It was 1970 when Citizen first released the world’s first titanium watch. And yes, it was a big deal then because that metal wasn’t as widespread as it is now, with titanium manufacturing having only been around for less than two decades. The Citizen Satellite Wave GPS F950 Titanium 50th Anniversary Limited Edition commemorates that milestone from half a century ago.
Touted to highlight “the best qualities of Citizen titanium processing and surface-hardening technologies,” the timepiece boasts a meticulously calculated design that boasts clean lines, sharp edges, and precise surfaces, all made possible by that half-century experience they’ve had of producing titanium watches. Suffice to say, this is a watch that’s received a whole lot of care and attention, with its refined elegance shining through down to the smallest detail.
The Citizen Satellite Wave GPS F950 Titanium 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is made from a material called Super Titanium, an alloy that’s lightweight, hypoallergenic, and highly-resistant to both scratches and rust. It’s such a good material, in fact, that a Japanese space company has partnered with the watchmaker to use it for their lunar lander. So yeah, this is a metal that should find its way to space soon enough, potentially giving you a story to tell all those acquaintances you run into at snotty parties.
It’s based, of course, on the Satellite Wave GPS F900 from 2015, albeit in a much more attractive form. Seriously, everything from the bezel and the dial to the case and its multiple layers just step things up to something way more elegant than that fine timepiece could ever aspire to be. Like that timepiece, it’s able to receive satellite signals that allows the watch to sync its time and date automatically wherever in the world you are. According to the outfit, it can receive the signal and update the watch anywhere in the world in no more than three seconds, making it very convenient for folks that frequently travel between timezones.
The Citizen Satellite Wave GPS F950 Titanium 50th Anniversary Limited Edition uses a two-piece titanium case construction to achieve the unique look for the watch, enabling two-tone coloring and contrasting polishes, as well as all-titanium construction for every link of the band, which boasts a precise and uniform hairline polish. It uses both Duratect DLC and Duratect Sakura Pink, two of the 11 color finishes available in the outfit’s proprietary surface-hardening Duratect technology.
It uses a 47.5mm case, so this is a pretty big watch, with a black dial, luminous hands, and 30 meters of water resistance. The watch uses the Cal.F950 movement, which handles hours, minutes, world time, chronograph, countdown, and flyback, complete with solar charging and solar winding, so you never have to worry about batteries and putting it on a winder to ensure there’s enough power on reserve at all times.
Only 500 examples of the Citizen Satellite Wave GPS F950 Titanium 50th Anniversary Limited Edition will be made. It will be available for purchase starting in December, priced at $5,000.