Today on #TBT we’ll return to some generally old school Swiss goodness with a gander at a LeJour PVD Chronograph. This watch isn’t particularly uncommon, important, or on the radar of most gatherers, however I believe it merits a view. Great looks, a cool development, and alluring evaluating make this LeJour rather appealing to be sure. How about we have a look.
This LeJour PVD Chronograph isn’t the main watch we’ve covered from the brand. We investigated a before radium-dialed Valjoux 72-fueled chronograph and a 60’s Superman jumper .
For certain, the French brand is referred to well as the fare name for Yema, yet it appears to be that the brands were isolated and LeJour did whatever them might feeling like doing occasionally and regularly contracted different producers to make their watches.
Today’s LeJour PVD Chronograph is a genuine illustration of that and keeping in mind that I don’t have a clue who made this one, LeJour offered different chronographs – some were even PVD – during the 1970’s that were made by regarded brands like Lemania or Heuer. We’ve examined it ordinarily previously, yet plainly the 70’s were a genuine progress point for the Swiss watchmaking industry and contracting turned out to be an ever increasing number of common as numerous brands did whatever it took to attempt to endure the quartz assault – regardless of whether it implied putting their names on watches that weren’t reminiscent of their pasts.
Thankfully, the LeJour PVD Chronograph doesn’t wander excessively far from the typical chronograph recipe that the brand was in any event somewhat known for. What we have is a PVD over base metal 42mm case lodging a 17-gem Valjoux 7734. The case is prominent for its blockier shape towards the carries (47mm long) versus the more normal (and apparently Heuer-made?) form that comes available to be purchased. had such a model at one point in NOS condition, so you can find out about the distinctions. As we are solidly into the 1970’s, this watch takes on a lugless, fairly C-cased shape. I’m not regularly an admirer of this style of case, yet the blackish covering cuts down the weight and when combined with what is really an instrument-like dial and level mineral precious stone, I think it looks pretty damn good.
The LeJour PVD Chronograph dial contains textual style that probably means being of Singer fabricate. Along these lines, there’s some Speedmaster here in the long, and matured, lume stripes at the hours. With the yellowy lume, a white date wheel at 6:00 and a thin yet strong red focal chronograph hand, there’s barely enough visual difference going on here to make the watch outwardly intriguing. A calculated inward tachymeter bezel adds to the entire look. Believe 70’s or 80’s Porsche measures and later German watches and you get the thought. Once more, I don’t ordinarily go for C-cased watches or PVD besides, yet this watch alongside others, for example, the Orfina Porsche Design chronograph from the period hit the imprint and has stood the trial of time obviously better than one may have imagined.
There’s somewhat more, actually, to this LeJour PVD Chronograph than I’ve let on so far. I purchased this watch a couple of years back when I was purchasing a wide range of chronographs without a ton of order. Generally, I picked well, yet when I got this LeJour for generally $300 as a non-sprinter, I had little thought regarding what wasn’t right. I sent it off to Andreas throughout at Local Time in Cyprus and he sent it to one of his watchmaking accomplices. Shockingly, when the screw down case back was opened, gems were moving near and the mainplate really had broken. In its set of experiences, somebody probably dropped this LeJour from a significant stature. Fortunately, supplanting a wrecked unsigned development with a giver unsigned development was feasible at the ideal opportunity at a moderately reasonable cost and the watch was before long back to its typical self. The 7734, coincidentally, is an agreeable development to wind and utilize. It’s not quickset for the date, but rather the complication makes it somewhat not quite the same as most manual breeze chronographs I own.
You’ll note that this LeJour PVD Chronograph contains some fair wear along the matte completed top of its case and its shinier sides. It’s a decent update that on these vintage PVD watches, it’s elusive minty pieces. All things considered, this one oozes seemingly great legit wear to me (beside the fall it more likely than not endured) and the sparkle of metal through the pushers and crown simply adds to the character. All things considered, I’ve never considered having the completing redone.
Whether you’re looking for this LeJour PVD Chronograph or the more normal rendition I’ve referred to, you’re most likely going to spend some place in the scope of $600 – 1,500 relying upon condition. There are a few available to be purchased on eBay now inside this reach. That is modest cash these days for a sizely vintage chronograph from a brand the vast majority of us know and with a more-than-nice development. While these may not skyrocket any time soon, it appears hard to think of it as something besides a decent arrangement. As usual, purchase all that can be expected (perused: not one that tumbled from a ledge like mine) and guarantee all the right pieces are there. While hands and different pieces might be index parts, those inventories surely don’t exist any longer.
The LeJour PVD Chronograph isn’t eminent for dashing history or for discovering its way to any big name that I am aware of. It’s basically an attractive mechanical chronograph from the 70’s brandishing a genuinely atypical completion. Glad chasing and until sometime later…