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Five Funky Chronographs From The 1970s At replica watches Of Knightsbridge

Auction season is starting soon, and the next sale at replica watches Of Knightsbridge is fast approaching. While it is shorter than the previous sale ("only" 335 lots), it does not lack in interesting pieces, keeping in line with the house's focus of offering more accessible pieces at auction. From the March 18 catalog I've selected five chronographs with a high estimate below $5,000 that all have seductive 1970s looks. Besides the French Lip and Yema, you'll also find an overlooked Zenith El Primero reference A787, a Fortis Marinemaster reference 8001, and a square Favre-Leuba reference 31013. Get ready to discover some funky designs and unexpected colors.

ADVERTISEMENT 1970s Lip Chronograph, With Pink And Orange Dial Accents

The French brand Lip made a name for itself with reliable movements and avant-garde designs. While this chronograph still relies on the outsourced Valjoux 7730, the pink notes of the dial definitely stand out against the grey minute track. And of course the handset is red/orange, because why not? The case is made of stainless steel, a positive point since most of the Lip chronographs from the 1970s were plated. The diameter is listed as 37mm but I would bet that it's closer to a "large 35mm," with the slim bezel making it wear like a bigger watch. You can also bet that you won't see chronographs like this around too often since no other brand ever dared to use this combination of neon colors on a chronograph.

This Lip is lot 43 and it carries an estimate of £1,500-2,500 (approximately $1,820-3,040 at time of publishing).

Yema Rallye Chronograph With Formica Dial

The 1970s was a good time period for French brands, further evidenced by this Yema Rallye with its incredible sandwich dial that incorporate a formica layer. This is exactly the type of aesthetic we would expect from the dashboard of a sportscar straight from that decade. Like the Lip above, it relies on a Valjoux movement, here the caliber 7734, which allows for that unusual date window at six o'clock, also framed in attractive (if strange) fake wood. The 39mm diameter is another nice surprise, and the fake watch comes with the tachymeter bezel that you would expect from its name.

This unique-looking Yema is lot 93 and it carries an estimate of £2,500-3,500 (approximately $3,040-4,250), which is right around market value.

Favre Leuba Chronograph Reference 31013

The 1970s were not only about eccentric dials, but also crazy new geometric case shapes, and that is what this Favre-Leuba is all about. The case is actually guaranteed water-resistant up to 10 ATM (around 100 meters), not a small feat given the increased complexity that comes with the square shape. Yet, it is not the only Favre-Leuba with such abilities, the well-known Deep Blue and Sky Chief models also coming to mind. The date placement here indicates the presence of the manually-wound Valjoux caliber 232, while the original signed bracelet completes the look (it was manufactured by NSA, which also produced some similar-looking bracelets for Heuer at the time).

This square Favre-Leuba is lot 70 and it carries an estimate of £1,200-1,500 (approximately $1,460-1,820.

Fortis Marinemaster Reference 8001

For its 100th Anniversary in 2012, Fortis launched a re-edition of the Marinemaster chronograph ?the reference 8001 seen here is the original from the 1970s. The Marinemaster moniker was used on other occasions by Fortis (and by Seiko), but this chronograph stands out thanks to its overall blue theme, from the sub-registers to the handset. Speaking of the hands, the seconds hand is obviously too short, and beyond any doubt an improper replacement part since the original hand extended until the inner track, in order to read the tachymeter scale. The stainless steel case with rotating bezel reaches a very nice 39mm size, and it houses the famed Valjoux 72 caliber, the movement also found in the Replica Rolex Daytona of that time.

This blue Fortis is lot 140 and it carries an estimate of £2,000-3,000 (approximately $2,450-3,700).

Zenith El Primero Reference A787

While the El Primero's birth in 1969 is well documented and the references A386 and A3817 get all the attention with their tri-color dials, but the silver-dialed reference A787 does not lack interest. First off, only 1,500 examples were manufactured in 1971-1972, so it's certainly rare. Its case shape might be more of an acquired taste, but this Zenith offers the very same chronograph caliber 3019 PHC, which changed the watchmaking history in no small way. Note that the plain caseback here is perfectly correct for the reference, while the listing also mentions that the crown is properly signed.

This rare Zenith El Primero is lot 306 and it carries an estimate of £1,800-2,400 (approximately $2,200-2,950).

To see the rest of the catalog for the 335-lot May 18 auction, visit replica watches of Knightsbrige online.

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