Citizen Is 100 Years Old. Do You Remember The Panda Watch Made For China?

Citizen, a Japanese watch brand, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary in Beijing. The predecessor of the Citizen Company was the Japan Shanggongshe Timepiece Research Institute, which was founded in 1918. The CITIZEN chronograph product was produced in 1924 and is a pocket watch. At the time, the mayor of Tokyo, Goto Shinpei, hoped that this Japanese-made pocket watch would become a product that ‘is close to and loved by CITIZEN, that is, all citizens of the world.’ For the 100th anniversary this year, at the Basel Watch Fair, Citizen specially launched the concept of a pocket watch equipped with the Cal.0100 movement, in commemoration of this pocket watch in 1924. The Cal.0100 movement achieves an annual error of 1 second, which is currently the highest precision light kinetic energy movement. The history of Citizen may be learned from the following years. Shockproof watches In April 1956 (Showa 31), Citizen launched Japan’s first watch with a shockproof device. Around the time, the new watch was dropped from helicopters and roofs of high-rise buildings 30 meters above the ground to verify its shock resistance to the public. For the next six years, this public verification event will be held every year. At that time, many watches were afraid of falling, water and dust and needed careful protection. With the appearance of this device, the problem of ‘fear of falling’ was solved. Since then, Citizen has developed waterproof watches to continue to meet the needs of daily wear. Shell watch In July 1983 (Showa 58 in Japan), in the sea near Australia’s Long Reef Beach, someone found a waterproof watch made by Citizen. The discoverer took the watch out of the shell and found it was still gone. Later, the watch was sent to a local branch of Citizen Watch Company. Citizen’s technicians judged from the large number of shells and appendages attached to the watch that this ‘shell watch’ had been sleeping deep on the sea floor for a long time. This ‘shell watch’ was not developed for ‘deep-sea experiments’, it was just a coincidence on the ocean floor. ‘Panda Watch’ Established diplomatic relations between China and Japan in 1972. China presented two Japanese pandas Kangkang and Lanlan to the Japanese government. The two pandas lived in the Ueno Zoo in Japan, and they were also very popular at the time. In 1972, Citizen released the Golden Dragon Watch, a symbol of China Day friendship. In 1973, China-Japan diplomatic relations resumed normalization, and the China-Japan diplomatic relations commemorative edition watch ‘Panda Watch’ was launched. Solar-powered watch In 1976, Citizen launched the first solar-powered analog quartz watch, and ‘Eco-Drive’ technology was born. Light kinetic energy can absorb any visible light source and convert it into kinetic energy to drive the watch without frequent battery replacement, while avoiding environmental pollution caused by waste batteries. The Eco-Drive watch has won many awards for Citizen because of its value to the environment. This year in Basel, Citizen launched three new watches in its flagship Eco-Drive One series. Eco-Drive One was to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the birth of Citizen’s Eco-Drive Technology, which debuted at Basel 2016. The new Eco-Drive One watch released this time continues the design of the 1mm movement, the entire watch is 2.98mm (design value), and uses Citizen’s independently developed super titanium, so the watch is both light and strong. Satellite timekeeping watch In 2011, Citizen invented a ‘Satellite Wave’, a leading technology for satellite timekeeping. The watch can receive standard time signals transmitted by GPS navigation satellites, and can display accurate time and date anywhere in the world. Combined with light kinetic energy technology, satellite timekeeping watches do not require frequent battery changes, nor do they need to set the time through complex operations such as rotating the crown. This table currently covers all 40 time zones of existing UTC. It can automatically capture GPS satellite signals 20,000 kilometers from the earth, automatically adjust the time and date, and complete the time synchronization in the fastest 3 seconds. This year in Basel, Citizen launched two new F-GPS solar-powered GPS satellite timekeeping watches. The design of the F990 is the same as the original case. The glass bezel has a built-in earth pattern surrounded by a metal ring. But the materials are different. The new model uses lightweight super titanium (replaces the original ceramic), which is thinner and more comfortable to wear. The gossip rabbit is only original, welcome to repost!

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