If, like me, you’re as old as Methuselah, you’ll remember back in the ‘80s when Citizen launched outside Japan with a range of watches so broad and so cool that one even told the temperature and had more functions than the space shuttle. OK, so today that’s pretty meh, but back in the mid 1980s it was as remarkable as being able to buy a Rolex without a waiting list.
Citizen, along with Seiko, were the first people to make a proper, serious, nailed-on diving watch you could actually afford. You knew they were serious because, next to the watches in the jeweler’s window was a mini bright yellow scuba tank. Over the years they kept making no-messing diving watches and then, in 2006, Citizen launched the Orca.
Where the earlier watches played it very straight indeed, the Orca was a little more relaxed. Sure, it did all the diverly stuff just as well as the earlier models but it did them with a bit of a smile. And the watch was a massive hit for Citizen.