Earlier this year we brought you news of the new Series 8 collection from Citizen, a watch that strikes an aggressively modern tone first seen in a Japan only release from 2008. The watches were and are a clear departure from the Aqualand, Satellite Wave, and PCAT styles we often associate with the brand. The Series 8 watches represent a return to simple, geometric shapes with an emphasis on legibility. It also happens to align with some very on-trend themes happening in the watch world at the moment.
Citizen’s newest Series 8 collection features three families in the 830, 831, and the 870 seen here. The 830 and 831 receive a similar (but different) sharp cut case while the 870 gets a more prominent bezel design built into the structure of the case. Together, these watches represent a stripped down take on the Citizen design language that does away with unnecessary complexity. The “8” of Series 8 represents the infinity symbol, and is meant to invoke “infinite possibilities of Citizen craftsmanship”. While that may sound a bit nebulous (to be charitable), the Series 8 and in particular the 870 do offer something of interest: a steel sport (?) watch with integrated bracelet design and an in-house movement all for a reasonable $2,000.