WatchTime E-Special: Valjoux

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WatchTime  E-Special: Valjoux

This special tablet reprint contains two articles on the celebrated self-winding chronograph movement called the ETA/Valjoux 7750, one of the most important watch movements ever
made. The first article, by Gisbert Brunner, tells the tale of how the caliber was developed, fell into desuetude, and then rallied to become a watch industry star. The second article, by Lucien Trueb, is a profile of the man behind the 7750, Edmond Capt. The former article was originally published in WatchTime’s June 2008 issue; the latter in WatchTime’s August 2003 issue. Both have been reproduced here as they first appeared.


THE FALL AND RISE OF THE VALJOUX 7750

The first Valjoux 7750 movements began ticking in 1972 and Valjoux began deliveries in 1973. Production reached 100,000 units per year. But in 1975, the Valjoux 7750 fell victim to the quartz crisis. All 7750 movements in stock were to be destroyed along with the tools to make them. This article reveals how the famed self-winding chrono caliber got a second wind.


MAN OF RECORD

This article profiles Edmond Capt, a native of Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux, who is the creator of the Valjoux 7750, the world’s most popular chronograph movement, as well as 32 other calibers.

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