Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

Continuing there additions of automatic movements to the Citizen Signature Collection, Citizen has introduced their first diver model in the series.  The new NB1031-53L Grand Touring Sport is going to be the first to feature a screw down crown, have a 60 click uni-directional blue diver bezel, and have an impressive blue dial with orange accents.

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The blue dial on this piece is very well executed, using a sandwich type style for the minute/second track on the outer edge of the dial.  The first 15 minutes of the are highlighted in orange, and the rest in white making for a nice subtle accent.  The hour and seconds hand are in white with the minute hand in orange making for an easy indication of minutes passed when coordinated with its blue uni-directional bezel.  The bezel has 60 clicks and functions solid and smooth giving clear indications of what minute marker you are aligned with.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

The blue dial definitely has a slight radial pattern to it and looks metallic in certain lights, however, in most situations the dial looks to be a matte blue.  It is sort of an optical illusion with this model as you really have to pay attention to see its detail.  The applied indexes are very thick with generous amounts of lume applied towards the outer edge of the dial.  Finishing on the indexes is mostly brushed but its faceted edges are done in a high polish.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

With the new NB1031-53L, you have a 300m water resistance achieved mostly due to its screw down crown.  None of the other Citizen Signature Automatic have had this feature, or this water resistance as of yet.  The crown protector, very similar to the Grand Touring model that came out last year, is still attached to the actual crown through an insert on the side profile.  As the crown is unscrewed and pulled out, you will see the insert protrude from the crown protector as pictured above.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

The movement utilized in the Grand Touring Sport is the automatic Citizen produced caliber 9012.  This movement (which was also featured in the original Grand Touring) has 28,800 bph, 24 jewels, a 42 hour power reserve, striping and skeletonized rotor exposing more of the internals.  The rotor is uni-directional winding and moves at a very fast, smooth pace.  You can tell the weight of the rotor is significant, as it throws itself around like a 7750, though this is only a three hand with date.  Very impressive, especially for its price point.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

The retail price on the NB1031-53L is going to be $1,195, but is available for order directly on our site for $896.25 HERE.  There will also be a black dialed version with rose gold accents (pictured below) that will retail for $1,295, but sold for $971.25 HERE.

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Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

As a new part of the Signature Collection by Citizen, the Grand Touring is the latest addition to the lineup using an automatic movement.  With the tremendous success of the Grand Classic line, it is not surprising that Citizen introduced more variety in design using their Miyota 9010 movement, which is made exclusive for the Signature lineup.  With high praise, the affordable self-winding movement now has a case and bracelet design as compared to the Grand Classic.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

The 44m stainless steel case and bracelet on the NB0070-57E is built solid and somewhat beefy.  The finish is beautifully done and well executed consisting of mostly brushed on the case, with 2 stripes of high polish running up the bracelet.  Despite its size, it actually wears very comfortably and even though the crown protector looks large, it doesn’t dig into the wrist.  The crown protector has a unique system where part of the crown protector actually comes out with the crown.  This system makes for an easy grab of the crown when necessary.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

The dial on this Grand Touring is very unique.  The applied numerals are very 3 dimensional and sharp in design.  The hands are quite large, making for great legibility.     I was truly impressed when seeing the watch for the first time hands on.  It has a ton of individual character.  Even the second hand of the watch has a unique design, especially at the tail end.  The black dial of the piece is protected by a deeply domed sapphire crystal with dual sided anti-reflective coating.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

The Grand Touring collection is going to be available in three styles, all the same case design.  The other styles will come on leather straps.  The NB0070-07E will be the same as the NB0070-57E ,but with a brown leather strap. The NB0075-11F will have a black coated case with brown leather strap and rose gold plated hands and indexes.  While all three variations have not been released yet, they are scheduled to arrive by this fall.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

As I had mentioned previously, the movement utilized is the automatic 9010, manufactured by Miyota (which is a part of Citizen Watch Co.) exclusively for the Signature Collection.  The unidirectional winding, 24 jewel movement has proven to be a workhorse over the last year of being available.  Its rotor turns with great momentum and fluid motion, which is truly impressive.  Easily rivaling its Swiss counterparts, the 9010 has proven to be a very high quality movement, for an excellent price point.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

There is luminescence on all three hands of this timepiece as well as eight of the indexes.  The watch also has a water resistance of 200 meters and is going to have an MSRP of $1,195.  Another tremendous quality for the money piece for Citizen to add to their roster.

Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E

As always, if you have any questions or wish to order the  Citizen Signature Grand Touring Automatic NB0070-57E, please call us at 1-800-486-3996 or you can place your order directly on our site HERE.

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