Jaeger-LeCoultre cal. 478 hallmarked 1954 | 9ct gold manual vintage wristwatch
An excellent mid-century Jaeger-LeCoultre, this model is relatively large for the period of production and, with its slim bezel, the surface area of the dial is maximised thereby further increasing its perceived size. The lugs have a sculpted, flared design and the dial is wonderfully balanced with combination hour indexes and sword-shaped hands. We have fitted this watch with a brown lizard, Christopher Clarke for Black Bough, handmade strap.
The case was made for Jaeger-LeCoultre by the London based case makers, De Trevars Ltd., whose sponsor’s mark of DTE is stamped to the inside case back. During the 1950s, De Trevars supplied Jaeger-LeCoultre with a range of high quality wristwatch cases, including gold cases for their famous Geophysic model which was launched in 1958. The present watch incorporates Jaeger-LeCoultre’s calibre 478 movement which was first introduced in 1945. Regarded as one of the watchmaker’s most refined movements, the 478 was also produced in a chronometer rated version. Indeed, it was a chronometer rated version of the 478 that was incorporated into the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic model.
[M] Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre 478 manually wound jewelled movement, lever escapement, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH, Parechoc shock protection
[D] silvered dial, raised gilded Arabic and triangular numerals, sword-shaped hands, centre seconds, outer minute/seconds track
[C] 9ct yellow gold case with flared and sculpted lugs, snap-on gold case back
[S] dial and movement signed Jaeger-LeCoultre, case stamped DTE for De Trevars Ltd.
35.5mm diameter excluding winding crown
44mm length including lugs
11mm depth to centre of crystal
17mm strap width/lug gauge
One Year Guarantee – this watch has been fully serviced
Black Bough leather wristwatch pouch & Black Bough certificate