A few weeks back, the folks at Govberg watches let me get some hands on with some of their pre-owned inventory. The first piece I chose to review is the Blancpain Leman Moon in stainless steel. As some of you may have seen on Instagram, Blancpain is a favorite of many of the members of Red Bar Crew. So reviewing this piece was a no brainer.
A Brief History of Blancpain
Since I don’t personally own a Blancpain, I figured test driving this piece would be a good way for me to get to know the brand. As some of you may know, Blancpain is one of the oldest brands still in operation. The brand started production in 1735 and is notable for making a wide range of watches, from highly complicated pieces to their popular Fifty-Fathoms dive watch. Blancpain also prides itself on never having produced a quartz watch. So having one of the brand’s complicated “complete” calendar (with moon phase!) in my possession was quite a treat.
One of my favorite things to do when reviewing a watch is to research the history of the brand. So a few highlights for me; the brand was largely independent until this century. In the 1950s, the brand was purchased by SSIH (later renamed to Swatch group). In 1983 the brand was sold to Jacques Piguet and Jean-Claude Biver. It wasn’t until 1993 that SSIH/Swatch purchased the brand back and appointed Jean-Claude Biver as CEO. The brand is now owned and controlled by Swatch Group.
Wearing the Leman Moon Complete Calendar
The 38mm stainless steel case fit my wrist nicely. The solid caseback provides a smooth feel on the wrist and added to the mystery of piece. I couldn’t help myself to Google images of the movement (trust me, it’s a beaut). The 20mm lugs make the piece popular with collectors that want to change their straps. This piece looks great on the metal bracelet or a fashionable leather strap. The watch has a 100meter/330ft depth rating.
I found the dial to be very legible under a variety of lighting conditions. There was some glare under heavy sunlight, but the anti-glare crystal helped to make up for some of these effects.
The bracelet is a smooth interlocked type with a deployant buckle, you can really see the quality added with each screw. The thing is built like a tank and appears to be able to take a beating. Alternatively, the piece would look great on a leather strap.
The watch uses the Blancpain caliber 6763 automatic movement. The 31 jewel movement is rhodium-plated, with wonderful finishing. I found the time keeping to be solid and watching the complete calendar go through it’s cycles was quite enjoyable. The movement has a 100-hour power reserve.
The watch sits nicely on the wrist and under a cuff. The 38mm case provides a nice wrist presence and the bracelet feels very silky.
For an under $10,000 complicated watch, this piece is a tremendous value. Govberg has many gems in their pre-owned collection and I consider this to be one of them.
Just a fun plug about the Govberg Pre-Owned Watch Collection – this Blancpain is one of over 1100 pieces Govberg has on-hand that you can discover in their store, on their website OR on their recently updated Govberg OnTime app. The latest generation of the app includes secondary market valuation tools and thoughtful links to all of the pieces and brands that Govberg carries.