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    LeJour watches: Any sources to educate myself on the brand?

    I just ran across a sorta-vintage LeJour chronograph with the most beautiful paper-white dial I've ever seen. It grabbed my eye from across the room. The owner is interested in selling, but I want to learn more about the brand first.

    Can anyone here point me in the right direction?

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    Re: LeJour watches: Any sources to educate myself on the brand?

    Do a search, it looks like another came and went brand.

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    Re: LeJour watches: Any sources to educate myself on the brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    Do a search, it looks like another came and went brand.
    . . . did that before posting here. Of course.

    There's a paucity of info when searching here and on Google. It looks like some cheap Hong Kong manufacturer may have recently bought the name and started cranking out quartz junk. The older '60s to '80s stuff looks like it might be collection worthy, but I thought I'd first tap into the collective WUS knowledge base.

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    Some infos...

    Their site :
    http://www.lejourtime.com/index.html

    Some more infos (in French, sorry)
    http://forumamontres.forumactif.com/...ghlight=lejour

    they seemed to rebadge YEMA for the export...
    They had some very nice models...

    (see attachments)(not my pics)
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    Swiss : FAVRE LEUBA | FORTIS | GIRARD PERREGAUX | JAQUET-GIRARD | OMEGA | TISSOT | TITUS | ZENITH
    Japanese : CASIO | CITIZEN | ORIENT | SEIKO
    Russian : POLJOT | SLAVA | STURMANSKIE | VOSTOK | VOSTOK EUROPE | ZVEZDA
    French : AVYSTYLE | HERMA | LIP | YEMA | YONGER & BRESSON
    German : GLASHÜTTE |
    Chinese : ALPHA | BEIJING | FINËAT | JARAGAR | OHSEN | STEWAL | WINNER


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    Re: LeJour watches: Any sources to educate myself on the brand?

    Some of their earlier models (60's & 70's) with valjoux 7750 movements are actually quite collectable. You can sometimes see them going on eBay for some rather steep prices. I believe they were being made by Heuer then. Go to "Lejour chronograph" in Google & you'll come up with lots of info

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    Re: LeJour watches: Any sources to educate myself on the brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by roberev View Post
    . . . did that before posting here. Of course.

    There's a paucity of info when searching here and on Google. It looks like some cheap Hong Kong manufacturer may have recently bought the name and started cranking out quartz junk. The older '60s to '80s stuff looks like it might be collection worthy, but I thought I'd first tap into the collective WUS knowledge base.

    Rob

    I have reached that conclusion too... some of the vintage stuff, especially the chronographs, are exceptional values. As another poster mentioned, Heuer made some of them. But there is nothing of interest in their current offerings.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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