A 14 carat solid gold ladies wristwatch manufactured by Jaeger LeCoultre in 1949. This model is called the "Beau Brumell", first introduced in 1948. It was named after the 18th century English gentleman who became known as a well connected leader in fashion, following a style of dress that was understated but perfectly fitting. The Beau Brumell watch was intended to have a minimalist design which included a dial with no hour markers. In great original un-restored condition, this watch has an eye catching case with a wide bezel and a simple black dial which presents well. The movement is running strongly and keeping time.
Case: 14 carat solid gold, in very good condition measuring approximately 23 mm across excluding the crown and 28 mm from lug to lug. The inside of the case is signed "LeCoultre" and hallmarked as 14 carat solid gold, as is the outside. The case shows the inevitable signs of careful use over the years but no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to draw to your attention.
Dial: factory original with a black finish and simply signed "LeCoultre" with no other markings. The hands are in good shape and the crystal is clean and clear. The dial, now 70 years old, is showing inevitable light patina, with some fading to the lettering.
Movement: crisp and clean Jaeger LeCoultre cal. 490/BW 17 jewel manual movement, running strongly and keeping time. The serial number dates the watch to 1949.
Strap: fitted with a new black leather strap which attached to the watch measures approximately 187 mm from buckle tip to last hole.