A superb 14 carat solid gold gentlemans' Master Mariner automatic watch manufactured in 1960 by Jaeger LeCoultre, one of the most prestigious watchmakers ever. It is in amazing overall condition, freshly oiled and adjusted, running strongly and keeping time. A vintage new old stock leather strap has just been fitted and the crystal was replaced recently so this watch is ready to wear and enjoy. The Master Mariner is a highly sought after model within the Jaeger LeCoultre range but vintage models are rarely seen coming up for sale, particularly one with a solid gold case. So I was very pleased to acquire this watch. Quadruple signed, on the dial, case, crown and movement, you will rarely come across a vintage watch in this condition. So if you are looking for a vintage high end watch that will pass as a carefully looked after watch of just a few years old, you absolutely must not let this watch pass you by.
Dial: in excellent condition, with a starburst satin silver finish, signed "LeCoultre Automatic Master Mariner Swiss" and bearing the Jaeger LeCoultre emblem. Hours are marked by applied gold coloured batons and the crystal is clean and clear. The dial has just been returned from restoration to a high standard by a company specialising in Jaeger LeCoultre watches, based in Los Angeles USA.
Case: 14 carat solid gold in great condition with the expected signs of careful and probably infrequent use over the years but absolutely no signs of abuse, dents or any scratches of significance that I could find to point out to you. It measures approximately 33 mm across, excluding the signed crown and 39 mm from lug to lug. The inside of the case is correctly signed "LeCoultre" and the outside is hallmarked as 14K solid gold.
Movement: 17 jewel automatic cal. K880 movement, signed “LeCoultre”, freshly oiled and adjusted, running very well and keeping time. The mechanism is crisp and clean, having been well maintained over the years. As with most automatic watch mechanisms (the Jaeger LeCoultre Futurematic is one exception), the movement can be hand wound. It should be "kick started" when first used by manually winding the watch. As older automatics are not quite as efficient as modern day mechanisms, the watch may, need manual winding from time to time, depending on how much use and movement it receives when worn, in order to keep the power unit charged.
Strap: fitted with a vintage imperial size new old stock "Kreisler" brown leather strap, which attached to the watch measures approximately 206 mm from buckle tip to last hole.