LeJour Yachtingraf Regatta Timer

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SKU AS00405
SKU AS00405

Why We Love it

File this one under: Cool as shit.

Summer is here, and with that comes a reminder of one of the most obscure timepiece complications we know of: Yachting Timers.  Also known as Regatta Timers, these wristwatches are essentially just chronographs with specially designed subsidiary registers designed to denote the countdown before the start of a race. 

If you haven't been out racing your yacht recently, the principle is actually pretty simple.  Unlike a race on dry ground, boats are unable to start a race from a dead stop - and short of anchoring, they are rarely standing still.  At the start of a regatta, yachts are jockeying for position behind a starting buoy for 15 minutes.  At the sound of the starting gun, a countdown is begun and the competing vessels launch past the start line 15 minutes later.  Yachting Timers such as this one are used to time the countdown onboard and feature brightly colored dials to denote the remaining time.

This particular timepiece was made by LeJour in the 1970s.  Known to collectors primarily for their close association with Heuer and their "Poor Man's Heuer" models, the Yachtingraf model is an exceptionally rare - and exceptionally cool - timepiece designed for those yacht captains on a budget.  Heh. 

Featuring in a corrosion-resistant steel case with a rotating outer bezel and powered by a Valjoux 7733 manually-wound chronograph movement, the Yachtingraf is every bit as robust as its name-brand counterparts.  This particular example has developed a tremendous patina to the luminous hour markers and subsidiary registers but retains a nearly flawless matte black dial.  Portions of the luminous inserts on the hands has disintegrated over time, and rather than re-lume it we have chosen to leave it as-is.  With near-perfect case proportions, a killer patina, and super cool coloration to the dial, this is a killer piece and perfect for casual summer wear.  

Or, you know, on your yacht. 

 

For more information on the world of Regatta Timers, check out this great article over at Worn & Wound, HERE.

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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 Yachtingraf Regatta Timer

LeJour Yachtingraf Regatta Timer

Sold
Sold
LeJour Yachtingraf Regatta Timer

Why We Love it

File this one under: Cool as shit.

Summer is here, and with that comes a reminder of one of the most obscure timepiece complications we know of: Yachting Timers.  Also known as Regatta Timers, these wristwatches are essentially just chronographs with specially designed subsidiary registers designed to denote the countdown before the start of a race. 

If you haven't been out racing your yacht recently, the principle is actually pretty simple.  Unlike a race on dry ground, boats are unable to start a race from a dead stop - and short of anchoring, they are rarely standing still.  At the start of a regatta, yachts are jockeying for position behind a starting buoy for 15 minutes.  At the sound of the starting gun, a countdown is begun and the competing vessels launch past the start line 15 minutes later.  Yachting Timers such as this one are used to time the countdown onboard and feature brightly colored dials to denote the remaining time.

This particular timepiece was made by LeJour in the 1970s.  Known to collectors primarily for their close association with Heuer and their "Poor Man's Heuer" models, the Yachtingraf model is an exceptionally rare - and exceptionally cool - timepiece designed for those yacht captains on a budget.  Heh. 

Featuring in a corrosion-resistant steel case with a rotating outer bezel and powered by a Valjoux 7733 manually-wound chronograph movement, the Yachtingraf is every bit as robust as its name-brand counterparts.  This particular example has developed a tremendous patina to the luminous hour markers and subsidiary registers but retains a nearly flawless matte black dial.  Portions of the luminous inserts on the hands has disintegrated over time, and rather than re-lume it we have chosen to leave it as-is.  With near-perfect case proportions, a killer patina, and super cool coloration to the dial, this is a killer piece and perfect for casual summer wear.  

Or, you know, on your yacht. 

 

For more information on the world of Regatta Timers, check out this great article over at Worn & Wound, HERE.

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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