Jaeger LeCoultre Ladies Cocktail Watch
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
You may not know Jaeger-LeCoultre like you think you do.
Though recognized for its iconic Reverso timepiece and various important tool watches from the mid-20th century, JLC also holds the distinction of having developed the world’s smallest mechanical movement — a record that remains unbroken today. The Calibre 101, which debuted in 1929, was designed to power ladies’ cocktail watches — the type of pieces that combined the finest watchmaking with high jewelry in pieces that could be worn to dinners, balls, galas and the like. When found in good condition today, such pieces continue to dazzle.
This particular ladies’ cocktail watch dates to the 1950s and features a 25mm 18K yellow gold integrated case and bracelet, an acrylic crystal, a signed JLC crown, a diamond bezel, and a silver satin dial with black stick hands and baton indices. In excellent condition and powered by a manually wound JLC movement, it’s a piece of horological art that looks as fashionable today as it did in the mid-20th century.
Pick this piece up today for a bit of Mad Men-inspired style!
Case/bracelet is in excellent condition overall showing light wear consistent with age and use. Sunburst silver dial with applied 'baton' indices is in excellent condition with matching 'pencil' handset. Signed crown. Factory diamond-set bezel.
Founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoutlre in Le Sentier, Switzerland, the firm became the Jaeger-LeCoultre we know today when it merged with Parisian watchmaker Edmond Jaeger’s business in 1937. The two horological concerns collaborated on numerous projects before cementing their partnership, the most important of which was no doubt the Reverso. A sport watch with a reversible case, this ingenious timepiece was designed to offer protection to the watch dial — when engaged in sport or otherwise dangerous activity, the wearer would simply flip the case over, exposing its back to the world, rather than the vulnerable crystal.
But the Reverso is far from the only significant timepiece brought to market by JLC: The firm also produced the world’s thinnest pocket watch in 1907, powered by the Caliber 145. In 1929, the maison released the Caliber 101, still today the smallest mechanical movement. (Queen Elizabeth II wore a Caliber 101-equipped wristwatch to her coronation in 1953.) And perhaps no other watchmaker is world-renowned for their production of a clock in the way that JLC is famous for the Atmos. Invented by Jean-Léon Reutter, it’s powered by miniscule changes in atmospheric pressure — Edmon Jaeger acquired the patent and licensed it beginning in 1936. The Atmos is still produced in numerous forms today, and remains the Swiss government’s foremost diplomatic gift.
From classic, near-centuries old designs like the Reverso and the Atmos to modern über-complications such as the brilliant Master Gyrotourbillon, Jaeger-LeCoultre remains on the cutting edge of horological technology nearly two centuries after its founding.
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Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Jaeger LeCoultre Ladies Cocktail Watch