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Jaeger-LeCoultre 1952 Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Mens Powermatic Watch - 10K Gold Filled

1952 Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Mens Powermatic Watch - 10K Gold Filled

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Price: $1,006.70

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1952 Vintage Mens Powermatic Watch - 10K Gold Filled

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Gently used

Case condition:Fair to good condition with scratches and wear throughout


1952 JAEGER-LECOULTRE Vintage Mens Powermatic Watch - 10K Gold Filled

1st Automatic Power Reserve Movement - Original - 1 Year Warranty

Jaeger-LeCoultre created some of the very fine automatic wristwatches of the vintage era, including their sought after power reserve models. Long before watch winders made entered the watch collecting world, power reserve indicators insured that the owner never had to worry about resetting the time, even after his watch lay idle over night.

The watch showcased in today's auction is an original example of one of these watches.

Powering it is LeCoultre's caliber 481 movement, the first automatic mechanism ever to feature power reserve indication. So sophisticated and well engineered is the movement that its components were used by Vacheron & Constantin (see comparative image of the two movements below).

The gold-filled case has interesting lugs. The luminous numbered dial is original. The only replacement part appears to be the crown.

Our watchmaker has freshly cleaned and oiled the movement.

Included with the purchase is a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity and a new timing certificate.



FINER POINTS ABOUT THE WATCH:
Dial: Two-tone silver, signed LeCoultre and Automatic, two-tone power reserve indication window displays red when the watch needs to be wound, 100% original, warmed to a cream-tone, excellent condition with aging

Case: 10K gold filled, signed LeCoultre, screw back, 34mm wide (excluding crown), 42mm long lug tip-to-tip

Movement: LeCoultre Cal. 481, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock-absorber, self-compensating flat balance-spring, index regulator, buffered rotor

Crystal: Acrylic, mint condition

Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn

Function: Hours, Minutes, Power Reserve, Automatic, Sweep Seconds


DETAILED APPRAISAL OF THE WATCH:
Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre / LeCoultre

Country of origin: Switzerland, made for the U.S. market

Serial number: 886,961

Year built: c. 1952

Model: Caliber 481

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Power Reserve, Automatic, Sweep Seconds

Designed for: Men

Case material: 10K gold filled

Case markings (inside): Cased and Timed in U.S.A. by LeCoultre, LK 81, 10K Gold Filled, L & K, 2984

Case markings (outside): 10K Gold Filled L & K, Automatic

Case condition: Fair to good condition with scratches and wear throughout

Dimensions: 34mm wide (excluding crown), 42mm long lug tip-to-tip

Dial: Two-tone silver, signed LeCoultre and Automatic, two-tone power reserve indication window displays red when the watch needs to be wound, 100% original, warmed to a cream-tone, excellent condition with aging

Hands: Original, blue steel "diamonds", luminous re-filled, original blue steel seconds hands

Movement type: High-grade, Cal. 481, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock-absorber, self-compensating flat balance-spring, index regulator, buffered rotor

Movement markings: LeCoultre Co., Swiss, 481, Seventeen Jewels, Unadjusted, Automatic

Jewels: 17 rubies

Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn

Width between lugs: 18mm

Crystal type: Acrylic, mint condition

Serviced: Yes, cleaned and oiled.

Box/Papers: BOX - Watch presentation box; PAPERS - Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate



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