It was one of those ordinary Saturday evenings. You know, the sort where you’re furiously duking it out with another bidder who probably hails from a country across the world. Almost certainly, mysterious enemy and I was unable to try and communicate utilizing the verbally expressed word, however yet, there we were, bringing our offers up in idiotically little Japanese Yen-based augmentations, along these lines broadening the closeout each time by a set number of minutes until the thing went about an hour past its booked end mark. He (I’ll speculate that it was a “he”) had likely annoyed his significant other, on the off chance that he had one – we’re watch geeks recall, since it was effectively 10pm in Japan reaching out towards 11. Me? I was headed to sending my significant other insane for developing what was at that point an awfully committed relationship with my telephone. And afterward, on the grounds that nothing occurs without the assistance of the Intermediary (you may recall him for finding a Universal Geneve Nina Rindt at what must be characterized as a Wal-Mart Rollback value), I had his assistance in putting offers and afterward hanging tight for him to horrendously advise me that my combatant had raised by something like $5 to expand the agony. Eventually, I at last struck the unequivocal blow (perhaps I raised by a dazzling $7 and tossed him into confusion) and leveled the other gifted, or dorky, champion and won the damn thing. Without a doubt, at this point, you’re asking, what in the damnation was the focal point of this endless fight? Indeed, it was a duel for an exceptionally minty vintage Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver from 1968. Obviously it was…
For me, vintage Citizen is at present similar to finding observes once more. There’s a ton to learn – like Seiko or some other brand so far as that is concerned – Citizen is its own universe, and it’s unimaginably under the radar – for the time being. Of course, the novel inclination will wear off, however I’m as yet in disclosure mode and notwithstanding my propensity to attempt to ingest however much information in as brief period as could reasonably be expected, I’m putting forth a valiant effort to spread this happiness out for the long haul.
Yes, I’ve referenced in an earlier article on the 51-2273 jumper that social affair data on vintage Citizen is dramatically more troublesome than on account of Seiko in light of the fact that it appears to be that the brand simply didn’t make it out of Japan in numbers until a whole lot later. Yet, that is not the explanation that I’m taking my social event of Citizens gradually. It’s really for a far more troubled explanation: I’m running out of new things to find all in all that regularly appeal to my 60’s-70’s game watch tastes. Yet, the Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver was a watch that I essentially needed to have.
A brisk look at the Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver uncovers a twin-crown watch that might actually be confused with one of the numerous Super Compressors made during the 60’s. Obviously, the Compressor assignment alludes to a case plan that compresses to build water obstruction and the Citizen basically imitates the look. Indeed, it has an inward plunge clock bezel that is worked by turning the upper crown, yet its strategy for fixing is by means of an ordinary screw-down case back. This, alongside 2 non screw-down crowns, help make a watch that is water safe down to 100 meters.
When inspecting the subtleties of the Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver, one can really locate some genuine contrasts from the previously mentioned eponymous Swiss jumpers of the day that make this definitely in excess of a handily discounted Japanese copycat watch. The case plan, in treated steel, for instance, could be depicted as an overstated interpretation of the regular Aquastar plan – or something near the 62MAS. With blocky brushed carries that stream straight out from the case and a made right region where the lash mounts, the case looks enormous and just improves the size of a watch that comes in at almost 44mm in measurement and 50mm from one drag to another. Indeed, if little vintage jumpers are your anxiety, this could possibly be your watch.
Then there’s the Chichen Itza of an acrylic precious stone on the Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver. Alright, that depiction is pushing it, however it contains a tall calculated side that comes to the unexpected edge that frames the level gem surface. As I referenced, it’s tall and it’s unmistakable in a universe of jumpers that essentially highlighted domes.
Another genuine feature for me is the case area between the twin marked crowns. The case sticks outward and is squeezed in the center to help structure to some degree a crown monitor. It’s an odd form that is not rehashed at all on the contrary side of the case. Once more, it’s special and not in any manner section sided like most moderately reasonable watches.
When taking a gander at the dial of the Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver, there’s an undeniable degree of intelligibility. In this form, the dial is matte dark (there are silver, blue and even red adaptations – and a substitute reference called the ), and it sits against a shiny dark pivoting internal bezel. The dial includes a pleasant white cross hair that sprouts from the focal point of the dial and it runs into lume-filled trapezoidal applied markers. Just like the case on so numerous Japanese watches, a day and date can be found and as is additionally the situation on so numerous Japanese watches, it some way or another works here. Indeed, it gives the watch somewhat of a quirky vibe, yet there’s such a lot of land to work with that it streams well.
Quality insightful, the printing looks incredible, as does the applied Citizen name and the protected “7” that sits beneath the Para Water (the model family) name and profundity rating. Concerning hands, a few models inside this family utilize an hour hand that is comparable fit as a fiddle to the minutes hand, yet for this situation we get a very “Rolexian” pointer complete with the lumed Mercedes theme. The range hand contains a lumed candy at its end. These hands, coincidentally, were found on a wide range of Citizen divers.
Inside the Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver is the programmed 5270 type. It beats at a relaxed 18,000 bph, and can be hand wound. Both the day and the date are quickset by means of the lower crown basically by turning it either clockwise or in converse once indent out from the case. My day wheel is shockingly tacky, however all the other things works consummately as this watch seems as though it saw extremely light duty.
The Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver and its sister reference comes up now and again on different closeout destinations. They’re generally famous with Citizen authorities, yet fair forms can in any case be had for around $400 – 650. I’d expect that corrective parts are moderately hard to find, yet the developments are absolutely functional. An ordinary bandy I have with vintage Citizens are the apparently slim chrome coatings they utilized on their base metal crowns, however else they appear to stand up well to the progression of time. This one, incidentally, went ahead an astounding Japanese elastic Bambi tie, however I’ve changed it out for a 20mm Tropic. Regardless of its enormous measurement, the watch is genuinely thin at 12.5mm and functions admirably, however packs presence on my more modest wrist.
The Citizen 2812-Y Seven Star Diver is a commendable piece to add to any assortment, particularly when calculating in its cost. It conveyed respectable water opposition and some truly pleasant present day highlights. Additionally, its size makes it strangely not the same as most watches of now is the ideal time. Indeed, eventually, it was a watch worth winning – notwithstanding captivating in end of the week battle.