Prototype Paul Newman Valjoux 7765 chronograph

Art Deco


Prototype chronograph 'Paul Newman' dial Ref. 500-1

An intriguing and vibrant blue prototype chronograph, exceptionally rare, hailing from the early 1980s. These were made for Nivada, Dugena, LeJour. Singer offered the dial.

Quick facts

There's no logo and no insignia on the movement. Were made for multiple brands.

Brand: Prototype
Model: 'Paul Newman' chronograph
Reference: 500-1
Year: 1980s
Case: Stainless steel, 37mm
Caliber: Valjoux 7765, manual wound

What about it

In today's fast-paced information age, stumbling upon prototype vintage watches is a rare occurrence. Therefore, coming across this particular timepiece is truly a noteworthy find.

The dial layout of this model adheres to the characteristic style found in Valjoux 7760 chronographs. Notably, it adopts a distinctive two-register configuration, positioning the chronograph counters at 9 o'clock and 12 o'clock, while accommodating a date window at 3 o'clock. Additionally, the outer track of the dial is adorned with a tachymeter scale, contributing to the overall design and functionality of the timepiece.

The vibrant blue dial of this timepiece boasts a textured surface, complemented by black glossy sub-dials featuring lollipop indexes with square tops, and a captivating luminescent color. The rotating bezel is seamlessly integrated into the case, maintaining a cohesive design without protruding beyond the case sides. While the crystal adds height, creating a perception of thickness when viewed from the side, on the wrist, the watch sits comfortably. The case exhibits a combination of brushed and polished surfaces, contributing to its overall aesthetic appeal.

The overall design of this timepiece exudes a hint of funkiness, evoking the sporty and distinctive aesthetics characteristic of the 1970s. What makes it particularly intriguing is the fact that these designs continued to be produced into the early 1980s, showcasing a unique blend of retro charm and enduring style.

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Prototype Paul Newman Valjoux 7765 chronograph

The 'Paul Newman' dial

The standout feature of this design lies in the presence of the distinctive 'square lollipop' index markers on the sub-dials, complemented by an Art Deco-style font face. This makes this dial very different from "the regular" dials. The intriguing origin of this feature can be traced back to Rolex, specifically on their Cosmograph Daytona models from the 1960s, with Paul Newman's ref 6239 (hence the name). Singer, the dial manufacturer, who made dials for Cosmograph, incorporated this distinctive design into dials produced for various brands over many years. The extensive list of brands includes Tudor, Vulcain, Nivada, LeJour, Dugena, Lipp, Wyler, Bucherer, and more.

Very lengthy article about these dials on RPR

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Availability: Ultra rare
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Pricing: 2000 €
(Jan 2024)



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