Le Jour Chronograph Carrera 73453 Valjoux 7734 Manual Winding 38mm 1970s TritiumLe Jour
For auction is a rare 1970s Le Jour 'Carrera' Chronograph ref. 73453 38mm manual winding 7734 fluted pushers matte black tritium dial. Usually seen as Dugena these are considered 'poor mans' Carrera's: they use the same exact 73453 case which was likely an overstock sold off to other brands (both the Dugena variant and this Le Jour have the 'Heuer/' caseback removed on the inner caseback but otherwise is identical to the Carrera case). This particular example is the only Le Jour variant I've ever seen and comes in a classic matte black white and tritium colorway. Rare, exceptionally clean and a real bargain when measured against the non-poor mans version (which one might argue is not as nice as this beautiful dial). Something very unusual for the right collection/collector.
Ref #: 73453
Diameter: 38 mm w/out crown, 40 mm w/crown, 44 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 20 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 20 mm strap)
Height: 13 mm
Power-reserve: 34 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 66 grams
Movement: Valjoux 7734 manual winding
Strap/Bracelet: Welsbro fried artichoke green made in Italy leather strap
Case: Stainless steel with fixed flat high polished bezel and fully brushed C-shape case with fluted pushers and screwback caseback in excellent original unpolished condition
Dial: Matte black with creamy perfectly aged tritium baton markers and white text, date at 6 o'clock with red date, and tachymeter chapter
Condition: 85% (8.5 of 10): very nice original never polished condition, very nice case and dial, working correctly
Box/Papers: Watch only
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