Chopard. A Stainless Steel Automatic Diver’s Wristwatch
Model: Pro One
Case No: 100xxxx
L.U.C. 4.96 automatic jeweled movement, textured black dial, applied dagger numerals with orange fill, outer minute divisions, center seconds, date window between 4 and 5 o’clock, stainless steel circular case, brushed finish unidirectional bezel calibrated to 60 units, screw down crown, screw back with engraved compass and Chopard logo, case, dial, and movement signed
From 1993 through 1996, Chopard began developing their own in-house movements, an ambitious step at the time. By 1997 the brand was able to produce a line of watches with these movements, which was named “L.U.C.” after the company’s founder, Louis-Ulysse Chopard. The intention behind making in-house movements was to step away from the watch community’s perception of the brand as a “jewelry watch” brand and to be recognized for producing a movement with comparable finish to the top Swiss brands.
The L.U.C. movements featured exceptional finishing, a longer power reserve (for an automatic wristwatch), and a unique winding structure with two barrels stacked on top of each other. They also were all stamped with the Geneva Seal, a mark of quality which indicates the movement has met 12 criteria for assembly and decoration. As of 2014, the brand only produces 5,000 L.U.C. timepieces per year.
In 2002, Chopard launched the Pro One series, their first diver’s watch with an in-house movement. The model featured a classical design with the technical innovation of an in-house movement that allowed the watch to be accurate while diving to 300 meters. The Pro One series was produced through 2009 and then discontinued. The present watch is an excellent opportunity to acquire a piece from a brand which has made great strides in increasing vertical integration in the last two decades, producing as much as possible in-house, including both high-end watches and pieces for the everyday consumer.