LeJour Two Register Chronograph
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LeJour Two Register Chronograph

LeJour, a small French distributor, is best known as a European retailer of Heuer-made chronographs. Working under a private label arrangement starting in the 1980, Heuer manufactured an array of watches. Some, like the Heuer Pasadena and LeJour model 7203, used the exact same cases (read more about that, HERE.)  

But prior to 1980, LeJour operated as the U.S. distributor for another well-known/no-name brand, Yema. 

A relatively young brand, Yema was founded in France in 1948, quickly becoming popular in its home country. The brand is credited with creating the first automatic chronometers entirely manufactured in France. Perhaps best known for its line of regatta timers, Yema also produced other chronographs--under their own brand name or under their distributor, LeJour--that deserve serious consideration. 

Lately, we've been getting inquiries from collectors about what to look for in a vintage chronograph. We present this offering from LeJour as an example of just what we're after: a large (for the day) steel case with a solid (Landeron) movement. Slightly more elegant than the sportier versions that we've previously carried, this one boasts a stunning silver dial and curved lugs to give it that extra touch of class. 

All of these factors make this "no-name" chronograph a strong value proposition, not to mention a stunning historical example of the chronograph's Golden Era, the kind of example that is becoming increasingly hard to find...  

Details

Stainless steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding crown and pushers). Landeron 248 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa 1960s.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with sharp lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Case does have signs of wear throughout, particularly on the sides of the case. Dial is in very good condition with no major blemishes, and minimal signs of age, particularly to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands. Unsigned crown. Case back has signs of use and wear but is in otherwise good condition.

Includes one 20mm dark brown Analog/Shift strap and two 20mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle

SKU: TT01136

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