Details about Mens 1954 Jaeger LeCoultre POWERMATIC Nautilus Power Reserve Vintage Swiss WatchMens 1954 Jaeger LeCoultre POWERMATIC Nautilus Power Reserve Vintage Swiss Watch See original listing
“In excellent condition and ready to wear. Please see pictures below!”
22 Aug, 2013 03:59:57 BST
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US $49.00 (approx. £29.30) USPS Priority Mail Express International | See details
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Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States
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|Seller notes:||“In excellent condition and ready to wear. Please see pictures below!”|
Professionally Serviced, Power Reserve Indicator
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Watch Co. of Switzerland was established in Le Sentier, Valee de Joux in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre. After 170 years it is still one of the most important manufacturers of ebauches (raw movements), and has supplied mechanisms to almost all the notable producers of luxury watches, including Vacheron & Constantin and Patek Philippe. Merging with the Alsatian watch factory of Edmond Jaeger in 1925, the name Jaeger LeCoultre soon appeared on wrist watch dials. They are a watch collectors watch and rank as investment-grade timepieces.
I am pleased to offer for sale the following vintage timepiece from the firm, a men's Powermatic (wind indicator) model that dates to ca 1954. More specifically it is a Nautilus model, set within a good weight 10kt. Yellow Gold filled case with sculpted lugs. When new it retailed for around $85 and was imported by Longines-Wittnauer as LeCoultre was a division of its operations in the USA and Canada.
Triple signed for LeCoultre (dial, case and mechanism), it measures 42.2mm lug tip to lug tip and 34.8mm in width (36.2mm with partially recessed original unmarked winding crown). This works out to be just over 1-5/8 inches long by 1-3/8 inches wide, not including the crown. My watchmaker David has fully serviced its original LeCoultre 481 caliber bumper automatic mechanism, ensuring it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
The original, enamel finished dial is in excellent condition. It features raised gold hour markers, original gold metal hands and a sweep original blue steel center seconds hand. Signed LeCoultre Automatic below the 12 and SWISS below the 6.
Below the 12 is the wind indicator window and it displays the reserve time up to 40 hours. Please note that the color of this rotating disk changes to Red when it gets down to 10 hours in time but I took the photos when it was closer to 40 hours of reserve.
The gently domed acrylic crystal is in excellent condition, a new old stock addition. The LeCoultre-signed case is in excellent shape, 10 Karat Yellow Gold Filled with a nice weight to it. Note the fancy, sculpted lugs. The winding crown, unmarked, is the correct original example in excellent shape, operating smoothly.
Turning the watch over I see that the screw down back lid is in great overall shape with just a bit of light wear, held in place by a separate stainless steel screw down ring. It has never been engraved, past or present.
Inside I find a high-grade Seventeen Jewel bumper automatic mechanism that rotates approximately 300 degrees back and forth like an Omega bumper automatic. It is signed LeCoultre Co., Seventeen 17 Jewels, [Caliber] 481, Swiss - VXN. The inside case lid is stamped Cased & Timed in U.S.A. by LeCoultre - 10k Gold Filled with case number below. The model number is 8986.
This watch has been disassembled, cleaned, oiled and regulated to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time. It is fitted on a new deBeer 18mm black hand crafted smooth leather band with gold finished buckle.Ã‚ All in all a beautifully preserved, beautifully designed collectible Nautilus wind indicator watch from one of the finest of the Swiss watch makers. I think the winner is going to be very pleased.