Bring a Loupe: A LeJour Yachtingraf, A Tudor 'Elegante,' Some Fake Longines 13ZNs, And More
A Zenith Chronograph 146-HP With A Solid Yellow Gold Case
The Zenith type 146-HP was worked from a similar Martel ebauche utilized in Universal Genève chronographs. This clarifies the genuinely conventional format of the sub-registers, with some plan contacts that we love, remembering the focus for the running seconds subdial, and the 3-minute divisions in the chronograph minute counter (initially to time unfamiliar calls paid by this augmentation). The size of those chronographs was huge for the 1960s: 37.5mm, both for the two-register (with the type 146-DP) and the three-register examples.
This Zenith come with an exceptionally decent opposite brilliant panda dial that goes very well with the gold case. Also, obviously, the gold trademarks affirm that the case is made out of 18k strong gold, and not gold-plated as the majority of different models you’ll discover. The previous is substantially more strong, and in this manner engaging (chipping plating is in no way enjoyable). The chronograph shows the right marked crown and marked, screw down case back. Furthermore, it comes with a Zenith-marked crocodile tie and buckle.
This gold Zenith 146-HP is offered for £4,960 (around $6,000) on Ebay however the best offer choice is additionally empowered. A Belgium merchant offers another model for $5,250, which even comes with the first sticker on its caseback, just as what may be in all likelihood be the first strap.
LeJour Yachtingraf Reference 9312
You may recollect the Wingo Yachtingraf that we as of late included – there is a valid justification it appears to be indistinguishable from this LeJour, since the two brands were private marks from the French company Yema. LeJour (“the day” in French) was explicitly picked for the US market, presumably to underscore the company’s French roots. The Yachtingraf was presented in 1966 as the reference 9312, incidentally one year before Heuer presented its first regatta wristwatch, the Heuer “Skipperera” reference 7754 .
The LeJour comes with a 38mm case in steel (consequently the full steel engraved on the caseback) and from this point by point breakdown we can even portray the case as a 2nd execution, made in the principal creation clump. Consistent with the Yachtingraf name, the dial sports a 5-minute commencement in a larger than usual counter, fundamental for checking down to the beginning of a regatta. It depends on the workhorse physically twisted Valjoux 7730, here with the right Continental Time Co. etching on the extension (and within the caseback). The handset and unsigned crown are totally right for this reference as is the bezel, albeit the red covering at 12 was presumably added later.
Watchsteez just recorded this LeJour Yachtingraf for $4,350, affirming the developing ubiquity of these regatta chronographs.
Tudor 'Elegante' Reference 7960
Rolex and Tudor aren’t the principal names that come into view when considering thin watches. However, in the last part of the 1950s and mid 1960s, the two brands offered them, under the appealing Veriflat and Verithin names for Rolex, while Tudor went for the “Elegante” (you need to adore the quotes, which as you can see were very of the model name). All offer a 34mm width, yet the Tudor has focus seconds, while the Rolex showed a little second genuinely uncommon for the brand. As you can envision the “Elegante” was not a homer, and they are genuinely hard to track down over 50 years after the fact (we covered another from the last part of the 1950s per year ago).
The reference 7960 here certainly has a place with the mid 1960s, as proven by the presence of tritium on the dial, instead of the radium recently utilized as brilliant material. The dial looks incredibly spotless, and the leaf hands further improve the tasteful vibe Tudor was going for with this watch. It looks dazzling, with its unique Oyster arm band (marked Rolex as it ought to) and it comes with the right end joins 57 (the case distance across being 34mm and Rolex being Rolex, you can securely accept the drag size is 19mm, and needs the end joins 57 with a bolt wristband). The physically twisted development here is the type 2402, a thin ETA that took into account the level caseback of the “Elegante”.
You can locate this exquisite Tudor “Elegante” on Ebay for £1,450 (or around $1,675).
Bidder Beware – An Avalanche Of Longines 13ZN Chronographs With Fake Dials And Cases
Last week, this Longines sold on Ebay for €15,100 (or around $16,000), which isn’t terrible at all for a dark dial 13-ZN flyback chronograph if, and it is a major in the event that, it is certified and possessing right unique parts. Unfortunately, what you see here isn’t right the slightest bit, as the progression case and dial are later reproductions, supposed to come from Eastern Europe. Strangely, those dark dials exist with or without lumed numerals, and appeared to be abundant. A couple others are ready to move at the present time, both with a cost on application, to a great extent .
The Ebay model was at first hailed by an Italian authority on a few days prior. He has seen those consistently coming available to be purchased in the course of the last 3-4 years, absent a lot of modification to the harsh lines of the cases, and a similar imprinting on the dial demonstrating that they actually come from a similar cluster. It is fascinating to know where the giver 13-ZN types come from, which could be incompletely replied by taking a gander at the development sequential numbers.
Bidder Beware – An Incorrect Military Zenith Cairelli CP-2
With this Zenith Cairelli as of now recorded on Ebay, we can play the “recognize the distinction” game (you can see a right Zenith Cairelli in a 2014 Bring A Loupe here ). Clearly the second hand is inaccurate as it ought to have a triangle on its tip and an alternate shape in general. The marked crown is shockingly in a similar circumstance; it ought to be thicker and with a star engraved (the squarish image dates from the later consolidation with Movado). The bezel is another riddle as the printed numerals ought to be sitting contiguous the external boundary of the bezel, not the inward (and the textual style is wrong). The 146-DP chronograph development, then again, is right for this military chronograph; anyway the military inscriptions are excessively blurred to appropriately assess.
Bidding on this Zenith Cairelli is now approaching $5,000 on Ebay yet one ought to recall that finding the right extra parts to take this chronograph back to its unique look will be close to impossible.