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 7750, 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 and the other references like the LeJour 7750 used the Day-Date Chronograph Valjoux 7750 and as you can tell this is how the LeJour got its reference name. Orifina 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 has 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. It is rare to find an example such as the one we are featuring here at Craft & Tailored with the bracelet and the case PVD coatings fully intact.
Stainless Steel (Factory PVD)
Original Le Jour Bracelet (faculty PVD)
CASE & BRACELET
The original PVD case of this 1980s Le Jour Automatic Chronograph is in almost immaculate condition. showing no major signs of wear or marring. The case back does have a scratch from being opened in its last service interval but remains in original condition with original PVD coating applied. Bracelet is as well in original condition showing no major wear marks and almost no stretch from use.
DIAL & HANDS
This chronograph dial with both day and date functions has remained in perfect original condition showing no signs of aging or wear. Hands are also original to the watch in perfect condition with no signs of aging and no lume degradation.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty on the accuracy of timekeeping.