This watch’s history is filled with plenty of speculation, debate, and history. As a whole, Citizen divers from the ’60s-’80s are shrouded in mystery. Citizen produced some standard Seiko-like divers in this time period as well as some very well-regarded pressure-rated quartz divers. These divers were known to be built tough as well; a story from the early ‘80s in Australia documents that the referee 52-0110 (pictured here) was found years later encrusted in a barnacle, entirely, and still ticking!
The reference here is a 52-0110, a standard, rugged, automatic diver with the classic Mercedes hands and legible diver indices. It houses a Citizen Cal 8210A movement, with a power reserve north of 40 hours, in a 40mm case that is rather large for its time. What makes this watch truly unique, however, is its case back stamp. The back of this watch reads “PAF” which in many internet debates, forums, and watch circles can either mean the Pakistani Armed Forces or the Pakistani Air Force. The people who believe the former argue that a dive watch for pilots in the Air Force would be impractical. While most would agree, there exists documentation and photographs of pilots actually wearing these watches. Had the watch been issued to the entire armed forces, people speculate that these neat Citizens could have ended up with the Army, Navy, and Airforce. Either way, the mystery and the debate is what makes this watch not only straight-up cool but as much a conversation piece as any watch.
It is very clear that this watch is no safe queen and it shows it with heavy wear throughout the watch. The case itself measures 40mm wide by 46mm lug to lug and is 14mm thick making this a robust but manageable size. The overall case is in fair condition and appears to have been polished at some point in its lifetime. The original bi-directional friction bezel insert has completely ghosted to a silver grey that has made all markings illegible. Reproduction bezels are available for these watches but it is great to see the original bezel and the stories that it holds. The six notch screw-in case back holds the all-important PAF engraving as well as the reference and serial number.
The Dial and Hands
Much like the case, the dial of this watch shows its age and life as a true tool watch but is complete in its originality. The matte black dial is contrasted by large block style applied hour markers with large lume plots that tell you that legibility and usability were at the heart of the watches design. All of the lume on the hands and hour markers are complete and original with the exception of the missing lume dot on the bezel insert which is missing. The hands are correct and original as well.
The watch is powered by a Citizen/Miyota caliber 8210A. This movement is a 21 jewel automatic movement that features a quick set date. The watch is currently running and keeping good time but the service history is unknown.
The watch comes on a non-original leather strap with buckle.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic Citizen/Miyota Caliber 8210A|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|