I have a passion for collecting beautiful vintage watches and have collected some fabulous timepieces over the years but this watch is, in my view, among the most visually stunning vintage Art Deco watch you will see. It always attracts considerable interest on the few occasions I have managed to acquire this rare timepiece. I have managed to buy only eleven over the last fifteen years and they have all sold very quickly. This watch looks absolutely fabulous on the wrist. It is a gentlemans' timepice, manufactured in 1940 by one of the most prestigious watchmakers ever, Jaeger LeCoultre. The 14 carat solid gold case has hooded lugs and presents very well indeed and the Art Deco two tone silver satin dial which is colloquially referred to as the Japanese flag dial looks gorgeous. The movement has just been oiled and adjusted by Richard my watchmaker so it is running well and keeping time. The watch is fitted with a genuine alligator calf strap. Please bear in mind that Art Deco gents watches from this period were made smaller than contemporary watches (see the dimensions given in the full listing) so this watch is also suitable for a lady looking for a stylish period watch oozing with retro appeal.
Dial: finished in two tone satin silver,in excellent condition, signed "LeCoultre". Gold coloured batons and a black Arabic number 12 mark the hours and a recessed subsidiary seconds dial is located just above the six o'clock position. The crystal is clean. and clear. The dial has just been returned from professional restoration to a very high standard, now looking just as it did when new.
Case: 14 carat solid gold with hooded lugs in great condition, measuring approximately 22 mm across excluding the crown and 40 mm in overall length. The inside of the case is hallmarked as 14K gold with a Swiss assay. The case shows the expected signs of careful use over the years but no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to point out to you.
Movement: high end Swiss made , 17 jewel movement, signed “Le Coultre Co” freshly oiled and adjusted by my watchmaker, running well and keeping time. The serial number of the movement dates the watch to 1940.
Strap: fitted with a lightly used generic genuine alligator calf strap, which attached to the watch measures approximately 195 mm from buckle tip to last hole.