In 1949, to commemorate Jacques-David LeCoultre who passed away the prevoius, Jaeger-LeCoultre released to the world its first complicated rectangular movement featuring an astronomic readout. Unusual even by today's standards in that its complications fitted into a small rectangular movement, it could display the month, date, and day of the week along with the phases of the moon. It is a display of amazing precision that can be worn everyday.
The company only produced 5,000 examples of the movement. 500 were for the European market, and the remaining 4,500 made for the U.S. market and were split between the more common round cased version and this less common rectangular cased one.
Today's offering showcases one of these desirable watches. Its parts are original down to all hands and the winding crown.
Its case top has previously been decorated. Its silver dial with its cutouts for displaying the month, day, and moonphase, is a clean restoration. And the unusual, rectangular highly-complicated Jaeger-LeCoultre movement is running strong and true.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. After exactly 70 years, it continues to keep perfect time, running within a few seconds per day and all calender 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.
Complicated LeCoultre watches:
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.
Country of origin: Switzerland, made for the U.S. market
Year built: 1949
Serial no.: 612,304
Model: Triple Date Calendar with Moon Phase
Case material: 10K gold filled
Case markings (outside): 10K Gold Filled
Case markings (inside): Cased and timed in U.S.A. by LeCoultre
Case condition: Original plating, case top has been previously decorated, a couple pin pricks of gold wearthrough on the back and wearthrough at the high points of the lugs
Dimensions: 24mm wide (excluding crown), 40mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Silver, gold indexes stamped into bezel, blue outer date track, apertures for day, date, month, and moon phases, subdials in English, nicely restored
Hands: Original, blue steel "epees" with with red arrow-tipped silver date hand, excellent condition
Movement type: Cal. 486/AW, tonneau shaped, rhodium plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, flat balance spring
Movement markings: LeCoultre, Swiss, 486/AW
Band: Genuine Teju lizard, high quality, fully stitched, padded for comfort, brand new and unused. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Width between lugs: 16mm
Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. All calender functions work just as they should.
Timing: Timed on a state-of-the-art computerized system. After exactly 70 years, it continues to keep perfect time, running within a few seconds per day.
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; New timing certificate
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.