Citizen Campanola Meets Chronomaster For Super Nice, Super Accurate Watch

Citizen Campanola Meets Chronomaster For Super Nice, Super Accurate Watch

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Oh man, this one is rare, but you've got to love it. I think this is a perfect combination of style and technology that is bested in few places. Further, this particular Citizen Campanola is extremely rare. Probably only a handful are in the US. One of these is available right now on eBay. There are only 2000 of them in the entire world.

You'll notice that this Campanola barely resembles the other highly-styled ones that Citizen offers. While this model (the CTS57-0701) is not as avant-garde, is certainly retains the high level of build quality in a more classic, almost military look. Citizen chose to endow this model with a highly polished and thick steel case, brightly luminated hands and number markers, and a level of detail and finish almost never seen in Japanese watches.

The star of the CTS57-0701 is the movement that is the super accurate quartz caliber A660H. This movement is taken from the Citizen Chronomaster (not sold in the US). One feature the movement has is a perpetual calendar with an individual date setting button. You can't see the buttons as it is recessed into the case, but it is in the 1 o'clock position and is used to adjust the date without messing with the time (as this movement also has a hack seconds function that stops the seconds when pulling out the crown for precise setting).

Citizen Campanola Meets Chronomaster For Super Nice, Super Accurate Watch   sales auctions

More importantly, the A660H (aka A660) movement represents one of the most accurate movement types in the world. To within 5 seconds a year! That means if you sync this watch with an atomic clock, at the end of of a year, it will only be a maximum of 5 seconds off. That is pretty amazing. A typical quartz movement is accurate to within about 10-15 seconds a month, and a mechanical movement.. well it really just depends, but can be to withing 5-15 seconds a day. Having said that, you should really be able to appreciate the accuracy of the A660H. Other than the Citizen Chronomaster, Breitling uses similar movements in their "Super Quartz" watches.

So, although this particular Citizen Campanola packs a lot in a demure looking case, it is still very attractive and uses the finest quality materials. The strap is crocodile leather with a superb locking clasp, and the craftsmanship is top-notch. The case is antimagnetic (as all good military themed watches should be, and a 38mm in size with 20mm wide lugs. This is a good size for such a styled watch.

I encourage you to check it out on eBay, the price at under $1,500 is less than what a lesser Citizen Chronomaster would cost in Japan. Check out this list of most Citizen Campanola watches here (in Japanese).

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Mark
Mark

Hi, Seiko did produce some thermo compensated watches through their pulsar company. I have a Pulsar PSR 10 which has a stated accuracy of +- 10 seconds per year, which is "very thin, "After eight mint thickness", and a very nice dress watch. Its in very good condition as its not been worn very much, simply because I prefer a date indicator, and this watch is absent of that, but very nice looking. It was purchased in 1997, and at that time, was in the select few available with that kind of accuracy.

Regards

Mark.

admin
admin

It is ok, I don't have a Sinn 757 Diapal either. Perhaps one day :) We are not the only ones that lust for that watch!

Watch lovers seem to enjoy many well engineered items. What are your other passions?

I like that saying, "adjourned is not abolished." I don't know how well it translates into English, but the meaning is clear to me, and I agree.

sonorman
sonorman

Sorry, this was a misunderstanding: I'm loving the 757 Diapal, but I don't have it!

I have had a pre-order at Sinn for this watch but canceled it, because of other investments at this time. You know, watches are not my only pricy passion. ;-)
But as we say here (translated): Adjourned is not abolished.

Thanks for the Links!

admin
admin

That is very interesting about the non-conductive oil. Sounds pretty cool. I am sure that once Sinn found out about the dirty oil the crammed to fix it.

Great information by the way, and a very interesting way of making a highly functional watch, which is cool at the same time.

Thanks so much for suggesting new watches to discuss. I have actually talked about 3 out of the five. Here are links:

http://ablogtoread.com/2008/05/16/sinn-now-places-impressive-diapal-technology-in-757-utc-watch-series/

http://ablogtoread.com/2008/01/13/oceanus-watches-on-sale-with-free-shipping-analog-solar-atomic-watches/ (might be an older version of the Oceanus though)

http://ablogtoread.com/?s=seiko+velatura

I will post about the Victorinox Airboss and new Junghans Aviator soon! Oh, and you are a lucky guy to have a Sinn 757 Diapal. Myself, and many others are completely jealous!

sonorman
sonorman

[quote]I always did wonder what would happen if the oil seeped into the movement.[/quote]

Every part of the UX is completely filled with oil, except for the quartz-tube itself. Otherwise it wouldn't withstand the pressure of "any" depth. The oil is a non-conductor, so it's no problem for the electronics. (You can also run a whole PC filled with a non-conductor oil.) Sinn claims, the watch itself withstands any depth, but in between 5000 to 8000 meters the little tube that contains the quartz will implode.

The problem with some UX-watches was, that Sinn used oil that wasn't pure or clean enough. The oil discoloured with time so that the hands and markers began to look dull and yellowish. The problem has been solved now, and I am very happy with my UX. It's the reason why I became a big fan of Sinn watches.

Are you interested in some tips for other interesting watches? Here's a short list. I can send you pictures if you like.

- Sinn 757 Diapal (lovin' it!)
- Junghans Aviator Chronograph (will be available in Germany at the end of August)
- Victorinox Airboss 6 Limited Edition 2008 (November)
- Casio Oceanus OCW-M700TDE-1AER
- Seiko Velatura SRH011P1

admin
admin

Sorry about your problem with the Sinn UX. I always did wonder what would happen if the oil seeped into the movement. Glad to hear that Sinn made good on the problem.

The market will really decide how many high precision quartz watches will be available. Most of them are coming from Citizen, Breitling, and Sinn. The movements were originally design in the early to mid 1990's, and have not see significant improvement since. That is ok as we have indicated their incredible accuracy. Like you, I am much more impressed by a movement that is so accurate in its native state, than one which syncs with radio signals (which you are correct in indicating sometimes have reception problems).

On the Seiko side, they have really focused on creating their hybrid movements, like the Spring Drive, which I think is very impressive, but far more expensive than your average thermoline quartz movement.

Thanks so much for your participation and hope to hear from you soon!

sonorman
sonorman

Thank's for your reply.

I own a Sinn UX divers watch wich also has a "temperature regulated" quartz movement.
My first one, wich had to be replaced because of an "oil problem", was about as precise as 3 seconds in a month. The replacement watch I have now is gratifyingly much more precise. In four month it is stil within one second!!

I wish there were more such highly precise quartz watches out there. Nothing against radio controlled watches, but without reception all of them are awfully imprecise. And for example Seiko, who's got great watches, but don't built radio controlled ones, really should consider to invent more accurate quartz movements.

PS: Great watch blog!

admin
admin

Hi there,
Those are good questions. The high accuracy quartz movements are simply more expensive that atomic clock radio controlled movements, though they have been around longer. The demand for high-end accurate quartz watches remains in a niche category due to the price and need for such accuracy.
As to the question of how these precise quartz movements such as the Citizen A660H function, the concept is simple, though they get very complex. Here it is in a nutshell. Quartz movements are regulated by the vibration of a small crystal. Because that vibration is more or less constant, you can base a watch movement around it. However, a quartz movement is effected by changes in temperature which will change the frequency of the crystal vibration. The ultra-precise quartz movements are fitted with a thermo-regulator which constantly alters the vibration of the crystal in relation to the temperature. Thus compensating for the changes. These so called "thermoline" quartz movements are up to 20 times more accurate than a normal quartz movement. That is it in a nutshell. Hope that was useful. Take care.

sonorman
sonorman

So, if this is such a precise quartz movement, why aren't there more watches with it? It seems, there is no demand for high precision quartz, because of radio controlled watches. But in my opinion, it would be nice, if quartz watches were more precise even without reception from an atomic master.

And what's the secret of the precision of this Citizen movement?

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