A stunning 14 carat solid gold gentleman’s watch dating to 1950 from Jaeger LeCoultre. This rarely seen watch is colloquially called the "Bottle Cap" or "Ship's Wheel" watch, for obvious reasons but Jaeger LeCoultre called it the Bradley II. It was manufactured for the USA market where uninhibited tastes resulted in some amazing watches when compared with the understated, reserved watch styles popular in the UK in the 1950's. During all of the years I have been collecting and selling watches, now numbering well over 6000, this is the first "Bottle Cap" I have managed to acquire and in a condition where I was happy to add it to my own collection. I have very much enjoyed owning it and am now providing the opportunity for someone else to look after this fabulous vintage timepiece. The case and factory original dial present very well indeed and the movement is running strongly and keeping time. I have fitted a new crystal and replaced the strap so this fabulous watch is ready to wear. The watch is quadruple signed, on the case, dial, movement and crown. Please note that although this watch was originally manufactured for a gentleman, contemporary gents watches are now produced in much larger sizes, often as large as pocket watches. Therefore this watch will also be of interest to a lady seeking high end watch which oozes with retro appeal and elegance.
Case: 14 carat solid gold in great condition, measuring approximately 35 mm across and 38 mm in overall length. The inside of the rear cover is hallmarked as 14K gold and signed "LeCoultre". It shows the expected signs of careful and probably infrequent 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: looks to be factory original, finished in antique white with a textured centre and contrasting textured border. It is signed "LeCoultre". Applied gold coloured arrow batons and Arabic numerals mark the hours. The hands are in good shape and the crystal is new. The dial is showing is showing a little age but given that this watch is now just one year shy of 70 years old I would say it is one of the best un-restored dials I have seen for a long time; so even contemplating restoration would be a serious crime.
Movement: LeCoultre cal. 480/CW movement with 17 jewels, running strongly and keeping time. The movement serial number dates the watch to 1950.
Strap: fitted with a new old stock black leather "Speidel" strap, which fitted to the watch measures approximately 208 mm from buckle tip to last hole.