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  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
  • Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet
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Mark I - 007 Chronograph Bracelet

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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 was also the name Yema used to bring watches into the States). Back then, Heuer produced an array of watches under their private label arrangements. Many of these watches were identical to those already in Heuer's catalog minus Heuer's branding. In the mid-'80s, Heuer made a PVD sports chronograph called the Pasadena. Heuer also manufactured this model for Le Jour, who debuted it as their 7203 chronographs. This model often referred to as a poor man's Heuer amongst collectors.

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...

Le Jour Mark l - 007 Chronograph on Bracelet
The Le Jour Mark l -007 Meteorite Chronograph Bracelet remakes their 7203 chronographs, drawing design cues from the original while clad with an exotic dial from space. Powering the Le Jour Mark I chronograph is the workhorse movement, Valjoux 7750. It's an industry workhorse and one that most collectors are familiar with.

What makes the Mark 1 chronograph so attractive is, of course, the barrel case. In the 70s and 80s, most watch manufacturers have their fair share of barrel case watches, be it a chronograph or diver. The case measures 42.5mm wide, 45.8mm lug-to-lug, and 16mm thick. It's a watch with a lot of wrist presence, but the rather short lug-to-lug makes this watch ultra-wearable even on the wrist's smallest.

In terms of the case design, Le Jour has nailed the Mark I. The three-piece case consists of the bezel, mid-case, and case back. Starting from the top, the bezel has a bevel to cut off some of the height visually. The same design cue has been carried over onto the mid-case, featuring a set of bevels running down both sides of the case, at the top and bottom. Both these contribute to hiding the height of the watch while adding charisma of the Mark I chronograph. The barrel case chronograph gets a multi polishing finish, with satin-brushed on the surfaces, especially the old-school sunburst satins on the top surface. In contrast with fine polishing throughout the sides and bezel, while including the bracelet giving it a ritzy tool watch feel.

Intricate piece case with bevel details
The main highlight would be its meteorite dial. It actually spreads the "space jam" to the barrel case and is a significant contributor to the Mark 1 Chronograph's beauty. The Le Jour 7203 chronographs primarily inspired a black dial, but this concept elevates to another level. Given today's advancement in watchmaking, the dial is well executed compared to those of yesteryears. Known as Widmanstätten pattern, the beautiful dial has crisscross lines that emerged from heat exposure with acid, resulting in a unique one-off look on each piece. Adding to that, three black minute rings are placed on the watch's cardinal points to create the sub-dials that accentuates each register with depth.

Another main highlight its tachymeter chapter ring around the dial. It does give the wearer a sense of depth between the crystal and the dial, while having a little retro-flair, from what might be just a plain surround.

Overall, this level of detailing gives the watch dimension and a sense of fine watchmaking and class.

Multi-depth dial for added dimension
The hour and minute hands based on the design most vintage watch collectors are familiar with. The sides are designed for easy time reading. The hands associated with the chronograph are in contrasting pale orange color. Again, this design idea is found in most chronographs in the 80s when a function matters. The right amount of SuperLuminova applied to the dial and hands for operations in the dark.

With functionality in mind, the Le Jour chronograph is fitted with a flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment inside to ensure maximum readability regardless of lighting conditions.

SuperLuminova applied to the dial and hands for operations in the dark
The Mark I chronograph comes on a 22mm solid, three-link bracelet that tapers to 18mm at the clasp. The bracelet's two external links have bevels on the edges that match the bevels on the case. The deployant clasp embodies a push-button release, which has two engraved lines that flow outwards in forming a seamless transition from the watch. That exemplifies one of many things that the brand showing attention to details on their timepieces.

Every Le Jour Mark I chronograph comes in a wooden box with a cleaning cloth.

Seamless transition of the bracelet to the deployant clasp and to the case
The introduction of the Mark l Meteorite Chronograph from Le Jour is indeed an exciting step forward for the addition to Le Jour's stable. This organic and cool-looking Mark I is highly recommended to those looking for a barrel case chronograph or merely those who want and appreciate good design and a well-made chronograph. There might be another similarly executed barrel case, Valjoux 7750 chronographs from other watch companies. Still, they hardly come at this price with a dial material from outer-space.

Specifications

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Maker
Le Jour
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Movement
ETA Valjoux 7750, Automatic - Chronograph Movement
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Dial
Meteorite dial with Black Tachymeter ring
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Luminous
SL C3 Green, Super-LumiNova on hands and indexes
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Case
316L Stainless Steel, Brush / Shiny Finish
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Crown type
Screw down crown
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Lug width
22mm
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Crystal material
Sapphire Crystal with Anti reflective Treatment
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Strap
316L Stainless Steel, Brush / Shiny Finish
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Water resistance
200m/660ft
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Dimensions
42.5mm wide, 45.8mm lug-to-lug, 16mm thick

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