Dating from the late 1950s or the early 1960s, this simple snap back dress watch does a great job of hiding the treasure within; the amazing Jaeger leCoultre K478C; this is a classic Jaeger design with their usual 1930s two plate design with exposed flat click spring. It features an oversized balance wheel beating at a leisurely 18,000 bph, a Breguet hairspring and shock protection on the balance. This is recognisable as a later version of the movement as it has a rhodium finish, earlier versions were gilt plated, the movement is undecorated with Geneva stripes or Perlage, but the brushed finish on the plates is exquisite and the anglage and countersinking are both perfect.
The case is as austere as the movement finish, a slim slightly sloped bezel, downturned lugs and a saucer shaped snap back, all of the original edges are present and perfect. The outer case back bears the case number 803125, whilst the inside is stamped ‘Acier Inoxydable’ and below that ‘LeCoultre Co’ and ‘Swiss’.
The dial is simple silvered with applied polished steel batons for the hour indices, whilst there are double batons at each of the quarters, the brand name is printed just below the 12 and ‘Swiss Made’ is printed in microscopic type at the very edge of the dial. There is an outer minute/seconds track and the hands are both polished steel baton style with pencil tips, whilst the seconds hand is a very slim, almost needle like polished steel one.
The movement is 95+%, whilst the case & dial are both 95%.
Diameter 33.5mm; Lug-to-Lug 40.5mm; Height 10.mm. It takes a 16mm strap and a brand new pigskin one is fitted.
£1,250.00 (approx. $1,700.00)