LeJour Chrongraph*** ‘Tropical Dial’*** 1960's
LEJOUR Ultra Rare ‘Tropical Dial’ Valjoux 72 Chronograph, 1960’s
Serial # N/A
Circa: 1960’s

DESCRIPTION: LEJOUR Rare Vintage Valjoux 72 Three Counter Chronograph with a very fine ‘Tropical’ brown aged dial, Circa 1960’s

MOVEMENT: Caliber Valjoux 72, Manual-wound column wheel chronograph movement, 17 jewels. Signed J.P. Pingouin Co

DIAL: Brown ‘tropical ‘dial large three counter in black color. Inner bezel with tachymeter indication for chronograph. Large red ‘lollipop’ central chronograph seconds hand, broad arrow style hours/minutes hands.

CASE: 39mm, Stainless Steel with black bi-directional rotating bezel and straight lugs, pump pusher, screw-down case-back, plastic crystal.
Case back engraved: all stainless steel, water resistant tested to 20 atmospheres, incabloc, swiss made, antimagnetic

BRACELET: Vintage style cordovan leather strap with steel buckle

MANUFACTURER: Le Jour, J.P. Pingouin Co

VALJOUX was a Swiss manufacturer of mechanical watch movements. It’s known primarily for the chronograph movements that have been used in mid to high range mechanical watches in the 60’s and 70’s. Valjoux stands for Vallé de Joux, the watchmaking region that gave birth to brands like Jaeger LeCoultre and Audemars Piguet. Valjoux made many historic calibers that still are the base of many of the most reliable movements today. It was absorbed into ETA which became part of Swatch group.
The Valjoux 72 is probably the most collectible caliber among these chronographs. This was witnessed when the most valuable Rolex Oyster Chronograph in history with a Valjoux 72 sold for a million Swiss francs at auction in Geneva.