Lejour (Heuer) chronograph
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Sold Date: 06/18/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Source: eBay UK
For sale is my Le Jour (Heuer) chronograph stainless steel, black dial with a Valjoux 7733 movement.size=36mm.
As you can see from the pictures the case and the plastic crystal have a few minor scratches but not enough to detract from the appeaearance and the dial is in excellent condition.
The watch keeps good time and the chronograph functions correctly. Heuer manufactured LeJour chronographs under a private-label arrangement.i.e. they put a different dial on the watch, so you get a classic 60's design with a great movement without the expense of the equivalent Heuer or the worry that wearing good condition vintage watches often brings--this is a good condition watch with the same quality but at much less cost. The Valjoux 7733 chronograph movement was used not only in Heuer, but also in CWC military watches, Breitling and many others.
The origin of the famous Valjoux 7733 lies with the Venus cal.188 chronograph movement.When the mechanical watch business collapsed in the second half of the 20th century, Venus failed and Valjoux bought them out, gaining the rights to their new cam/lever and switch.
This was rebranded as Valjoux 7730 and sold for a year or two until about 1967.
The Valjoux redesign of this movement was the much more successful 7733 (with 30 minute, such as this watch, or 45 minute sub dials) was made between 1969 and 1978. Almost 2 million of the 773 family of movements left the factory, destined for watches made by such names as Hamilton, Helbros, Le Jour, Memosail, Wittenaur, Heuer and Breitling.Please note payment can be cash as well as the usual options.
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