Chuck Maddox’s Watch Blog

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Martin adds to our Valjoux 72 knowledge

From: Martin Vogt <m-b.vogt@xxxxxxx.de>
Date: January 17, 2006 5:52:02 AM CST
To: <Chuck Maddox>
Subject: Info on the Valjoux 72 5

Hi Chuck,

it's always a pleasure to read your watch blog.

I wish I could find the time/material to post more frequently. Hopefully I will and things will pick up.

You asked for further information on the Val. 72 theme and I checked my good old Chronograph 'bible' , the Lang-Meis, Chronographen, Armbanduhren: Die Zeit zum Anhalten  (transl. : Chronographs, Wristwatches: The Time to Stop) published by Callwey, 1992, (not continued!) unfortunately only available in german. (One of the authors is Mr. Gerd R. Lang, owner of Chronoswiss, a master-watchmaker, watch-maniac and a chrono specialist . 

Searching the model-tableaus I found a remark on the Valjoux 725 :  12-hour counter and flyback device.....  But no photo or further description....

 Wow, well that makes sense! Thanks for the info/insight!

This is the only information on this movement I ever noticed since collecting chronographs. Neither other books nor the internet brought additional information. Maybe this was a Valjoux project only which was not continued???

That's a possibility... Or it could be some firm incorporated the movement into a product without making a splash about it.

Best regards from Germany

Martin 

PS: According to the named book, the Val. 71 has 14''' only.  Anyone told me that the Val.71 should have been the predecessor of the Val.72. The corresponding two-subdial version to the Val. 71 is the Val. 22 (also 14''') with its successor Val.23

Good information to know! Thanks Martin! Here is an updated table:

Valjoux 72 Family of Chronograph Movements:
Movement #:

Description:

71

Large 15 Ligne version of Valjoux 72 (13 Ligne or just under)

72

Basic ‘Plain Jane’ Valjoux 72.

721

"Seafarer" Tides complication in 9 o'clock sub-dial...

722

Rolex variant with Breguet Overcoil & MicroStella Balance

72c/723

Tri-Date non-moonphase v.72

724

GMT complication

725

Fly-back complication, not certain it was ever produced in quantity

726

Improved v.72 movement.

727

Rolex version of 726 with Bruget Overcoil & MicroStella*

728

1 Register/Center Pinion Chrono Minute hand varitant.

729

GMT, probably v.726 with GMT complicaton added.

730

Another Triple-Date model, perhaps DDM v.726?

88

Triple-Date Moonphase model (v.723/72c with Moonphase)

* Note: The posting of Kohei's scan of the GP is something that throws a monkey wrench into my theory of the v.727 being a Rolex Exclusive movement, I think there is more to this movement than I know at this time.

Thank you Martin for increasing our knowledge!

-- Chuck

2 Comments:

Anonymous Manuel said...

Hello!

I'm Portuguese. My name's Manuel António. I have a Longines caliber 330. Surpriselly, his basis caliber is the famous Valjoux 72.
At the moment, that's all.

Thanks.

Manuel António.
manuel.antonio14@gmail.com

Sunday, January 07, 2007 3:57:00 PM  
Anonymous mac@hmdbuilders.com said...

Here is a Breguet Type XX Military Chronograph with the Valjoux 725 movement from Wanna Buy A Watch, www.wannabuyawatch.com, in Los Angeles, CA. http://www.wannabuyawatch.com/indpages/31957.html

Sunday, November 18, 2007 6:14:00 AM  

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