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Whole new vintage LeCoultre. Or is it...

  1. TimeODanaos

    TimeODanaos Jun 30, 2020 8:47pm

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    I saw this for sale by a respectable (but not major-league) auction house. Nice case - it's D&A, 14Kt. The dial is aesthetically pleasing. But hold on...
    I spoke to the auction house for enlightenment about the vintage LeCoultre movement that both has small seconds and is automatic, but they didn't really answer that. No power reserve indicators... Oh, and, you guessed, they are unable to open the (standard JLC) caseback.
    Please, would anyone like to hand out some education? Or am I seeing things here? Thanks!
    LeCoultre supposed automatic.jpg
     
  2. timjohn

    timjohn Jun 30, 2020 11:43pm

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    Can't comment on the movement, but to me it looks like a more than averagely shabby redial
     
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  3. TimeODanaos

    TimeODanaos Jul 1, 2020 3:03am

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    Didn't want to influence the jury, but you do have to wonder when the redialer freestyles to the extent of inventing a new calibre... ::puke::
     
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  4. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Jul 1, 2020 6:49am

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  5. TimeODanaos

    TimeODanaos Jul 1, 2020 7:05am

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    Cal 812 is a new one on me (I share my ignorance with Dr Ranfft, so not feeling too bad), so I couldn't be more grateful. But I even asked the lady to move it around a bit, to check if it was a bumper, sigh...
    I really am torn now - if bidding stays low, I might still be interested: that movement is just great. But how could the dial be rescued? Very happy to take advice from knowledgeable and experienced members.
     
  6. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Jul 1, 2020 7:24am

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    That dial cannot be “rescued”. It is either original or it is not. That one is not.

    I think it is highly unlikely that you would find a redialler that would do a better job. If you can pick it up for cheap and can live with it as is, then go for it.

    Otherwise, wait for another one with a proper dial. These are not particularly rare watches.

    You can make an offer on this one:
    Vintage Le Coultre Automatic K812 Mens Watch St Steel Runs

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  7. TimeODanaos

    TimeODanaos Jul 1, 2020 8:08am

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    Thanks, I really appreciate your help. The absolute key was finding out what's inside this thing, so now I can do all the usual comparisons. It does still really bug me that the auctioneer didn't have the info for me, to save me looking like a dork on here! Ironically, I had been avoiding this because I thought it was 100% wrong, but now I need to apply some different filters. I am indeed looking at a much lower price - it was only ever going to be an oo-shiny purchase rather than a collector piece. Wish I had $999 right now! Once again, thanks for bringing the knowledge.
     
  8. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Jul 1, 2020 9:51am

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    Seller is taking offers. You could get it for less, a lot less. It is not a $1,000 watch, neither is the 14K gold version you originally posted.

    All they can do is say “no”.
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  9. TimeODanaos

    TimeODanaos Jul 1, 2020 8:07pm

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    [Edited to update with auction result]
    Took a last look at OP watch before deleting - hammered at over $1100, before about ?30% extras - well over twice what I would have considered. My CEO will be pleased. Still, that white paint is a shame! Didn't deter other folks, and as usual the house wins either way. Thanks again for telling me about P(K)812, never stops being good to learn. ::book::
     
    Edited Jul 2, 2020 7:19pm
  10. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Jul 1, 2020 9:41pm

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    Here is one of my P812s in steel.

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  11. TimeODanaos

    TimeODanaos Jul 1, 2020 11:02pm

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    Absolutely superb! - that's more what I like to find. Well, the years have been good to me, so who knows what lies ahead one day!
     
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