JLC, expensive or not?

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    JLC, expensive or not?

    Hello!

    My name is Juan, I'm from Spain but I'm living in China (Business)

    One friend pass me some photos of his watch, he want to sell it to me

    Year: 1970

    No box, no papers

    All original, maybe no the strap

    Price, 2000€

    What do you think? if I buy it for this price, it's ok? I can wait to find something else in ebay? I ask him to reduce the price?

    Un saludo

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    Re: JLC, expensive or not?

    500 Euro, tops. It comes down to, how badly do you want it.

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    Re: JLC, expensive or not?

    Is it Stainless Steel? Has the case been refinished?( I would think so.)
    Check if the brushing is uniform everywhere.

    No, the strap is definitely wrong, a "Carbon look" looks cheap.
    Croc or Alligator is a must on this watch

    Plus sides:
    It is an iconic model from a Top Manufacture
    It seems to be in a very nice condition
    It has the JLC buckle
    It is a Memovox
    It is a Retro looking model (popular today)

    Minus:
    Not one of the most elegant and stylish JLC's I have seen (very 1970ies!!)
    Proper (JLC in Switzerland) servicing is not cheap - but I am sure the watch will benefit from it. A competent watchmaker should be OK to service it, but may be not. JLC service is a JLC service.
    2000Euro - way too much!
    If you change the strap ( a 100% necessity) you might need to get a OEM JLC strap. The last one I bought was 350 USD.
    Check the lug-to-lug distance! Is it 19mm?


    As W-breath says, 500 Euro is more realistic.
    I am known to pay more than the value for a watch I desperatly want, but I would not go above 1000 Euro

    Of course, the movement needs to be fully working, and the Alarm function fully functional. Winding it should be smooth like butter.
    The Rotor action should also be smooth, and quiet.
    When sounding the Alarm, it should have a buzzing sound, quite faint.
    As to the timekeeping, I would not touch it if it was more than +-20 sec a day or so. Only because I would not like to have JLC work on a worn movement. Mega bucks.

    I am unsure about the brushed finish. It may be correct (1970ies was an awful time, designwise) but just so "not JLC" ! I recall bidding on a very similar watch last year, but it had a polished oblong ring outside the crystal.


    If you can, post a pic of the movement! It should be a Cal 825 (it has a date).
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    Re: JLC, expensive or not?

    It may be one of the full rotor caliber 916 Memovoxes - it's definitely a 70's watch. These sell for a maximum of $1500. The earlier models command higher prices.

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    Re: JLC, expensive or not?

    Do you not find the case a bit bland for an early -70ies JLC?
    I have tried to find this model on the net for the past hour, but all have a polished crystal surround, and the brushed finish is almost satin.

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    Re: JLC, expensive or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    Do you not find the case a bit bland for an early -70ies JLC?
    I have tried to find this model on the net for the past hour, but all have a polished crystal surround, and the brushed finish is almost satin.
    When I get home I'll check my reference material for case number & calibers that look similar.

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    Re: JLC, expensive or not?

    Juan, I have no exact reference for this watch. Is it possible for you to show a picture of the movement and inside of the caseback so we can see the indentification numbers for the movement and case? I'd like to add it to my records.

    Thanks!

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    Re: JLC, expensive or not?

    Hello!

    Thank you for all the information.

    PERFECT! I was very near to buy it...

    I have this document (attachment) 916JL

    My friend told me it's a big opportunity to get one JLC in perfect condition and no EXPENSIVE, but you said it's expensive, for him?

    You know, my next piece will be a Rolex gmt, but of course, if one JLC Memovox alarma cross my road... I will stop for sure

    Sorry for my poor english

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