LeJour Chronograph (Ref. 7000) Original PVD Valjoux Cal. 7750
Heuer manufactured LeJour chronographs under a private-label arrangement in the 1980s. Under the terms of the arrangement, Heuer manufactured an array of watches which LeJour then distributed; some, like the Heuer Pasadena and LeJour model 7000, used the exact same cases. Another instantly recognizable example of this early PVD day-date chronograph can be seen on the wrist of LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell played by Tom Cruise in the hit movie "Top Gun" who is wearing an example made by Orfina and branded under Porsche design.
Both the Heuer, Porsche Design, and the other references like the LeJour 7000 used the Day-Date Chronograph Valjoux 7750. Orfina produced some of these references in stainless steel but most of the sub-branded manufacturers chose to stick with the early black PVD steel case. The case size is 40mm in diameter, screw back, mineral crystal, Internal tachymeter bezel, black dial with tritium luminous indexes, day and date at 3 o’clock position of the dial. There are some subtle changes and dial variants between the Heuer Pasadena, Orfina, Porsche Design, And other variants but they are instantly recognizable when seen on the wrist. Most commonly the PVD finishes on these cases have worn off due to the fact that the PVD process in the late 1970s and early 1980s was new and not fully refined and the PVD can actually be somewhat fragile leaving the cases with a worn-in gray like patina.
|Material||Stainless Steel (Factory PVD)|
|Strap||2pc Black Canvas Strap|
The unpolished and original PVD case is in exceptional condition with sharp lines and limited wear. The crystal is free of blemishes. The case retains its original PVD unsigned crown and pump pushers. The case back shows light tooling marks and is in overall great condition. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc black canvas strap.
None. The watch was recently service and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.