Info regarding AMVOX crystal-activated chronographs from JLC

Jul 23, 2022,14:22 PM

I’m considering starting the hunt for one. Any current or past owners, that can share their experience? I have relatively smaller wrists (6.5 inches). How does the 44mm case wear?  Which version would you prefer (grade 5 titanium Vs black ceramic)? Any problems with the chronograph function activation and reset (with time)? How’s the legibility? Is it a double barrel movement (to offer the 65 hour PR)?

It seems like they were issued at a time when watch journalistic reporting wasn’t as in-depth as it is now. Not much information posted about MSRP, LUL, weight etc

Thanks in advance 

Much appreciated 


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My friend, I wrote a lot about the Amvox II. Please use our search engine with the Key Words Amvox II, you will find them.

 By: amanico : July 23rd, 2022-14:33
But here are some answers: 1/ The 44 mm case will be good for your wrist, since the lugs are quite short. 2./ Between titanium and black dlc titanium, a matter of taste. The Extreme fan in me would make me choose the Black. But the Titanium will stand the... 


 By: Lankysudanese : July 23rd, 2022-15:57
Please delete this thread/post then.

just read several of your super-informative posts, Nico.

 By: Lankysudanese : July 23rd, 2022-17:00
it is a very uniquely-activated and represented chronograph, with the functional bells-and-whistles of vertical clutch and column wheel. 65 hours of PR in a chronograph, at the time that these timepieces were introduced, is bonkers! some have the running ... 


 By: Lankysudanese : July 24th, 2022-04:37

Many thanks to all the wonderful purists (Nico, Filip, Claus, Jon and Chet)

 By: Lankysudanese : July 24th, 2022-17:32
for taking the time to write detailed responses to a purist-in-need. I got into watches after buying a college friend a tag heuer for his college graduation. That got me hooked. 19 years later, that same friend lends me his AMVOX 2 for me to wear during a...  

Let us know!

 By: amanico : July 24th, 2022-20:23

As Nicolas said....

 By: InHavenPro : July 23rd, 2022-16:01
there is a 'sea' of information on these watches available to you here.... These are links to some of my own threads: Cheers and good luck, I hope you get one!!

Much appreciated.

 By: Lankysudanese : July 23rd, 2022-16:54
So far, it appears that several variants of the AMVOX II were produced (including a platinum one, and several dial variants of the DLC titanium case) along with the AMVOX VII with a with the radial power reserve indication on the dial. The latter is gorge... 

In my experience,

 By: InHavenPro : July 23rd, 2022-17:02
only the PVD coating on the buckle itself is really sensitive to chips, the cases themselves appear to be fairly tough against anything other than 'hairline' scratches. I'll share a picture of my buckle with you a bit later.... Cheers, Filip


 By: amanico : July 23rd, 2022-23:49

I own the original titanium version, here’s my 2 cents…

 By: cfn : July 24th, 2022-06:27
Pro - Beautiful, clean look compared to some of the later variations - Love the many layers in the dial - Unique functionality that always make other watch fans smile - Love the cut-out showing off the red movement parts - Incredibky light for it’s size -...  

This is what I mean about missing ‘the old JLC’

 By: cfn : July 24th, 2022-06:36
At the risk of going off-topic: Two crazy ‘outside the box’ watches from around 2010-11 ...  

Amvox 6?

 By: amanico : July 24th, 2022-10:50

7 (typo)

 By: Lankysudanese : July 24th, 2022-11:09

Ah yes!

 By: amanico : July 24th, 2022-12:36

No, indeed.

 By: amanico : July 25th, 2022-08:10

That’s more $2M than $0.02….👍🏿👍🏿

 By: Lankysudanese : July 24th, 2022-07:50
. Long term ownership reviews are super helpful. - Some of the straps appear to have lume. That’s neat, but not when the strap lume is more prominent than the lume on the hands 🤣. - Weird manual-winding huh? Fortunately, it’s automatic, but I truly enjoy ... 

Good questions

 By: cfn : July 24th, 2022-08:41
- The deployant on my watch is a steel deployant (if that’s what you mean). It does keep the watch nicely in place. he watch is really not top-heavy due to the titanium. That leaves the fact that it still feels quite tall. - No issues with water resistanc... 


 By: Lankysudanese : July 24th, 2022-09:55
. Looks like JLC also offered some with a titanium deployant. It’s never too late to learn how to swim 😁

Wearing mine today. Great watch and incredible value.

 By: ChetBaker : July 24th, 2022-11:22
Not a small watch bit wears just fine on a 17cm wrist. Much better and lighter than a DSOTM or Fifty Fathoms both 44 and 45mm models. ...  


 By: amanico : July 24th, 2022-12:36

"Wears much better and lighter than my 44mm omega speedmaster” was what I just told my neighbor watch friend

 By: Lankysudanese : July 24th, 2022-17:18
The curved caseback and titanium and deployant clasp results in the Goldilocks zone in terms of wearing comfort (Watch is being borrowed from a longterm friend) ...  

I was in a similar position earlier in the year.

 By: GWIS : July 24th, 2022-12:57
I ended up with the Amvox 2 Chronograph Racing from 2009. I went for plain titanium because I was concerned about the PVD scratching (my OCD tendencies would come to the fore if I had a scratch on a PVD watch and I am not sure how easy/costly it would be ... 

Much appreciated input and insight, Jon.

 By: Lankysudanese : July 24th, 2022-17:24
I actually found out that a longterm friend owned an AMVOX 2 chrono, and he graciously lent it to me for my upcoming 3 week vacation Photos below My initial impression is of lightness and excellent wearability (with the curved caseback and titanium and sh...  

It's good to have friends like that Hussam!

 By: GWIS : July 25th, 2022-05:28
Cool pictures. I bought my watch from a dealer in Tokyo and it had been serviced by them or the previous owner at JLC in Japan just before they put it on sale. As a result I don't know how long the service took or the exact cost. However, when I received ... 

Yes, he’s a friend indeed 😁.

 By: Lankysudanese : July 25th, 2022-07:52
850-1000 USD for a full rehaul (of a super complex automatic vertical clutch chronograph with case activation) and fill repolish of a grade 5 titanium case…isn’t something that I’d classify under unreasonable. Thanks for the kind words. Hope that you are ... 

Nico: I know that Lange and IWC do laser-weld repolishing of cases and deployant clasps.

 By: Lankysudanese : July 25th, 2022-11:21
Can you [as the resident JLC honorary CEO 😁) confirm if JLC doesn’t the same? I’d imagine so, but previous posts from purists had commented about how their duometers got regular polishing (which shaved metal off of the case) Thanks, my friend

No problem.

 By: GWIS : July 25th, 2022-08:30
We are just finishing a 10 day holiday in Switzerland - a week in the mountains around Wengen and 3 days in the south near Lugano. I am just on a train to Zurich and hope to have time for a quick walk past the plentiful watch shops in Bahnhofstrasse befor... 

Sounds like a great holiday. I hope that you continue to enjoy your time there.

 By: Lankysudanese : July 25th, 2022-09:50
My folks live in geneva, but we haven’t travelled much in the rest of Switzerland. So this time we plan to hit up interlaken, zermat and Zurich. My wife’s birthday will be during our planned time in Zurich, so I am trying to find something fun and excitin... 

A most innovative chrono

 By: Alfihar : July 26th, 2022-05:45
My preference goes to model DBS for its black dial and its greater coherence in terms of design with the AMVOX I. One of my favorite watch.... The small defects are for me the lack of flexibility of the vertical release that I would have wished smoother a...  

Thanks for sharing your honest feedback, and wonderful photos.

 By: Lankysudanese : July 26th, 2022-12:09
It’s a wonderful and technologically-unmatched timepiece, but [unfortunately] not for me. I wore the exact same reference as the one you have, for about 24 hours, and the sharp edge of the curved caseback edge dug into the bony part of my wrist and left a...  

I had a similar experience with my Amvox 2 and I found that loosening the strap a notch helped reduce the pressure of the case back. That may or may not be of any use to you!

 By: GWIS : July 29th, 2022-16:19
If you can’t get the Amvox 2 to be comfortable on your wrist then I agree that it is a no go. I believe the case of the Amvox 7 was re-designed in some way and I wonder if that has helped address the sharp edge on the case back? Can you find another frien... 

Thanks for the tip. Will try it when I get back from vacation.

 By: Lankysudanese : August 2nd, 2022-11:26
lol @ “can you find another friend with an AMVOX 7” Hope you are well Hussam