Citizen Independent 1481010 Overview

The Citizen Independent 1481010 line of watches was first released in 1997 with the aim of appealing to the young fashionable crowd who would be interested in the interesting, unusual and eye-catching designs from the range. The 1481010s were in direct competition with the Seiko AKA brand which was targeting the same group of customers, and kept up a battle between the two giants of Japanese watches, Citizen and Seiko. The Japanese name is インディペンデント  or インデペンデント .

Graphic used for the original 1481010 website

The line was only ever formally released in the far east, but some did manage to make their way around the world.
Advertisment for the 1481010 line showing two of the jump-hour watches from the series.


All of the watches in the Independent range were given the designation IT21 in the catalogues, and can be found under that number. The newer range of Citizen Independent watches (without the 1481010 part), have a designation of ITJ21.

The watch used many different designs and had collaborations with various clothing companies and shops, as well as popular Japanese artists and DJs.

Collaborations and special versions released in the 1481010 line include:


Special Edition Link
Takashi Murakami (2 types) link (6160 - Hiropon)
Yoshitomo Nara (4 types)
link (6038 - Lonesome Puppy)

Ken Ishii/Reel Up link (D380)
LTJ Bukem/Good Looking Records
link (D380)
link (D400)

Chippie

link (C351 Blue)
link (D400 beige)

PPFM link
As Know As De Base link (D400 white)
Hyde
Drafty (brewery)
Hello Kitty
Wallace & Grommit
Snoopy
GSX
Henry Bond
Lad Musician link 
Godzilla
Spawn link (6160 - Angela)
link (D380 - Spawn)
The Matrix
Parasite Eve
Gundam (2 versions - federation and zeon) link
McDonalds/Coke
Mono Comme Ca
Comme Ca De Mode
Journal Standard
Agosto link
5351 link (D420)
Cool Drive Makers
Expo 2000
Freshjive link
Christmas (1997 & 1998 especially)
Tanz Diele link
Olive des Olive
Satoshi Tomiie
X-Large
Universal Studios Japan
Beams Works x Jonathan Barnbrook
link (L19290)
link (D380)
link (C351)
link (D501)



Modules used in the 1481010 line were:

Module Watch Info Module instructions
C351 Black - L17131
Chipie Blue - L17548
Universal Studios Japan
C352
Digi-Ana - Green - S68555
Digi-Ana - Blue/Grey - S68571

C353
Blue - Tanz Diele version
Gold - Lad Musician
Blue - S72803

C480 Red - L17122
D295 Red - L16819
D298
D380
Blue & Silver - L18404
Ken Ishii Special Edition - S68792
Gundam Zeon - L19427
LTJ Bukem - S68806
X-Large Green - L19397
White No Symbol - L18765
Spawn - L18692

D390
Red - L17416

D400
Freshjive - L18340
Purple - L18790
As Know As De Base White - L17131
LTJ Bukem - S68784
Chipie - S69314

D410
Abacus Resin - Red & Silver

D420 Square Grey Leather - S77783
5351 Special Edition - L19931
Round model Turquoise - S76159
D500
Shutter metal strap - Inverse 
Shutter black leather strap
Agosto edition - L20867

D501


D510

Beams + Jonathan Barnbrook - S92693

Neophilia - Yellow - S90887

D600
 Grey - L20280

1030
Round version - Orange
Round version - Red L16266

 Techguide 1030 module (pdf)
6038
PPFM red - L17556
Nara Lonesome Puppy - L19966

6139 Satoshi Tomiie - L19290
6160
Orange - L17980
Spawn: Angela - L18722
Black - L17971

6551
Automatic - silver & white

7821
8987
Ana-Digi Temp - Black - L19010

8989
Ana-Digi Temp - Black


When you take all of the module, strap, design, and special editions into account, there are over 250 different versions of watches.

The range also featured other products with the 1481010 Independent brand name. Both sunglasses and regular glasses frames were produced during the period.

The 1481010 line was finally phased out in 2003.

6 comments:

  1. Really, Great information about Citizen Independent 1481010.


    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Hi! I have just picked up a brand new c351-16673 in Hungary, for HUF 11000 - that is around 35 EUR. There are two more Independents at this shop, and I love mine already. Your site rocks, clealy the most comprehensive site about these watches.

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    1. Elárulod, hol ez a bolt?
      Write the address of the shop please.

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    2. http://www.tutuora.hu/

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  3. I have a version of the d400 that you don't have listed here. http://imgur.com/qo5dtYv

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  4. Hi, We have just found a 6038-L16258 that doesn't seem to be listed on this very good site. If you want some photos then please let me know.

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