Antoine LeCoultre founded LeCoultre in 1833 in the small village of Le Sentier, Switzerland. By 1866, LeCoultre’s workshop had grown from home-run manufacturers spread across Switzerland to installing modern steam-driven machines to power the tools of all of the watchmakers moving them from their homes and bringing them together, in one central unit. Now named LeCoultre & Cie, the company became the very first manufacturer in the Vallée de Joux Switzerland. Antoine and his son Elie LeCoultre employed more than 500 watchmakers in-house. In 1903 Edmond Jaeger, a watchmaker in Paris making watches for the French Navy, challenged the Swiss manufacturers to produce an ultrathin movement. Jacques-David LeCoultre, Elie’s son, rose to the challenge and created the world’s thinnest pocket watch, equipped with the LeCoultre 146 calibre, measuring just 1.38 mm thick.
Over the following years, Jaeger and LeCoultre kept in touch, building a strong friendship, and in 1937 Jaeger-LeCoultre was founded. In 2013 they celebrated their 180th Anniversary. Creating iconic timepieces like the Reverso wristwatch to the brilliantly engineered Atmos clock. During the war years, the Mark VII pilot watches of the 1940s were so accurate the Royal Air Force used them as aerial navigation instruments; later they created the first automatic watch to house a power-reserve indicator in 1948 that was used by the US Army Air Corps. Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed and revolutionized the watch industry like no other manufacturer. Since 2000 they have been a fully owned subsidiary of the Swiss luxury group Richemont. This group includes Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, IWC Schaffhausen, Panerai, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin, Montblanc, Dunhill, and Chloé.
Here we have a classic 2018 Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Large Duoface Q3848420. Clearly inspired by the geometric forms of the 1930s Art deco. The Reverso was first introduced in 1930 it was made for polo players that wanted to protect their watch dials when playing. A 28mm stainless steel rectangular case. Its elegant case is polished with deep horizontal lines, creating a classic look. The case gently slopes towards the lugs. Its lug to lug length of 46.5mm and thickness of 10mm ensures a comfortable fit on the wrist. The flat rectangular sapphire crystal protects a silver dial with Clous de Paris guilloche finishing. Black Arabic numeral indexes mark the hours. At 6 o’clock a rectangle sub-seconds register. Fine blued sword hands. Applied Jaeger-LeCoultre sits elegantly on the dial. When you flip the watch a flat sapphire crystal protects a black dial with Clous de Paris guilloche finishing. Recessed radiating slim baton indexes marking the hours. At 6 o'clock a day-night register with 12 and 24 Arabic numeral indexes. Perfect for setting when you are traveling. Lume filled sword hands. The case back is perfectly fitted with Reverso engraved into it. The watch comes fitted on a JLC 20mm leather strap with a signed deployment clasp and comes with its JLC presentation box and papers.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original JLC box and paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original JLC strap with JLC signed deployment buckle, additional original JLC straps are included and a JLC pin buckle. The watch is from June 2018 and is sold in worn condition, however, it is in very fair condition as you can see, a full case refurb can be offered at an additional cost if requested. The watch comes with its original Manufacturer Warranty.
The JLC Reverso is a classic and always has been, since its creation to today the core concept and design has stayed the same, with additions to suit the modern gentleman or lady. This example is fantastic, offering so much for your money with essentially two watches in one, a truly classic white dial which screams JLC, then the reverse black side adds a more stealth appeal with the luminous sword hands, perfect for an evening out.