KEY MO­MENTS IN THE HIS­TORY OF THE CIT­I­ZEN WATCH COM­PANY

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1918:

Shokosha Watch Re­search In­sti­tute is founded in Tokyo.

1924:

The first Cit­i­zen pock­et­watch goes on sale in Ja­pan.

1930:

Shokosha Watch Re­search In­sti­tute be­comes Cit­i­zen Watch Co.

1931:

Wrist­watch pro­duc­tion be­gins.

1949:

Cit­i­zen Trad­ing Co. is estab­lished.

1956:

The Parashock, Ja­pan’s first shock­re­sis­tant watch is in­tro­duced.

1959:

The Parawa­ter, Ja­pan’s first wa­ter­re­sis­tant watch is in­tro­duced.

1966:

The X-8, Ja­pan’s first elec­tronic watch is in­tro­duced.

1973:

The brand’s first quartz model, Cit­i­zen Quartz Crys­ton, is re­leased.

1975:

The Cit­i­zen Crys­ton Mega Quartz, ac­cu­rate to 3 sec­onds per year, be­comes the world’s most ac­cu­rate time­piece.

1975:

Cit­i­zen be­gins oper­a­tions in the United States.

1981:

Ja­pan passes Switzer­land as world’s largest pro­duc­ers of time­pieces.

1986:

Cit­i­zen be­comes the world’s largest pro­ducer of wrist­watches.

1988:

Cit­i­zen watch and move­ment pro­duc­tion sur­passes the 100-mil­lion mark.

1993:

Cit­i­zen watch and move­ment pro­duc­tion sur­passes the 200-mil­lion mark.

1995:

Eco-drive is launched.

2008:

Cit­i­zen ac­quires Bulova Watch Co.

2012:

Cit­i­zen pur­chases the Swiss move­ment mak­ers La Joux-per­ret (own­ers of Arnold & Son and An­gelus).

2016:

Cit­i­zen pur­chases Fred­erique Con­stant Hold­ing SA and its three brands: FC, Alpina and Ate­liers de­monaco.

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