Citizen Watch Co.


Citizen Watch Co.

Infobox_Company
company_name = Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd.
シチズンホールディングス株式会社
company_
company_type = Public (Tyo|7762)
company_slogan = Beyond Precision
foundation = 1918 as Shokosha Watch Research Institute (in May 28 1930, company took on current name)
location = Nishi-tokyo, Tokyo; numerous locations [http://www.citizen.co.jp/english/corporate/group/index.html]
key_people = Makoto Umehara: President
num_employees = 17,987
industry =
products = Watch and parts, Information equipment and parts, Electronic equipment and parts, Industrial machinery and equipment, Jewelry etc
revenue = ¥375.7 billion (loss$18.4 billion FY 2005)
homepage = [http://www.citizen.co.jp/english/ www.citizen.co.jp]
Nihongo|Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd.|シチズンホールディングス株式会社|Shichizun Hōrudingusu Kabushiki-gaisha (Tyo|7762) is the core company of a Japanese global corporate group based in Tokyo, Japan. The company was originally founded as Shokosha Watch Research Institute in 1918 and is currently known as the manufacturer of CINCOM precision lathe machine tools as well as CITIZEN watches. The trade name originated from a pocket watch CITIZEN sold in 1924. It is one of the world's largest producers of watches.

Eco-Drive

In the United States, Citizen is best known for its Eco-Drive range of watches. All Eco-Drive watches are powered by a solar panel hidden under the face of the watch. The solar power is supplemented by an automatic quartz power source in the rare and discontinued Eco-Drive Duo series. All Citizen Eco-Drive models are made in Japan.

Collectors watches

Additionally, Citizen manufactures collectors watches; for example, a watch bearing the colors and logo of the Blue Angels. The watch is part of the Skyhawk line, which utilizes Eco-Drive as its primary power source. Just as the Blue Angels use blue and gold as their trademark colors, the watch bears this color scheme as well.

DCP clasp

The Deployment Clasp with a Push Button (DCP) is a clasp available for many Citizen watch bracelet bands. The clasp, as with the Calibre 8700, is also used with leather bands as if they were metal bracelet-style watchbands; however, when the clap is fastened, the band appears to be a normal eye-hole and link pin leather watchband.

Other products

Apart from watches, Citizen also manufactures calculators and small electronic organizers. Some non-watch devices such as handheld televisions and computer printers, have been marketed under the Citizen brand name.

Corporate divisions

*Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. - manufacture and sale of watches and clocks.
*Japan CBM Corporation - sales of timepieces.
*Citizen Systems Co., Ltd. - sales of business and consumer electronic devices.
*Citizen Miyota Co., Ltd. - production of Wristwatches, Quartz Crystal Oscillators, Electronic Viewfinders, LCD Back-light Units, CCD/CMOS Image Sensors, Ferroelectric Micro LCDs, LCoS, High-density Mounting Equipment.
*Citizen Fine Tech Co., Ltd. - Manufacture and sales of electronic components (Ceramic parts, Quartz crystal oscillator chips, etc.)
*Citizen Seimitsu Co., Ltd. - Manufactures watch movement components, watch appearance components, automotive components, LCD cells, mini printers, measuring instruments, lubrication units, secondary machining LC lathes, glass scribers.
* [http://www.citizenwatch.com/ Citizen Watch Company of America]

ponsorships

*Official time keeper and official watch of the US Open since 1993. [http://www.citizenwatch.com/COA/English/sponsorships.asp]
*ISU - World Figurskating Championships [http://www.citizenwatch.com/COA/English/sponsorships.asp]

ee also

* Miyota 8215

External links

* [http://www.citizen.co.jp/ Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd.] ja
* [http://www.citizen.co.jp/english/ Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd.] en
* [http://www.citizen.co.jp/english/csr/history.html History of Citizen Watch] en
* [http://www.citizenwatch.jp/ Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.] (International Watch site)
* [http://www.citizen.com.hk/ Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.] zh
* [http://citizen.jp Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.] (Japanese Watch site)
* [http://www.citizenwatch.de/ Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.] (German Watch site)
* [http://www.citizen.co.jp/miyota_mvt/ MIYOTA Movements]
* [http://www.citizen-systems.co.jp/ Citizen Systems Co., Ltd.]
* [http://www.miyota.com/ Citizen Miyota]
* [http://www.citizen-finetech.co.jp/ Citizen Fine Tech Co.,Ltd.]
* [http://www3.kawa.co.jp/ Citizen Seimitsu Co., Ltd.]
* [http://www.citizen.co.jp/english/product/index.html Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. corporate map]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGvd1tTEuIc Citizen Unstoppable Ad Campaign]

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