Nov 01, 2019,09:35 AM

I recently met a fellow collector who offered to trade his Octo Calendrier for my Chronometre Bleu.
I love my CB and have owned it from new. Originally planning to keep it forever.
Question to the FPJ affocionados here: what’s the view on the Octo Calendrier in terms of reliability, collectability and its position in the FPJ range?
To clarify: it’s an early build OC with the brass movement.
Thanks in advance.

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It depends...

 By: ChristianDK : November 1st, 2019-10:04
The Calendrier is certainly one of the collectible in the Journe terminology. It was one of the founding pieces that helped FP in his claim to fame. Especially if you are talking about one of the early gold dials. It has the Octa movement which is a good ... 

You’re welcome

 By: ChristianDK : November 1st, 2019-12:58
Do sleep on it. It is definitely worth giving some thought because it’s not a bad idea. However, don’t forget weigh in your first instinct - that is often the right one.

I'd say "go with your gut and keep the CB," but...

 By: CR : November 4th, 2019-18:18
... otherwise I'd probably make the trade. It all comes down to personal aesthetic preference for me. I've thought about getting a CB quite often but didn't pull the trigger because I didn't think I'd wear it. I have other time-only watches that I like mo... 

Thanks. Good advice. [nt]

 By: Euroasianstar : November 4th, 2019-20:41

Interesting conundrum

 By: colton_d : November 1st, 2019-11:11
I too have a CB, sourced before they went bananas on the secondary market - would I do the trade myself? Yes, absolutely. I very much enjoy the Octo Calendrier layout, and concur with Christian that it holds a very special place in the Journe historical t... 


 By: RTO (T8W8T8) : November 1st, 2019-12:01

I don’t know!

 By: Jay (Eire) : November 1st, 2019-13:01
I have attempted to respond to this post several times only to delete or revise my advice / answer. What that tells me is that I’m not sure! I don’t know what is the right answer. Certainly you are getting a more complicated watch. Certainly you are getti... 

We are EXACTLY the same place, Jay. I’m struggling with it as well. I am going back and forth.

 By: ChristianDK : November 1st, 2019-13:48
What he would be getting is highly attractive and an important watch. But letting the CB go - I’m not sure I can recommend.

IF the Calendrier is working as it should... then YES if you love the dial and it makes you smile more :)

 By: IndieFan : November 1st, 2019-15:28
I'd personally do this swap very easily. I own both pieces and various versions of the Calendrier and it's a magnificent dial, especially with retrograde date. The CB is amazing too, but I'd choose the extra complication that the Calendrier offers, but ON... 

Great input from an actual owner

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-09:15
I agree - with the right dial, I would probably do it as well. What is your impressions with the issues of the Calendrier. Have they been ironed out. I have a RDM that had issues with the date as it was one of the first pieces. This was fixed automaticall... 

OC Issues can easily be fixed in a service

 By: IndieFan : November 2nd, 2019-17:57
I have had an early brass OC with a date issue in the past with it skipping days/months etc, and this was easily fixed during a service like your RDM. Since the service it's had no further issues, and if an error had again occurred it would have been fixe... 

This was exactly my impression as well

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-19:29
Thank you for confirming it. It this point they are so rare in the market so seeing a nice one, mechanical issues should not be the major concern.

Wow - how many do you have? [nt]

 By: ChristianDK : November 3rd, 2019-01:19

Great question! Firstly, I own a CB and love it for many reasons. As others have stated, the OC is one of the signature Journe pieces and help establish the brand. Further, the brass movements, as you know, are more sought after.

 By: Obeezy : November 1st, 2019-17:33
I have thought about acquiring an OC many times over the years and missed out on a great opportunity to obtain one and that missed opportunity still haunts me. It haunts me because it was a great deal. Absent another “great deal,” I hesitate to purchase o... 

i'll keep the Chronometre is a very versatile watch & still classy.

 By: mahesh : November 3rd, 2019-02:45
i'm personally tilted towards manually wound movements & unless the 'calendar' function is very useful & must for you - stay with CB. there are not too many offers today that can match CB... Best, mahesh.,