure I can get on board with shrouded lugs – especially on straps. I know the Glorious lugs are only nearly-shrouded (a la 6186 VFA) but it makes for quite a particular look. Having said that, it’s still Glorious! I wouldn’t say no 🙂
I see your point here and you are right. Nevertheless, somehow it feels right just the way it is in the flesh. After all, as you said, it is the Glorious. 😛 If you ever get the chance to get one, go for it, even with those lugs. 😉
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First I want to mention that I love your site. It has encouraged me to start collecting vintage Citizen watches myself. I have my fathers old Citizen diver, the 62-6198, which he got from his father back in 1970s from Hong Kong, and I just bought a Jet Auto Dater from Japan, which is on it’s way to me in Finland. Thank you for documenting all these vintage Citizen watches – it’s invaluable information for people like myself.
To the reason why I’m posting:
Is that legitimate? Are there any obvious flaws or parts that have been replaced? And is the price fair in your opinion? I found it odd that one is for sale, as it seems to be really rare..
At first sight it looks ok. Tough to judge it 100% without seeing it in the flesh. Try comparing it to the one in my article.