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Post by Mortuus on 2012-08-05, 01:40



I'm not exactly sure just when it was that I caught the Valjoux 7750 bug, but the damned thing sure bit me hard. My latest acquisition, an NOS Jacques Lemans Model 1014-E, has gotten a lot of wear since I picked it up about a month ago, and it doesn't seem to be letting up any.



Manufacturer's Info:
Model: 1014-E
Swiss Automatic Movement, Valjoux 7750
Polished 316L Stainless Steel Case and Bracelet
Silver-White Dial / Subdials
Date Calendar
Luminous Hands
WR to 50 Meters
Sapphire Crystal
Hidden Clasp
Case: 38 mm diameter x 15 mm thick
Bracelet: 20.5 mm W x 9" L
Weight: 210 grams


What a Face

What a Face


I really like the tank style case that, despite its 15mm height, fits very comfortably, due mainly to the gently curved lugs that help keep it firmly - but not too tightly - in place on the wrist. Watches that feature a tall case such as this one usually slide all around my wrist and even slam into my very prominent left wrist bone, but this one rides nice and smoothly throughout my day.



The longer I study and admire watches, the more I've come to enjoy the elegant, less 'busy' designs of pieces like this. The silvery, white-textured dial face is laid out simply and beautifully, with non-textured subdials that feature easy-to-read black markings and numerals. (If you're an 'old geez' like me, you'll genuinely appreciate this particular feature...)



The face also has prominent, brightly shined 'sorta-kinda trapezoidal stick' markers at all positions, except for 6, 9 and 12, where JL placed equally-bright and shiny Roman numerals, and 3 o'clock, where the date indicator is placed. There is the usual 'Swiss Made' notation at the six o-clock position, along with the brand markings at three and 'Automatic Chronometer' at nine. This is all set off and nicely displayed under an exceptionally beautiful curved and bezeled sapphire crystal.


What a Face

What a Face


The lume is bright but limited by its use on only the minute and hour hands. Nonetheless, there's no mistaking what time it is when you give it a quick glance in a darkened space...like Conjurer's car, for instance (or maybe in the trunk of Conj's car; he's been acting rather strange of late, and the police have been by twice now, wanting to talk about him...)


What a Face

What a Face


The five-link bracelet is both attractive and very comfortable. The highly polished links are perfectly proportioned and are paired up with a semi-hidden, smoothly operating spring-and-button dual-deployant clasp. It also features virtually seamless end links that tie the entire piece together perfectly. The watch lays across my wrist so comfortably that - please forgive the old cliche' - I often forget that it's there. Seriously.



As someone who has always been a fan of the Jacques Lemans brand, I'm saddened that it appears its makers are now in the process of 'dumbing down' a product that in earlier times set a high standard for excellence, technical superiority and superb appearance. The good news is that there's still a lot of NOS JL out there - like this one, for instance Smile - and they're still available at some good prices. That I was able to get this one - with a Valjoux 7750 - for under $400 is simply amazing to me.


What a Face


Many thanks for looking, and Lubrificare la capra...



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Re: Mort's NOS Jacques Lemans 1-1014 (with Valjoux 7750)...

Post by AJC on 2012-08-05, 04:11

Beautiful watch and another awesome review, you should start a website.

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Post by DBCooper on 2012-08-05, 04:45

Nice watch Mort. Another great review.

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Post by wottime on 2012-08-05, 13:08

Handsome watch, dead man. Great pics, great review. Always enjoy your reviews.

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Post by Mortuus on 2012-08-05, 16:33

AJC wrote:Beautiful watch and another awesome review, you should start a website.
Many thanks, AJ... My own site? Egads, I'd have to ban myself! Very Happy

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Post by Mortuus on 2012-08-05, 16:35

DBCooper wrote:Nice watch Mort. Another great review.
Many thanks, DB... What a Face

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Post by Mortuus on 2012-08-05, 16:39

wottime wrote:Handsome watch, dead man. Great pics, great review. Always enjoy your reviews.
Many, many thanks, wotts. I always enjoy writing them... What a Face

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Post by AJC on 2012-08-05, 17:21

Mortuus wrote:
AJC wrote:Beautiful watch and another awesome review, you should start a website.
Many thanks, AJ... My own site? Egads, I'd have to ban myself! Very Happy
Razz I was thinking like a watch review site "dead watch reviews" or something. Just a place to keep all your fine reviews.

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Post by wottime on 2012-08-05, 18:37

AJC wrote:
Mortuus wrote:
AJC wrote:Beautiful watch and another awesome review, you should start a website.
Many thanks, AJ... My own site? Egads, I'd have to ban myself! Very Happy
Razz I was thinking like a watch review site "dead watch reviews" or something. Just a place to keep all your fine reviews.

Do agree. I can see it now....enjoy your favorite watch reviews at "Deadmanwatching.com."

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Post by wottime on 2012-08-05, 19:05

OK, that sounds a little creepy.

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Post by Mortuus on 2012-08-05, 19:08

wottime wrote:
AJC wrote:
Mortuus wrote:
AJC wrote:Beautiful watch and another awesome review, you should start a website.
Many thanks, AJ... My own site? Egads, I'd have to ban myself! Very Happy
Razz I was thinking like a watch review site "dead watch reviews" or something. Just a place to keep all your fine reviews.

Do agree. I can see it now....enjoy your favorite watch reviews at "Deadmanwatching.com."

Not creepy at all; great website name, wotts! You, me and AJ would probably be the only members... Wink If I had anything close to the expertise - and energy - required to set it up, I'd give it serious thought...I think it would be cool; how 'bout 'Mort's Death Watch of the Month?' Shocked

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Post by wottime on 2012-08-05, 19:26

How about "Mortus' rigors of watch making?"

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Post by Mortuus on 2012-08-05, 21:44

wottime wrote:How about "Mortus' rigors of watch making?"
Not bad; I could always change my screen name to 'Rigor Mortuus'...and I still like the deadmanwatching.com, and no one's taken the name yet... What a Face

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