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    Louis erard automatic chronograph

    Hi Everyone,

    I was hoping to get some advice, information, and general opinion on whether this Valjoux 7750 driven chrono should be a keeper for about $1,000.00 USD or pass and use the money for another, more sought after timepiece for the same price. I never heard of them but this one looks pretty good.

    http://www.timeway.eu/Louis-Erard/La...ljoux-7750-III

    Thank You Much!!!
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    Re: Louis erard automatic chronograph

    If you really like the look of it then go for it. But IMO the 7750 is an average movement, and you can get a lot of great vintage chronos for $1000. If I was in the market for a $1000 chrono I would definitely be going vintage. Maybe a Bund Heur, or something with a Valjoux 72 inside. Another thing - if you decide to sell that Louis won't be worth much, but a Val 72 will be.

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    Re: Louis erard automatic chronograph

    Thanks Jason,

    I was under the impression the Valjoux 7750 was more than "average"...I take a look at your suggestion. If you look at my signature, I have a 1973 Fortis with a Val 72. Great piece, as you stated.
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    Re: Louis erard automatic chronograph

    You lucky bugger!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by whitecopper View Post
    If you look at my signature, I have a 1973 Fortis with a Val 72. Great piece, as you stated.

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    Re: Louis erard automatic chronograph

    Louis Erard is a contemporary brand and the Valjoux 7750 is in a class of its own. Do you want a dressy look or a tool watch like a Sinn? Something to consider~Cheers!

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    Re: Louis Erard automatic chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by Beau8 View Post
    Louis Erard is a contemporary brand and the Valjoux 7750 is in a class of its own. Do you want a dressy look or a tool watch like a Sinn? Something to consider~Cheers!
    Good Point! I always favour the look of a Sinn, Marathon, even a Seiko, but I have to say this particular Louis Erard I stumbled on ebay:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/MINT-LOUIS-ERARD...#ht_500wt_1182

    you have to admit, it looks pretty classy and it has a Val 7750, which as Jason mentioned above, is not as big a deal as I thought it was. That's why I'm asking for opinions...:thanks
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    Re: Louis Erard automatic chronograph

    The 7750 is currently the most used chrono movement. It has proven to be tough, reliable and accurate.

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    Question Re: Louis Erard automatic chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    The 7750 is currently the most used chrono movement. It has proven to be tough, reliable and accurate.
    Thanks for the input, Mike. All of my autos (with the exception of the vintages) and the Lum-Tec's are ETA 2824-2 , believing that the 7750 was a step up...
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    Re: Louis Erard automatic chronograph

    FYI

    The ETA/Valjoux 7750 is a very common chronograph movement with a huge pedigree:

    Valjoux 7750 (since 1973)
    Valjoux 7751 (since 1986)
    Valjoux 7753 (since 2002)
    Valjoux 7754 (since 3003)
    Valjoux 7757 (1985-2003)
    Valjoux 7758 or Valjoux 7750 CCL - "con cours de lune" (since 1985-2003)
    Valjoux 7760 (1985-2005) the handwounded 7750 version:
    Valjoux 7761 (1986-1998)
    Valjoux 7765 (1983-1998)
    Valjoux 7768 (1985-1998)
    Valjoux 7770 (since 2002)

    And now we have to add the 7750 based "Valgranges" movements (www.valgranges.ch) which have been developed and are made by ETA, their basics go back to the 7750/7760 Valjoux movement which is smaller than the Valgranges (diameter of 36,60 mm (ETA say 37,22mm, 16 1/2 lines´´´).
    The "Valgranges" should be interpreted as an answer to the demand of bigger watches though.

    Valgranges A07.111 three hands/date indication
    Valgranges A07.161 three hands/date/power reserve indication
    Valgranges A07.171 GMT/date
    Valgranges A07.211 chrono

    The Valjoux 7750 comes in a bright variety of modifications, for example made by
    + Alfred Rochat, Chronoswiss (C. 732 or C. 741, C 741 by Rochat)
    + Fortis (developped byPaul Gerber featuring an alarm and two springs)
    + Franck Muller (for example FM 7850 CC MB)
    + IWC
    + Jacques Etoile (cal. IV.C4)
    + La Joux-Perret (for Jaquet Droz watches for example)
    + Paul Picot ("Atelier Technikum")
    + Panerai
    + Porsche Design (Eterna 6036)
    + Revue-Thommen ("Airspeed Flyback")
    + Sinn ("Flyback")
    + Soprod.

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    Re: Louis erard automatic chronograph

    I have a Louis Erard dealer nearby and have handled the watch you posted. Fit and finish were very good. The pushers, crown and inner rotating bezel all felt very solid and smooth. The dial is very cool in person. I have to say that I was quite impressed with the watch.

    Louis Erard is a very under-rated brand here and re-sale value is non-existent. If you like it and do not plan to flip, I doubt that you would be disappointed in the quality.
    Steven

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