Citizen Watch Company was founded in 1918, in Tokyo, Japan, by the name of Shokosha Watch Research Institute. In 1930, the company took on current name for two reasons. The first reason was a pocket watch called Citizen that Japanese corporation produced in 1924. More importantly, founding fathers concluded that this name will be appealing to all the people around the globe.
During its exciting history, the Japanese watchmakers expanded their business and received a recognition throughout the world. But, the most important part of Citizen’s story was during the last 25 years. In that period, Citizen Watch Company became arguably the world’s largest manufacturer of timepieces.
However, Citizen isn’t recognized just because of its size. It also holds a prominent place as one of the leading producers of advanced technology. Citizen watches include the slimmest LCD timepiece as well as the first watch with a voice recognition and the very first timepiece for diving with an electronic depth sensor. All those achievements just confirm its leadership in a watch making industry.
In concordance to such position is also the company’s breakthrough and success in constructing the cutting-edge Ecological Friendly timepieces, which they achieved with their Citizen Eco-Drive collection. Watches that are part of this collection are powered by both, natural and artificial sort of light. The Timepieces from Eco-Drive line of products by Citizen Watches therefore do not require batteries and are constantly fueled by light. All the models from this series are constructed in Japan, though some are assembled in China.
The Skyhawk A-T series represent yet another technological advance that Citizen Watches applied. These timepieces are able to synchronize with the extremely accurate atomic watches, situated in North America, Japan and Europe.
Citizen Watch Company is also well-known by its timepieces for the collectors. One of those series is a line of products made especially in colors and with the logo of the famous Blue Angels, the oldest flying aerobatic team in the world. These products are from the Citizen Skyhawk A-T series and they include both, Eco-Drive and Atomic Timekeeping, and the bezel with a slide rule which can be used to calculate time, speed, distance and the other needed conversions.
To underline its potency and the leading position on the market, Citizen Watch Company is a proud sponsor of many major sport competitions, such as a tennis tournament, the US Open and the World Figure Skating Championship. Also, several famous athletes are the ambassadors of this Japanese brand.
Citizen watches are preferred by a female golfer, Paula Creamer (also known by her nickname, Pink Panther), an NFL quarterback for the New York Giants, Eli Manning, a NASCAR driver, Matt Kenseth, a Toronto Maple Leafs captain, a hockey player, Dion Phaneuf, and a cricketer, Kevin Pietersen.
Citizen Watch Company is renowned for its cutting-edge products for both men and women. The major series of Citizen watches are Stiletto, World Perpetual A-T, Chrono-Time A-T, Calibre 8700, Calibre 2100, Paladion, Riva, Serano, Normandie, Corso, Lucca, Elektra, Perpetual Calendar, Silhouette, Bangle, Eco-Drive, Titanium, Largo, WR 100, Depth Meter, Promaster, Diver, 20th Anniversary Aqualand, Skyhawk, Nighthawk and Military.