In 1959, Japanese company Citizen produced Japan’s first ever water-resistant wrist watch, dubbed the “Parawater”. Parawater was rated to a depth of 50 metres, although 50 meters might not seem very impressive in today’s watch world. It is important to note that during the unveiling of the Parawater, 50m was better than anything else that Japan had put out during that era. Citizen was so proud of this achievement that early Parawaters had their citizen logo replaced with “Parawater”.
This particular watch features an alarm mechanism that produced a distinctive buzzing sound, amplified by the wide flanges on the caseback to allow more reverberation. The alarm can be set and wound using the topmost winding crown, which moves the small arrow-shaped alarm hand. The case is a solid steel and has a mirror finish to it, and is in great condition. Dial has a gorgeous silver sunburst effect, and segments of the applied indices are layered with a very brightly glowing lume, untouched since original production!
Citizen is, strictly speaking, an electronics company, but they are best known as a watch manufacturer. The company was founded in 1930 by Japanese and Swiss investors. Among some of Citizen’s personal achievements in watchmaking are; the development of radio-controlled atomic watches that could be synchronised to an atomic clock that was accurate to within one second in one hundred thousand years, a three pronged quartz movement that claimed to be accurate within +/- 10 seconds a year and had a sweeping seconds hand, and the Eco-Drive watches that ran on solar power with a supplementary quartz movement.
Servicing and Guarantee
This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly. There is a 12-month guarantee, subject to the usage and care guidelines.
Case and Strap
- Stainless steel classic case
- Screw-down caseback, specially designed to amplify alarm
- Two winding crowns, top for alarm and bottom for timesetting
- Acrylic crystal
- Brand new 18mm calf leather strap
- Width w/o crown 37mm
- Width w/ crown 40mm
- Full height 43mm
- Thickness 13mm
- Strap 18mm
Dial and Hands
- Silver sunburst dial
- Date indicator at 3 position
- Lumed baton style hands
- Fourth extra arrow-style hand to indicate alarm
- Applied indices with brightly glowing lume
- Citizen 3102 calibre
- Manual wind
- 21 jewels
- 50hr power reserve
- Sweep seconds
- Testing duration: 2 weeks cyclic test
- Average timekeeping range: 15-30 secs/day
- Power reserve: 50 hours
Servicing and Guarantee
- Fully serviced.
- Mechanics in full working order.
- 12-month guarantee.
- Guarantee Terms and Conditions.