Re-issued/Re-printed watch models are quite popular in today’s watch industries. Over the last couple of years, we often see manufacturers release “NEW” reissue/reprint watch models to commemorate their watch history and success.
Just last month, Citizen collaborated with BEAMS, a privately-owned Japanese company, known as a pioneer of lifestyle retailing, together released a collaboration Citizen Beams watch. The two parties chose the “Citizen Chronograph Challenge Timer” as the base model.
The Citizen Bullhead Chronograph watch was the company’s first full-size chronograph model that was released back in 1973. The Citizen Bull head was a very popular model during the seventies era, it even appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s film, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood“, where Brad Pitt was identified wearing the iconic Citizen 8110 Bullhead Chronograph in gold, pair with a brown leather bund strap.
The pair of push buttons on the 11 and 1 o’clock looks like horns, which in Japanese is called ‘tsuno’, hence the nickname “Tsuno Chrono”. The watch is available in two colors, gold and silver, both of which are reminiscent of the original colors and designs of the time.
From the smooth streamlined case and the high-contrast design with black colors throughout, you can feel the good old retro-futuristic atmosphere peculiar to the 70’s. In addition to a compact case with a diameter of about 38 mm, it comes with a vintage style slick straight link design watch band, a neat and thin belt is used, so it is attractive to wear comfortably on your wrist. Luminescent paint is applied to the index and hands, making it easier to see in the dark.
The Citizen “Tsumo Chrono” quartz watch is finished with a BEAMS logo at the case back and packaging with nickname “Tsumo Chrono” written on it. Those interested can head over to BEAMS where it retails for ¥28,600 JPY (approximately $250.00 USD). The Citizen Bullhead Chronograph watch is definitely one of my favorite vintage Japanese chronographs. It definitely has the looks, and the price is well within my price range.
Specifications / Details
-Drive system: Quartz
-Case diameter: Approx. 38 mm
-Case thickness: Approx. 10 mm
-Lug width: Approx. 18 mm
-Windshield: Crystal glass
-Case-Belt: Stainless steel
-Waterproof: 5 bar waterproof
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Written by Sam
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