SORRY I HAVE BEEN PURCHASED
A superb 14 carat solid gold gentlemans' Master Mariner automatic watch manufactured in 1963 by Jaeger LeCoultre, one of the most prestigious watchmakers ever. It is in amazing original un-restored condition, running strongly and keeping time. The factory original dial is one of the finest I have seen for a long time and the excellent case, which has a Florentine bezel, looks as if the watch has spent more time in a drawer than on a wrist. 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 solid gold case. So I was very pleased to acquire this watch. A watch in this condition with its original un-restored dial and signed crown will always attract a significant premium, usually 40% or more compared with a dial in fair condition or where restoration has been undertaken. Quadruple signed, on the dial, case, crown 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 absolutely 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. Hours are marked by applied gold 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: 14 carat solid gold with a Florentine bezel, in truly excellent condition, measuring approximately 34 mm across, excluding the signed crown and 40 mm from lug to lug. The inside of the case is correctly signed "LeCoultre" and hallmarked as 14K solid gold as is the outside.
Movement: 17 jewel automatic cal. K880 movement, signed “LeCoultre” running well and keeping time. 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 old stock "Kreisler" black leather strap, which attached to the watch measures approximately 206 mm from buckle tip to last hole.