LeJour Chronograph (Ref. 7750) Original PVD "Top Gun"
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. 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.
|Material||Stainless Steel W/ Factory PVD Finish|
|Strap||LeJour Bracelet W/ Factory PVD Finish|
The unpolished case features its original factory PVD finishing and displays minimal wear from age with crisp and fine edges throughout. The case retains its original PVD finished pump pushers. The original LeJour bracelet exhibits honest loss of the factory PVD finishing and retains 16 links that show no stretch from use.
The matte black dial is in excellent vintage condition showing some minor signs of age. The tritium lume pltos have taken on a handsome creamy patina, the 11 o'clock marker is missing. The original tritium hands have aged to a dark patina and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light.
None. The watch is running and keeping time, previous service history is unknown,