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  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
  • Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
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Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003

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Le Jour, a French distributor, is best known as a European retailer of chronographs manufactured by Heuer in the 1980s. Le Jour means “the day” was the export name of Yema that used to bring watches into the States.

Back then, though Heuer produced an array of watches under their private label arrangements, Yema/ LeJour has the watchmaking know-how to provide some exciting tool watches themselves. In the mid ’60, Le Jour made a professional diver called Superman. The 39mm, 300m water resistant dive watch was adopted even by the French army back then, while also being commercialized for general consumers as a daily watch.

Le Jour Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003
Like many companies, Le Jour eventually perished during the height of the quartz crisis. The rights to the brand changed ownership numerous times, with no significant attempt to revive the brand. That is, until now...

After the great success of re-launching their Chronograph - the Mk 1, along with their 60s Vintage Diver collections, many collectors are eager to know what’s next for them. And so they replied with another bang from their archives — the Le Jour Hammerhead Diver.

A decade apart from their very first 1963 Superman release ref. 87062, Le Jour took a step further, reliving creatively by incorporating their 70s sports chronograph’s cushion case silhouette, with their dive watch know-how. The Le Jour Hammerhead chiefly inspired by none other than their 70s Flygraf and racing oriented Le Mans series, where their watch head gets an oblong case with L-shaped lugs and crisp bevelling to elevate certain masculinity in a sports manner, for their wearers.

Distinctive applied marker w/ sloped minute rehaut
While the precursors were Chronograph, using a vintage Valjoux 773X movements, powering the Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003 is the venerable Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic operating at 28,800 BPH (4 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 25 jewels with a power reserve of approximately 40 hours.

The tonneau-shaped case measures 42mm wide, 48mm lug-to-lug, and 14mm thick, with water-resistant of good 200m. It’s almost accurate to its original chronographs that vintage enthusiast appreciates, with eminent execution of today’s watchmaking. The Hammerhead Diver is still ultra-wearable (39-42mm being a sweet spot) for any wrist size, lending a peculiar shape-styling apart from the usual round cases.

In terms of case finishing, the case of the Hammerhead Diver seems almost like its straight out of the 1970s era, but with higher construction level with greater appeal.

Retro cushion case with impeccable finishing
Starting from the top, the 120- click uni-directional blue bezel has an upgraded ceramic insert from the aluminum ones placed on the previous Vintage Divers. Le Jour took a supplemental step to have the diving markers all engraved (even the numerals) and applied with the Swiss Super-Luminova that glows green in the dark. All that creates a sense of depth and increases readability.

The mid-case vociferate 70s quirks, beginning with a radial satin-brushed finish on its top surface, only to be broken up by an additional detail of thick yet sleek polished bevel linings that run across those lugs neatly, exemplifying how an old-school cushion style watch finished in the 1970s. The lugs get a sweet L-shaped pucker, which heightens the case shape while restraining the case from being chunky.

The robust lofty screw-down crown feels durable when it used to set the date and time, with an additional textured Le Jour emblem placed on the side.

Chiefely inspired by Le Jour's 70s Flygraf and Le Mans series
The Hammerhead is a compelling dive watch of retro flair along with meticulous detailings. The amount of detail Le Jour put in to bring back their maritime heritage, is well portrayed on the markers and handset used on its anthracite sun-ray dial, further lending into the retro theme. The prominent and distinctive applied markers have metal trims around them, supplied with the right amount of SuperLuminova. The markers indeed a 60s work where even Swiss dive watch brands themselves depict these traits on their dive watches, but we digress. A sporty white minute rehaut flanges the hour markers with the first 15 minutes done in a deep blue that matches the bezel color tone.

The handset on the Hammerhead Diver has bold broad-hands that echos its tonneau case design. All the hands being generously applied with green Super-Luminova for excellent readability in low light situations.

The details do not stop here, The date-window at 3 o’clock has a matching color metal frame with those trims on the hour markers, and it creates a balanced look throughout.

Swiss Super-Luminova that glows green in the dark
Keeping all these well preserved is the added domed-sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coatings underneath.

Turning it over, we have a screw-down casebook with different finishings- the middle had a grainy texture and raised Hammerhead shark emblem along with the “Le Jour” logo and “ Hammerhead” text right below it. Moving outwards, we have essential information on the dive watch with its serial number, which is a nice touch for any diving enthusiast. Consequently, it is all about the details right here.

For a nice finishing touch, the watch comes fitted with a 20mm sports steel metal bracelet that gets slight tapering from lug to clasp, while featuring the satin-brushed finishing on top with polished sides, giving it a versatile look and wear.

Screw-down case-back with Hammerhead Shark emblem
Summing things up, the Hammerhead Diver Gray Ref. LJ-HH-003 is a watch that shows just how a true 70s cushion case diver should be done and has an excellent chance of becoming as much of a cult watch as its predecessor. Impeccable quality elevates the owner’s experience; Hammerhead is designed with meticulous details and balanced weight for optimum comfort. Though dive watches are being ubiquity, Le Jour iterations stand out among them with great details, and its a hell of a worthy piece for any watch enthusiasts. The Hammerhead is a compelling dive watch of retro flair and vibe with enduring aesthetics that blends to a perfect daily wear timepiece.

Specifications

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Maker
Le Jour
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Movement
ETA 2824 Automatic Movement
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Dial
Gray sunray finish
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Luminous
Super-LumiNova
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Calender
3 O'clock
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Case
316L Stainless Steel
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Bezel
120'click - Unidirectional Bezel with Blue Ceramic Insert
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Crown type
Screwdown
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Lug width
20mm
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Crystal material
Dome Shaped Sapphire Crystal with Anti reflective Treatment
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Strap
316L Stainless Steel
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Water resistance
200m
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Dimensions
42mm in diameter, 48mm lug to lug, 14mm thick

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