Most people, who are aware of the Revival 1969 LE, know that it uses a ‘new-old-stock’ (NOS) Valjoux 7734 hand-wound movement.
However from talking to people recently at SalonQP, what most visitors didn’t realise is, the movements Pinion are using are not pre-assembled ‘old stock’ that have been bought, but actually they come from ebauché kits that consist of all the movement components separately.
This means that the parts in these kits have never been assembled or used in any movement since they were manufactured in 1969. Quite simply, the parts are as new as the day they were made, forty five years ago.
Because of their age, their ‘as new’ condition and their ebauché ‘kit’ form, this undoubtedly makes the movements Pinion is using the rarest and most valuable form of Valjoux 7734 you can buy in the world today.
Naturally, due to Pinion’s investment in these ebauché components, here in England, a great amount of work is undertaken in assembling these into working movements. By using very experienced watchmakers (Some of whom, have first hand experience of the 7734 working on them from the 1960s) Pinion revives these components into living mechanical engines that will power the beautiful and highly detailed and limited edition chronographs.