Citizen sells $5,000 titanium timekeeper


Citizen says it was the first company in the world to make a watch out of titanium back in 1970 — the X-8 Chronometer — and is marking the anniversary with a $5,000 Satellite Wave GPS F950 limited edition of only 550 pieces.

The watch will only be available in the United States, and only from Citizen’s own ecommerce site from December.

The key to making watches from a comparatively soft metal like titanium is to harden it in some way, and in the case of Citizen, they use Duratect to make its surface more resistant to scratching and other damage.

With Duratect, Citizen’s Super Titanium is 50% more scratch resistant to stainless steel, while still being 40% lighter, the company says.

The process is so reliable, it is used by the Japan’s HAKUTO-R lunar exploration program, which hopes to make two trips to the moon over the next three years, for its lunar vehicles.

Citizen’s Satellite Wave GPS F950 uses the Cal.F950 movement in a 47.5mm case with sapphire glass protecting the dial.

Although Citizen’s authorized dealers will not have the opportunity to sell the $5,000 limited edition, they can offer a range of core collection Eco-Drive powered Super Titanium Armor watches ranging in price from $550 to $650.



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