The company was established in 1918. The founding fathers selected the name Citizen so it would be "Close to the Hearts of People Everywhere" and soon after adopted the company's formal name, Citizen Watch Company.
During the last eighty-five years Citizen has expanded its business throughout the world and has acheived recognition as a global brand. The past 25 year period has coincided with the company's dramatic rise to its current position as the world's largest watchmaker, a distinction Citizen has held every year since 1986.
Beyond sheer size, Citizen is also recognised as a worldwide leader in advanced technology. From the world's slimmest LCD watch to the first voice recognitition watch and the world's first professional dive watch with an electronic depth sensor, Citizen's record of "world firsts" is unmatched.