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Citizen Unveil Series 8 890 with Improved Case Design and Octagonal Bezel

Citizen Series 8 890

Citizen have launched a new rendition of the Series 8 Automatic time and date with a redesigned case and dial to coincide with the brand’s 100th anniversary. The new watch, the Series 8 890, emphasises the collection’s integrated sports watch aesthetic, with design codes that are an homage to the iconic watches of the seventies and eighties. With this update, the Series 8 has really become one of Citizen’s heavy hitters, building on the popularity of last year’s 880 GMT.

Let’s start with the updated case, which is made from either stainless steel or stainless steel with a gold-coloured plating depending on the reference. There are three references being launched, two core collection models – one in each material option – and a third limited edition in the plain steel. It measures 42.6mm in diameter with the updated integrated bracelet design introduced last year with the 880 that features broad, flat surfaces and sharp facets.

Citizen Series 8 890

The primary update to the case for 2024 is the new bezel and crown arrangement. It now features a broad, flat, octagonal bezel with a vertically brushed finish, strongly reminiscent of Gerald Genta’s industrial sports watch designs like the Royal Oak. Paired with that is an internal rotating bezel on the watch’s flange, operated by the additional crown at 2 o’clock. Meaning the Series 8 890 actually has more in common with the Royal Oak Offshore Diver, which is appropriate because this the most robust Series 8 to date with an increased 200m water resistance.

That’s not where the influence of the ROO ends. Following the curve of the 890’s inner bezel down to the dial, it features a variation of the ‘skyscraper’ dial from the 880. This new variation has each of the blocks that make up the pattern being much larger and bolder – akin to the way the ROO has the Mega version of the signature RO Tapisserie pattern.

The bigger pieces make the asymmetric and irregular portions of the pattern more apparent, which makes you realise how intricate the pattern really is. I prefer it at this new size. There are three colours available, the standard steel model has a blue dial, the gold plated one has a grey dial and the limited edition steel has a copper dial with a more intricate reinterpretation of the pattern that’s more fractal.

Citizen Series 8 890

The handset and hour markers have also been updated in line with the watch’s improved water resistance and sporty influences. It has a combination of circular indexes and faceted bar indexes all coated with lume for low light legibility. The date window remains in its normal position at 3 o’clock. As for the hands, they’re straighter and chunkier, giving them a sportier aspect.

Below the surface, the Series 8 890 houses the Citizen branded calibre 9051, created by Miyota, the well-known Japanese movement manufacture owned by Citizen. It has very reasonable specs of a 42-hour power reserve and accuracy of -10/+20 seconds per day. It also has solid magnetic field resistance, useful in a versatile sports watch like this.

Citizen Series 8 890
Citizen Series 8 890
Citizen Series 8 890

More than any Series 8 before, the 890 feels like a versatile sports watch suitable for virtually any occasion. The updated case is robust enough for rigorous activity while the refinement of the gold edition and the dial of the limited edition feel luxurious. Those improved specs come with a slightly higher price tag at £1,595 for the steel and 1,700-piece steel limited edition, the gold model is then slightly higher still at £1,695.

If the success of the Tsuyosa is anything to go by, people love Citizen’s accessible integrated sports watches and now they have a higher spec alternative more suited to actual use as a tool watch. A solid addition to the Japanese brand’s offerings.

Price and Specs:

Model: Citizen Series 8 890
Ref: NB6060-58L (blue dial), NB6069-53H (grey dial/gold coloured steel), NB6066-51W (copper pink dial)
Case: 42.6mm diameter x 11.7mm thickness, stainless steel
Dial: Blue, grey or copper pink
Water resistance: 200m (20 bar)
Movement: Citizen calibre 9051, automatic, 24 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 42h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Price: £1,595 (blue and copper pink dial) and £1,695 (gold steel with grey dial), copper pink edition limited to 1,700 pieces

More details at Citizen.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.