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Jaeger LeCoultre - Stainless Steel Dress Watch - Caliber P478 - c.1940s

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A Charming Vintage Stainless Steel Jaeger LeCoultre Dress Watch with Beautiful Silver Dial. A Charismatic Watch From a Prestigious Brand, Caliber P478, c.1940s. 

Antoine LeCoultre founded his first watchmaking workshop after inventing a machine to produce watchmaking pinions. 

In 1866, Antoine LeCoultre along with his son Elie opened the first Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux. Manufacture is a term used to describe a watch company with the ability to produce its own watch movements. 

Elie encouraged his father to expand to a larger scale factory and they became the first to establish in the illustrious Joux Valley. Jaeger LeCoultre continues to reside here today. LeCoultre met Edmond Jaeger, the official horologist to the French navy, around the turn of the century and they began to collaborate on various projects until they formed an official partnership in 1937 and the Jaeger-LeCoultre (JLC) brand was born. 

What’s On Offer 

A charming vintage dress watch from one of the most revered brands in watchmaking history. 

The exquisite silver coloured dial is the jewel in this watch's crown without a doubt, still, the slender syringe hands are in good shape with luminous inserts intact. The dial may however have been refinished at some point historically, over the years! The inside caseback is engraved with LeCoultre, Swiss, however, the watch movement is signed Jaeger LeCoultre, which suggests this was produced or exported to the USA market. The watch is a good size at 33.5mm and wears rather well on the wrist. It is running well and keeping good time, a beautiful watch that would happily transition from everyday wear to a more formal occasion. A rare opportunity to acquire a JLC timepiece at a competitive price. 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless Steel

Dial: Silver

Crystal: Plexiglass

Bracelet: Brown Leather Strap with Pin Buckle

Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement Type: Mechanical 

Caliber: P478

Jewels: 17j

Waterproof: n/a

Power reserve: 40hrs

Purchase details

Condition: Very Good

Model Reference: 506391

Date of issue: c.1940s

Guarantee: 12 Months by VWS


Width (without crown): 33.5mm

Lug width: 16mm

Lug height: (lug to lug) 41mm

Wrist size: Adjustable