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 caliber, measuring just 1.38mm thick. Over the following years, Jaeger and LeCoultre kept in touch, building a solid 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 revolutionised 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.
This stunning Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 277.8.62 is 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. JLC has created a contemporary interpretation of the original Reverso of 1931. A 27mm 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 a thickness of just 7.5mm ensures a comfortable fit on the wrist. On the right side, a signed crown. The flat rectangular sapphire crystal protects a glossy black dial. A fine minute track has long applied indexes that mark the hours coated in a cream coloured luminescence. Elegant syringe hands have the same application of luminescence. When charged the luminescence provides a minty green hue to the dial. As you push the Reverso to the right JLC has decorated the bottom of the tray with exquisite perlage. On the flip side, the watch becomes a piece of jewellery with a high polished sterile back. The case back is perfectly fitted with Reverso engraved into it. Inside a Manually Wound JLC Cal. 822, 21 Jewels 21,600, beats per hour. The watch comes fitted with a 20mm JLC black Alligator strap with a signed buckle. 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 black JLC signed strap with its signed JLC buckle. The watch is from February 2013 and is sold in worn condition, unpolished case and overall very fair condition as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.
I'd have to say this is THE nicest JLC Reverso yet in my humble opinion, true to the original but larger, perfect proportion on wrist for a modern man or woman! The dial is simply elegant, the shape and fit is perfect, the manually wound caliber is beautiful and reliable... It just does not get much better than this and I own a perfectly simple Cartier Tank, I'd go as far to say I'd rather have this!