Citizen have just dropped a line of six brand new Star Wars-themed watches. They are analogue digital watches that are designed with features and designs from some of the original trilogy’s popular characters like Darth Vader.
A few weeks ago, Citizen launched Star Wars themed watches based on the fighter ships from the series like the ‘X-wing’ and ‘TIE fighter’. These were the Rebel Pilot and Trench Run models that featured an 80s sci-fi aesthetic. The watch itself looks like it might be from the 80s as the model itself has been resurrected from Citizen’s past, the analogue-digital hybrid model Ana-Digi Temp watches first introduced in 1980.
These new watches, released to celebrate May 4th, Star Wars Day, are no different but have instead focused on design elements inspired by the characters from the series. These characters include Darth Vader, Boba Fett, C3PO, a Stormtrooper, R2-D2, and one sequel trilogy character, BB-8. While each watch face is inspired by each character, the character themselves are engraved on the caseback.
These watches are 33mm by 37mm and are powered by a Citizen Caliber 8989 movement. This movement was actually one of the earliest multi-function quartz mechanisms made and was pretty innovative at the time. In 1980, having one of these on your wrists was like having an Apple Watch.
Anyway, the new watches come in a range of colours depending on the character. The R2-D2 watch comes in the droid’s iconic white, blue and red colour scheme and follows his patterning. Darth Vader’s is all black with red highlights. And so it goes with all of them. Four watches have brushed stainless steel cases while C3PO’s is coloured gold stainless steel and as stated previously, Vader’s is all black.
If you’re into this kind of aesthetic, then these watches deliver but can be a little tacky given the Star Wars iconography all over them. But then again, if that bothers you, you probably weren’t going to buy a Star Wars themed watch anyway.
The only one that doesn’t seem to reflect its character is the BB-8 model, but it makes up for it by being a good-looking watch anyway. A personal favourite of the set is the gold C3PO model. While not my favourite character in the films by a long shot, the watch itself looks like the best designed as they were able to take elements of his character without stamping his face on the dial – because his face is the dial!