Today, on #TBT we investigate a Citizen Crystron Diver, a really fulfilling watch that won’t burn up all available resources. Truth be told, a visit to the bank probably won’t be necessary.

I never tire of featuring the blow for blow conduct showed by Seiko and Citizen . Nowadays, the heavyweight Japanese pair duke it out yet it’s more subtle on the grounds that they’re likewise engaging it out with others. Yet, harking back to the ’70s and ’80s, things genuinely went to and fro like an Ali-Frazier bout.

High-beat developments, quartz, and sun based embody only a portion of the advances where the two followed each other in lockstep. In 1973, Citizen appeared its first quartz watch under the Crystron name. This addressed Seiko’s before Astron. The Crystron name was utilized all the way into the following decade across model kinds. One such model was the Citizen Crystron Diver.

(l to r) The Seiko 7548 and Citizen Crystron Diver – both from 1981

Quartz Diver History

For somebody such as myself, it’s difficult to accept that 1980 is presently 40 years of age. As far as I might be concerned, this decade actually feels generally present day, yet it was as yet a developmental time for quartz watches. They were as yet seen as semi-extraordinary and they were costly. Be that as it may, they’d effectively demonstrated themselves to be really precise and solid. Thusly, it’s nothing unexpected that jumpers were a conspicuous application for a particularly strong style of movement.

We covered the first Seiko Golden Tuna ref. 7549 that appeared in 1978 as the main expert quartz jumper. It was an extraordinarily costly wonder, yet Seiko offered a more reachable 150-meter choice with the 7548 . We’ve referenced this watch commonly in light of the fact that its case configuration stays being used on the most recent Seiko 5 Sports . Alluding back to our quid quo star comment, Citizen had a lesser-known response for this in the Crystron Diver.

The Citizen Crystron Diver addressed the Seiko 7548

There’s an appalling lack of data about vintage Citizen on the web. Truth be told, the vast majority of what is out there is a compilation of gathering proof shared by authorities. Accordingly, it’s difficult to sort out when today’s model appeared. What I can advise you is this reference (4-732316) dates to 1981 and I’ve seen another from 1980. That puts it directly in a similar time as the Seiko 7548.

Running Down the Specs

This Citizen Crystron Diver flaunts a spotless c-case in 43mm. The length is a comfortable, however not very enormous 45mm and the thickness comes in at a quartz-fitting 12mm. Resident was somewhat in front of Seiko in making the outer bezel unidirectional. Even after just about 40 years, the 60-click activity is firm with no slop. The knurling is quite pleasant too and shows a cool example that rehashes like clockwork around the circuit. Resident went with a level mineral glass as was common as of now for a moderate plunge watch. Mine displays a few scratches that I can live with. That’s something worth being thankful for in light of the fact that substitutions are no longer available.

From a water fixing viewpoint, the 150-meter Crystron Diver utilizes a strong screw-in (strung) case back. I’ve not endeavored to eliminate this, yet there are gives an account of different gatherings expressing that Citizen really fixed these things. Additionally, an all around estimated unsigned screw-down crown is settled between some outrageously cool incorporated crown watches. Those crown monitors address one of only a handful few activities in eccentricity on what is basically a metal tacks jump watch. Inside, the watch is fueled by the 5-gem type 7302A quartz development. This development appeared during the 70s and is known to be robust.

Familiar Design Cues

If you’re a devotee of Citizen plunge watches, the Crystron Diver acquires a plan attribute imparted to its mechanical partners. The spade-molded hour hand and seconds hand with rectangular pip are natural. The 51-2273 appeared above demonstrates this. As an aside, Citizen delivered a Crystron partner to the 51-2273 with an almost indistinguishable case at the same time as my c-cased example. Commercials reveal to us that the Crystron retailed for more than twofold the cost of the mechanical variation at somewhere near ¥45,000!

Returning to the dial on the Crystron Diver, I am a colossal fanatic of the plan. I feel that the hands are totally one of a kind and I wish Citizen had utilized them in lieu of the Mercedes type and whatever they’re utilizing presently. How regularly does a watch brand really make something genuinely paramount? The remainder of the dial shows some decent perfect plan. The applied records are neat and the day/date window isn’t irksome. You’ll note the Japanese kanji and that’s on the grounds that this was obviously a JDM-just piece. At long last, the intense bezel embed matches well and appears to be somewhat unique than other Citizen divers.

Other Random Thoughts

When I discovered this Crystron Diver in Japan, I didn’t respect the elastic tie. Incidentally, this 20mm lash was essentially Citizens answer to Seiko. For a watch dating to 1981, the elastic feels significantly more like Seiko lashes from the last part of the 1960s. In the event that you realize the waffle type, you get my essence. It’s firm, however some way or another entirely comfortable on the wrist. The simple framed wire pin clasp likewise adds to the general vintage character of this cool piece.

I know there are a significant number of you out there who aren’t intrigued by quartz watches. I sort of get that. What I don’t get is the visually impaired excusal of a very much made quartz device watch that was really something exceptional when it was first created. The Crystron Diver falls into that class. When close by, it feels weighty, strong, and as great as vintage jumpers costing commonly more. I’ve been investing some genuine energy with my Synchron-time Doxa SUB 300 Sharkhunter and I truly like that watch. Today’s Citizen flaunts a comparable shape and I don’t think it quits any pretense of anything as far as quality. It likewise costs quite significantly less to acquire.

The reference 4-732316 Crystron Diver doesn’t appear frequently outside of Japan. In any case, if you’re patient or want to voyage some notable Japanese commercial centers, you can score one of these for $150-300 relying upon condition and bidder interest. Regardless of the powertrain, I can’t help however call that a crushing arrangement. This watch looks fabulous on the wrist, can match well with quite a few lashes, and it runs complain free. Truly, who can groan about that?

Hopefully, today’s article on the Citizen Crystron Diver gives you a commendable and moderate option in contrast to the Seiko 7548. I likewise think there are a lot of people out there — maybe much really during the hour of distributing — who want a sound vintage jumper without straying into the red. I think this watch scores on both accounts.

 

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