LeJour Chronograph

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SKU AS01368
SKU AS01368

Why We Love it

We love a good chronograph here at analog/shift. And, if you've been following us for any period of time, you know we have a strong affection for "no-name, off-brand" timepieces: because, in the world of vintage watches, name isn't everything. While our admiration of the big players in vintage chronos - Universal Genève, Heuer, Breitling - knows no bounds, we also love the off-beat brands that are often passed over by collectors and enthusiasts. 

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, in some cases, such as 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, the Yachtingraf, 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:

From the outside in, this LeJour epitomizes sturdy, dependable construction; the 38mm stainless steel with gently tapered lugs is reminiscent of straight-lug "Ed White" Omega Speedmasters (Ref 105.003-64) and is topped with a rotating MH bezel, the hallmark of the Heuer Autavia. The attractive glossy black dial has three registers that provide a lovely balance and counterpoint to the circular luminous hour plots and red 'lollipop' sweep hand.   

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, like the fabled Rolex Daytona, is powered by a Valjoux drivetrain, a caliber 7736, 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...  

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

LeJour Chronograph

LeJour Chronograph

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LeJour Chronograph

Why We Love it

We love a good chronograph here at analog/shift. And, if you've been following us for any period of time, you know we have a strong affection for "no-name, off-brand" timepieces: because, in the world of vintage watches, name isn't everything. While our admiration of the big players in vintage chronos - Universal Genève, Heuer, Breitling - knows no bounds, we also love the off-beat brands that are often passed over by collectors and enthusiasts. 

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, in some cases, such as 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, the Yachtingraf, 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:

From the outside in, this LeJour epitomizes sturdy, dependable construction; the 38mm stainless steel with gently tapered lugs is reminiscent of straight-lug "Ed White" Omega Speedmasters (Ref 105.003-64) and is topped with a rotating MH bezel, the hallmark of the Heuer Autavia. The attractive glossy black dial has three registers that provide a lovely balance and counterpoint to the circular luminous hour plots and red 'lollipop' sweep hand.   

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, like the fabled Rolex Daytona, is powered by a Valjoux drivetrain, a caliber 7736, 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...  

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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