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SOLD Lecoultre 1940s military style REDUCED $825

  1. TheGreekPhysique May 14, 2022

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    I ended up purchasing this watch from a local mom and pop jeweler. Shortly after purchasing this watch I was afforded the opportunity to purchase a watch from a brand that I have been chasing after a long time. So, even though I love it, I am selling to recoup some funds.

    “Military Man”

    Jaeger Lecoultre, JLC or in this “Lecoultre” are for all intents and purposes synonymous. JLC back in the day stamped their dials “Lecoultre” when a watch was destined for the American market. This was done with the intent of avoiding high U.S import duties that often occurred on finished watches. Meanwhile over in Europe you’ll notice the dials stamped “Jaeger” or “Jaeger Lecoultre” in an attempt to keep good relations with Edmond Jaeger and the watch market over there.

    YEAR: ~1947

    REFERENCE: E364

    CASE: The 34mm stainless steel case wears larger than the diameter would suggest due to its minimal bezel design. The case appears to be unpolished as the facets on all four lugs are extremely sharp. There are some scratches on the caseback presumably from when the previous owner or watchmaker attempted to remove the screw-down caseback. Please note it is unclear if the crown was replaced some time in the past.

    DIAL: The dial pulls its inspiration from military watches that came before it. With its radium-filled, printed hour markers and railroad style minute track it was a military style watch for civilians. I have contacted many different veterans in this forum when I was inquiring about purchasing the watch. Members much much much more knowledgeable than me. The prevailing thought is the hands have been relumed.

    MOVEMENT: The bumper automatic cal. 476 is running. The winding action is crispy and sets perfectly. The previous owner mentioned that the movement was serviced ~2017; however, we recommend having the watch serviced prior to daily wear. The watch was timed over a 24hr period including wear and non-wear and compared to atomic EST. During that time spake the watch lost a little over 2 minutes.

    BRACELET: Comes on a 16mm genuine leather strap.


    Accessories: None

    Payment: $850 which is about exactly what I paid for it. + shipping.

    PS: I am still learning. If anything I stated is wrong I would be more than happy to amend and am always open to learning more. I appreciate the feedback and thank you all and to OF for the space.

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  2. Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. May 14, 2022

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    The hands are relumed…. But that’s a very fair price imho.
     
  3. JwRosenthal May 14, 2022

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    If so, they were done long ago judging by the patina on the minute hand. Regardless, easy enough to have color matched to the dial lume if desired. I personally like the green as it stands out a little more
     
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  4. TheGreekPhysique May 15, 2022

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    Thank you for the feedback! Based on this I edited the description to make it more certain that the hands have been relumed.
     
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  5. TheGreekPhysique May 16, 2022

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    Bump!
     
  6. TheGreekPhysique May 19, 2022

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    Bump!
     
  7. TheGreekPhysique May 29, 2022

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    Reduced to $825 OBRO + shipping
     
  8. Waltesefalcon May 31, 2022

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    I'm with foo, the hands are relumed. It's a great looking watch and a fair price, good luck with the sale.
     
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  9. Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. May 31, 2022

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    Surprised it’s still here. This is a very wearable piece esp if you don’t have giant wrists. Although it wears a bit larger I’ll wager then the 34mm denotes.
     
  10. JwRosenthal Jun 1, 2022

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    I’ve handled this watch in the metal- it’s stunning and a great size on the wrist (and I have 7.5” wrists). The lugs are eye catching.
     
  11. TheGreekPhysique Jun 4, 2022

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    bump with another wrist shot, some more pics of the lugs and a picture of the movement from when I took it to a local watchmaker. He put it on on an old timegrapher and pretty much confirmed what I listed in the description which was it was losing about 2 1/2 minutes a day. What I thought was cool was it gave some sort of a print out. How you could tell how much its losing or gaining by the print out I have no idea but thought it was interesting none the less.

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  12. gbesq Jun 4, 2022

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    I've seen this watch in person as well and it's a beauty. Very surprised that it's still here, but I suspect that it won't be for much longer. Seller is one of the nicest gentleman that you could hope to meet and a straight shooter.