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Citizen Release Tsuyosa Small Seconds and New Colours for Automatic

Citizen Tsuyosa Small Seconds

The Citizen Tsuyosa is perhaps one of the watches most frequently brought up in conversation at Oracle Time HQ, not least because at least three members of the team own one. It also spawned an inside joke that you might occasionally see pop up in our articles regarding the colour yellow being a “particular highlight” (explaining the joke would take too long).

But this obsession with the Tsuyosa is largely down to the fact that its European launch last year was a huge success, combining style, mechanics and accessibility in exactly the right quantities to cause a storm. Now Citizen are expanding the range with the new Tsuyosa Small Seconds and additional colours for the Tsuyosa Automatic.

Citizen Tsuyosa Small Seconds

Citizen Tsuyosa Small Seconds NK5010-51L
Citizen Tsuyosa Small Seconds NK5010-51X

Starting with the new model, the Tsuyosa Small Seconds is a slightly dressier interpretation of the watch. It has the same case as the original, made from stainless steel with a diameter of 40mm and the same broad surfaces and brushed finishing. I’m glad they haven’t changed the case because it was one of the bigger selling points of the standard automatic due to its integrated sports watch vibe – one of the most popular watch styles of 2023.

Citizen Tsuyosa Small Seconds
Citizen Tsuyosa Small Seconds

However, while the case is the same, the dial has undergone quite a lot of change. Instead of sunray brushing it now features a stamped pattern reminiscent of guilloche in a basket weave style. Mesmerising in grey, teal or green. Also below the central hour and minute hands is the titular small seconds subdial, presented in white with the seconds hand matched to the primary colour of the dial. The whole impression feels quasi-Art Deco, especially in gold.

Obviously with the introduction of a new display, the movement has been updated from the standard version too. It’s the Citizen calibre 8322, an automatic piece with a 60-hour power reserve. That’s a meaningful upgrade from the Calibre 8210 with its comparatively low 40-hour power reserve.

Citizen Tsuyosa Small Seconds
Citizen Tsuyosa Small Seconds
Citizen Tsuyosa Small Seconds

Fortunately, that upgrade hasn’t had too much impact on the price and it’s still very accessible at £369 on leather strap or £399 on an updated steel bracelet that features wider centre links. It feels like a proportional increase in line with the improvements. Whether you prefer this style of the dial or the standard time and date version is entirely a personal choice and I can understand arguments for both.

Price and Specs:

Model: Citizen Tsuyosa Small Seconds
Ref: NK5010-01H (grey), NK5010-51L (teal), NK5010-51X (green),
Case: 40mm diameter x 11.7mm thickness, stainless steel
Dial: Guilloche in grey, teal or green
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: Citizen calibre 8322, automatic
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 60h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet (teal or green) or leather (grey)
Price: £369 (grey) and £399 (teal and green)

Citizen Tsuyosa Automatic

Citizen Tsuyosa Automatic
Citizen Tsuyosa Automatic

There are four new colourways being added to the Tsuyosa Automatic range. Two of which will be released globally and two that are European exclusives. The global releases are a new orange dial variant and a pale champagne edition called ‘oak’ with golden coloured hands. They fit perfectly alongside the original colours that are equally bright and vibrant. Amusingly enough both the orange and champagne feel like twists on the particular highlight of the original collection, the yellow.

Citizen Tsuyosa Automatic Salmon NJ0159-86Z
Citizen Tsuyosa Automatic Camouflage NJ0159-86X

The European exclusive models are a little more daring in the design of their dials. First there’s a vertically brushed salmon edition, which leans into a more traditionally classy aesthetic. My preference however is for the second version which is a green camouflage with contrasting textures and patterns. It essentially takes the watch in the complete other direction, sportier with a cool street vibe. Additionally, both European exclusives go sans-cyclops lens making for a smooth sapphire crystal.

Citizen Tsuyosa Automatic Orange NJ0151-88Z
Citizen Tsuyosa Automatic Oak Beige NJ0151-88W

All four are otherwise identical to the original Tsuyosa Automatic with 40mm cases and the calibre 8210. They also share the same price at €299 (approx. £260). It feels like an inevitability that these watches will prove a hit considering the success of the original collection and the fact that these watches essentially offer more of the same with just enough of a twist to appeal to new purchasers or tempt a collector to procure a second or third, which is not all that crazy considering the price. One way to look at it is that these watches have a similar amount of hype to the MoonSwatch but they aren’t plastic and they aren’t quartz despite being priced not dissimilarly.

Price and Specs:

Model: Citizen Tsuyosa Small Seconds
Ref: NJ0159-86X (green camo), NJ0151-88W (oak beige), NJ0151-88Z (orange), NJ0159-86Z (salmon)
Case: 40mm diameter x 11.7mm thickness, stainless steel
Dial: Salmon, camo green, orange or beige
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: Citizen calibre 8210, automatic
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 40h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Price: €299 (approx. £260), green camo and salmon models exclusively available to European countries

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.