Apr 4, 2015

1980 Vintage Citizen 8110 Automatic Flyback Chronograph "Soldier"

Citizen 8110 Automatic Flyback Chronograph "Soldier"
Circa 1980

If you've been around people with too many watches for their wrists, you're likely to hear to term "daily beater" quite a fair bit. 

That's the term given to the durable, hard-hitting, resilient (or so we think) watch they have in their collection. It's usually steel, it usually comes in a bracelet, and (to me at least) it's a chronograph so that I can also use it to measure time. 

Others might have a diver with a rotating bezel, but that's apart from the point.

What I'm trying to say is, there are beaters, and there is this guy here.

This watch is a sentinel - built to last in frame and in design. The bold markers on its dial staring the ages in the face, its body a challenge to the ravages of daily wear. 

Armored in a tonneau case, this flyback is built sturdy and strong. The hand-windable automatic chronograph is practical and useful in many everyday situations where you need to record time. Its robust design and construction gives one a confidence that is oft missing from vintages.

The layered dial catches your fancy first and foremost - a sporty chapter ring leads the way into a dial bevelled with three other layers - the date window, the two 12-hour and 30-minute recorders, and the inner dial that sports the Citizen brand. 

White painted hands point out the hours and minutes, marked out clearly by similarly painted hour batons. What I personally like about the batons are how the 5 and 7'O cut into the 30-minute recorder instead of ending abruptly like on other chronographs. 

There's a very likeable symmetry in this one, I tell you.

The highly legible hands are complemented by bright red hands for the chronograph functions, and that's ok with me. I think everyone needs a bit of color to get through the day.

Don't get me wrong - I love Seikos, but this one might just be a nice addition to the chronograph freaks out there. Who doesn't want a flyback chronograph at a manageable cost?

1980 Vintage Citizen 8110 Automatic 
Flyback Chronograph "Soldier"
Hour and minute hands with day-date display
Eng / Kanji day display
Strong matte black dial with deep bevelling
34mm tonneau stainless steel case
44mm lug-to-lug
19mm lug width
8110 automatic flyback chronograph @ 28,800vph
Acrylic crystal
Citizen stainless steel bracelet


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