Gilt brass Jaeger-LeCoultre retailed by Dunhill Ref. 383 vintage desk clock, circa 1960
A stylish gilt brass keyless winding 8-day duration desk clock with date indication
This stylish Jaeger-LeCoultre clock, retailed by Dunhill, has a circular case with a slanted base which provides easy viewing when placed on a desk or table. The model incorporates a Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre 228 movement which was designed to be wound once a week and to have a power reserve of 8 days. Ref. 383 is usually found with plain pierced sides, however, the present clock has a leather band and it seems that this may have been a specific feature of examples retailed by Dunhill. For another version of this model with leather sides, also retailed by Dunhill, see: Antiquorum, Geneva, 15th May 2011, lot 101. Certainly the leather trimming would have been an appropriate ‘accent’ for the Dunhill timepieces.
The silvered dial is in lovely condition and has a very handsome configuration with bold, flat, gold coloured batons at the quarters and black intersecting lines for the intervening hours. The aperture for the date changes automatically each day but also has provision for fast date adjustment via a lever set to the back of the case, adjacent to the winder for powering the clock.
Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre 228 manually wound 8-day movement, lever escapement, mono-metallic balance; silvered dial, applied gold coloured baton numerals at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock, the intervening hours with black intersecting linear hour indication, aperture for date at 3 o’clock, ‘8’ within a roundel above 6 o’clock to indicate 8-day power duration; gilt brass circular case with polished chamfered bezel, wedge form pierced base with leather covering, separate winder and hand setting crown to case back, sliding aperture for regulation.
Maximum height: 45mm
This desk clock has been serviced and overhauled and is sold with a one year guarantee.