Title: Clebar Panda Valjoux Watch Chronograph Poor-Man's Heuer NYC FREE SHIP - Recently Serviced by

  1. luzer

    luzer Sep 9, 2018

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    FS: Clebar Panda Valjoux Watch Chronograph Poor-Man's Heuer NYC FREE SHIP

    • Recently Serviced by AS
    • Notes: replacement crown, rest original
    • Warranty: 30 days
    • Movement: Valjoux 72
    • Price: $3,000 for head and band. insured shipping included.
    • References: many references available at Onthedash or the NYC Heuer scene
    [from analogshift]

    In Welsh it means “clamor,” like the kind of noise that arises when someone puts a Paul Newman Daytona on the table at a watch get-together. But we’re not so sure how familiar the good people of Switzerland were with Welsh when they came up with the name Clebar. However, a look in a French-English dictionary yields the word clébard, which might hold the key to the brand name’s origins.



    In English, it means mutt.



    The trademark was first used in the 1920s by Edward Trauner, Inc., best-known for bringing Zodiac watches to the States. By the 1950s it became associated with watches that collectors have dubbed “Poor Man’s Heuers” due to their similarity to watches like the Heuer Carrera or Autavia. However, far from being pale imitations, “Poor Man’s Heuers” were made with the same care and attention to detail—and oftentimes the same parts.



    Faced with strictures on imports following the Great Depression, many Swiss watch brands partnered with U.S.-based companies in order to bring their products stateside. The partnership between Longines and Wittnauer, or Wakmann and Breitling, are examples of this type of symbiotic relationship. Watches would be manufactured in Switzerland—often with fewer jewels, to get around U.S. restrictions—and then sent to the States, for either assembly or retail.



    To prove that they were compliant with U.S. tariffs, the dials would be printed—not with the name of the manufacturer, such as Heuer or Breitling—but with the distributor’s.



    Since Zodiac had already gained traction in the U.S., Trauner pulled an old trademark from its archives and used it to import the sporty chronographs that modern-day collectors love.



    Watches like this one, for example, which takes the classic white-on-black color-way and livens it up with a splash of blue in the outer tachymeter scale. Furthermore, instead of the budget-conscience (but no less reliable) Valjoux 7730, this one is powered by the Valjoux 72. Combining robust internals with cool looks, this is a mutt that simply begs to be taken for a walk



    more pics here- https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6q7ehuwfk8kxlvx/AACttfWo72ypvGKe5_g2urwEa?dl=0


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  2. wolfensonm

    wolfensonm Aug 19, 2019

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    Hi Luzer - I realize post is 10 months old but just came across your watch. By any chance is it still available / for sale?

    Thanks in advance!