Rally Chronograph Watch
Huge "Bull-Head" Case
and Outstanding 70s Rally Tool watch Style Design
Powered by the Awesome Valjoux 7750
Veglia: No strangers to design in the world of rally and cars perhaps most notable high precision dashboard instruments with style this Italian company has been creating and designing dial read apparatus and watches since their founding in 1897. But again their most notable designs can be found in dash mounted clocks on Italian luxury cars. Or of course right here in this awesome sports timer bullhead chronograph.
But it's not all design and no substance many of this watch's design features are built in for practicalityThere's a surprising amount of thought that has been put into this watch from a company that may have been previously overlooked.
Take perhaps one of the most striking design aspects of this watch, The bullhead, this not only looks bloody cool, but is a case design originally adapted specifically for 70's Rally Tool Watches placing the crown and quite importantly the pushers at the top of the watch makes the chronograph easier to operate without ever removing your hand from the wheel.
Note also the case is quite drastically tilted of the wrist to give a more "face on" dial read. Not I may add a feature unlike the tilted dash-mount dials you would find in a vintage Rally car
Of course, this is a 70s Watch and its everything a 70s watch should be Big Bold and Brash at a full 46.5mm wide and 43mm tall we certainly have the former sorted.
Another notable and every 70's design feature is the appearance of "Hooded" lugs giving any watch strap the appearance of an incorporated look.
Still in keeping ultra 70s Rally timer look, A touch of colour that we absolutely adore.
Two tones 2/3 split blue-grey dial with "sector" style subsidiary counters.
If you have not worked it out yet what we actually have here is a 7750 calibre on a 45-degree tilt.
Making the subdial at 6 continuous seconds the register at 9 a 30 min counter and the last subdial at 3 a 12h counter. The Day / Date position has not changed but a specially adapted date disk gives a horizontal read day-date feature.
At the Very Perimeter of the dial is the rally track seconds scale at a 1/10 scale.
The Hands Again very rally tool watch Striped Black white hands with tritium tips. super contrasting Orange centre seconds hand, and plain stick subsidiary hands.
The inner Fixed bezel is a roulette tachymeter scale in black white and caramel tones.
A Vintage 70s Period 22mm Rodania Made Perforated Rally Tool Watch watch strap again quite perfectly in keeping with the watches age and style.
The 7750 was developed by Valjoux, a legendary movement maker that was part of the giant ASUAG conglomerate. Created in 1931, AUSAG consolidated many of the independent movement makers in Switzerland. By the early 1970s, AUSAG included several watch brands, such as Certina, Edox, Eterna, Oris and Longines. The origins of the 7750 spring from another famous name from the past, Venus, which became part of Valjoux in 1966.
Many of the world’s best known automatic chronograph movements were developed in the arms race of the late 1960s. Between 1969-1974, there was a golden age of innovation, with the Heuer- Breitling- Hamilton Chronomatic (1969), Seiko 6139 (1969), Zenith El Primero (1969) and Lemania 5100 (1973) all being launched.
Although Valjoux was the leader in manual-wind chronographs, it was slow to the self-winding party, appointing Edmond Capt to lead the development of a new movement in the early 1970s. Based on the manual-wind Valjoux 7733 (itself a descendent of the Venus 188), the 7750 was first available in watches in 1973/4, having been one of the first movements to be designed with the aid of a computer.
A reliable, cost-effective calibre, the 7750 is relatively thick and large compared to its contemporary competitors. There is also a sonic signature: the sound of the rotor. The 7750 is mono-directional (only winds in one direction), and so has a relatively large and heavy oscillating weight that can reach high speeds when rotating in its non-winding direction. Because it free-spins in one direction, you can sometimes feel the movement “wobbling” on your wrist.
Despite a promising start (an estimated 100,000 units in its first year), the Valjoux 7750 was all but dead by 1975, when the decision was taken to stop production. The advent of low-cost quartz movements from Japan had all but destroyed demand for expensive Swiss mechanical watches. Despite stopping production in 1975, such was the drop in demand for the movement, that supply lasted until the early 1980s.
However, just as happened with the El Primero at Zenith, local management ignored the orders to destroy the dies and equipment used to manufacture the 7750, instead hiding the equipment away from corporate eyes.
The Production of the 7750 was officially restarted in 1985 and was in Dozens of HEUER & TAG Heuer Breitling Models right up until the early 2000s
automatic chronograph, 60s, 30min, 12h, cam switched
f = 28800 A/h
power reserve 46h
Spect as always courtesy of Dr. Ranfft