JAEGER LE COULTRE MASTER MARINER SERIES – £675
Jaeger Le Coultre Master Mariner series Chronometric watch. Automatic ‘906’ calibre with the Master Mariner series unusual ribbed dial.
Item description: Large stainless steel Jaeger Le Coultre, dating from the beginning of the 1970s. This distinctive timepiece features a very pleasing modernist case design of their Master Mariner series. Complementing the case, is a glossed white ribbed dial with silver applied battons, and the brand name, Jaeger Le Coultre. The dial with eight raised horizontal ribs. These ribs are very subtle and can only be noticed as light catches the ribs. The reverse screwed on case-back with engraved dedication ‘Chronometric’, along with the double ‘J’ JLC logo. The watch is automatic with the 906 calibre movement. The watch complete with a black lizard style strap and stainless steel buckle.
Size: 36mm x 36mm without crown.
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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