Jaeger LeCoultre 'oversized'

A stranger in our midst among his smaller mid-century competitors.

Museum Piece
Jeager- LeCoultreThe watchmaking empire all started when Antoine LeCoultre created a machine to produce watch parts in the year 1833.

Introduction

A stranger in our midst among his smaller mid-century competitors. But thanks to the fact that exception makes watches nowadays, this is a piece that we can’t let pass by expanding our dress watch collection.This ‘oversized’ but extremely elegant dress watch was made by Jeager-LeCoultre around the year 1948 and runs on calibre P478/C. A case size of 37 millimeter is very common these days but it certainly was not that common 70 years ago. Nonetheless, we’re very grateful for the fact that Jeager-LeCoultre was willing to take the risk by creating an oversized model that’s definitely able to distinguish itself among all the beautiful mid-century dress watches.This delightful piece’s case is made out of stainless steel while most of the watches in those days were made out of precious metals. The watch has a silvered ‘Swiss’ dial which has turned a bit off-white over the years. On the dial we find a rose-gold hour track including Arabic quarters and 18k yellow gold ‘sword hands’. To create some subtle contrast with the light dial we’ve provided the watch with a ‘cognac brown’ leather ostrich strap. Despite the fact that there are some minor blemishes on the dial, the watch is in great overall condition and ready for its new owner.

Description

Jeager- LeCoultreThe watchmaking empire all started when Antoine LeCoultre created a machine to produce watch parts in the year 1833. After creating some very accurate measuring instruments in the following years LeCoultre teamed up with his son to build a place where they could put together all the expertise and instrument to build watches there selves. The first 'Manufacture' in the Vallee du Joux district was born!In 1903 the Parisian watchmaker Edmond Jeager challenged Antoine LeCoultre's grandson, who took over the company, to build a few calibers that Jeager had invented. That worked out very well over the years and led to the founding of Jeager-LeCoultre in 1937.