This watch is the stainless steel version of the much sought after and highly collectible Powermatic gentlemans' automatic watch, manufactured by Jaeger LeCoultre in c1952. Due to its rarity and collectability, the stainless steel Powermatic model always sells for a higher price than the comparatively easier to find gold filled version. An automatic bumper timepiece with a power reserve indicator on the dial. When the mechanism is fully charged, the indicator shows 40 hours running time and moves into red when the power reserve is nearly discharged. In great overall condition, the case and dial present very well indeed and the freshly oiled and adjusted movement is running strongly and keeping time.The watch winds by the rotor when the watch is shaken back and forth by wrist action. It can also be manually wound by turning the crown. It only takes a few seconds to manually wind it to a full 40 hour charge. A new "deBeer" hand crafted strap has just been fitted and the crystal was replaced recently so this great vintage watch is ready to wear. The watch is signed in three places, on the dial, case and movement.
I have consistently received excellent feedback and many repeat buyers. I will always do my best to help. Please scroll down to see more photographs and attributes of this watch. Stainless steel, in very good condition, measuring approximately 33 mm across, excluding the crown and 41 mm from lug to lug.The inside of the case is signed "LeCoultre Co Swiss". The case shows the expected marks from responsible use over the years but no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to draw to your attention. Dial : signed "LeCoultre Automatic Swiis", with an inner minutes track and hours marked by gold coloured Arabic numerals and batons. The power reserve indicator is located just under the 12 o'clock position. The hands are in good shape with some light tarnishing which I needed a loupe to see. The crystal is clean and clear. 481, 17 jewel automatic bumper movement, signed LeCoultre Co Automatic, running well and keeping time. The bumper unit is an early automatic movement which was first seen in watches in the late 1940's, with many LeCoultre and Omega watches housing them until the mid 1950's. Unlike the modern rotors which sit on top of the mechanism and rotate through 360 degrees, the bumper mechanism rotates through some 220 degrees, hits a stop and then bounces back and forth with a hammer action. If you look at the photograph of the movement you will see the springs which cushion the impact of the hammer action and send the rotor back over to the other side of the movement. You can feel the bumper rotor as it moves back and forth when shaken but rarely felt when worn. As with most automatic watch mechanisms (the Futurematic is one exception), the movement can be hand wound. It should be "kick started" when first used by manually winding the watch. When it is fully wound the power indicator will show a 40 hour charge. As older automatics are not as efficient as modern day mechanisms, the watch may need manual winding from time to time to keep the power unit charged, depending on how much use and movement it receives when worn.
The serial number dates the watch to c1952. Strap : fitted with a "deBeer" hand crafted baby crocodile grain leather strap which fitted to the watch measures approximately 214 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 POWERMATIC Automatic Stainless Steel Gents Vintage Watch 1952" is in sale since Sunday, August 23, 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.