1949 JAEGER-LECOULTRE Mens Powermatic Power Reserve Watch - 18K Rose Gold
Uncommon European Version - 1st Automatic Power Reserve Movement

 

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The First Automatic Watch with Power Reserve Indication - 18K Rose Gold European Version
 

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.

Today's Watch of the Week. showcases this uncommon and beautiful early power reserve. It is a seldom seen rose gold version and a true European JLC. It is so elegant on the wrist.

Powering it is a movement from JLC's first automatic series ever to feature power reserve indication. So sophisticated and well engineered is the movement that its was used by Vacheron & Constantin (see comparative image of the two movements below).

It has all original parts except for the replacement crown. I've always loved the look of the original counterweighted seconds hands on these.

Its heavy and original case has pleasing lugs and its silver dial has been professionally restored by one of the leading dial experts in North America.

Our watchmaker has freshly fully serviced the movement. Like always included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.

Note: A published example of a similar watch can be found in Jaeger-LeCoultre: A Guide for the Collector, Basha, 2008, pg. 148


Price - $1995

Timepiece's Finer Points:

Dial: Silver, signed Jaeger-LeCoultre and Automatic, two-tone power reserve indication window displays red when the watch needs to be wound, well-restored

Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
Case: 18K rose gold, original and heavy, snap back, 33mm wide (excluding crown), 40mm long lug tip-to-tip Band: Leather, fully stitched, brand new and unworn with yellow gold tone unsigned buckle

We also stock straps in a variety of different skins and colors. Please ask if you're interested.

Movement: Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 481, gilt finished, fausses cotes decoration, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock-absorber, self-compensating flat balance-spring, index regulator, buffered rotor Function: Hours, Minutes, Power Reserve, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
Crown: Replacement, unsigned  

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Detailed Appraisal:
  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre

  • Country of origin: Switzerland

  • Serial number: 547,008

  • Year built: c. 1949

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

  • Designed for: Men

  • Case material: 18K rose gold

  • Case markings (inside): 18K, .750

  • Case condition: Presents beautifully. Signs of previous polishing.

  • Dimensions: 33mm wide (excluding crown), 40mm long lug tip-to-tip

  • Dial: Silver, signed Jaeger-LeCoultre and Automatic, two-tone power reserve indication window displays red when the watch needs to be wound, well-restored

  • Hands: All original, gold luminous "lances", original blue steel seconds hands

  • Movement type: High-grade, Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 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: Jaeger-LeCoultre Co., Fab. Suisse, Swiss, Automatic

  • Jewels: 17 rubies

  • Band: Leather, fully stitched, brand new and unworn with yellow gold tone unsigned buckle

    We also stock straps in a variety of different skins and colors. Please ask if you're interested.

  • Width between lugs: 18mm

  • Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition

  • Serviced: Yes, freshly cleaned and oiled.

  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.

    Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.

  • Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty. Please see our eBay About Me page for details.

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

 

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