A great era for watches of distinction for me is the 1945 to 1955 period when some of the most wonderful dress watches appeared. Moving away from the rectangular ’30’s and ’40’s styles towards the round case watches that are probably still the most common today. Here is a beauty – a solid 18ct Rose Gold Jaeger leCoultre from around 1949-1952 era in perfect condition.
This watch has an oyster colored dial with applied gold markers, with an inner ring showing Arabic numbers at 3, 9 and 12, with gold dagger hands, sub second dial and an acrylic glass. The case is hallmarked on the lugs as 18ct gold and the watch is 34mm diameter (35mm with crown), so a most sensible size in amongst the oversize stuff that seems to be around these days and very wearable.
The back is unmarked and pristine and the watch is fitted to an alligator leather strap and is in about as perfect condition as any pre-owned vintage watch I’ve seen and a worthy addition to my vintage collection. I have two vintage collections actually – the first comprises items I may pick up at local auctions or fairs, hopefully at low prices and mostly are simple vintage pieces and where the maker does not influence me greatly, but for whatever reason they take my fancy, though obviously I look for reasonably good examples. The second collection however is for more collectable pieces and of higher quality basically, and here Jaeger LeCoultre certainly fits this category.
Additional images –
The problem with my second vintage collection is of course – the cost! Invariably it means that I have to sell some of the lesser ones to afford to stock my more upmarket display, but that’s life I suppose and part of the fun of collecting. You get what you can afford at the time and at other times you build up the modest collection as a bank – to be used later when the “must have” item comes along – and it keeps the watches moving on and gives others the chance to enjoy them for a while.
I’ll post as and when – I have the time!