I bought this Citizen 1000m diver in 2004 and have been wearing it on its original rubber strap for the last six years. It is time for a change but strap options are limited due to its proprietary strap design.
Fortunately, someone in Thailand designed and produced an adapter that enables the watch to have regular lugs and suddenly, a world of strap options became available to the watch.
This adapter for the Citizen 1000m diver can be purchased from:
The purchasing process was very simple. First, I sent an email to the seller to check if the item was in stock. Upon confirmation of stock availability, I went to the above website to make a purchase. Payment was by Paypal and upon paying, I sent another email to inform seller I have placed my order.
The seller was very prompt in replying emails and the whole thing (from buying to shipping) happened within the same day. This is probably because there is only one hour time difference between Singapore and Thailand. Those living on the other side of the world may have a different experience.
Eight days later, the package arrived. I believe the package was sent by registered mail as it was delivered to my door step and had to be signed for.
The item is shipped in a padded envelope and each adapter was placed in a plastic bag for protection.
Here are the adapters. They came with spring bars installed. Seller has also included an extra spare pair of spring bars. The lug width of the adapter is 24mm.
On the Autozilla, the rubber strap is attached and held in place by a ring on its caseback so the first step is to remove this ring by removing the four screws. Be sure to use the correct tool.
Once the ring is removed, remove the rubber strap from the watch.
Picture below shows the watch with the rubber strap removed.
Next, put in the adapters.
Place the ring back and fasten the four screws.
Below are a few more pictures of the adapter on the watch. They fit very nicely on the watch and the lugs are very well finished.
The colour of the brush finishing is actually quite close to the Duratect finishing. Just a tad brighter I would say. According to the seller’s site, the adapters are made with 316L stainless steel.
Note: I am not affiliated to the seller.