A Vacheron Constantin - LeCoultre "Galaxy" 14 carat solid white gold, diamond encrusted mystery dial manual gentlemans' vintage watch manufactured 63 years ago in 1956. The Galaxy model is the only collaboration that ever took place between Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger LeCoultre. " and the dial signed "LeCoultre. If you are interested please scroll down below the photographs to read more about the myths legends and links between these two companies. This watch is rare and highly collectable.
It is in great cosmetic condition and the freshly oiled and adjusted high grade LeCoultre movement is running strongly and keeping time. The case has gorgeous tear drop lugs and the stunning dial is set with 37 genuine diamonds set in 14K solid white gold casings. 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. Case : 14K carat solid white gold in very good condition, with the expected signs of careful and probably infrequent use over the years but absolutely no signs of abuse, dents or any scratches of significance that I could find to point out to you. The case measures approximately 34 mm across, excluding the crown and 41 mm in length.The outside of the rear cover is hallmarked as 14K solid gold and signed Vacheron & Constantin - LeCoultre Watches Inc. " The inside is signed "LeCoultre. Dial : signed "LeCoultre Swiss", finished in satin silver with hours marked by 35 diamonds set in solid white gold casings. The minute hand which is set with a diamond, rotates in the same manner as a conventional dial but instead of an hour hand, a separate circular inner dial rotates around the outer section once every twelve hours. A diamond hour marker gives the illusion that the hour hand mysteriously floats around the dial with no immediately obvious anchor point.
K480/CW, 17 jewel manual movement signed Le Coultre Co. Having just been oiled and adjusted by my watchmaker it is running strongly and keeping time.Strap : fitted with a generic black leather strap which attached to the watch measures approximately 212 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. 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 "VACHERON CONSTANTIN LECOULTRE GALAXY 14K Gold Mystery Dial Gents Watch 1956" is in sale since Saturday, December 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Wristwatches".
The seller is "jackanpet" and is located in South East. This item can be shipped worldwide.