A fabulous stainless steel gentlemans' Master Mariner automatic watch manufactured in 1963 by Jaeger LeCoultre, one of the most prestigious watchmakers ever. It is in great original un-restored condition, runs strongly and keeps time. 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 stainless steel case. So I was very pleased to acquire this watch. A watch in this condition with its original un-restored dial will always attract a significant premium, usually 40% or more compared with a dial in fair condition or where restoration has been undertaken. Triple signed, on the dial, case 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 must not let this watch pass you by.
Dial: factory original, in great condition, with a satin silver finish, signed "LeCoultre Automatic Master Mariner Swiss" and bearing the Jaeger LeCoultre emblem. The hours are marked by applied silver coloured batons and the crystal is clean and clear. It is unusual to find an un-restored dial in such wonderful condition, just what collectors seek but rarely find.
Case: stainless steel, in very good condition there are the expected light signs of careful use over the years, confined to some light tool marks on the back of the case that will polish out. The case measures approximately 34 mm across, excluding the crown and 41 mm from lug to lug. The inside of the case is signed "LeCoultre Co. Swiss".
Movement: 17 jewel automatic cal. K880 movement, signed “Le LeCoultre”. 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 new generic good quality brown leather crocodile grain strap, which attached to the watch measures approximately 211 mm from buckle tip to last hole.