Several weeks’ back, we highlighted our first vintage Citizen inside the #TBT arrangement and the article sent us an unmistakable message: you need to see more with regards to Japan’s other brand (indeed, we know there are more brands beside Seiko and Citizen – we have more in store on that subject as well). Traffic was high for our audit of the 51-2273 to the extent that it really matched the quantity of visits we frequently see from a Seiko posting. In spite of that, I wasn’t anticipating a recurrent commitment unexpectedly early, however I thought the present piece was too energizing to even consider disregarding. What’s more, the way that I just discovered this watch and bought it in and around the hour of composing the last article makes it considerably more energizing – to me at any rate. Today, we should go involved with the Citizen Auto Dater Uni.
That’s correct; the present Citizen Auto Dater Uni was a complete obscure to me until a month prior. It was one of those circumstances where I was doing some late evening perusing up for sale locales, I discovered a sub-kind of Citizens, the Auto Daters, and afterward turned to Google to do some examination. Regularly, prior to doing a great deal of perusing, I switch to Google Images as pictures frequently lead to some fair articles or discussion postings. It was that, some place path down the page, that something other than what’s expected grabbed my attention. The Auto Daters, Citizen’s 1960’s watches that included automatics and dates, are regularly grave dress watches that, occasionally, show a touch of life. The sizes can be huge, the spotless cases clean, and they look truly sharp when dials are dark or are in different tones with some uncommon lume. In any case, as we’ve seen with Seiko too, Citizen frequently applied a model name, like Auto Dater, to watches that were specifically not quite the same as the typical dress style. The Uni is a genuine illustration of this.
Two or three years back, we checked on the Seiko Silver Wave 30M and examined the way that it was actually Seiko’s initial passage into jumping watches. In truth, its 50M archetype was the first, yet the two models were augmentations of an undeniably more standard sub-line, the Sportsmatic. Apparently created as a rushed reaction to the globe’s recently discovered interest with plunging, Seiko basically added a crown worked inner pivoting bezel to a Sportsmatic and, on account of the 50M, expanded the gem alongside adding a screw back. (As an aside, we’ll audit a 50M Silver Wave sooner or later soon – or at whatever point Paul, our inhabitant watchmaker, chooses to get back from a 3-month skiing occasion in Davos and finish them; the measure of bespoke Roger Moore-period Bogner unit this person claims is genuinely astounding.)
On the 30M adaptation, Seiko didn’t give a screw back. All things considered, there were at that point other Sportsmatics evaluated to 30M of water opposition with snap backs.
With the Citizen Auto Dater Uni, we’ve basically discovered the competitor to the Silver Wave that likewise appears to originate before the brand’s initial genuine passage into plunging watch territory.
At first look, the Citizen Auto Dater Uni is a carbon copy for a 60’s time compressor style jump watch with its double crown set up and differentiating inward bezel embed. A more intensive look, however, rapidly permits one to excuse this thought when seeing the strikingly noted 40M of water opposition. Practically, however, the two crowns are comparable in capacity to the EPSA pieces as the top is for internal bezel change and the lower is for winding and time setting. A more profound look to the crown territory shows a smart touch as the cleaned external bezel contains patterns to fit these crowns. In my eyes, it’s an indication that some genuine idea, and speculation, went into the Uni.
The dial and bezel arrangement on the Citizen Auto Dater Uni come together to make it a really appealing piece. Once more, it’s incredibly similar to the Silver Waves, particularly when comparing the applied hour markers. They’re almost indistinguishable! Obviously, the Citizen includes a date window at 3:00, yet the utilization of cursive composition and a differentiating dark bezel just adds to the similarities.
On the Citizen, the bezel contains some fascinating subtleties with lumed dabs at 3/6/9, lumed bolts in the middle and a lumed “T” at 12:00. Everything amounts to some decent contacts that, contingent upon the point, are incompletely clouded by the thick and slanted acrylic gem. Coming back to the dial, plainly there’s some paint misfortune all through. In my exploration, the couple of models I discovered all showed a portion of this, yet the general composition remains.
The full tempered steel case comes in at somewhat over 37mm and sports 18mm drags with some advantageous penetrated lugholes. It’s a genuinely ordinary plan that is long on dial and short on outer bezel. This unquestionably makes the watch look bigger than its size proposes, however 37mm is about amazing in my eyes at any rate. A snap back sits on the underside and keeping in mind that it comes up short on the tidal wave theme on most Seiko’s, it’s genuinely resplendent by Citizen principles. All the model data is there and, once more, the cursive composing returns. This piece accompanied a truly pleasant dabs of rice that is by all accounts of a similar time of the watch. It’s of amazingly top notch and I think it suits the watch. The inventory pictures I found, however, show an alternate style of bracelet.
My research on the Citizen Auto Dater Uni showed that this reference, the ADUS31201-T, appeared around 1964 and was made into 1965. Apparently, nobody knows why the model was named “Uni” however there are other, more fundamental, Citizens with the classification. Possibly, with their amphibian expectations, the watches were named after my #1 sushi? Whatever the case, I discovered 3-4 different instances of this watch online when looking into the model number and additionally the complete name. It’s an uncommon peculiarity in Citizen’s set of experiences that couple of perceived when I initially posted it on Instagram. Discovering one of these will probably expect you to think about purchasing from Japan and I’d surmise that estimating is some place in the $400 – 700 territory. That makes it moderately reasonable for a unique case and the cost appears to be in line, or even a piece underneath, the costs of Silver Waves – particularly the 50M versions.
The Citizen Auto Dater Uni is one more illustration of a vintage watch astounding me with its reality when I thought I had seen everything. I love the exemplary looks and the fabulous wearability. As far as I might be concerned, it resembled finding another Seiko Silver Wave and I do cherish those watches. On the off chance that you have anything to add on this 50+ year old Citizen model, I’d love to hear it!