Today's offering showcases a LeCoultre model we love, encased in our favorite design for the model.
Built for less than three years from 1952-1954 the unusual and uncommon LeCoultre calendar date models made for the U.S. market possess a special characteristic: an unusual calendar feature activated through a "hidden" button located in the crown.
What set these watches apart from plain calendars is the uniqueness of its date operation, special both in form and function, and a feature we've always adored. Rather than simply possessing a date hand or small date window somewhere on the dial (face), the watch features a marker rotating on a disk that points to the appropriate date, a much more elegant and non-ordinary arrangement than had been previously utilized.
Before the traditional quick-setting date had been invented, this watch had the best design in our opinion. Instead of needing to make the appropriate number of rotations with the hands or manipulate a pin-sized corrector button, you simply press a button conveniently built into the winding crown. With each push the date advances one day.
The case features distinctive "bullhorn" lugs in line with the era's design sensibility that brought the U.S. the '57 Chevy and the '59 Cadillac fin. And the calendar is done in a pleasing blue.
We are pleased to offer the watch with all original parts. It is fully LeCoultre down to the signed LeCoultre band and signed buckle.
Its case is better than near mint with only light wear and has not been recently polished. Its faceted lugs retain strong lines.
Its untouched original dial is honest with moderate toning and crazing of the original top lacquer coating more pronounced around the periphery. Please inquire if you would like it restored.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment. It is keeping time on par with a new watch in our testing position.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Note: A published example of a similar watch can be found in Jaeger-LeCoultre: A Guide for the Collector, Basha, 2008, pg. 57.
Country of origin: Switzerland, made for the U.S. market
Serial no.: 967,319
Year built: c. 1954
Model: Calendar date, Cal. 810/AW
Case material: 14K gold
Case markings (outside): 14K
Case markings (inside): Cased and timed in the U.S.A. by LeCoultre, 14K
Case condition: Near mint with only light wear and has not been recently polished. Its faceted lugs retain strong lines.
Dimensions: 30.5mm wide, 39.5mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Signed LeCoultre, outer date track in blue, silver with inner disk with triangular date pointer, gold dart applique markers, original and untouched in honest condition with moderate toning and crazing of the original top lacquer coating more pronounced around the periphery. Please inquire if you would like it restored.
Hands: Original, gold, 'epees'
Crown: Original, rare and inventive, integrated push button set flush with the end advances the date marker forward one day with each push
Movement type: Caliber 810/AW, manually wound, rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, special date, monometallic balance, self-compensating flat hairspring, power reserve of approximately 40 hours
Movement markings: LeCoultre, 810/AW, Swiss, Seventeen Jewels
Band: Signed LeCoultre, Teju skin or grain, original or period correct, equipped with original signed LeCoultre buckle. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors if you would like to preserve the LeCoultre strap. Please ask us if you're interested.
Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
Serviced: Yes, 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. It is keeping time on par with a new watch in our testing position. 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.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com 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.