Citizen 8110 Automatic Flyback Chronograph "Soldier"
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
19mm lug width
8110 automatic flyback chronograph @ 28,800vph
Citizen stainless steel bracelet
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