Before complicated watches were a fashion statement for the affluent, they were originally created for military and technical uses, useful for men who needed absolute controllable precision in their timing. The very fine and rare Jaeger-LeCoultre chronograph showcased in today's offering is a prime example of this phenomenon.
It showcases elegant faceted lugs and its understated silver dial perfectly complements its 18K gold case, while its original blue steel counterweighted seconds hand adds the finishing touch. When the light hits the blue steel chronograph and seconds hands just right it is stunning.
This very collectable chronograph resulted from a brief partnership of two fine manufacturers in watch and chronograph-making, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Universal Geneve. For the movement Jaeger-LeCoultre utilized the very well-made caliber 285 Universal Geneve mechanism. UG was a pioneer in chronograph watches and had released to the world the first wristworn chronographs.
This watch is the more desirable three-register version capable of recording events up to 12-hours in duration well-suited for military, technical, racing, and other sporting uses. It is full size for the era, measuring 36.5mm in diameter without the crown, slightly larger than a Rolex Datejust.
Interestingly this European signed Jaeger (LeCoultre) was made c. 1944. It may have been the personal purchase of an Allied pilot or officer, as chronographs often were at that time.
We were fortunate to acquire it with original parts down to all hands and pusher. The only part that has ever been replaced is the winding crown. Its case presents beautifully with fairly light signs of previous polishing. Its hallmark on the left side is perfectly crisp and on the wrist it presents wonderfully.
Its branded Jaeger dial (European market Jaeger-LeCoultre branding) has been restored by one of the leading dial experts in North America.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it.
Note that the band that was on the watch when we acquired it and photographed it has been removed...for the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap like what was on it when it was photographed making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Note: Similar watches are published in Jaeger-LeCoultre: A Guide for the Collector, pg. 75, by Zaf Basha, 2008.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 280,104
Year built: c. 1944
Model: Ref. 12562
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Two-Register Chronograph, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: 18K gold
Case markings (inside): 18K .750, Swiss
Case markings (outside): 1232612, 12562
Case condition: Excellent condition with markings and hallmark still crisp. A few light pin pricks in the back. Fairly light signs of previous polishing. On the wrist it presents wonderfully.
Dial: Silver, signed Jaeger, gold applied spherical indices, three-registers for subsidiary seconds, minute register, and hour register, outer minute track and tachymeter scale, well-restored
Hands: Original, gold "feuilles", blue steel "lozenge" chrono hands
Movement type: Jaeger-LeCoultre finished Universal Geneve Caliber 285, crown wheel and carrying arm, Breguet coil over hairspring
Movement markings: Jaeger, Fab. Swiss, 280,104
Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. Note that the band that was on the watch when we acquired it and photographed it has been removed...for the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap like what was on it when it was photographed making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Width between lugs: 20mm
Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
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