Apr 10, 2015

[SOLD] 1977 Vintage Citizen 8110 Bullhead Flyback Chronograph "Panda"

Citizen 8110 Bullhead 
Flyback Chronograph "Panda"
Circa 1977

Who doesn't love a good panda dial? While this pseudo panda might look a bit odd with the extra dial in the 6'O, it's still worthy of collection nonetheless.

Rightly called the Challenge Timer, before collectors started calling it bullhead or easter bunny, the flyback chronograph was produced right up till the 1980s, a smaller offering than Seiko's infamous 6138 bullhead. 

I like how Citizen creates a certain type of symmetry in its dial design, and it all adds up to a nicer looking wrist piece. 

There's a lot of depth to the dial, which gives nerds like me a lot of new things to notice and appreciate every time I look at it.

Three types of hands adorn the chronograph, the sword hour and minute hands playing background to the bright yellow chronograph seconds and scarlet 30-minute and 12-hour totaliser hands. 

The registers sit in the nicely radial patterned sub-dials, giving very good legibility. 

The hands and sub-dials are complemented by the sporty black tachymeter and the outstanding hour markers tipped with lume. 

The timepiece is presented in a banded bracelet, according a little class to the look. I must say that Citizen is starting to impress me quite a bit. Buy it.

1977 Vintage Citizen 8110 Bullhead Flyback Chronograph "Panda"
Hour and minute hands with day-date display
Eng / Spn day display
Panda dial with three sub-dials
37mm stainless steel case
40mm lug-to-lug
19mm lug width
8110 automatic flyback chronograph @ 28,800vph 
Mineral glass crystal
Citizen stainless steel bracelet