This is yet another extremely rare Citizen Hi-Line HL51507081 "Fuji Sakura".
Mount Fuji, the tallest peak in Japan, holds great religious significance for followers of the Shinto religion. It has remained a prominent and frequently depicted subject in Japanese literature and poetry throughout history. Citizen made them as a souvenir for overseas tourists who came to visit Japan during the 60s. Since mount fuji is also a popular tourist attraction in its own right, Citizen released three limited models with unique dials illustrating Ukiyo-e artwork made by Hokusai as souvenirs for visiting overseas tourists during the 60s.
Three different models in total were released and this particular example we have for sale, illustrating Mount Fuji during sunrise was inspired by the iconic "Fine Wind, Clear Morning" print or Gaifūkaisei 「凱風快晴」 which is also part of his Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series.
This Hi-Line features a 36mm CGP Citizen special thickness 14K Gold Plated case with beveled lugs making it suitable for every wrist size. Looking into the dial, Hokusai's artwork on display captivates viewers with its exquisite composition and vibrant palette It depicts a serene landscape reminiscent of a sunrise facing Mount Fuji. While the artwork itself is mesmerizing, it is also surrounded by beautifully arranged indexes which are elaborately engraved coupled with thin dauphine hands which perfectly blend into the artwork. Powered by the low-beat hand-wound Caliber 0500, it is running at 18,000 BPH.
Extremely hard to find as the dial and case tend to deteriorate, this particular example was very well kept and was originally part of a private collection.
We paired this beautiful Fuji Sakura with vintage light brown Citizen straps with its correct buckle to keep things classy from the Shōwa era but give this beautiful example a bit of a casual vibe.
Ships from Tokyo, Japan
Citizen Hi-Line HL15702 Fuji Sakura
Overall, this Fuji-Sakura is in immaculate condition
The case is in very good condition and developed a beautiful tarnish with no signs of peeling or bumps. The crown is unsigned and appears to be original.
The dial is also in immaculate condition with no noticeable discoloration or stains.
The straps are signed by Citizen and are unused but since they're vintage, expect scuffs and discoloration. The Citizen buckle is in good condition.
There are no noticeable scratches on the glass.
The original case-back is in very good condition with no signs of peeling.
DIAL: Original Fuji Sakura illustration on the dial
CASE MATERIAL: GCP
CASE DIMENSIONS: 36mm wide (excluding crown), 44mm tall, 9mm thick, lugs width 18mm.
CRYSTAL: Mineral Crystal
CASE BACK: Snap-in Stainless Steel
MOVEMENT: Citizen Manual-wound 23J Cal.0500
Manufacturing date: March 1963
Service History: Unknown, ±20s/day
Bracelet/Strap: Vintage Citizen straps with correct Citizen buckle.