Citizen Tsuno Chronograph Racer Hands-On

Citizen Tsuno Chronograph Racer Hands-On

For Baselworld 2018, Tokyo-based Citizen disclosed a re-planned chronograph model that straightforwardly channels their 1972 Challenge Timer arrangement of watches. The watches had a sensible after because of what is known as the “Bullhead” structure – implying that the crown and pushers are at 12 o’clock rather than the customary 3 o’clock position. The Citizen Tsuno Chronograph Racer closely resembles somebody put a tie on a stopwatch. The watch will come in 4 distinct styles and highlight Citizen’s restrictive Eco-Drive innovation with a 1/fifth second Flyback Chronograph.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

Citizen Tsuno Chronograph Racer models close by a ’70s Citizen Challenge Timer

With this year’s evident subject for Baselworld being “Re-Issues of 1970s models” (See Citizen’s direct rival –  Seiko ), Citizen requires a second glance at a progression of watches that a ton of fans have been gathering, exchanging, and selling at critical expenses. While astounding, and a little out of fantasy land, the Tsuno Chronograph Racer may not be however functional as it could be beguiling, yet it is a pleasant little watch that won’t power a second mortgage.


Let’s start with the case. Estimating in at 45mm in treated steel, the watch doesn’t feel like 45mm, however I generally quality that to the way that the crowns aren’t on the watch, yet at 12 o’clock and 5 o’clock (I’ll get to that in a piece). The consideration of incorporated wide drags and lashes won’t sit well for everybody, except they fit the watch pleasantly, whether or not you’re a fanatic of sewed hued calfskin or a tempered steel wristband as your lone choices. I will say, the watch looks thick on the wrist. While we weren’t ready to get estimations, the way that the drags and tie sit at the lower part of the case and not the center implies that the wearer should give close consideration to his arm swinging around entryway outlines. The crown and pushers at the top are to a great extent the purpose behind this. Rather than not expecting to stress over that when the projections are as an afterthought, Citizen needed to keep the lash under them to make them down to earth and usable –in any case, the watch isn’t uncomfortable along these lines, yet the arch sapphire sits distant the wrist.

The dial will be a state of contention for individuals who might consider the watch once clarified. I don’t think it’s however crazy as certain individuals seem to be portraying it. Occupied would be putting it mildly, yet I would contend particularly for Citizen, this is a smidgen more held than I would have anticipated from another game watch –particularly one motivated by a model from the ’70s. I will likewise make a note, that the renders don’t do this watch equity. At the point when I originally saw the public statement, I envisioned these models would have been significantly less clear on the wrist, and I was extremely off-base. At 12 o’clock you have your 12-hour counter, 3 o’clock is running seconds, and 6 o’clock is minutes. At 1:30 you have a date gap which is ostensibly my most un-most loved part of the dial. At 4:30 is an on/off marker for the watch’s caution work constrained by the crown at 5 o’clock and showed by the red-tipped hand.

While I think those perspectives are occupied, I discover the tachometer scale with the part “cliff” the most blemish instigating component. I feel it was a shape included to make the watch somewhat bigger than it should have been. It ought to have been level to keep somewhat greater consistency. In any case, what’s that sub-register at 9 o’clock? Well that’s the force save marker. In lieu of a straightforward sickle, Citizen settled on a larger than average register to show the force save. I positively don’t think it looks awful and it really adds a considerable measure of equilibrium to the dial, regardless of whether there is a great deal to look at.


As referenced before, the watch uses Citizen’s Eco-Drive innovation. To a great extent a quartz watch fueled by light, Citizen ponderously advances the innovation in their watches since it never needs a battery if being worn reliably. The advantage of it is that the watch can support a wide range of usefulness without mechanical components –holding the evaluating down colossally. The explanation I notice this is on the grounds that I’ve seen a ton of after-effect on the grounds that it’s not a mechanical chronograph. Yet, I might want to remind everybody that this is Citizen, and Eco-Drive innovation combined with a moderate nature is their case to-fame.

Over the course of Baselworld 2018, we saw Citizen spreading out and delivering models that are quintessentially Citizen rather than the droop of watches that “kinda look like” another model – and that gets me eager to perceive what else Citizen has at its disposal. On the off chance that I needed to depict the Tsuno Chronograph Racer, it would be charming. It’s distinctive enough that it’s recognizable, there are a lot of capacities that make it an imposing day by day wearer, and it figures out how to not bounce directly into a waterway of contrivances. This watch won’t be for everyone, except it unquestionably includes a ton to like on the off chance that you need something everybody doesn’t as of now have. The Citizen Tsuno Chronograph Racer will be restricted to 1,973 pieces each, and convey a value range of $795–$895 depending on the model, however I envision it’s with and without a bracelet.  citizenwatch.com