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    Snoopy in the house.

    Snoopy in the house!

    No its not ‘that’ Snoopy, this is much older and much rarer. Here it is.



























































































    It is the Citizen Independent 1481010 D400 Limited Edition Snoopy watch, dating from 1999. It has a double layered crystal, with an engraving of Snoopy operating a computer and an engraving saying “www.snoopy.co.jp..................now loading”. Uniquely the crystal engraving continues seamlessly onto the bezel.




    ‘Ahh......but the watch is dead’ I hear you say. Well actually this is an LED watch and operates when you push a button.




























    This is a real throwback to the first digital watches from the early Seventies. Instead of just red though it is multi coloured and can also show the date with a double press of the button.









    It also has that old fashioned battery ‘coin’ hatch on the caseback.











    Why did Citizen produce the watch, the technology is clearly inferior to LCD watches? The battery can drain quickly on these LED watches, though this one is said to be good for two years normal use. Well this Independent range was issued only in Japan and was about producing funky unusual watches a mile away from a traditional analogue.

    Why did I buy it? Well it is unusual and rare, which I like, I didn’t possess an LED watch and the watch was much larger than the first LED’s. Also, strangely, I found the design quite attractive for some reason it has something like a Fifties sci-fi USA TV about it. Also the bracelet had all its links, which is important with these Japan issued watches, quite often a sized bracelet is too small for Western wrists.

    The watch is 42 mm wide and a mighty 62 mm long including the first fixed link making it an extension of the case. This is the exact size of the top of my pretty flat wrist. The bracelet is very comfortable actually, the huge first links curve down sharply and really hug the wrist. The watch is in good condition and is very ‘shiny’, hard to photograph with all the reflections of it. Also it is hard to photograph the LED screen, the numbers seem to shimmer a bit when lit. The curved crystal following the exact curve of the case makes it look like a window into the watch. The crystal is unmarked but because of the double layers is not the clearest.

    As well as the time and date, it has an am and pm indicator, the watch has a ‘display’ mode, which you can activate at a push of a button and which also activates every time you push the time button, the time shows and then the ‘display’ shows for about 3 seconds before shutting off. This ‘display’ also turns on on the hour for three seconds. The actual composition of the display varies depending on the time of the day.
    It flashes a red signal every ten seconds to show you it is alive. When the battery gets low the signal turns orange.


    Here are a few wrist shots.








































    So any thoughts on this twenty year old watch, which itself is a throwback to a fifty year old watch, I like the retro look and feel of the watch, makes me want to throw some vinyl onto my turntable.
    Last edited by Mitch; 13th October 2019 at 00:27.

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    Utterly brilliant,
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    Iím not quite sure if Iíd like to wear that, but itís certainly the most interesting watch Iíve seen in a good while. Thanks for posting!

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    I really like that. I wasn't even aware such a thing existed to be honest. Given the size of it it seems to sit well on your wrist as well for a fairly big lump. How long have you been on the hunt for one? Off to google it now.

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    Snoopy in the house.

    Thatís very cool and thanks for the detailed write up. Seeing Snoopyís CRT screen and the message that the website is loading reminds me how different the World Wide Web used to be as well.

    Iíve got a couple of LED watches for the nostalgia; my second watch as a kid was an LED in the early Ď70s.
    Last edited by alfat33; 13th October 2019 at 06:56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by subseastu View Post
    I really like that. I wasn't even aware such a thing existed to be honest. Given the size of it it seems to sit well on your wrist as well for a fairly big lump. How long have you been on the hunt for one? Off to google it now.

    I just came across it whilst looking for another watch. Something about it seemed to call me and as it appeared to be in great condition and would clearly fit my wrist, I thought why not. if I didn't like it, I thought, because of the Snoopy angle, there probably would be someone who would take it off my hands.



    Mitch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Possu View Post
    Iím not quite sure if Iíd like to wear that, but itís certainly the most interesting watch Iíve seen in a good while. Thanks for posting!

    Not as interesting as stickers on watches though apparently.

    Perhaps I should have posted a thread about whether I should remove the Japanese sticker on the back. Would this affect its value do you think?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch View Post
    Not as interesting as stickers on watches though apparently.

    Perhaps I should have posted a thread about whether I should remove the Japanese sticker on the back. Would this affect its value do you think?



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    It might reach a wider audience if youíd write an analysis of its investment potential. Seems to be the most interesting aspect in watches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Possu View Post
    Iím not quite sure if Iíd like to wear that, but itís certainly the most interesting watch Iíve seen in a good while. Thanks for posting!
    I agree, not for me, but way more interesting than lesser-spotted Rolexes.

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    that's really cool.

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    My daughter would love that!

    (I do, too.)

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    Really like Snoopy watches. Great pics and interesting write up. Thank you.

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    That is an awesome watch, great write up as well.

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    Hahaha cute - not the snoopy i had in mind though!

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    So this is the snoopy I keep hearing about? Nice one.

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    I love it!

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    Thatís an absolute stunner.

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    That. Is. ACE!


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    Very interesting read and watch i suppose

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galaxia View Post
    Hahaha cute - not the snoopy i had in mind though!
    Cheaper though!



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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    Utterly brilliant,
    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    Thatís very cool and thanks for the detailed write up. Seeing Snoopyís CRT screen and the message that the website is loading reminds me how different the World Wide Web used to be as well.

    Iíve got a couple of LED watches for the nostalgia; my second watch as a kid was an LED in the early Ď70s.
    Quote Originally Posted by Holsterman View Post
    I agree, not for me, but way more interesting than lesser-spotted Rolexes.
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    that's really cool.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rev-O View Post
    My daughter would love that!

    (I do, too.)
    Quote Originally Posted by Tony-GB View Post
    Really like Snoopy watches. Great pics and interesting write up. Thank you.
    Quote Originally Posted by Toddy View Post
    That is an awesome watch, great write up as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by zenius View Post
    So this is the snoopy I keep hearing about? Nice one.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    I love it!
    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Thatís an absolute stunner.
    Quote Originally Posted by NCC66 View Post
    That. Is. ACE!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jared View Post
    Very interesting read and watch i suppose

    Thanks for that.

    It seems that the watch has hit a sweet spot with members on here. Pretty surprising really I thought it would be far more marmite.



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    That's a rather unique piece, I like the playfulness of it :-)

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    I like it really cool piece!

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    I'm going to attempt this now

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    Success, though it's quite hard to catch the time with my meagre photography skills. Excuse the grubby fingers, black gloss paint is a nightmare.

    This is the plastic version D400-L18340

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    Same coin back and made in 1988 I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KNog View Post
    Success, though it's quite hard to catch the time with my meagre photography skills. Excuse the grubby fingers, black gloss paint is a nightmare.

    This is the plastic version D400-L18340

    Citizen did indeed use the D400 movement in other watches for sure. I cannot think they would have been that successful to be honest, these LED watches are technologically miles behind LCD watches.




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    Here's my D410 Citizen.. Different take on LEDs to show the time. It's showing 2:40pm (1440)

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