JAEGER LE COULTRE 18K – £2250
This Jaeger Le Coultre watch bears homage to modernism. A simple circular case with hidden lugs. A clear black dial with gold battons.
Item description: A beautiful timepiece 18k yellow gold Jaeger Le Coultre, dating from the 1960s. This distinctive timepiece features a very pleasing modernist case design with hidden lugs. Complementing the case, is a matt black dial with gold applied battons, and the brand name, Jaeger Le Coultre, also in gold. A finely engraved dedication finished to the case-back. The watch is manual wind, and has a fine movement with Geneva Stripes. The inside of the case-back with 0.750 gold content, and serial numbers. The watch has a dark brown lizard skin strap, along with a non-branded gold finished buckle.
Size: 34mm x 34mm
Condition report: Case in excellent condition with a nice polished finish remaining (free from major scratches or other damage). Dial original. Movement clean and in working condition (no warranty implied). The strap and buckle remaining in excellent condition. The timepiece may have been opened, so it should not be used near moisture or water without being checked by a qualified watchmaker.
Background to Jaeger Le Coultre: Jaeger-LeCoultre was founded by Antoine LeCoultre in 1833, setting up a workshop in the village of Le Sentier. LeCoultre invented a machine to cut watch pinions from steel in 1833, and ten years later invented the world’s most precise measuring instrument of the time, the Millionometer. In 1847, LeCoultre had created a keyless system to rewind and set watches, and four years later was awarded a gold medal for his work on Timepiece Precision and Mechanization at the first Universal Exhibition in London. By 1870, LeCoultre employed 500 people and was known as the “Grande Maison of the Vallée de Joux”, and by 1900, it had created over 350 different calibres, of which 128 were equipped with chronograph functions and 99 with repeater mechanisms. From 1902 and for the next 30 years, LeCoultre & Cie. produced most of the movement blanks for Patek Philippe of Geneva.
The company are particularly remembered for their Reverso watch, where the case is hinged allowing the dial to be hinged to the inside of the outer case, thus protecting it. The Reverso was liked by many sports personalities, and had a following in the world of Polo. Le Coultre are also remembered for their famous Atmos Clock, with its virtually perpetual movement.
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