1956 Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Large Mens "Waterproof" Watch - 18K Gold


Item No. 8959SH

Today's auction showcases this very elegant and large gents Jeager-LeCoultre in 18K rose gold. Our photos just couldn't do it justice.

At 35mm in diameter not including the crown and 43mm long, this full size beauty looks great on the wrist.

With a classic silver dial, beautiful 18K gold case with screw back, and superior caliber 10 lignes P800 movement with shock resistance, its showcases the quality and gorgeous design one expects from JLC.

The P800, a fairly uncommon engine, also served as the basis for LeCoultre wonderful "Calendar Date" push-button crown watches for the U.S. market, which we have two examples of for sale as of this writing.

The case is wonderfully thin and unlike many of JLC's dress watches from the era, it was originally waterproof and has a screw-down back.

It is fully a European version JLC, and the 18K gold seems to have a hint of rose to it to our eye. While fully made at JLC's factory in Switzerland - not with an American market case like many sold here in the States - interestingly it was actually intended for the U.S. market and was imported by Vacheron & Constantin, part of the U.S. entity that handled JLC's sales in the States.

Its full size case is in excellent condition with light wear and hairline scratches around the edge of the back from the back being previously tightened. It has strong lines and has never had any polishing done....the case still has a light patina.

Its untouched original dial has warmed to a sepia tone, giving the watch a "tropical" style and true vintage look. And its high-grade handwound JLC movement is keeping accurate time.

One of our Master Watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and serviced it and poised the balance. It is keeping accurate time.

For the finishing touch,have we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap 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 and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.

  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 1,096,649
  • Year built: c. 1956
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 18K gold, to our eye tinted a bit rose in color
  • Case markings (inside): LeCoultre Pine Tree stamp, 18K
  • Case markings (outside): 651,125A
  • Case condition: Excellent condition with light wear and hairline scratches around the edge of the back from the back being previously tightened. It has strong lines and has had any polishing done.
  • Dimensions: 35mm wide (excluding crown), 43mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Dial: SIlver, signed Jaeger-LeCoultre, 18K gold applied dart indices, original and untouched, warmed to a somewhat tropical sepia tone
  • Hands: Original, dauphines
  • Movement type: P800/C Jaeger-LeCoultre, manually wound, rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, beveled case back side edges, Parachoc shock resistance
  • Movement markings: Jaeger-LeCoultre, Swiss, P800/C
  • Beat frequency: 18,000 BPH
  • Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
  • Width between lugs: 17mm
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: Yes, one of our Master Watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and serviced it and poised the balance. 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 extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center and also has done authorized work for the Richemont brands including JLC, Cartier, Vacheron & Constantin, IWC, and others.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
  • Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty.
  • 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.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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