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"A. LeCoultre" Levrette Watch Co. mystery

  1. DirtyDozen12 Thanks, mystery donor! Feb 4, 2023

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    The pocket watch below is currently listed on eBay. Both the movement and case are signed "A. LeCoultre" and "Levrette Watch Co.". Knowing little about LeCoultre, I wondered if the movement could have been made by them for Levrette Watch Co. I asked @Modest_Proposal and he did not recognize the movement as a LeCoultre ebauche.


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    After a bit more searching, I found a few other Levrette pocket watches with similar movements, none with any mention of "A. LeCoultre".

    Source: https://www.bukowskis.com/en/auctions/E898/lots/1404230-pocket-watch-levrette-hunter-50-5-mm
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    Source: https://www.google.com/imgres?imgur...hUKEwjCj73x1_z8AhUlG2IAHRctAMgQMygFegUIARCXAQ
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    Source: https://www.bukowskis.com/en/lots/3...evrette-1900-talets-borjan-total-vikt-ca-61-g
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    Checking Mikrolisk, there was a result returned for "A. LeCoultre": Albert LeCoultre of La Chaux-de-Fonds. A bit more searching and I found an old advert.

    Source: https://www.mikrolisk.de/show.php
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    Source: https://doc.rero.ch/record/19410/files/19120810.pdf
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    I wonder if anyone knows anything about A. LeCoultre, Levrette Watch Co., or the movements shown?
     
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  2. omegastar Feb 5, 2023

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    I see this Levrette is adjusted to 5 positions…
     
  3. Warthog Nov 6, 2023

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    Edited Nov 6, 2023
  4. DirtyDozen12 Thanks, mystery donor! Nov 6, 2023

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    @Warthog Hi Wes, thanks for the tip! It might take me some time to find that message.
     
  5. Warthog Nov 6, 2023

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    And here's one more from same source; titled "Info & advice" on April 6, 2008.
     
  6. Warthog Dec 3, 2023

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    Happy Holidays, S!
    Go to www.classicwatch.com , click on "FORUM", then "Vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre Forum", then near the top on "The old forum is closed. It may be consulted..." , and one more time on what comes up to get everything up to feb. 2015, especially at the bottom of the page for earliest dates by year. Have fun!
     
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  7. Warthog Dec 3, 2023

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    PS...I love Zaf Basha's take on it, "The guy at the JLC factory once joked about the A. LeCoultre movements as having been made by Antoine LeCoultre's evil half brother." This on May 6, 2010 message.
     
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  8. DirtyDozen12 Thanks, mystery donor! Dec 3, 2023

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    Thanks for the step-by-step instructions! I found the thread from May 6, 2010. That rectangular A. LeCoultre movement looks quite high-end, which fits with the pocket watch movement in my original post. The movement shown in the thread from April 6, 2008 does not look quite so high-end, but still neat to see another example. Thanks again for sharing this information, Wes. And Happy Holidays to you!