Citizen’s New Sport Automatic Collection

Citizen’s New Sport Automatic Collection Strikes the Perfect Balance of Function, Design, and Chromatic Fun

The all-new mechanical Citizen Sport Automatic delivers a big dose of style in a deceptively simple package.

By Mike Espindle
Executive Editor

With an undeniably breezy design derived from the watchmaker’s deep archive of watches from the 1960s and 1970s, on first look, you might be surprised that the 42mm Sport Automatic collection from Citizen boasts a robust in-house Automatic Calibre 8200 movement with -20/+40 second daily accuracy and a hefty 42-hour power reserve.

But, while there is more than meets the eye with these timepieces, especially in the turquoise execution (ref. NH7530-52L), there is certainly a heck of a lot that meets it head-on.

Happily for Citizen lovers like us, this new turquoise dialed iteration is joined by the more recent black dialed (ref. NH7531-50E) and the peacock blue (ref. NH7530-52M) Sport Automatic models, expanding the collection’s color story dramatically.

At Play

The wrist-bath of shimmering silver-tone stainless steel that forms the handsome 42mm case gives the Sport Automatic NH7530-52L its classic sporty look. Moreover, since the H-link bracelet is kicked up a notch with angular, polished chamfers at the intersections, the NH7530-52L, like the other models in this collection, adds an air of elegance to the overall presentation of the oh-so-typical sports watch silhouette.

However, it is the NH7530-52L one-two punch of the stunning turquoise dial and prominent black-and-steel (or, in the case of the black dial version, green-and-steel) unidirectional timing bezel that draws the eye and is at once recognizable yet also fresh. It’s something you’ll be tempted to think you’re familiar with but haven’t quite seen before.

Smoothly integrated protectors guard the single knurled crown (which handles hand-winding, hacking, and quick-set date alterations), and a framed day/date aperture at 3 o’clock joins the lumed hands and badging to break up the bold blue dial face.

Plus, a combination of lumed round, triangular, and square indices and simple hash gauging also ensure that the light azure colorway (and all the collection’s colorways, actually) pops out with a minimum of visual interference.

What Species?

Once you add 100 meters of water resistance, a display case back to view the automatic movement, a secure push-button deployant clasp on the bracelet, and more to the equation, the Citizen Sport Automatic begs the following question:

What kind of wrist-borne instrument is the Citizen Sport Automatic exactly? A dive/water activity-capable watch? A heritage-inspired and uncompromising steel sports timepiece? A timeless but easy-to-wear two-hander with a little something extra? An unexpected and accessible exercise in watch design minimalism?

The answer to all four questions: Yes.

Pricing & Availability

Non-limited and retailing at just $650, the Citizen Sport Automatic NH7530-52L, NH7531-50E, and NH7530-52M models are certainly easy on the eyes and wallet alike. So why not develop your own opinion by getting up close and personal with them? Learn more by visiting Citizen’s website.

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