Usually when things are complicated, it means more stress, more work, and more effort, but in the end, it's worth it. The same holds true for vintage wristwatches, where gifted artisans and engineers from years gone by labored months and years to create complicated timepieces that transcend art and talent. When it comes to vintage wristwatches, the highest realms of respect and value are reserved for these watches that do much more than merely tell time.
In 1935, Jaeger-LeCoultre released to the world its ref. 2701 double date calendar watch. We love this way of displaying the day and date. It is a display of wonderful precision and style that can be worn everyday.
While much ink is often spilled over the triple date watches, the rarer double date watches tend to fly more under the radar. The company only produced 6,600 examples of the base caliber 412 rectangular movement, only a fraction of which were worked into this double date version (caliber 412 59).
Today's offering showcases one of these uncommon beauties. Its parts are fully original down to the case, dial, all hands, and even the winding crown.
Its case is honest and original excellent condition. It shows no signs of significant polishing. Its beautifully balanced two-tone silver dial with its cutout for displaying the day and outer track for the date is original and untouched.
And its unusual, rectangular complicated Jaeger-LeCoultre movement is keeping time.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it, and we have installed a new mineral glass crystal to give a clear view to the very edge. After more than 80 years, it continues to keep accurate time, running within a few seconds per day and all calendar functions work just as they should.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new Teju strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a full one-year international warranty, a Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to the watch's performance.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Year built: 1938 - the reference was introduced in 1935
Serial no.: 97,134
Model: Double Date Calendar
Case material: Stainless Steel
Case markings (outside): Case number 37,862
Case markings (inside): Staybrite, Fab. Suisse
Case condition: Excellent honest original condition. It has never been polished significantly if polished ever and not recently.
Dimensions: 30.5mm wide (excluding crown), 39mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Two-tone silver, black painted Arabic indexes stamped, outer minute track, further red outer date track, aperture for the day of the week in French, subdial for the continuous seconds, original and untouched
Hands: All original and untouched, blue steel "diamonds" with with red arrow-tipped silver date hand
Movement type: High-grade, manually wound, rectangular, cal. 412-59, rhodium plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, flat balance spring
Movement markings: Jaeger-LeCoultre, Swiss, 97,134, 59
Band: Genuine Teju lizard, high quality, fully stitched, padded for comfort, brand new and unused. We also stock a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Width between lugs: 16mm
Crystal: Mineral glass, mint condition
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. All calendar functions work just as they should.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.