The Clebar brand is a bit of an enigma. The most solid piece of history regarding the brand is that the name was first used by Edward Trauner Inc. on September 21st, 1925 and was registered as a trademark on June 9th, 1955. Mr. Trauner is best known for being the US distributor for Zodiac, Vacheron & Constantin, and Kenneth J. Lane watches. The Zodiac connection is the most important here. The bits of information available online point to Clebar being a sub-brand of Zodiac. From what we can find it doesn’t look like Clebar made their own watches but rather branded watches from other manufacturers including, possibly, Heuer.
This particular watch bears no known reference number and, in our research, we were only able to find one other example of this watch. Even though there is no reference number, it is definitely a Clebar. This is evident by the signed dial, movement, and caseback. The watch itself is somewhat typical of a rugged chronograph from the ‘70s. It features the venerable Valjoux 7733 in a cushion shaped case with a rotating 60 seconds bezel, a solid combination that was used by many brands of the day. There are no markings on the watch that indicate a production date but the Valjoux 7733 was produced between 1969 and 1978 so the watch dates to somewhere in that range.
The 37mm stainless steel case is in good condition showing minor scratches throughout. With only one other example available for reference, it is hard to know what the original case edges and finishing looked like but our guess is that this watch has received polishing throughout its life. Additionally, the chronograph pushers, while similar, are not a matching set. With so little information available it is hard to determine if one is original or both are replacements.
The Dial and Hands
The matte black dial has held up wonderfully over time and is in very good condition with no major defaults or scratches to disclose. Most notably regarding the condition of the dial are the tritium lume plots that have aged consistently across the dial to a beautiful caramel color. The same color lume is present in the hour and minute hands with only a very small piece missing from the hour hand. The lume plot at the top of the rotating bezel, however, is no longer in place. Additionally, the mineral crystal is in excellent condition.
The watch is powered by a manually wound Valjoux 7733 signed Clebar Watch Co. These movements were produced between 1969 and 1978. The watch is currently running and the functions of the chronograph are operational. The service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Manual, Valjoux 7733|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Nato Strap|