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Citizen Kaido Diver

Post by koimaster » January 17th 2022, 10:31am

In Japanese car culture, a “Kaido racer” (sometimes wrongly described as a “Bōsōzoku car”) is an extremely modified Japanese street racing car, usually featuring a massive chin spoiler, bolted-on fender flares, externally mounted oil coolers, enormous wings, “Takeyari” exhaust pipes, wild paint schemes and so on. You get the picture. These cars are extreme, exaggerated rides, and they are loud in every meaning of the word. Owners of these highly customized cars take inspiration from the silhouette racing cars from the late ‘70s to the mid-‘80s, and it appears that the designers at Citizen Watch Corp. have chosen a similar approach for their latest mechanical diver, simply named “Citizen Promaster Mechanical Diver 200m” (Ref. NB6004-08E).

In 1982, the brand introduced the quartz-powered Professional Diver 1300m (which briefly was the dive watch with the highest depth rating). Citizen had opted for an “ultra-airtight” titanium case with four visible screws near the lugs to address the needs of saturation divers, and the knurled crown was located at 9 o’clock to further increase safety.

According to Citizen, the “Professional 1300m […] with a tough four-sided bezel shroud around its thick and strong titanium case, was made in such a way that a Helium escape valve was not necessary.” When it was first introduced, the watch came at a relatively high price of 180,000 yen and was consequently produced in low numbers (plus it was aimed at the small number of professionals who would need such a watch with exceptional water resistance). Two years later, in 1984, slightly less radical 800-meter versions were added to the collection, further establishing the rather industrial-looking design with titanium case, knurled crown and a tall, rotating bezel with trapezoid elements.

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Post by jason_recliner » January 17th 2022, 5:49pm

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January 17th 2022, 4:30pm
Too much bezel, too much money.
A grand is too much? For an ISO diver with an inhouse movement from the most significant manufacturer? Are you out of your mind, man?!?!?!
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Post by jason_recliner » January 17th 2022, 7:21pm

conjurer wrote:
January 17th 2022, 6:22pm
jason_recliner wrote:
January 17th 2022, 5:49pm
3Flushes wrote:
January 17th 2022, 4:30pm
Too much bezel, too much money.
A grand is too much? For an ISO diver with an inhouse movement from the most significant manufacturer? Are you out of your mind, man?!?!?!
Well, it's ugly, too.
Compared to cool watches it's a bit over the top, yes. But as far as dive watches goes it looks great.
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Post by jason_recliner » January 17th 2022, 7:22pm

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January 17th 2022, 6:34pm
I was thinking that if I wanted an ugly watch the size of two stacked hockey pucks, I could just buy an Invicta. with cables and even more fiddly knobs. Maybe even some flame fusion.
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Post by conjurer » January 17th 2022, 7:42pm

jason_recliner wrote:
January 17th 2022, 7:21pm
conjurer wrote:
January 17th 2022, 6:22pm
jason_recliner wrote:
January 17th 2022, 5:49pm
3Flushes wrote:
January 17th 2022, 4:30pm
Too much bezel, too much money.
A grand is too much? For an ISO diver with an inhouse movement from the most significant manufacturer? Are you out of your mind, man?!?!?!
Well, it's ugly, too.
Compared to cool watches it's a bit over the top, yes. But as far as dive watches goes it looks great.
No, it's, like, really fucking ugly. I threw up in my mouth a little when I clicked the link and saw it. My puckered asshole, ringed with dried shit, is better looking than this wartche.
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Post by jason_recliner » January 17th 2022, 7:48pm

conjurer wrote:
January 17th 2022, 7:42pm
jason_recliner wrote:
January 17th 2022, 7:21pm
conjurer wrote:
January 17th 2022, 6:22pm
jason_recliner wrote:
January 17th 2022, 5:49pm
3Flushes wrote:
January 17th 2022, 4:30pm
Too much bezel, too much money.
A grand is too much? For an ISO diver with an inhouse movement from the most significant manufacturer? Are you out of your mind, man?!?!?!
Well, it's ugly, too.
Compared to cool watches it's a bit over the top, yes. But as far as dive watches goes it looks great.
conjurer wrote:
January 17th 2022, 7:42pm

No, it's, like, really fucking ugly. I threw up in my mouth a little when I clicked the link and saw it.
It's a diving instrument so it can look a bit weird as long as it's functional, and it's a cool throwback to the 1300. Which, no doubt, you think is hideous.
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January 17th 2022, 7:42pm

My puckered asshole, ringed with dried shit, is better looking than this wartche.
I've forwarded the link for this post to Romain Jerome.
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Post by 3Flushes » January 18th 2022, 1:20am

jason_recliner wrote:
January 17th 2022, 5:49pm
3Flushes wrote:
January 17th 2022, 4:30pm
Too much bezel, too much money.
A grand is too much? For an ISO diver with an inhouse movement from the most significant manufacturer? Are you out of your mind, man?!?!?!
Read it as $1500 --- withdrawn--- still too much bezel-- as if the rehaut wasn't enough, has it's own chapter ring necessitated by the over texturization of the top (which would look better on the out-facing diameter if they wanted a tie-in to the dial and better gription), it looks to be 7mm of the watches 15mm in thickness, and the bezeliness compresses the diameter of the dial resulting in stubby hands and chopped, half circle hour markers.

I hope you enjoy yours, though.
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Post by jason_recliner » January 18th 2022, 2:17am

3Flushes wrote:
January 18th 2022, 1:20am
jason_recliner wrote:
January 17th 2022, 5:49pm
3Flushes wrote:
January 17th 2022, 4:30pm
Too much bezel, too much money.
A grand is too much? For an ISO diver with an inhouse movement from the most significant manufacturer? Are you out of your mind, man?!?!?!
Read it as $1500 --- withdrawn--- still too much bezel-- as if the rehaut wasn't enough, has it's own chapter ring necessitated by the over texturization of the top (which would look better on the out-facing diameter if they wanted a tie-in to the dial and better gription), it looks to be 7mm of the watches 15mm in thickness, and the bezeliness compresses the diameter of the dial resulting in stubby hands and chopped, half circle hour markers.

I hope you enjoy yours, though.
Nah, the tall knurled bezel is awesome. Perfectly grippy when one's wearing dive gloves. Pure functional awesome. It reminds me of a Japanese drift car from the 90s.
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Re: Citizen Kaido Diver

Post by jason_recliner » January 18th 2022, 2:35am

3Flushes wrote:
January 18th 2022, 1:20am

I hope you enjoy yours, though.
Well, I wouldn't buy one, obviously. I'm single, I need to be able to meet people. Can you imagine the conversation? It's a dive watch. Oh, have you just come from a dive? No. Are you on your way to go diving? No.
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Re: Citizen Kaido Diver

Post by 3Flushes » January 19th 2022, 2:55am

jason_recliner wrote:
January 18th 2022, 2:17am
3Flushes wrote:
January 18th 2022, 1:20am
jason_recliner wrote:
January 17th 2022, 5:49pm
3Flushes wrote:
January 17th 2022, 4:30pm
Too much bezel, too much money.
A grand is too much? For an ISO diver with an inhouse movement from the most significant manufacturer? Are you out of your mind, man?!?!?!
Read it as $1500 --- withdrawn--- still too much bezel-- as if the rehaut wasn't enough, has it's own chapter ring necessitated by the over texturization of the top (which would look better on the out-facing diameter if they wanted a tie-in to the dial and better gription), it looks to be 7mm of the watches 15mm in thickness, and the bezeliness compresses the diameter of the dial resulting in stubby hands and chopped, half circle hour markers.

I hope you enjoy yours, though.
Nah, the tall knurled bezel is awesome. Perfectly grippy when one's wearing dive gloves. Pure functional awesome. It reminds me of a Japanese drift car from the 90s.
Tall? That thing is the Empire State Building of bezels. The polished knurls wouldn't even rate a 2 on the ISO gription standard for Christ's sake.
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