Today, on #TBT, we’ll investigate a watch that has one of my number one dials, the Citizen Auto Dater Uni ParaWater.
We’ve been plunging all through vintage Citizen for the keep two or three years here on Fratello . We’ve principally covered plunge watches with the odd dressier piece tossed in for great measure. I guarantee to bring considerably more assortment in 2020 and today’s take a gander at the Citizen Auto Dater Uni ParaWater is the initial phase in keeping that goal. I really appreciate vintage Japanese watches and began my gathering by falling head over heels for sportier Seiko pieces. And keeping in mind that I’ve absolutely not “seen it all” with regards to Seiko, they’re unquestionably more all around the world natural. With vintage Citizen, however, I actually feel like I’m amidst the revelation stage and it’s fun.
To attempt to clarify the distinctions could fill an article all alone, yet here are only a couple things I’ve saw: First, Citizen commonly offered a ton of dial variety inside a given reference number and potentially even inside a given model year during the 1960s. Second, they apparently made significantly more dress-type watches with dark dials versus Seiko and these watches regularly utilized huge, lume-filled files that have matured flawlessly. Clue: today’s piece is an illustration of that with a slight bullet. Additionally, my experience is that — and this is a stunner — vintage Citizen dials and lume are frequently found in better condition when compared to Seiko. Possibly this last point is blind karma on my part or proof of being a pickier tracker, yet I once in a while see hints of the notable “wabi-sabi” on a Citizen that’s frequently found on a Seiko contemporary. Lastly, while the Citizen of old doesn’t appear with the reformist hacks like Seiko in the development office, I’ve discovered most to be very powerful and moderately simple to fix. Thus with that, let’s get on to the fundamental act.
Citizen Auto Dater Uni ParaWater
We’ve been down the way of a Citizen “Uni” before with a gander at a twin-crown light jumper (seen over) that was intended for the fight to come with Seiko’s Silver Wave. I announced that watch to be one of my supreme top picks and I keep up that two years after the fact. The looks, the structure factor, and the way that I felt like I discovered something completely startling charmed that part to me. Indeed, if that watch was an astonishment, today’s Citizen Auto Dater Uni ParaWater addresses a flat out disclosure. Truly, I was looking around on a specific Japanese site when I unearthed this dark excellence with a bunch of silly lume plots and my hands froze. What in heaven’s name was this thing? All things considered, it worked out that this watch turns out to be the archetype of the Uni that I had a few years earlier. Let’s say it looks just a little more than different.
Versus its Successor, the AU140801 is More of a Field Watch
If the double crown, turning bezel Uni from 1965 planned to impersonate a genuine plunge watch, this Citizen Auto Dater Uni ParaWater from one year before looks more like a field watch. Known as reference AU140801, the piece we are taking a gander at here today is only one variation in an ocean of same-cased models that regularly contained decent, yet rather common dial plans. This adaptation, however, appears as though something intended for investigating — whether over the ground, in a cavern or submerged down to its as far as anyone knows 40-meter water opposition — and investigating around evening time. Simply investigate the entirety of that damn lume on the dial! The watch that comes to mind most when I’m gazing into its generally shiny dark dial is the 1958 Eterna KonTiki Mk1 from 1958. In any case, this Citizen gets rid of Arabic numerals inside those triangles and sticks with good globs of lume.
Now, for the bullet: This watch does illuminate under UV inside those plots, however I trust it was finished up sooner or later. Also, in what’s somewhat of an abnormality for me, I don’t care (I’ll notice why later). In any case, genuinely, in spite of the consideration of a date window, Citizen was terminating on all chambers with this plan. Simply phenomenal stuff!
A Big Case Makes for a Sublime Package
On its vintage 20mm Citizen clam style steel wristband (which could possibly be unique to the watch), the Citizen Auto Dater Uni ParaWater looks fabulous. Of course, something like a dabs of-rice style arm band would fill in also, however I lean toward the straightforward clam to oblige the solid and likewise fundamental dial. What’s more, this is something I didn’t notice in my Citizen versus Seiko comments: vintage Citizen arm bands are quite often acceptable while Seiko wristbands can be metallic uncomfortable undertakings. In any case, that wristband interfaces with a shapely, however a solid case with hauls that stream from the case. This component denotes somewhat of a takeoff from the frequently spindly carries utilized during that period. It’s likewise much the same as a Rolex case. The watch likewise comes in at an appealing 37-38mm width with a 45mm haul to lug.
The Citizen Auto Dater Uni ParaWater utilizes an unsigned crown as was normal in this period for Citizen. By chance, that crown stuck around on the cutting edge too. Precious stone astute, we have a tall domed acrylic focal point with worked in amplification over the 3:00 date gap. This gem brings the general tallness of the watch to almost 13mm. So indeed, dimensionally, it wears more like an adventurer’s watch versus a thin formal timepiece.
A Fine Movement Sits Inside
Inside the Citizen Auto Dater Uni ParaWater, we discover the type 2400 programmed. That’s a 17 gem development that can be hand-twisted yet shockingly doesn’t take into consideration a brisk set date change. In any case, it’s hearty and keeps great time. Like the Uni we audited previously, this piece additionally contains a snap case back embellished with a wide range of data, for example, the chronic number that discloses to us the watch was made in 1964. This one is fairly worn out, yet all the information is still there if the lighting is in your favor.
Finding One of These is Difficult…
I referenced that I don’t care about a final detail on top of the first lume and that’s on the grounds that these Citizen Auto Dater Uni ParaWater models are ridiculously tough to discover. Maybe a large number of these capitulated to water interruption or possibly they weren’t so mainstream and Citizen didn’t sell many. In any case, I’ve just seen one a greater amount of these come up since I purchased this piece inside the most recent year and a companion was adequately fortunate to land it. His has a somewhat unique dial as “Citizen” is found north of the middle while this model has it beneath. There are likewise variations with blade hands rather than what you see here.
So, I feel pretty alright to have landed one of these paying little heed to it having been refreshed. As to, it’s a truly extreme call. I’d say that somewhere near or north of $800-$1,000 is most likely the correct ballpark, however on the off chance that the watch is in Japan — and it presumably is — all wagers are off and it could go for much more.
Final Thoughts — Citizen Auto Dater Uni ParaWater
When I went to the several months back, just three watches made the excursion with me and this Citizen Auto Dater Uni ParaWater was one of them. That should give you a thought with regards to the amount I revere its looks and by and large feel. It’s a flat out jaw-dropper face to face and, ideally, these photographs do it for least a portion of the equity this plan deserves.