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A superb gentlemans' Master Mariner automatic calendar watch manufactured in 1970 by Jaeger LeCoultre, one of the most prestigious watchmakers ever. It is in amazing original unrestored condition, freshly oiled and adjusted, running strongly and keeping time with the calendar function operating correctly. The 10 carat gold filled case presents very well indeed as does the factory original dial. A new 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. Therefore I was very pleased to acquire this watch. Triple signed, on the dial, case and movement, you will rarely come across a vintage watch in this condition.
Dial: factory original, in excellent condition, with a satin silver finish, signed "LeCoultre Automatic Master Mariner Swiss" and bearing the Jaeger LeCoultre emblem. Hours are marked by applied gold coloured batons, the hands are in good shape and the crystal is clean and clear.
Case: 10 carat gold filled in great condition with the expected signs of careful 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 unsigned crown and 38 mm from lug to lug. The inside of the case is correctly signed "LeCoultre" and hallmarked as 10K gold filled.
Movement: 17 jewel automatic full rotational cal. K883 calendar 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. The serial number dates the watch to 1970. 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 in order to keep the power unit charged, depending on how much use and movement it receives when worn.
Strap: fitted with a new brown leather strap, which attached to the watch measures approximately 214 mm from buckle tip to last hole.