A beautiful Jaeger LeCoultre Perpetual Calendar with moonphase, in completely original, unpolished condition, a very rare example.
This piece is set in it’s original 10k gold filled case which remains completely unpolished, keepig the original finish and lovely sharp lines of the case. This great piece features a fantastic dial that has been reproduced by Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger LeCoultre in a number of their modern pieces, here is your chance to get your hands on the original. The lovely silver dial features gold Breguet numerals for the hour indicators, the date of the month is signified by quaint blue numerals around the edge of the dial and the date is dictated by the thin gold arrow hand. Below the LeCoultre signed dial we can see the day of the week and the month indicators. Below the nice, patinated hands can be seen a small sub dial which displays the seconds and the lovely hand finished moonphase.
This piece was originally sold to the US market as is denoted by the dial being signed LeCoultre which was the name Jaeger LeCoultre operated under in the USA. This can also be seen on the original LeCoultre box which is in pristine condition and is posssibly the best example of its age. Even more rare than the watch itself perhaps is the original LeCoultre dead stock Certificate of particulars and guarantee papers. Not only are these in completely mint, dead stock condition, but they remain entirely unsigned. This is entirely unheard of and I would hazard a guess that these may even be the only set of unsigned LeCoultre papers of this age in the world. They are a thing to behold in themselves and present a very rare opportunity to own. The piece also comes complete with two straps, one vintage brown lizard strap and the other a brand new original Jaeger LeCoultre brown alligator strap, complete with Jaeger LeCoultre gold plated buckle. This buckle is an original JLC steel buckle that has then been gold plated.
This piece is fantastic, iconic and rare. Naturally being a vintage watch in original condition you will find signs of age and wear, but that's exactly what makes vintage watches so interesting and unique and allows for that lovely patina that we all like so much and a lovely straight case with it's original lines. To note on this piece, there is a very small line to right of the LeCoultre sign, this can be seen in the photos and the most minor dings to the subdial. Other than that, as mentioned there will be signs of wear, but for a watch that is over 60 years old, you couldn't ask for much more, this is a truly beautiful piece and you will not find another like it on anyone else's wrist.
The piece is keeping good time and is working well. The moon phase moves freely from day to night and is very nice to see and the day, month, date etc all change as they should and naturally the hands all work well. There is 3 pushers to the surrounds of the watch, one changes the month, one changes the date and the last adjusts the moonphase.
Ever the revolutionary creators in Haute horologie, Jaeger LeCoultre made some exciting developments in this era. In 1946 the brand released their first automatic watch, revolutionising the experience for their consumers wearing the watches. In 1953 the brand developed the ultra thin calibre 803 measuring just 1.63 mm thick, an incredible feat of engineering. The brand developed their first wristwatch to feature an alarm in 1956. Although this would seem common place now, this was entirely revolutionary for the time in a wristwatch. Much like those groundbreaking development, this beautiful perpetual calendar moonphase is a testament to the skill and artistry of the Jaeger LeCoultre watchmakers
Brand: Jaeger Le-Coultre
Model: Triple Calendar Moonphase
Year: 1956 (check)
Movement: Manual Wind
Lug Width: 17mm