Jaeger-LeCoultre Ref. E326 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1955
A stainless steel automatic wristwatch with original certificate and presentation box
A fabulous example of a mid-century Jaeger-LeCoultre, this wristwatch is in wonderful original condition and retains an excellent lustre to the dial. The case remains in unpolished condition with crisp definition to its angles and edges. Incorporating LeCoultre’s automatic calibre 812 which was first released in 1954, the movement is of ‘bumper’ type with a semi-circular oscillating weight which buffers off springs within the movement and is geared to wind the watch. Although by the mid 1950s the bumper automatic movement was beginning to be increasingly replaced by full rotor calibres, it still retained favour amongst some watchmakers for being a robust and efficient design and the ‘bumper’ style also had the advantage that its oscillating weight could be recessed into the movement rather than sitting above it (as a full rotor is designed to do) which allowed a relatively slim case construction that was usually little different in depth to equivalent manually wound models.
This watch is accompanied by its original Jaeger-LeCoultre certificate and presentation box. The card box and certificate are worn and the lining to the box is no longer present.
[M] Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre 812 automatic movement, lever escapement, 17 jewels, compensation balance, 19,800 BPH, Kif shock absorber [D] silvered dial, applied baton and faceted triangular hour indexes, dauphine hands, cross-hair subsidiary seconds [C] stainless steel circular case, the bezel and tops of the lugs with polished finish, satin finished case sides and multi-faceted screw-down case back [S] case, dial and movement signed
Diameter excluding winding crown: 33.5mm
Length including lugs: 42mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 9.5mm
Lug gauge/strap width: 16mm
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