SORRY I HAVE BEEN PURCHASED
A rarely seen gentlemans' 14 carat solid gold Futurematic wrist watch made by Jaeger LeCoultre. Dating to 1952, this watch is in great original un-restored condition. It has been in my personal collection for some time because I hardly ever see a solid gold Futurematic and the model is one of my favourite watches. I have decided to part with it to make way for new additions I have purchased, one of which is a beautiful Jaeger LeCoultre 18K solid gold automatic World Timer Memovox. The Futurematic is one of the most collectible and innovative models manufactured by Jaeger LeCoultre and is probably second only to the Reverso in their vintage model range . Even today it looks futuristic and when I list one for sale, it always attracts considerable interest. The watch displays a chronograph style dial with two registers, a power reserve indicator and a seconds dial. The case houses an automatic “bumper” movement, especially designed for the Futurematic model. Jaeger LeCoultre was so confident about the quality of this new movement that the company decided not to spoil the aesthetics of the watch by adding a crown. Instead it has a disc on the back cover which slides inwards to set the time.
The case and dial present well and the movement is running beautifully and keeping time. The power reserve is also fully functional. The complicated movement also has a function which automatically stops the watch from winding when it is fully wound to reduce wear to the mechanism. And when the watch is nearly run down and is not being worn, it will hold a small power reserve so that when it is picked up it will run for a few hours without further winding. A watch with a “bumper” movement is always in demand from collectors. If you look at the photographs you can see that the rotor does not turn continuously through 360 degrees but bounces back and forth through around 300 degrees. Older Omegas’ had this type of movement. These two companies manufactured more bumper watches than any other watchmaker. This watch is correctly signed by the manufacturer in three places, on the dial, case and movement.
Case: in very good condition indeed, measuring approximately 35 mm across and 43 mm from lug to lug. The inside of the case is hallmarked as 14 carat solid gold and signed LeCoultre. The outside of the case is hallmarked between the lugs. It shows the expected signs of careful use over the years but absolutely no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to point out to you.
Dial: factory original, finished in black enamel and signed “LeCoultre Futurematic Swiss". It has an outer minutes chapter with the power reserve indicator located at the 9
Movement: high grade cal. 497 17 jewel automatic bumper movement, signed “LeCoultre Co”, running perfectly and keeping time. The bumper unit is an early automatic movement, first seen in watches in the late 1940's, with many Jaeger LeCoultre and Omega watches housing them up to the mid 1950's. Unlike the modern rotors which sit on top of the mechanism and rotate through 360 degrees, the bumper rotor rotates through a little over 300 degrees, hits a sprung stop which cushions the impact of the hammer action and helps sends the rotor to swing back to a stop on the other side of the movement. It should be "kick started" when first used by shaking the watch back and forth gently. You will see the power reserve indicator moving out of the red as the watch winds. When it is fully wound the watch will automatically stop winding. Older automatics are not as efficient as modern day mechanisms, (and we tend to lead more sedentary lives than 60 years ago). Therefore, depending on how much use and movement the watch receives when worn, it may need manual winding from time to time by shaking the watch back and forth it for a couple of minutes or so .
Strap: fitted with a new generic black leather strap, which fitted to the watch measures approximately 212 mm from buckle tip to last hole.