JAC Chronograph 7750 (Cuanillon & Cie)
JAC Chronograph, Valjoux 7750 (Cuanillon & Cie), c1983/5
JAC was a sub-brand of Cuanillon & Cie, who were Heuers Swiss distributor. This makes sense, as this JAC’s design is very similar to the Heuers of the time, like the Valjoux 7750 driven Pasadena & Montreals. The design was very popular in the 80’s, with many brands building similar watches with a 7750 heart – like the Le Jour and Porsche Design variations.
I’ve never seen another JAC branded watch, and identifying this one took some time, with nothing showing up after hours of Googling. Thanks to the guys over on TZ-UK, a match was eventually found… JAC and it’s connection to Cuanillon & Cie can be found here and here.
This is a very cool looking watch, with white on black day/date and blasted finish case sitting on the original unsigned bracelet. It’s a big ol’ hefty piece too, being 44mm across (including the crown). It has a real solid tool feel about it, it’s big monotone dial only highlighted by the crisp orange chrono hand. Even the logo is kinda cool looking – in that bold solid font. Plus it is unknown to most, so the watch projects no assumptions about the piece, or wearer, but still looks like it means business. It still looks fresh and modern, but with a vintage twist – right up my street.
More reading on the history of the Val. 7750 here.
Below is a shot of the (date only) Heuer Pasadena 750.501, you can clearly see the similarities..