SOLD JAEGER LECOULTRE POWERMATIC 14K Solid Gold Automatic Gents Watch 1952

A gentlemans' Jaeger LeCoultre Powermatic, power reserve, 14 carat solid gold watch wristwatch dating to 1952. As a Jaeger LeCoultre collector and dealer over many years, I have bought and sold hundreds of gold filled versions of the Powermatic and dozens of the stainless steel version but the solid gold Powermatic is VERY hard to find. I have only managed to come across a handful of solid gold Powermatics over the last ten years soI. I was therefore delighted to acquire this 14 carat solid gold example in great overall condition. The "Powermatic" is an automatic “bumper” vintage watch with a power reserve indicator on the dial which shows 40 hours running time when the power unit is fully charged and it runs down in the red to zero when the watch is unwound. This model has a lovely classic case, a stunning black dial and having just been oiled and adjusted by my watchmaker, it is running perfectly and keeping time. The watch is signed in three places, on the dial, case and movement.

Case: 14 carat solid gold, in very good condition, measuring approximately 33 mm across, excluding the crown and 42 mm in overall length. The inside and outside of the case are hallmarked as "14K Gold" and the inside is signed LeCoultre. The case presents very well indeed with no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to point out to you.

Dial: just returned from professional restoration back to as it looked when new. The dial is signed "LeCoultre Automatic". The hours are marked by applied gold coloured dots and an Arabic quarter hours. The power reserve indicator is located just under the 12 o'clock position. The gold coloured hands are in very good shape and the crystal is clean and clear.

Movement: high quality cal. 481, 17 jewel automatic bumper movement signed “LeCoultre Co Automatic”, running strongly and keeping time.. The bumper unit is an early automatic movement which was first seen in watches in the late 1940's, with many LeCoultre and Omega watches housing them during the late 1940's and early 1950's. Unlike modern automatics where the rotor which sits on top of the mechanism and rotates through 360 degrees, the bumper mechanism rotates through a little over 300 degrees, hits a stop and then bounces back and forth with a hammer action. If you look at the photograph of the movement you will see the springs which cushion the impact of the hammer action and send the rotor back over to the other side of the movement. As with most automatic watch mechanisms (the Futurematic is one exception), the movement can be hand wound. It should be "kick started" when first used by manually winding the watch. When it is fully wound the power indicator will go out of the red and show a 40 hour charge. 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. The serial number dates the watch to 1952.

Strap: fitted with a black generic crocodile grain strap which fitted to the watch measures approximately 216 mm from buckle tip to last hole.

SOLD JAEGER LECOULTRE POWERMATIC 14K Solid Gold Automatic Gents Watch 1952

#4329 £0.00 GBP

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Jaeger LeCoultre Gents Vintage Automatic Watch