I have a passion for collecting beautiful vintage watches, particularly Art Deco watches from the 1930's/40's and have collected some fabulous timepieces over the years. This watch is among the most beautiful vintage Art Deco watches I have seen and it is in amazing overall condition. It is a 14 carat solid gold Art Deco style watch manufactured by Jaeger LeCoultre in 1942.Although originally manufactured for a gentleman, at a time when watches were made much smaller than today, this watch will also be of interest to a lady looking for a vintage watch oozing with retro appeal. The case has beautiful extended curved lugs and the Art Deco textured two tone dial looks fabulous. The movement has just been oiled and adjusted by Richard my watchmaker so it is running well and keeping time. I have just fitted a new strap so this watch is ready to wear and enjoy. The watch is triple signed, on the case, dial and movement.
I have consistently received excellent feedback and many repeat buyers. I will always do my best to help.Please scroll right down to see more photographs and details. Dial: two tone textured finish, in excellent condition and signed "LeCoultre". Gold coloured pyramid dots and an Arabic 12 mark the hours and a subsidiary seconds dial is located just above the six o'clock position. The hands are in good shape and the tablet crystal is clean and clear. Case : 14 carat solid gold in great condition, measuring approximately 24 mm across at the widest point and 37 mm in overall length. The outside and inside of the case are hallmarked as 14K gold and the inside signed "LeCoultre". The case shows the expected signs of careful and probably infrequent use over 78 years but no dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to point out to you. Movement : freshly oiled nd djusted high end Swiss 17 jewel movement, signed Le Coultre Co. The serial number of the movement dates the watch to 1942. Strap : fitted with a new brown crocodile grain leather strap, which attached to the watch measures approximately 211 mm from buckle tip to last hole. This has much to do with the complex United States duty regulations that made it more cost effective to import Jaeger LeCoultre movements, dials, crowns and hands into the USA from Switzerland and for the cases to be manufactured in the States. The Longines Wittnauer group did not manufacture Jaeger LeCoultre watches as some people mistakenly believe, the movements were produced in the Swiss Jaeger LeCoultre factory at Le Sentier and were identical in every way to movements distributed within Europe other than the LeCoultre markings on the watch. The cases were manufactured under licence in the United States and were marked "Cased and Timed in the USA by LeCoultre". In approximately 1985 the brand name "Jaeger LeCoultre" was adopted worldwide.
Some people believe that because LeCoultre movements are signed "VXN" on the bridge (denoting Vacheron & Constantin), they were manufactured by Vacheron & Constantin. Jaeger LeCoultre supplied movements to Vacheron & Constantin, which were used in their watches but not vice versa.
The only collaboration that ever took place between these two prestigious watchmakers was the "Galaxy" diamond dial model. The Galaxy was marketed by both companies; with the case marked Vacheron & Constantin - LeCoultre Inc.
" and the dial signed "LeCoultre. A more comprehensive explanation of these often mis-understood issues is provided in the excellent text book Jaeger LeCoultre a Guide for the Collector by Zaf Basha. For those who are interested in the history of famous watchmakers, the Jaeger LeCoultre watch company is one of the oldest Swiss watchmakers. Antoine LeCoultre opened a small factory in Le Sentier in 1833 where current factory remains. LeCoultre quickly built a reputation for quality and precision, so much so that he became the leading supplier of movements to the watch making industry in Switzerland.In 1925 Antoines grandson, David, merged the company with that of Edmond Jaeger, which is when the current day company, Jaeger LeCoultre came into existence. It is one of the few Swiss companies still producing its own movements, cases, dials and bracelets. This gives the company total control over the quality and precision of its watches and is a contributory factor for it being one of the small number of elite watchmakers with a world wide reputation for quality and precision. Jaeger LeCoultre has been one of the most innovative watchmakers in the world, having produced a number of revolutionary inventions including the Atmos Perpetual Motion Clock (which operates by changes in air pressure) and the creation of the worlds smallest mechanical movement which weighed less than one gram. Alternatively I will undertake any repairs that are necessary if the watch is damaged or if in any other way differs significantly from the description. If I have not stated that the watch has been serviced, you may wish to have this work done, particularly if you intend to wear the watch on a daily basis. On request, I can provide you with details of independent watchmakers to whom you can send your watch for servicing. I provide comprehensive details of my watches, including very clear photographs taken with a high resolution macro lens which shows detail not visible to the naked eye. I also invite you to ask questions if there is anything else you need to know.
Please take care to consider the dimensions of the watch case as if it is a gentlemans Art Deco rectangular vintage watch, they were made significantly smaller than contemporary watches. Please do not expect quartz accuracy from a vintage watch. In the 1940s/1950s the accepted timekeeping tolerance for a new 17 jewel manual watch was within three minutes a day. All of my watches are professionally inspected and tested before sale and if they are not running smoothly and keeping reasonable time I have them serviced and/ or have any other work undertaken that is needed to ensure the watch is in running condition.
Please also note that I provide no guarantee that my watches are waterproof. I would always strongly recommend keeping any vintage well away from moisture. Listing and template services provided by inkFrog. The item "JAEGER LECOULTRE 14K Solid Gold Art Deco Gents Vintage Watch 1942 STUNNING" is in sale since Thursday, August 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches".
The seller is "jackanpet" and is located in East Sussex. This item can be shipped worldwide.