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    Question LeJour - What do you guys think

    in terms of the desirability of the LeJour branded Orfina's vs PD?
    Andy

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    Hi Andy
    I appreciate you may not be asking me, but a few observations, limited only to this LeJour line, a sort of "poor man's PD"


    Pic from Jumbo prawn (?)

    The LeJour line was not made by Orfina, if by anyone it was by Heuer, alongside the Pasadena. However, even that isn't certain, LeJour must have made some of their own watches, and offered this line with a variety of movements.

    However, the Lejour was never made with the Lemania movement, but the V7750, the same as the original PD chrono, designed by Ferdinand and released in 1974.

    Orfina moved over to the Lemania (and won the Bund Contract with it) in 1979.

    The LeJours were made after that, in the original case design, which differs from the latter PDs. Have a look at the crystal surround. The earliest PDs and the LeJours have an anled chamfer away from the crystal. Seen here



    (I am sure Jon won't mind the use of his photo) - also note the eggshell effect "paint-like" surface - very like the LeJour

    Here is a later V7750 PD



    (Thanks Chuck)

    See the rounded top to the crystal surround? Different case.

    The LeJours all used the former case design.

    I have to say I have never handled a Lejour "PD-alike", but the finish doesn't look the best, and the black case treatment seems more paint like than the impregnated finish on the latter Orfina's. Have a look at this one of my old PD, with worn "PVD", which is actually an iumpregnation into the metal, a chrome oxide surface infusion, really. No "eggshell" texture here.



    The LeJours suffer from using the 7750, Lemania PDs are always higher valued than the 7750 ones.

    The hands don't look as good.

    And they were never issued, whereas the PD found favour with German forces, France, Spain, Venezuela, UAE, NATO etc etc

    So overall, less desirable, although the difference seems to have narrowed a lot in the last few years.

    Does this help? Or have I just been my usual confusing self?

    Dave
    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveS View Post
    Does this help? Or have I just been my usual confusing self?

    Dave
    Yes and No. In that order.

    Thanks very much for the info.
    Andy

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