LeJour Two Register Chronograph
$ 1,800.00

LeJour Two Register Chronograph

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.

LeJour made a name for itself as a distributor for Yema, a French brand known in turn for its quirky chronographs like this yachting timer featured here. Other brands like Heuer used LeJour to import their chronographs into the United States. Known as "poor man's Heuers," these watches often used the same cases and dials as the better-known Heuer counterparts, but the lack of the Heuer name on the dial drove the prices down considerably.

However, there's certainly nothing poor about the quality of these watches, as this one attests.  

From the outside in, this LeJour epitomizes sturdy, dependable construction. The 37mm stainless steel with twisted lugs is reminiscent of the Omega Speedmaster Professional. The attractive silver dial has two registers that provide a lovely balance and counterpoint to the Arabic numerals and outer tachymeter/telemeter scales. 

But perhaps the most handsome element of this watch's dial is the sword hands, which look sharp enough to cut. 

However, an attractive design isn't enough to make a chronograph great, no matter how much it pops. It's what beats inside the watch can make or break its value. This LeJour Chronograph is powered by a Landeron drivetrain that is a accurate as it is reliable. 

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

SKU: TT01277

Stainless steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding crown and pushers). Landeron 248 Manually-Wound chronograph movement.

Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with minimal signs of wear. Dial is in very good condition with patina to the luminescent elements. Unsigned crown.

Includes one 20mm tan leather strap.

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