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apm101
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Citizen SMP Chrono

on Tue Aug 29 2017, 09:43
So this might be a bit controversial. Picked it up on ebay for not a lot of cash recently, because I liked it!

It's a Citizen CA0540-56L, which I call the Citizen SMP, because of its resemblance to the Omega SMP chrono.

Lots of styling clues to the SMP- guilloche on the dial (kind of wicker effect rather than waves), colouring, bezel shape and style, bracelet and hands, subdial placement although there are differences. the 12, 3, 6 and 9 hour markers are different, font and style of the bezel aren't the same. It's also a couple of mm bigger. The subdials are also black, not blue, and the second and subdial hands are different colours. An homage, rather than a direct copy in my view.

Finish is good, although the bezel is fixed, which is a bit annoying.The bracelet is nice, although the clasp is pressed steel rather than forged. The dial is actually very nice, and the blue lume quite powerful.

Overall, very chuffed!


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Re: Citizen SMP Chrono

on Tue Aug 29 2017, 10:51
Nice I thought the face might be too busy for my old eyes to see but it’s quite easy to read, yes I could easily wear that
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Re: Citizen SMP Chrono

on Tue Aug 29 2017, 12:07
I can see the appeal why you bought it very nice .

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Re: Citizen SMP Chrono

on Tue Aug 29 2017, 12:07
Tha looks pretty smart & a good buy as well by the sound of it.  

As Robti says I can find chrono dials too busy but the hour and minute hands are sufficiently prominent for that not to be an issue. The strong lume is another plus point for the watch.

If you like the Omega SMP chrono style but it's beyond budget that would be viable option as an alternative to consider. Very Happy
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Re: Citizen SMP Chrono

on Tue Aug 29 2017, 13:19
I like it, I looked at a similar case to make a homage to the amp myself.
Good find enjoy it
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Re: Citizen SMP Chrono

on Tue Aug 29 2017, 13:26
even the crown and guard is poiting at the omega, but a very nice watch

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