1961 Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Mens Modernist Full Size Dress Watch - 14K Gold


Item No. 5893

Long ago Jaeger-LeCoultre built their reputation as masters of watch design. In the 1950's (with certain models still being built into the 60's), Jaeger-LeCoultre crafted a group of very distinctive dress watches just for the American market.

The very fine and classic modernist wristwatch showcased in today's offering is one of these watches. From the thin gold case with stepped bezel with recessed crown, to the striking and distinguished Florentine dial with retro markers, it showcases classic sophistication throughout. Its wide bezel makes it a little larger than many mens dress watches from the era, measuring 35mm in diameter.

As fine on the inside as the outside, it is powered by Jaeger-LeCoultre's caliber 818 handwound movement. So advanced and well engineered is this exceptional caliber that its components were used by Vacheron & Constantin and Breguet (see comparative image of the two movements below).

It is all original down to the dial, hands, and winding crown and in wonderful condition.

Its large 14K gold case, which possesses short lugs and a recessed crown so as to not disrupt the purity of the perfectly symmetrical circular design, is in better than excellent condition. Its dial is original and just short of mint. Note that the dial came out looking just a little more gold/yellow in the photos than it does in person. It looks closer to silver in person.

Our watchmaker has just freshly cleaned and oiled the movement. For the finishing touch we have installed a new handmade calfskin strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting.

  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • Country of origin: Switzerland, made for the U.S. market
  • Serial no.: 1,441,455
  • Year built: c. 1961
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 14K gold
  • Case markings (outside): 14K Gold
  • Case condition: Better than excellent. Spots of wear on the inside of the lugs from a previous metal bracelet
  • Dial: Silver with a light mix of champagne, Florentine textured finish, gold applied retro styled indices, original, just short of mint condition
  • Dimensions: 35mm diameter (excluding crown), 37mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Hands: Original, gold, faceted dauphines
  • Movement type: High grade, Jaeger LeCoultre caliber K818/1CW, shock protected, rhodium-plated, "fausses-côtes" decoration, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, self-compensating flat balance spring
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Beat frequency: 18,000 BPH
  • Band: Calf skin leather, handmade, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
  • Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: Yes, cleaned and oiled.
  • Timing: Timed 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.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.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.

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


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