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#1 OFFLINE   Robert

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 04:38 PM

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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Posted 13 December 2006 - 05:11 PM

Looks like a nice watch, Robert.

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 07:06 PM

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



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Posted 13 December 2006 - 07:55 PM

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!

Edited by James, 13 December 2006 - 07:56 PM.


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Posted 13 December 2006 - 07:58 PM

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, 13 December 2006 - 08:00 PM.


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Posted 13 December 2006 - 08:27 PM

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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Posted 13 December 2006 - 08:47 PM

QUOTE(rudeman @ Dec 13 2006, 03:27 PM) View Post
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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Posted 13 December 2006 - 08:49 PM

QUOTE(James @ Dec 13 2006, 07:55 PM) View Post
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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Posted 13 December 2006 - 09:09 PM

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

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 09:17 PM

QUOTE(rudeman @ Dec 13 2006, 08:27 PM) View Post
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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Posted 13 December 2006 - 09:49 PM

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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Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:03 PM

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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Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:09 PM

QUOTE(James @ Dec 13 2006, 07:55 PM) View Post
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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Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:18 PM

QUOTE(James @ Dec 13 2006, 10:03 PM) View Post
.....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, 13 December 2006 - 10:23 PM.


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Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:30 PM

QUOTE(Mark_B @ Dec 13 2006, 05:18 PM) View Post
QUOTE(James @ Dec 13 2006, 10:03 PM) View Post
.....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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