History

1918-1959
Origins and Progress

Our story begins in the late Meiji and Taisho period years (early 1900s - late 1920s),
at the dawning of the modern timepiece industry in Japan.
Timepiece and jewelry dealer Kamekichi Yamazaki made a tour of pocket watch manufacturing sites in countries such as Switzerland and the U.S.
— then renowned for timepiece manufacturing — and returned with a strong desire to localize production of pocket watches.
In 1918, he established the Shokosha Watch Research Institute, forerunner of Citizen Watch,
going on to found Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. in 1930, and releasing the first men's wristwatch (10-1/2F) a year later.
The company enjoyed a smooth start helped by the public and private sentiment of the time which favored purchase of domestically-produced goods.
There were so many orders it could not keep up with demand,
and ended up expanding the Yodobashi factory and building a new factory in Tanashi City.

1924

Timepieces

CITIZEN

Completion of the first pocket watch bearing the name of the present-day company. Features such as a proprietary screw design were part of plans to establish the company's independence as a domestic watch manufacturer.

1931

Timepieces

CITIZEN model F

Citizen's first men's manually-wound wristwatch. A long-running product manufactured until 1957.

1935

Timepieces

CITIZEN model K

Citizen's first women's manually-wound wristwatch.

1937

Machine Tools

Automatic Bench Lathe "B-0"

Creation of a precision machine for use in-house commenced immediately after establishment, and 1937 saw the successful development of the B-0 Automatic Lathe. It later became the prototype for the Cincom.

1940

Timepieces

CITIZEN model L

Citizen's first (rectangular) two-hand women's wristwatch. The debut of rectangular movements of 12.7mm x 19.25mm (thickness, 3.6 mm) led to a range of design variations to enhance the appearance of women's hands.

1948

Timepieces

CITIZEN A CENTER SECOND

Citizen's first men's manually-wound wristwatch with a central seconds hand. It featured a dedicated transmission wheel installed above the third wheel and pinion.

1949

Timepieces

CITIZEN CENTER SECOND

The first manually-wound wristwatch with a central sweeping seconds hand manufactured in Japan. Called the "New Citizen" as it was the first product to be developed following the war.

1951

Timepieces

Citizen Pet

Citizen's first 6-beat new design manually-wound wristwatch. The first product employing "broaching" to cut holes in the main plate component.

1952

Timepieces

CITIZEN CALENDAR

The Japan's first men's manually-wound wristwatch with a calendar. Equipped with three push buttons, it let the user set the month, date, and day.

1956

Timepieces

CITIZEN Parashock

Citizen's first manually-wound wristwatch featuring Para-Shock - its full-scale shock resistance mechanism.

1957

Machine Tools

Sliding Head Precision Automatics "C-7"

A Swiss-type cam-operated single-axis automatic lathe with a guide bush. Also enables drilling of holes with the triple-drilling attachment.

Other

Measuring Instruments "TRI-METRON" "NEW-METRON"

Developed and manufactured in-house as measurement devices for measuring wristwatch components.

1958

Timepieces

Alarm

The Japan's first men's manually-wound wristwatch with an alarm bell. A hammer struck the back cover for 10 seconds at the set time.

Timepieces

Super Deluxe

This wristwatch achieved a level of quality and durability recognized as "Particularly excellent" by a Swiss chronometer testing organization.

1959

Timepieces

CITIZEN Parawater

The Japan's first fully waterproof manually-wound wristwatch. The prototype on which current waterproof timepieces are based.

1960-1969
Trailblazing

From around 1961, Citizen began external sales of machine tools, expanding into international sales channels also.
In October 1964, the Tanashi Factory was renamed Tanashi Manufacturing,
and as the company grew in scale it began making products other than timepieces,
culminating in five independent facilities making components, measurement instruments, precision machinery, office equipment, and trial manufacture.
Although the main priority was still responding to demands from the timepiece division,
they began delving into fields in which to leverage the micron-level precision machining technology
and mass production technology cultivated in the timepiece industry.

1961

Timepieces

Jet

The Japan's slimmest men's self-winding wristwatch. A new take on the center second.

1962

Timepieces

Chronometer

Citizen's first men's high-accuracy self-winding wristwatch to receive an excellent grade in "Chronometer Certification."

Timepieces

CITIZEN Diamond Flake

The world's slimmest men's center second self-winding wristwatch.

1965

Timepieces

Crystal Seven

The world's slimmest men's self-winding wristwatch with calendar. The first series in the world to employ "Crystal Glass."

Electronics

Electric Adding Machine "CA10"

An electric adding machine with mechanical calculator functions and numeric key-pad linked register, developed in a bid to enter the office machinery field and leverage accuracy technology cultivated in timepiece manufacture.

1966

Timepieces

CITIZEN X8

The Japan's first men's full-scale electronic wristwatch. It realized astounding performance — a wristwatch that would run for a year in an era of mechanical wrist watches.

1967

Timepieces

Crystal Seven Custom Niagara

The first product to exhibit color in the dials and markings.

1969

Information Systems

Printer for Electric Desktop Calculator "P12"

A compact movable-type printer developed for use with an electronic calculator. It printed in two colors - red and black.

Electronics

Electric Cash Resister "CR7, CR8"

An electric cash register with built in movable-type printer.

1970-1979
Freedom

This period was characterized by the transition from mechanical to quartz timepieces.
The X-8, developed in 1966, represented a milestone — the first domestically-produced electronic wristwatch.
This dream watch employed a transistorized moving-coil-type balance wheel and ran for a year without stopping.
It outstripped sales of mechanical watches that had previously been top sellers,
and went on to become the hit product of the 70s.

1970

Information Systems

Mini-printer for POS "MP series"

A serial impact dot printer developed for integration into POS registers. It printed in two colors - red and black.

Information Systems

Non-electric Typewriter "X3"

A manual typewriter, developed for the office machinery product.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "D16"

The world's first ever NC automatic lathe. The first machine to bear the Cincom brand name. A top-selling machine that won the Gold Award at the West German Leipzig Trade Fair.

1971

Timepieces

Hi-sonic

The Japan's first tuning-fork type electronic wristwatch. It represented success in accuracy improvements with a transition from daily variation to monthly variation.

1973

Timepieces

Challenge Timer Chronograph

Citizen's first full-scale self-winding wristwatch with chronograph functions.

Timepieces

Citizen Quartz

Citizen's first quartz wristwatch. Followed shortly by Crystron.

Motors

Spur Gearhead "RB-35P"

ø35mm spur reduction gears.

1974

Timepieces

QUARTZ LIQUID CRYSTAL

Citizen's first men's digital quartz wristwatch.

Automated Assembly Machinery

12 Station Rotary Indexing Machine "Synecton M55"

The base machine for a 12-station rotary index table automated assembly machine. Configured along with each type of unit.

Machine Tools

Micro-Turn "E32"

Developed in response to requests from users struggling with the difficulties of secondary machining, this machine has tools at 16 stations, and enables milling and turning machining.

1975

Timepieces

Crystron LC

The Japan's first women's digital wristwatch.

Timepieces

CITIZEN Crystron Mega

The world's first high precision quartz achieving accuracy of within ±3 seconds per year.

Information Systems

Dot Impact Printer

Citizen's first printer for office computers.

1976

Timepieces

Crystron LC Alarm

The world's first digital alarm wrist watch.

Timepieces

CITIZEN Crystron Solar Cell

The world's first analog quartz watch with rechargeable solar batteries. Battery replacement not required — the first results produced by forward-thinking eco-friendly product development.

Crystals

Tuning Fork Crystal Unit of Cylinder Type for a clock "CFS308/206"

Best suited for portable devices with excellent impact resistance.

1977

Jewelry

CITIZEN 5C Diamond

The brand name represents the 4Cs of diamond quality standards with the addition of the C of Citizen.

1978

Timepieces

CITIZEN Exceed Gold

In this ultra-slim men's luxury quartz wristwatch, the movements were cut to less than 1mm — a world first.

Timepieces

CITIZEN DIGI-ANA

The Japan's first full-scale combination analog/digital quartz wristwatch.

Crystals

Tuning Fork Crystal Unit of Cylinder Etching Type "CFS145"

Best suited for portable devices with excellent impact resistance. For a clock source in Communication/AV/OA/ measuring instruments.

Automated Assembly Machinery

Free Flow Line "Synecton M400F"

A base machine for free cycle-type automated assembly machines. The line can be set in units of 2 meters to achieve the optimum line length.

Other

Magnetic Micro-buzzers

Using the technology developed in tuning fork timepiece assembly, this rear-opening buzzer was the first of this type of construction in its day.

1980-1989
Breakthroughs

In 1986, Citizen's wristwatch production volumes topped world figures
(calculated on annual movement production).
This was evidence of how Citizen had consistently developed quartz timepieces and other cutting-edge products
and had delivered reliable products both domestically and internationally.

1980

Timepieces

Ana-Digi

The Japan's first combination quartz wristwatch with analog display predominating.

Timepieces

CITIZEN Exceed Gold

A women's analog quartz wristwatch boasting the world's smallest movement.

Information Systems

Microcomputer-controlled Line Impact Printer "DLP-300"

Capable of printing graphics.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "F12/16"

The first ever NC automatic lathe with built-in twin turrets. It offered combined machining functions coupled with high productivity and flexibility, and attracted much attention from the automatic lathe market at the time.

1981

Jewelry

Sale of "Bijou Hanai" licensed products

The first full-scale jewelry range designed by fashion designer Yukiko Hanai.

Glasses

Sale of "Dunhill" licensed products

A new imported brand.

1982

Timepieces

CITIZEN Professional Diver 1300M

A diver's watch with record-breaking waterproof performance at 1,300m.

Timepieces

Thermo Sensor

The world's first combination quartz wristwatch with thermosensor.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "F20"

Machine Industry Design Award winner. As well as the innovative machine structure comprising a sliding-type twin turret and moving guide bush, it also received accolades for the design which dispelled the impression of traditional machine tools.

Glasses

"LOTUS"

Domestically-produced original frames for men.

Electronic Component Mounters

Electronic Parts Automatic Insertion Machine "M10"

Multi-function electronic component insertion machine which can insert a mixture of different electronic components with leads. Units are standardized for each type of electronic component, making it simple to respond to individual user requests through different combinations of these units.

1983

Information Systems

1-inch Thick 3.5-inch FDD "OMDT"

At one inch thick, this device was the world's slimmest 3.5 inch battery-drivable FDD.

Health-care Products

IC Sensor Electronic Thermometer "CT-20"

The world's first fitted with IC sensor.

LED

SMD-Type Chip LEDs

Citizen applied the technology learned in timepiece component production and assembly to become the first in the world to successfully mass produce surface-mount chip LEDs. This is currently the standard type in the LED market.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "F10"

A compact automatic lathe in the twin-turret F series. Removable disk-type turret heads enable presetting off the machine.

1984

Crystals

AT-cut Crystal Unit of Cylinder Type "CSA309"

High performance miniature crystal units with Citizen's ultra-precise processing technology. Suitable for Vibration resistance, Impact resistance, Environmental characteristics.

Timepieces

Voice Memo

The world's first digital quartz wristwatch with recording, playback and speech recognition functionality.

1985

Timepieces

CITIZEN AQUALAND DEPTH METER

The world's first combination quartz diver's watch fitted with an electronic depth sensor. Followed by the Promaster.

Electronics

Electronic Caluculator with check and correct function "CT-500"

This calculator allows users to track back through the calculation and check and correct results.

1986

Timepieces

CITIZEN Cosmosign

The world's first analog quartz wristwatch with an accurate constellation map.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "L16"

The L16 was developed as the Swiss-type NC automatic lathes superior to cam-type machines. Realizing simultaneous machining through a gang tool post and opposite tree tools, its excellent cost performance drew unprecedented levels of attention.

1988

Timepieces

Shock Sensor

The world's first sports digital quartz wristwatch with shock sensor (shock switch).

Crystals

AT-cut Crystal Unit of Metal-can Type "HC49/U-S"

High performance miniature crystal units with Citizen's ultra-precise processing technology. Available in Automatic mounting.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "E16/20"

Equipped with multi-line, multi-axis control technology. Multiple systems operate independently to machine simultaneously, contributing to significant productivity improvements.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "E25/32"

Winner of the overall grand prize in the MECT ‘89 FA-related equipment design contest. Equipped with multi-line, multi-axis control technology. Multiple systems operate independently to machine simultaneously, contributing to significant productivity improvements.

Electronic Component Mounters

Surface Mounter "A410"

An Electronic Component Surface Mounter. The A410 mounts leadless components (chip components) on the circuit boards which make up an electric circuit. It is capable of mounting everything from compact 1608 chip components to large chips such as QFP.

1989

Timepieces

CITIZEN PROMASTER ALTICHRON

The world's first combination quartz wristwatch with precision measurement technology and a built-in electronic atmospheric pressure sensor. Known as the Promaster internationally.

Timepieces

AVALON Super Calendar

The world's first analog quartz wristwatch with an electronic perpetual calendar.

Electronics

OEM of thin Notebook PCs started.

The COMPAQ LTE series of laptops developed through collaboration between Citizen and Compaq Computer Corporation.

Information Systems

Dot Impact Printer for personal computer "GSX series"

A serial impact printer with built-in LCD operation panel that printed in color. It was capable of color printing.

Switches

LS2 Series, Illuminated Switches

Citizen develops the world's first surface-mount type illuminated switch with co-packaged chip LED and switch.

Glasses

"Chantal Thomass" Licenced Products

Women's domestically-produced sunglass frames.

Jewelry

"PICCHIOTTI"

High-end Italian Jewelry. Citizen launched the PICCHIOTTI brand in Japan as the exclusive agent.

LED

PR Series Chip-Type Photoreflectors

The PR Series was developed utilizing chip LED manufacturing technology. A sensor device that detects positioning through detecting reflected light, and co-packages infrared light emitters and photo detectors.

1990-1999
Progress

In 1990, Citizen celebrated its 60-year anniversary
with the inauguration of the Citizen of the Year award.
This annual award, which recognizes citizens who have contributed to the development, happiness, and beautification of their communities,
is a fitting institution given our company name.
Also bearing the company name is THE CITIZEN, a wristwatch launched in 1995.
In addition to demonstrating the best of Citizen's technology,
it was proposed as a watch that would be loved for a lifetime,
coming with a free 10-year warranty/lifetime repair handling.

1990

Crystals

AT-cut Crystal Unit of SMD Plastic Package Type "CM309S"

Ideal for high density substrates with high packaging efficiency.

Other

Automotive Components

Citizen commences automobile component machining using precision cutting technology developed in timepiece component machining.

1992

Timepieces

CITIZEN PROMASTER AQUALAND

The world's first quartz watch with an analog depth meter. Known as the Promaster internationally.

Crystals

Tuning Fork Crystal Unit of SMD Plastic Package Type "CM200"

Most appropriate for clock source for portable equipment with low power consumption.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "M16/20"

The debut of the combination turret and gang NC automatic lathe. These lathes became the de facto standard for combination automatic lathes.

1993

Timepieces

CITIZEN Radio-Controlled

The world's first multi-band radio-controlled analog quartz watch.

Jewelry

CITIZEN Pearl

Citizen pioneered world pearl grading standards, creating its own quality standard and releasing it to consumers.

1994

Timepieces

CITIZEN PROMASTER HyperAqualand

The world's first digital quartz diver's watch capable of sending data to a computer.

Timepieces

CITIZEN PROMASTER Navihawk

A combination quartz wristwatch featuring world time functionality and full synchronization of analog and digital time.

Information Systems

Barcode Label Printer "CLP4080"

An industrial line thermal printer.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "B12"

The debut of the full-servo machine. NC technology directly controls all operations to eliminate downtime during chuck open/close operations, separator operation etc.

Motors

Gear Motor "RTJ-100"

66mm x 36mm orthogonal reduction gears.

1995

Timepieces

THE CITIZEN

Released by Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. to mark its 65th anniversary, this analog quartz wristwatch with an annual variation of ±5 seconds came with the industry's first 10-year warranty.

Information Systems

11mm 3.5 inch FDD "W1 series"

A product designed for slimness, this was the slimmest FDD at the time.

Crystals

AT-cut Crystal Unit of SMD Ceramic Package Type "CS20"

Reliable ceramic package and excellent Environmental characteristics.

Crystals

AT-cut Crystal Unit of SMD Metal-can Type "HCM49"

High performance miniature crystal units with Citizen's ultra-precise processing technology. "Surface mount type" is our Characteristic.

Machine Tools

NC Multi-Spindle Automatic Lathe "MSL12"

Received the Award for Excellence at the FA Design Competition.

Jewelry

CITIZEN bridal collection "Something Blue"

A wedding ring with a sapphire intentionally set on the inside. Part of the European "Something Four" tradition to bring good luck to the bride.

LED

SMD-Type IrDA Modules

Infrared data communication module. With the spread of mobile phones, demand grew for usage in exchanging phone books and photographs.

1996

Timepieces

xC

A watch designed for the modern woman.

Information Systems

Portable Fax Printer "FAX-C1"

Product combining fax and printer functions. By linking with a mobile phone, faxes could be received and printed while on the move such as in a car.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "L16/20"

The début of network-machine-tools. Machines can now be directly connected to networks, enabling software downloads and troubleshooting.

Jewelry

CITIZEN bridal collection "Nocur"

Matching rings aimed at couples in their late teens to 20s. A reasonably-priced bridal brand.

1997

Timepieces

EXCEED Eco-Drive

Launched simultaneously worldwide, this solar-powered analog wristwatch has an annual variation of ±10 seconds.

Health-care Products

Ultrasonic Cleaner "SW1500"

The two vibrators deliver powerful cleaning.

Information Systems

Mobile Thermal Printer "PD02"

The pioneering mobile thermal printer, delivering battery-powered printing.

Information Systems

Front paper ejected Thermal Printer "CBM1000"

Front output thermal printer.

Electronics

OEM of Pocket Board. portable e-mail terminal

The pioneering portable e-mail terminal. By linking with a mobile phone, e-mails could be written, sent, and received.

Machine Tools

Fixied Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "FL25"

Received Nikkan Kogyo 10 Major Products award. Fixed headstock type automatic lathe jointly developed with Boley of Germany. Features full servo technology and tooling which meets German DIN standards.

1998

Timepieces

CITIZEN PROMASTER AQUALAND Eco-Drive

The world's first solar-powered analog quartz watch with water depth measurement function.

Timepieces

CITIZEN Eco-Drive

Wristwatch aimed at women, featuring the world's smallest solar-powered watch movement.

Electronics

Electoric Dictionary

Electronic dictionary featuring a full Japanese syllabary keyboard with large characters.

Electronics

PC card-type PDA "DataSlim"

Developed as the world's smallest and lightest personal digital assistant.

Machine Tools

Fixied Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "BL12"

Good Design Award winner. This fixed headstock type automatic lathe delivers high productivity thanks to its full servo system and distinctive twin tool post layout.

Motors

Linear Actuators

Created through the combination of precision screws and AC servo technology.

1999

Timepieces

CITIZEN PROMASTER AQUALAND

The legendary first-generation Aqualand (sold in Japan as the Depth Meter) returns with improved specifications.

Timepieces

Eco-Drive Thermo

Analog quartz wristwatch powered by heat, generating electricity using temperature differences.

Electronics

PC card drive removable memory device "clik!"

Ultra-compact and extremely high-capacity floppy disk product. Primarily mobile applications envisaged.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "M20/32"

Machine Industry Design Award winner. NC automatic lathe with a total of 13 axes in the full servo system as well as two spindle/three tool posts include turret and gang.

LED

Multi-Color LED

Developed the LEDCL-321 series, which combines the three primary colors of red, green, and blue (RGB) into one multi-color chip.This enables the expression of a variety of colors with one LED.

Switches

Cross Switch

Developed cross-shaped switches for mobile phones ahead of the rest of the industry. Covering the switches which had been individually mounted on the cross piece with one part contributed to reduced mounting working hours.

2000-2009
Symbiosis

Aiming to increase the competitiveness of our various businesses which had developed in a diversified way,
such as timepieces, electronic devices, electronics, and industrial machine tools,
and in order to increase business efficiency across the Group,
reorganization toward a group corporate structure proceeds.
Citizen Watch and Citizen Trading merged in 2004, and the following year,
as well as the names of 11 group companies being changed,
five related companies became wholly-owned subsidiaries.
The Micro HumanTech logo was established as new group common branding.
In April 2007, the structure changed to a pure holding company.

2000

Timepieces

Eco-Drive VITRO

This analog Eco-Drive watch features a newly-developed transparent solar cell.

Other

Backlight for color LCD cells

Previously, only yellow-green backlights were available on monochromatic liquid crystal displays, but backlights using RGB multi-chip LEDs contributed to the shift to color LCDs.

Motors

Spur Gearhead "RA-12RB"

ø12mm spur reduction gears.

2001

Timepieces

Eco-Drive Eclisse

This analog Eco-Drive watch is the world's first to feature a newly-developed flexible solar cell.

Health-care Products

Body Fat Scale "BM100"

Body fat analyzer which measures based on the palm on the hand, which shows little internal water volume changes.

LED

Pastel-Color LEDs

Develops the world's first pastel color chip LEDs. Pastel luminescent colors show off the individuality of the user's mobile phone.

Crystals

Temperature Compensating Crystal Oscillators "CSX532T"

Reliable high accuracy with using in-house IC developed. Entry in cellular phone market both in Japan and overseas.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "R04"

Machine Industry Design Award winner. The world-first application of linear motor technology to an automatic lathe. A dramatic improvement in high speed, high responsiveness, and low noise.

Motors

Coreless Motor "SCR17" Gear Motor "RHP-100"

ø17mm coreless motor. 100mm x 60mm cubic reduction gears.

2002

Timepieces

CITIZEN Stiletto

This analog Eco-Drive watch features the world's slimmest solar-powered movement.

Health-care Products

Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor "CH485E"

This desktop upper-arm blood pressure monitor incorporates universal design for improved operability and legibility.

LED

Auxiliary Light LEDs for Cellular Phones with Cameras

Develops the world's first flash LED for mobile phones. With this innovation, flash functions began to be included in mobile phones.

Electronic Component Mounters

Electronic Parts Automatic Insertion Machine "MX"

Multi-function electronic component insertion machine which can insert a mixture of different electronic components with leads. By limiting the number of units mounted (3-4), the installation area is significantly reduced compared to the M10.

2003

Timepieces

CITIZEN ATTESA Radio-Controlled

The world's first fully-metal radio-controlled watch with a built-in antenna.

LED

CL-650S Series, White High-Power LEDs for General Lighting

Develops the CL-650S Series high-power white LED for general lighting, which delivers luminous efficiency to the highest global standards. Initiatives to convert lighting to LEDs begin.

2004

Liquid crystals

QVGA Color EVF "LV201"

This compact display offers high-definition and brightness by making use of the high responsiveness of ferroelectric LCD.

2005

Timepieces

CITIZEN EXCEED Radio-Controlled

This analog Eco-Drive radio-controlled watch aimed at women is the world's smallest with a fully-metal case and a built-in antenna.

Health-care Products

Prediction Equation Thermometer "CT-768SP"

Citizen's first predictor thermometer incorporates universal design for improved operability and legibility.

Health-care Products

PC-manageable Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor "CH-425P"

Connects with computers via the wireless cartridge. Manages blood pressure via the dedicated Personal Doctor app.

Information Systems

Universal Design Thermal Printer "CT-S280,CT-S2000"

The compact CT-S280 and the high-speed front output CT-S2000.

Crystals

Tuning Fork Crystal Unit of SMD Ceramic Package "CM519/415/315"

Now producting. Ultra-compact and thin surface mount type. Most appropriate for portable devices and mobile telecommunication devices.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "K16"

Machine Industry Design Award winner. Productivity is increased by 1.5 times over previous models through unique control methods and 32m/min high-speed mode achieving main axis speed of 15,000 RPM.

Other

Glass substrates for hard disk drives

Applying precision glass cutting and abrasive machining techniques developed in timepiece component machining to manufacture high-performance glass substrates for HDDs.

Glasses

Glasses Frame "VISAGE"

Designed by illustrator Akiko Obuchi.

Jewelry

"Bijou"(Tahitian Black Pearl)

Tahitian black lip oyster pearls whose production location is certified by the Government of French Polynesia In 2010, the Vice-President of French Polynesia (including Tahiti) visited the Grand Fair trade show in Osaka.

Switches

Cellular Phone Keypad(key sheet) Moduies

Packaging the switches and LEDs for mobile phone key pads into one sheet. Contributes to reducing the number of components and significantly reducing the mounting time.

2006

Timepieces

CITIZEN EXCEED Radio-Controlled

This newly-designed slimmer analog Eco-Drive radio-controlled watch is thinner by at least 2mm overall.

Electronics

Universal Design Calculator "UD Series"

The UD Series is carefully designed for ease of viewing, ease of understanding, and beauty.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "A20 VI"

Clearly superior cost performance in ø20mm processing machines. The new high-rigidity bed and unique control technology deliver high productivity. Selectable left or right main spindle.

Other

Electronic paper

Low power consumption (memory) enables constant display. Furthermore, a thin and low-cost front light has been developed, clearing the lighting problem, which had been a weakness of electronic paper.

Motors

Magnetic Encoder "MR-16"

ø16mm magnetic encoder.

Jewelry

Disney bridal collection "Cinderella"

Launch of the Disney Cinderella Bridal Collection Sophisticated Disney jewelry, unusual at the time.

Jewelry

"WAKANA" (Japanease Akoya Pearl)

Uncolored Akoya pearls from Iki Island In addition to the production area certification, for the first time, whether or not the pearls have been colored is being disclosed to consumers.

2007

Timepieces

CITIZEN EXCEED Radio-Controlled

30th-anniversary model

Information Systems

Digital Photo Printer "CX Series"

The world's smallest photo printer.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "A32 VII"

Low price and high rigidity. The 45m/min high-speed mode increases productivity. The high-rigidity bed and main axis deliver high productivity.

Other

Mid-Size Backlight for automotive use

Developing backlights for automotive applications such as car navigation systems and instrument panels utilizing the thin optical design technology developed in backlights for mobile phones.

2008

Timepieces

CITIZEN ATTESA Radio-Controlled

Wristwatch which can receive standard radio signals in four areas around the world.

Timepieces

CITIZEN Series 8

A modern and comfortable watch.

Health-care Products

3D Pedometer "TW600"

Pocket-sized pedometer with built-in 3D sensor and 10mm thickness. The slim body packs in a range of functions.

Electronics

Electronic listening learning device "ED10C"

Chinese electronic language listening practice device. Records voice data of Chinese-language web materials.

2009

Timepieces

CITIZEN ATTESA Radio-Controlled

Includes the world's first disk-type city selection function in an analog radio-controlled watch.

Information Systems

Graphic LCD Display Thermal Printer "CT-S801"

POS register thermal printer enabling industry-fastest printing speed.

Health-care Products

PC-manageable 3D Pedometer "TW700"

Links with computers via USB. Health management via the dedicated Peb Note app.

Liquid crystals

0.46" SVGA Color EVF (852x480)

Compact, high-definition LCD panels for digital camera electronic viewfinders.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "A25 VII"

Utilizes a ø25mm high-rigidity spindle based on the (guide bush-less type) A20. Achieves a 40mm remnant by the guide bush-less structure.

Motors

Coreless Motor "SC21"

ø21mm coreless motor.

Motors

Brushless Motor

Delivers high speed and high output using coreless winding technology.

2010-2018
Challenge

In order to strengthen the Citizen Group,
in 2013 five group manufacturing companies and Citizen Watch manufacturing-related departments were integrated,
and in 2015, two device business companies were merged.
Additionally, in order to strengthen head office functions,
the three Watch, Holdings, and Business Expert companies were merged,
changing the trade name to Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. to mark the start of the new management structure.
In 2016, the Eco-Drive One was launched,
showcasing the very best of 40 years of Eco-Drive Technology.
The movement is 1.00mm and the case is 2.98mm thick,
creating an incredibly thin watch.

2010

Timepieces

CITIZEN Eco-Drive DOME

Unveiled at the BASELWORLD 2009 exhibition as a concept watch, the Eco-Drive DOME was later commercialized to celebrate 80 years since the founding of Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type NC Automatic Lathe "K12/16E"

This revamp of the (Cincom Evolution) K Series NC equipment significantly improves operability. Idle time has been further reduced.

Motors

Optical Encoder "MK-16"

ø16mm optical encoder.

Motors

Coreless Motor "SC24"

Maximum diameter coreless motor in which the MR-16 and MK-16 can be mounted.

2011

Timepieces

CITIZEN Eco-Drive Satellite Wave

This watch features a new concept in timekeeping systems, being the first in the world to receive time signals from satellites.

Health-care Products

Stylish Black Wrist type Blood Pressure Monitor

The STYLISH BLACK Series products CH657F-BK and CH650F-BK were launched, featuring uniform all-black coloring.

LED

Lighting LEDs "COB series, Version 1"

Develops the world's first high-output 17,675lm LED. As a large volume of light is provided by one light source, this design contributes to increased lighting efficiency and simplified lighting equipment installation.

Information Systems

Barcode Label Printer "CL-S400DT"

This label printer is compatible with large-diameter roll paper (ø200mm) and is designed for ease of use with its LCD display.

Information Systems

Digital Photo Printer "CW-02"

Sublimation type photo printer featuring high quality (16.77 million colors), high speed (approx. 8 seconds), and large capacity (able to print 660 photos in a row) printing.

Motors

Planetary Gearhead "IG-10"
Coreless Motor "SCR10"
Magnetic Encoder "MH-10"

ø10mm planetary reduction gears
ø10mm coreless motor
ø10mm encoder for motors

2012

Timepieces

CITIZEN Eco-Drive Bluetooth

The world's first solar-powered wristwatch with Bluetooth®, this model is capable of connecting with a smartphone.

Health-care Products

Cordless Thermo-hygrometer "THD501"

Through including a base unit and extension unit, the cordless thermometer/hygrometer THD501 can measure the temperature and humidity in two locations at once.

Health-care Products

Predictive-read type Digital Thermometer for Women "CTEB503L"

Predictor thermometer with a measurement time of approx. 30 seconds. Launches the women's thermometer with backlight CTEB503L.

Liquid crystals

0.24" qHD Color EVF (960x540)
0.38" 720p Color EVF (1280x720)

Compact, high-definition LCD panels for digital camera electronic viewfinders.

2013

Timepieces

CITIZEN Eco-Drive Satellite Wave AIR

The world's first satellite-synchronized watch with full metal case, delivering the world's fastest signal reception of four seconds.

Health-care Products

Upper Arm Blood Pressur Moniter of CHU series

Launches the blood pressure monitor CHU Series, featuring a horizontal-type design and a blood pressure type display indicating the blood pressure level.

Machine Tools

MultiStationMachiningCell "MC20"

This next-generation ultra-high productivity modular machine combines three machines' worth of lathe processes into one machine. Dividing machining processes among three modules further improves productivity.

Machine Tools

Low Frequency Vibration "VC03"

Chuck-type automatic lathe featuring Low Frequency Vibration cutting technology. Generates a strong positive reaction when exhibited at trade shows, creating huge buzz through introducing the first technological advancement in some time to what was a mature technology!

Jewelry

Disney Bridal collection "Steamboat Willy"

The nocur brand launches STEAMBOAT WILLIE, from the Disney Bridal Collection.

Jewelry

Disney Bridal Collection "Fanrtasia"

The Something Blue brand launches FANTASIA, from the Disney Bridal Collection.

Motors

Galvanometer Scanners

Combines compact, high accuracy analog sensors and servo technology.

2014

Timepieces

CITIZEN Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100

Launch of the world's thinnest satellite-synchronized watch, with the world's fastest synchronization of only three seconds from receiving the satellite signal to displaying the correct time.

Machine Tools

Fixied Headstock Type CNC Automatic Lathe "BNJ51"

Idle time is significantly reduced by dividing processes with the uniquely-shaped number two tool post. Complex processing work becomes possible through milling on the number two tool post.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type CNC Automatic Lathe "L20"

The range includes a total of four models, from the five-axis entry model with its excellent cost-performance to the high-end model featuring a Y-axis on back spindle and a B-axis on gang tool post, all utilizing the modular design of the L20.

2015

Timepieces

CITIZEN Eco-Drive Satellite Wave GPS

In addition to obtaining positional information from GPS satellites, this new model features the world's fastest signal reception, and is the thinnest multi-function solar-powered GPS satellite-synchronized watch available.

Health-care Products

Ultrasonic Cleaner with Touch panel "SWT710"

Grime is pulverized by the wave motion of the two vibrators. Launches the ultrasonic cleaner SWT170 with improved waterproofing and durability and touch panel control.

Information Systems

Thermal Printer "CT-S251"

Thermal printer which delivers both design and practicality (high-speed printing of 300mm/second, easy replacement of consumables).

Switches

World Top-Class Thinness Compact Switches

Develops switch delivering world-class thinness and compactness. Plays a significant role in compact devices such as smartphones and wearable devices.

LED

Lighting LEDs "CLU550"

Delivers global top-class light volume of 70,000lm. Highly successful in building projection and scenery illumination.

2016

Timepieces

CITIZEN Eco-Drive One

Launches the world's thinnest solar-powered watch at 2.98mm (designed value) housing a thin 1.00mm movement to celebrate 40 years of Citizen solar power development.

Health-care Products

Predictive-read type (15sec) Digital Thermometer "CTE709"

The flexible tip bends to fit nicely under the arm. Launches the predictor thermometer CTE709 with a measurement time of approx. 15 seconds.

Health-care Products

Upper Arm Blood Pressur Moniter with an easy-wrap cuff "CHUA Series"

Launches the blood pressure monitor CHUA Series, featuring a large LCD screen and including a hard cuff attachment which can be easily wrapped around the arm with one hand.

Liquid crystals

0.24" 720p Color EVF (1280x720)

This compact display offers high-definition and brightness by making use of the high responsiveness of ferroelectric LCD.

LED

Lighting LEDs "CITILED VIVID Series"

High-color LED focusing on intensity to more vividly highlight the objects in focus. Being utilized as lighting equipment in locations such as art galleries and World Heritage sites around the globe.

Machine Tools

Sliding Headstock Type CNC Automatic Lathe "R04"

Optimized for extremely small-diameter precision component processing. Achieves maximum main axis speed of 20,000 RPM in regular use. Combines linear motors and servo motors in the axis feeding mechanism to provide the right tool for the right job.

Machine Tools

Fixied Headstock Type CNC Automatic Lathe "BNA42DHY"

The inclusion of Y-axis functionality enables processing of complex-shaped workpieces. Superposition processing through simultaneous left-right processing and double turning tools significantly shortens machining time.

Jewelry

Accessories "KAEN"

Launch of the jewelry brand Kaen, supervised by Ms. Aki Yashiro.

2017

Timepieces

CITIZEN PROMASTER Professional Diver 1000m

Launches the world's first solar-powered diver's watch capable of saturation diving to 1,000m.

LED

High-Power Infrared LED "CL-1500-IRA/ CL-1520-IRC"

Used in night vision cameras, as well as iris recognition and facial recognition in mobile devices. Global smallest-class high output infrared LED. Contributes to next-generation security.

Motors

Planetary Gearhead "IG-8"
Coreless Motor "SCR8"
Magnetic Encoder "MR-8"
Coreless Motor "SCR13-****G"
Magnetic Encoder "MRS-13"

ø8mm planetary reduction gears
ø8mm coreless motor
ø8mm encoder for motors
ø13mm long-life coreless motor
ø13mm low-cost encoder for motors

Jewelry

Disney Bridal Collection "Beauty and the Beast"

The Disney Bridal Collection Beauty and the Beast was launched to coincide with the release of the live-action Disney feature film of the same name.

2018

Timepieces

CITIZEN Calibre 0100

Cal.0100 is the world's most accurate Eco-Drive light-powered movement unveiled at the Baselworld 2018. It offers precise timekeeping, autonomously and continuously, and reliant solely on the watch's internal mechanism. Housed in a pocketwatch case as the ceoncept model "Calibre 0100" paying homage to the company's first pocket watch which was the first to bear the "CITIZEN" brand name

The expressions "world's first," "world's only," "world's fastest," "world's smallest," "thinnest," and "fastest" etc. in the text were as researched by Citizen Watch at the time of product launch.

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