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At its heart, a timepiece is a reflection of our human experience, the embodiment of our concept of the passage of time. From the simplest three-hand timepieces to the most complex haute pieces, a watch is nothing more than our way of reaching out and grasping at the eternal, celestial revolution of our little orb as it dances its way through the heavens.
With a simple three-hand movement, we are able to record the most immediate instances of this dance, the seconds, minutes and hours that comprise each day. But three hands can only go so far. After twelve hours, simple movements start the record over again, resuming the march driven by these smallest of intervals.
The addition of day, date month registers is not simply an exercise in adding mechanical complication, it is the expansion of our vision and account of time and its passage. When wearing a triple-date, the wearer engages with the expanse of time, the hours that have grown to days, days to months. All this captured and recorded in the few millimeters of metal on the wrist.
We can't blame you if you've never heard the name 'Le Phare,' but you shouldn't let the brand's relative obscurity concern you. Le Phare was the brand name for the Jean d'Eve manufacturing company which minted in Switzerland in the late 1800s. Jean d'Eve won several awards for watchmaking in the early 1900s and was so successful and reknown that by 1970, it was the second largest Swiss manufacture of chronographs.
Counted among Le Phare's successes was the contracting of Valjoux for its movements - highly precise, robust movements that found their way into various watches of the era, including the Rolex Daytona. The venerable Valjoux 72c (“c” for calendar) movement powers the timekeeping mechanism and complications of this particular piece, and is without a question one of the best manually-wound chronograph calibers ever created. The triple-calendar version of the Valjoux movement displays the day, date and month, in addition to a 12-hour chronograph with central seconds counter. The silky silver-tone dial and gold-tone Arabic hour markers contrast beautifully with the subtle blue accents of the outer calendar ring and blue-tipped date hand.
The Le Phare is capable of going toe-to-toe with any chronograph of the era - both mechanically and aesthetically - and at 36mm, wears incredibly well on the modern wrist.
Pink Gold Plated Case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown). Valjoux 72C/723 Manual Winding Chronograph Movement. Circa 1950.
Overall Condition: Case is in good condition over all, showing normal wear from age and use. Plating is in very good condition overall, with only minimal wear and rub. Original dial is in outstanding condition with a light even patina. All-original printing, calendar wheels, and hands. Signed steel case back and fluted gold crown.
Includes one light brown leather strap with gold-tone buckle.