1970s CITIZEN VINTAGE 52-0110 CHALLENGE DIVER WATCH (100 % GENUINE). It had been since 1960s to 1970s, Japan watch industries to include Citizen and Seiko has invented their own diver watch series ranging from the so called'recreational diver' to those'professional diver or true diver' watch.They are coming in different water resistance level as well ranging from 70m-300m. 70m-100m are usually categorized under recreational diver whereby 150m-300m will be falling under true professional diver watch. It may be due to the heavy competition among Seiko and Citizen plus against Swiss watch industries, hence resulting in many strong, unique, and rare timepieces available nowadays. Seiko has been actively producing their'so called' true diver watch since 1965s begin with 6217, 6105, 6306, and 6309. They are all very famous nowadays among Seiko Collector.
On the other end, Citizen had also produced their own true diver watch since 1963s. Compared to Seiko, Citizen has more 150m diver model watch and each of the models have different calibers. Some of the models are SADS 52801-Y, AUDS 52802, 62-5370, 65-5372, 62-6198, 52-0110. Due to the information about Citizen Diver is not much available, hence a lot of early diver watches are unknown to collector nowadays.
However, there are two models that are very famous nowadays, which are 62-6198 and 52-0110. Both of them are often known as Citizen Challenge Diver. They are mostly produced on early 1971 to 1978s.During this Quartz crisis era, there are many professional diver watches already available as well such as Crystron 150 and 600 and both of them are much more expensive compared to those challenge divers. Talking about the example here, it is the famous Citizen Challenge Diver 52-0110. It was first produced in 1977s and IMHO, it was the direct rival to Seiko Turtle 6306/6309 as they were produced during the same era. However the popularity of Seiko Turtle had exceeded Citizen in that era.
However, to me, they are all are the best diver watches ever produced by Japan watch industries. Citizen 52-0110, in my opinion, is the handsome watch ever made. It is a true diver watch as it has fulfilled every requirements to be a true diver watch such as over 100m water resistance, screw down crown and case back, bezel, big luminous plot on dials markers and hands and super thick crystal. Not to forget the robust Citizen movement, Caliber 8210A. Citizen Caliber 8210 is 21 jewels movement beating at 21600 bph.
This movement doesn't hack however it can be hand wound and has quick set date feature. This movement is one of the most durable and robust movement ever invented by Citizen and it is famous to work very stable even never serviced for many years. Citizen 52-0110 is equipped with bi-directional bezel and come with black aluminum insert and big round lume pip in the 12 o'clock position. The bezel is quite thick and the coin edges are quite deep hence make it easier to grip and turn. Due to high bezel design, many of Citizen Challenge divers have severely scratched bezel inserts.Beside huge and thick bezel, 52-0110 is also equipped with thick mineral crystal that sits quite high on the bezel. The thickness of crystal is similar to the one used on Seiko 6105 which is slightly domed. The use of the thick mineral crystal telling us that this watch is being designed as a true diver watch. Looking under the thick crystal, we will be able to enjoy the beautiful matte black dial with those big rectangular raised chrome hour markers filled with huge lume plots. Being the true diver watch, the dial design offer high legibility especially in low light conditions. Though 52-0110 Challenge diver is not really considered very rare watch but finding one in completely good and original condition are extremely difficult. Most of them have water moisture that can be seen on the dial plus severely worn out dial, bezel, and case. Being japan vintage diver watch collectors, this watch is definitely not to be missed out. CITIZEN 52-0110 was one of the most iconic CITIZEN diver timepieces produced in mid to end 1970s era. It is one of the most handsome divers ever produced. Being the sporty tool watch, it comes with a lot great features including 40mm big case size, which is perfect size for diver watch and even many Swiss brands still maintain this size for their diver watches.
Is well constructed with thick stainless steel, however it is not too thick and it has a great bright polishing as well. Running inside this watch is venerable Citizen Caliber 8210, which is one of the most robust calibers ever produced and is true workhorse. Beside movement, this example of watch is also equipped with handsome dial which is plain and matte black in color. Equipped with the thick mineral crystal, you will be able to enjoy true piece of art. The big square lume markers are fully polished hence they are very bright and shiny.
Due to big square markers, the lume plots are huge as well, which is perfect for aiding visibility under the water while diving. Some of the 52-0110 still maintaining the same bright green color even after 40 years and some of them are still glowing. Last but not least, Citizen 52-0110 is the real tool diver that will be great for those like to have underwater adventures. For diver watch collector, it is a must to have as well to add on to your collections. Case Lug to Lug Height: 46mm.
Crystal: Citizen Dome Mineral Crystal. Strap: Genuine Citizen Challenge Diver Tropic Strap with Signed Citizen Buckle. Box/Papers: No Box, No Papers. For further details about every aspect of the watch, please refer to the high quality pictures attached carefully.It is a pre-owned vintage watch but it comes in good shape condition in my opinion. There is no such thing as a perfect for over 40 years pre-owned watch. The most important part is the condition is 100% genuine. Despite the age, this watch is still running strong and maintains good accuracy. It is proven that the Citizen Caliber 8210 is really a true workhorse that still being used by Citizen nowadays.
Genuine Citizen 52-0110 Matte Black Dial is in extremely good condition and remains untouched (NO Re-Dial, Re-Condition, or Re-Lume). The chrome frame lume markers are rectangular in shape and raised. Due to the huge size of square lume markers, the lume plots are wide as well and filled with very bright green lume.
If we notice, it is pretty much similar with markers on Seiko 6105. The'Citizen' logo is made from metal and applied on the dial. Below the logo is the notation of'Automatic' in silver white color. Above 6 o'clock have three lines of notation, which are'21 Jewels, Water Resistant, 150M' and all of them are in the same white silver color as the word'Automatic'.The date window on the 3 o'clock also being framed with rounded edges chrome frame and there are small square lume filled section near the right of the date window. Overall condition of this dial is clean and in beautiful state and the lume plots are very clean as well. The hour markers are very shiny and there are no sign of rust or corrosion on them. Genuine Hand Sets with matching lume plots color with the hour markers and bezel insert remains untouched (NO Re-condition or Re-lume). One of the most unique characteristic of the Citizen 52-0110 is the huge and short Mercedes style hour hand while the minute hand is pointed sword style. Overall the condition of the hands are very good and the lume plots color on the hands are matching well with the bezel and hour markers. Please refer to high quality pictures attached. Bezel and Insert are original. Bezel Insert is in good state with some small hairlines scratches, which may be due to usage in the past. Bezel rotation is bidirectional and turns in friction and very smooth as well. The silver anodized paint numbers are all still very clear and crisp despite the age. The silver anodized effect is one of the characteristic of original bezel as only genuine bezel will have this type of paint effect. Please refer carefully to pictures attached.
Citizen 52-0110 is equipped with the true workhorse 8210 caliber that have both auto and hand winding capability and running at 21600 bph. The movement is not hack-able, but has quick-set date function.
It is currently functioning well and runs smoothly though it has been over 40 years old timepiece. Note: Back case gasket has already replaced with new one. The case is being constructed to be very solid and bold with 40mm diameter and about 13mm thick, which is the perfect size for a diver.
The finishing contains both brushed face and polished body. Citizen 52-0110 has very thick lugs with 20mm lug to lug width.The case back itself is the screwed down type, which is normal for diving purpose watch. Condition of the case is pretty good with some light scratches due to normal usage in the past. Note that we didn't do polishing on the case in order to keep the original condition of vintage watch. There are some hairlines scratches on it. In my opinion, the crystal had been maintained quite well for over 40 years old watch. The crystal is super thick that flat externally but it is much'dome' internally. The use of such thick crystal told us that Citizen really designed the watch purposely to be strong and robust tool watch for diver. To add on, the dome crystal effect makes the face of the watch looks truly work of arts. Please refer carefully on the high quality pictures attached.
The crown is screwed down crown type in order to achieve greater water resistance. This unsigned crown is huge and easy to grab.
Besides that, the crown comes with tube screw down system and large threads. This is to prevent user from accidentally cross thread and damage it. Overall, the condition of the crown is very good.There is no issue with screwing down and lock it to the watch body. Genuine Citizen Challenge Diver Tropic strap.
Tropic strap was very famous in 1970s and usually being used for diver watch as it is very durable. Overall, the strap condition is pretty good with only slight aging. The tropic strap is equipped with stainless steel original Citizen Challenge Diver with signed buckle. Time and Date Indicator display.
It is automatic movement with quick-set date feature. The movement is able to hand-wind, however it doesn't have the hack-able function for second hands.Currently, all of the functions in the watch are in good working condition. This timepiece is only come with used authentic Citizen Tropic Strap and Buckle. As this is vintage watch, there is no guarantee for the watch being waterproof. Please review all the pictures carefully.
We will reply to you very soon. We are watch enthusiast and not an authorized dealer for any company. The item "CITIZEN CHALLENGE DIVER 52-0110 VINTAGE WATCH FOR MEN, CIRCA 1977s, (GOOD COND)" is in sale since Tuesday, March 19, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches". The seller is "vintage_path" and is located in Singapore.
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