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1980's Le Jour Chronograph

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Just received this, bought off Ebay for a friend. Advertised as NOS and certainly seems like it - can find a mark anywhere and still has the sticker on the back. The only thing is the lume has faded/discoloured which I suppose is to be expected.

It has a Valjoux 7750 movement but were these made with different makes on the dial?

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Looks like a nice watch, Robert.

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Well done Robert, that's a great looking watch; I think your friend will be pleased. yes.gif smile.gif

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Le Jour is the exact same watch as the 750.501 HEUER Pasadena, except that the Le Jour sold for for $295, while the Heuer was $354 when brand new in 1980! Edited by James

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Very nice indeed, I really like these style of watches yes.gif And as Chris said a lot cheaper than the Porsche Design Edited by PhilM

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Hello everyone, first time poster from the states. I have a meister-anker with the same 7750 movement. I see the LeJour doesn't have the 17 under the date and I wonder if this is because is has the 25 jewel movement. I love the design. I really enjoy this forum and will post pics of my growing collection in the near future.

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QUOTE(rudeman @ Dec 13 2006, 03:27 PM) [snapback]186680[/snapback]
Hello everyone, first time poster from the states. I have a meister-anker with the same 7750 movement. I see the LeJour doesn't have the 17 under the date and I wonder if this is because is has the 25 jewel movement. I love the design. I really enjoy this forum and will post pics of my growing collection in the near future.



Le Jour is 17 jewels

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QUOTE(James @ Dec 13 2006, 07:55 PM) [snapback]186676[/snapback]
nice watches smile.gif


Le Jour is the exact same watch as the 750.501 HEUER Pasadena, except that the Le Jour sold for for $295, while the Heuer was $354 when brand new in 1980!


Thanks for your comments. Interesting to know the original price. I paid $380 for it on 1st December (plus postage and bank transfer charges) but I see the same seller sold another on 8th December for $431.86. $50 appreciation in a week isn't bad.

Pity it has to go to its rightful owner - tomorrow and i believe he is trading it for a pair of binoculars !!

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It's a very nice watch and Le Jour are a good make. I have 2 of them myself. Pity yours is going to someone else and is not yours for keeps smile.gif

cheers

Dave

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QUOTE(rudeman @ Dec 13 2006, 08:27 PM) [snapback]186680[/snapback]
Hello everyone, first time poster from the states. I have a meister-anker with the same 7750 movement. I see the LeJour doesn't have the 17 under the date and I wonder if this is because is has the 25 jewel movement. I love the design. I really enjoy this forum and will post pics of my growing collection in the near future.


Welcome rudeman, whats in your collection so far?

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That lejour is referred to as a 'poor man's Heuer' - same watch better price!
looks splendid condition... thats one lucky friend who's getting that!

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I have bid on them before, 10 chance to one I bid on that one. To give you an idea a good friend an hour away from me that retails vintage just sold one off his site for 1195CDN mind you his pictures sell the pieces and he paid about the same as you 400 range.

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QUOTE(James @ Dec 13 2006, 07:55 PM) [snapback]186676[/snapback]
nice watches smile.gif


Le Jour is the exact same watch as the 750.501 HEUER Pasadena, except that the Le Jour sold for for $295, while the Heuer was $354 when brand new in 1980!


Hi Robert, hope you are well smile.gif

I'd agree very nice watches indeed - I have one! (which actually I'm looking to sell if anyones interested?) .................bought tooo many watces recently, what with the RLT38 and various others.

James you're quite right the Le Jour is made by Heuer, virtually identical to the Pasadena (which they did a 7750 and a Lemania 5100 versions) but with a different dial. Heres some info I've shamelessly ripped from the web ph34r.gif :

"LE Jour chronograph ca. 1980 , with black, PVD steel case, 40mm diameter without crown, screw back, Internal, tachymeter bezel, black dial with luminous indexes, day and date at 3 o'clock, 30 minute register at 12 o'clock, 12 hours register at 6 o'clock. The Swiss, self winding movement, cal. Valjoux 7750.

Heuer manufactured Le Jour chronographs under a private-label arrangement in 1980. This Le Jour is the exact same watch as the Reference 750.501 HEUER (Pasadena), except that the Le jour sold for for $295, whilst the Heuer was $354 when brand new in 1980! " - That one sold for $1195 I believe, so you did well.

As stated these very similar to the Orfina/Porshe Design chronos (as worn by Bodie & Doyle in The Professionals afro.gif )

Theres some more info at www.onthedash.com..............but to be honest I cant remember if they sell watches as well or not huh.gif ........so mods, please delete lnk if needed.

I think your friend will be very pleased with it - persuade him not to swap it for the Binos ohmy.gif nono.gif

regards,
Mark

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QUOTE(James @ Dec 13 2006, 10:03 PM) [snapback]186706[/snapback]
.....a good friend an hour away from me that retails vintage just sold one off his site for 1195CDN .........


Ah ha, thought so wink.gif


.........keep excellent time too, the best of all my mechanicals. smile.gif

My lume is a little faded too, quite a nice even 'tan' colour for that vintage look, same as the above pic, but stil glows reasonably wel, but doesn't last too long. Edited by Mark_B

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QUOTE(Mark_B @ Dec 13 2006, 05:18 PM) [snapback]186714[/snapback]
QUOTE(James @ Dec 13 2006, 10:03 PM) [snapback]186706[/snapback]
.....a good friend an hour away from me that retails vintage just sold one off his site for 1195CDN .........


Ah ha, thought so wink.gif



yea but he gets top price for his vintage, over charges, and will easily hold onto inventory for years until it sells, has the finances. the Le Jour he had for maybe 3-4 weeks so went quick

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QUOTE(Mark_B @ Dec 13 2006, 10:09 PM) [snapback]186709[/snapback]
I think your friend will be very pleased with it - persuade him not to swap it for the Binos ohmy.gif nono.gif

regards,
Mark


I woud try to take it off his hands but you know what I think of metal bracelets wink.gif Plus, i've had a RlT13 and a quartz one-hander from aeromys, an AW Clubmaster from the bay and a RLT Tonneau (arriving soon) in the last week - I can't justify another.

He's getting about £400 in the trade as the guy with the binos knows of one that sold retail in a London jewellers for nearly £600.

He's giving me a Lanco pocket watch for my trouble (which was no trouble) and he gave me a scuba dialled amphibian last week for another purchase made for him. A good friend to have smile.gif

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QUOTE(Robert @ Dec 13 2006, 10:34 PM) [snapback]186718[/snapback]
QUOTE(Mark_B @ Dec 13 2006, 10:09 PM) [snapback]186709[/snapback]
I think your friend will be very pleased with it - persuade him not to swap it for the Binos ohmy.gif nono.gif

regards,
Mark


I woud try to take it off his hands but you know what I think of metal bracelets wink.gif Plus, i've had a RlT13 and a quartz one-hander from aeromys, an AW Clubmaster from the bay and a RLT Tonneau (arriving soon) in the last week - I can't justify another.

He's getting about £400 in the trade as the guy with the binos knows of one that sold retail in a London jewellers for nearly £600.

He's giving me a Lanco pocket watch for my trouble (which was no trouble) and he gave me a scuba dialled amphibian last week for another purchase made for him. A good friend to have smile.gif


Know what you mean re the metal watch attachments wink.gif - not had a chance to 'trim' the brcelet for the '29 yet BTW, just been soooo busy! sleepy.gif but I rekon it'll look a treat.

Nice chap smile.gif a good friend indeed thumbup.gif

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QUOTE(Mark_B @ Dec 13 2006, 10:09 PM) [snapback]186709[/snapback]
QUOTE(James @ Dec 13 2006, 07:55 PM) [snapback]186676[/snapback]
nice watches smile.gif


Le Jour is the exact same watch as the 750.501 HEUER Pasadena, except that the Le Jour sold for for $295, while the Heuer was $354 when brand new in 1980!


Hi Robert, hope you are well smile.gif

I'd agree very nice watches indeed - I have one! (which actually I'm looking to sell if anyones interested?) .................bought tooo many watces recently, what with the RLT38 and various others.

James you're quite right the Le Jour is made by Heuer, virtually identical to the Pasadena (which they did a 7750 and a Lemania 5100 versions) but with a different dial. Heres some info I've shamelessly ripped from the web ph34r.gif :

"LE Jour chronograph ca. 1980 , with black, PVD steel case, 40mm diameter without crown, screw back, Internal, tachymeter bezel, black dial with luminous indexes, day and date at 3 o'clock, 30 minute register at 12 o'clock, 12 hours register at 6 o'clock. The Swiss, self winding movement, cal. Valjoux 7750.

Heuer manufactured Le Jour chronographs under a private-label arrangement in 1980. This Le Jour is the exact same watch as the Reference 750.501 HEUER (Pasadena), except that the Le jour sold for for $295, whilst the Heuer was $354 when brand new in 1980! " - That one sold for $1195 I believe, so you did well.

As stated these very similar to the Orfina/Porshe Design chronos (as worn by Bodie & Doyle in The Professionals afro.gif )

Theres some more info at www.onthedash.com..............but to be honest I cant remember if they sell watches as well or not huh.gif ........so mods, please delete lnk if needed.

I think your friend will be very pleased with it - persuade him not to swap it for the Binos ohmy.gif nono.gif

regards,
Mark


I'd be interested in the Le Jour if you want to sell it smile.gif According to http://www.personal.u-net.com/~carnfort/Pr...ls/hardware.htm, Bodie and Doyle wore O&W Caribbean 1000's for the first series and Porsche Designs thereafter.

cheers

Dave

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QUOTE(rudeman @ Dec 13 2006, 08:27 PM) [snapback]186680[/snapback]
Hello everyone, first time poster from the states. I have a meister-anker with the same 7750 movement. I see the LeJour doesn't have the 17 under the date and I wonder if this is because is has the 25 jewel movement. I love the design. I really enjoy this forum and will post pics of my growing collection in the near future.



Very polite post for a rudeman! tongue2.gif

Welcome to RLT & we'll look forward to seeing your pics soon.

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QUOTE(DaveE @ Dec 13 2006, 11:26 PM) [snapback]186732[/snapback]
QUOTE(Mark_B @ Dec 13 2006, 10:09 PM) [snapback]186709[/snapback]
QUOTE(James @ Dec 13 2006, 07:55 PM) [snapback]186676[/snapback]
nice watches smile.gif


Le Jour is the exact same watch as the 750.501 HEUER Pasadena, except that the Le Jour sold for for $295, while the Heuer was $354 when brand new in 1980!


Hi Robert, hope you are well smile.gif

I'd agree very nice watches indeed - I have one! (which actually I'm looking to sell if anyones interested?) .................bought tooo many watces recently, what with the RLT38 and various others.

James you're quite right the Le Jour is made by Heuer, virtually identical to the Pasadena (which they did a 7750 and a Lemania 5100 versions) but with a different dial. Heres some info I've shamelessly ripped from the web ph34r.gif :

"LE Jour chronograph ca. 1980 , with black, PVD steel case, 40mm diameter without crown, screw back, Internal, tachymeter bezel, black dial with luminous indexes, day and date at 3 o'clock, 30 minute register at 12 o'clock, 12 hours register at 6 o'clock. The Swiss, self winding movement, cal. Valjoux 7750.

Heuer manufactured Le Jour chronographs under a private-label arrangement in 1980. This Le Jour is the exact same watch as the Reference 750.501 HEUER (Pasadena), except that the Le jour sold for for $295, whilst the Heuer was $354 when brand new in 1980! " - That one sold for $1195 I believe, so you did well.

As stated these very similar to the Orfina/Porshe Design chronos (as worn by Bodie & Doyle in The Professionals afro.gif )

Theres some more info at www.onthedash.com..............but to be honest I cant remember if they sell watches as well or not huh.gif ........so mods, please delete lnk if needed.

I think your friend will be very pleased with it - persuade him not to swap it for the Binos ohmy.gif nono.gif

regards,
Mark


I'd be interested in the Le Jour if you want to sell it smile.gif According to http://www.personal.u-net.com/~carnfort/Pr...ls/hardware.htm, Bodie and Doyle wore O&W Caribbean 1000's for the first series and Porsche Designs thereafter.

cheers

Dave


Ahh thats the link to that Professionals web site I was looking for, must bookmark that smile.gif - I've got the Professionals DVDs and often look out for the PD watches on their wrists - how sad am I ph34r.gif laugh.gif

Dave, you're most welcome to have first refusal on the Le Jour - not got round to putting it up on the for sale section yet!
PM me your email address and I'll send you some pics if you like smile.gif

cheers,
Mark.



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