It’s always nice to get another old Citizen, especially one that’s in great condition as this Gold Series D060 Windsurfer happens to be. This one is from 1989, made in Japan, in solid stainless steel and in a neat size at 39 mm x 39 mm and just 10 mm depth. Once again “windsurfer” in basic form it has to be said, even though it does feature an Auto-Chronograph and countdown function, has Timers and can read time groups such as 5 minutes, 3 minutes and so on with countdown function it’s not quite up there with the latest specialist watches today.
It doesn’t have such things as tide data, wave heights, swell or wind direction or indeed speeds. Nor does it have water and air temperatures and so on. This sort of data is reserved for models from the likes of Rip Curl, Nixon, Vestal, Freestyle, Casio and Electric to name a few. But this was early days and an attempt to manage some of the timing requirements of a new developing sport.
Functions are – Time, Day and Date and Month, dial light, Alarm, Signal beep, Timer 1 (which is also the Auto-Chronograph) Timer 2 and Stopwatch with Split, Memo and Lap timing. The display sections basically can provide group timings as countdown visuals for various periods. It also features a rotating 2 way bezel and a decent 100 m Water Resistance. Once again it’s one of those multi dial display models that always impresses and shows how clever Citizen was in producing displays that managed to show intuitively and clearly. The splitting up of display sections allows different timings to be read easily. This model also has quite an involved Chrono-Countdown function which initially requires checking out the instructions – unfortunately I only have the Quick Set reference sheet and could benefit from a full instruction manual to fully understand the functions properly.
Note – As the D060 features a single line display – the Day, Date and Month are viewed by toggling the lower right push button – the Day features on the top right display (where the seconds are showing in the image) – whilst pressed the Date indicator under the Time shows. (the D120 model shows the Date/Day and Month above the Time as it features a dual line display).
Other brands have tried, mostly unsuccessfully, with either Digital, Ana-Digi or Analog only, to multi-read various timing data easily and found it tricky to manage without making the dials cluttered and unreadable. As a result only few analog and analog/digitals managed this feat as well as Citizen at the time. And there’s no doubt that digital, handled properly, as in this D060 here is a really good example of this art.
I particularly like the way color is used within the displays to effectively highlight different timing data with good clarity.
Overall this is a really good looking watch and is sure to produce plenty of comment when worn on a sleeveless wrist (poser time!).
Mostly I guess because it’s that bit different from today’s models and specifically as this one scores highly being virtually New Old Stock condition, externally, internally and in functionality.
For me these old stainless steel bodies Citizens seem preferable to the resin bodied models that were really staring to flood the market in those days. Each competing for top spot to the new customers who loved the idea of complication models covering all sorts of sports and pastimes.
Citizen however stayed mostly with steel cased models whereas their competitor Casio opted for the resin cases pushing the plastics technology to unprecedented levels, even to this day. Though that said the last Post illustrates that Casio too could produce stunning stainless cased models too, like the Pentagraph – another personal favorite.
I attach the .pdf Instruction sheet for this model – CitizenD060Windsurfer
NOTE 1 – For all you true “Windsurfers” out there I have to say that the vintage “surfer” watch, like the above Citizen have to be regarded as – vintage watch collectors pieces. And if you take the sport seriously (and I know a couple of guys who are obsessed and seem to travel the world for a decent wave!), then you’ll have to have the proper watch kit.
So for you I can only recommend you follow the link as the writers appear to have a good idea as to what is required. My favorite is at the foot of this page however – but that’s just me . . . .
NOTE 2 – There are a few of these on offer on the Web, but beware of over-inflated prices. I’ve seen these from £350 to £500! which is excessive.
Remember most are pre-owned and whilst some may indicate New Old Stock, the strap is rarely original and sometimes there are so called shop movement damage – I find this debatable especially if there are scratches. . . . .
So my advice – take care and don’t get carried away – expect to pay up to around £150 and look carefully at all images and check/ask questions to ensure module/display segments are all working properly. Also you might find the odd button has a weak return spring.
My one here has the “mode” button failing to return once you press it in – I know of the issue and should of course check it and add a touch of lubricant. (but as I rarely ever change the mode, now it’s set – I’ll do it when I have to).
As ever – Buyer beware!
Just a final note – If you are really into Windsurfing and you feel the need for a Windsurfing watch, I would suggest a look at the Rip Curl Trestles Pro Tide model. It seems to have everything you need and more and costs only around £150 – I link to a video showing the features – HERE
Just bear in mind the only surfing I do is on the Internet! So what do I know! 😉
Addendum 1 –
The D060 Windsurfer has a CR2016 battery, which is easy to change. It basically sits in the center of the watch, held by a full spring catch cover. I attach photos here.
Addendum 2 – 20th October 2021
I just had cause to replace the CR2016 battery – easy enough to manage – removed the back, unhooked the battery cage, changed the battery and replaced the back. It set fine, then I remembered that sticky “mode” button, but too late as I’d already got the back on. Anyway with a bit of wiggling the “mode” button, I managed to set it up just fine – Ah Well – in another 5 years maybe?