F. P. Journe
Octa Réserve de Marche | 38mm | Platinum

Brass Movement

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F. P. Journe
Octa Réserve de Marche | 38mm | Platinum

Brass Movement

Regular price


The history

The earliest works of François-Paul Journe, effortlessly blend traditional 19th-century watchmaking with modern haute-horology. The Octa movement was introduced in 2001, becoming only the third developed by brand (after the Tourbillion and Resonance) and the first automatic mechanism to deliver 120 hours of precision timekeeping, through reserved-power. 

A year later, the Octa Réserve de Marche became F.P. Journe’s first automatic watch, produced between 2002 and 2014, with an estimated total number of only 700-800 cases known. During this time, the overall layout saw no real change except for dial texture and colours, thus making this 38 mm F.P. Journe Octa Automatique Réserve de Marche one of a limited number of examples that represent the original, inspired design. Furthermore, the classical 38 mm case is - sadly - no longer in production, making it even more coveted by collectors.

The movement

While this piece is undeniably attractive, it is the movement that F.P. Journe is famed for. Since the introduction of the first Reserve de Marche in 2001, mechanical F. P Journe examples can be divided into two main movement types – the manually-wound Souverain and automatic Octa (Latin for "eight" or "infinite"). Each Octa movement is designed to incorporate fully-integrated complications within the same volume. Impressively, all variations within F. P Journe’s entire Octa collection are identical, both in diameter and thickness.

In 2004, Journe switched to manufacturing movements from 18-carat gold, having developed the brand sufficiently to further the manufacturing process. Interestingly, it is François-Paul Journe's earliest brass-movement pieces that command more interest from collectors. It is estimated that only 2000 brass movements were ever produced, across all lines, and were manufactured exclusively between 2001 and circa 2004. These earlier pieces are now highly-sought after, owing to their unique placement in the brand's history and rarity.

This self-winding F.P. Journe caliber 1300 movement is rhodium plated brass, with Côtes de Genève embellishments, constructed with 32 jewels and a shock absorber mechanism. It further features a straight-line lever escapement, and monometallic 4-arm balance with 4 timing weights, adjusted to 5 positions. It includes a self-compensating free-sprung flat balance spring and off-center bi-directional 22-carat gold guilloche rotor. The movement is engraved "Exclusive Power Reserve System" and "Precision Chronometer".

The design

The Octa Réserve de Marche is quintessentially an F.P Journe, in both its design language and movement. Housed in a classic 38mm case, it is made distinctive by a number of signature elements throughout. Though the dials of the Octa Réserve de Marche series show very little alteration throughout the brass movement period, some earlier examples carry a higher shimmer and texture. This particular solid gold dial has also turned a pinkish hue, displaying a unique patina through the process of oxidation. The dial is delicately textured, and displays a separate silver guilloché dial for the hours and minutes. The words ‘Invenit et Fecit’ are inscribed below the power reserve (Latin for ‘Invented and Made’ or more literally 'Designed and built by F.P. Journe') in classic F.P. Journe style - a nod to signing conventions of a century ago. At nine o’clock, a power reserve indicator of 120 hours is also shown.

The set

This 38mm F. P. Journe Octa Réserve de Marche watch is very nicely preserved, fitted to one of our Zürich straps with curved-ends, measuring 20 x 19mm. It's just the watch, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from F. P. Journe.

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Brand: F. P. Journe
Model: Octa Réserve de Marche - 2XX-02A
Movement: mechanical automatic Cal. 1300
Functions: date, hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: power-reserve indicator, display-back, brass movement, steel blue hands
Case: 38mm platinum
Crystal: sapphire front & back
Strap: Zürich taupe grained leather strap, F. P Journe platinum buckle
Lug/buckle width: 20/19mm
Year: 2002
Box & papers: Certificate of Authenticity from F.P. Journe
This platinum, 38mm F. P. Journe Octa Réserve de Marche watch is in excellent condition. The case is well preserved, with minor signs of wear. The dial is noticeably oxidised throughout.

Whilst the calibre 1300 movement of this Automatique Octa Réserve de Marche is functioning well, it has a known issue with the date, original to almost all early Octa calibres, where the date counter will sometimes travel beyond the 31st day, which can be corrected manually.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from the UK or Europe before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on choice of courier and destination. 

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