Here we have a Wyler Valjoux 7750 Chronograph from the late 70’s to early 80’s, that is bang on trend in 2019!
There has been a lot of commentary on what is the next “Big Thing” in vintage watches; and the general consensus is “Blue” is the new Black!
Our Wyler Valjoux 7750 Chronograph has a beautiful Blue face complimented by silver sub dials at the 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions and these are balanced by the date window at 3 o’clock. It is further enhanced by the polished 5-minute Baton and Arabic Numeral markers. It really does stand out from the crowd; and with its two-tone blue NATO strap we have fitted, it is bang on trend!
The Sapphire Crystal is unscratched and in perfect condition. Perfect for the face to shine through unhindered.
The case is in equally good condition. It still sports its highly polished Stainless-Steel finish with minimal wear. Light swirl marks can be seen, but nothing that indicates the watch has been worn for any length of time.
The caseback has the Wyler “Genève” logo, Automatique and “Etanche” (sealed) etched nicely. It has the classic domed shape required to house the quite deep Valjoux 7750 movement contained within.
We love the Valjoux 7750 movement. It was introduced on July 1st, 1974 at the height of the Quartz crisis and initially did well with a purported 100,000 pieces sold that year. Surprisingly, production ceased abruptly the following year, with supplies lasting well into the 1980’s.
Despite the instruction to destroy the tools, technical drawings and dies, they were moth-balled instead; allowing production to restart in 1985 when demand for mechanical watches began to recover. The durable and inexpensive design allowed the Swatch Group to produce large volumes, re-branding them ETA 7750’s.
It didn’t take long for the ETA 7750 to become the most commonly used Swiss automatic chronograph movement. In its highly finished form, its accuracy and robustness allowed it to achieve COSC Chronometer certification meeting the standards required for adoption by manufacturers like IWC, Tudor, Panerai, Hublot, Breitling, TAG Heuer, Buren, Zenith, and others. It can look back on a distinguished history powering an incredible variety of watches and serving as the basis for some very complicated conceptions. Forty-five years after the first Valjoux 7750s were delivered to clients, the Valjoux 7750 is still going strong.
The Wyler Valjoux 7750 Chronograph we have here therefore, represents an economic way into Valjoux 7750 ownership, wrapped up in a wonderful “Blue is the new Black” package.
As we say, bang on trend!