LeCoultre Power Reserve Automatic (14K Gold w/ Presentation Box)


Brand: LeCoultre (Jaeger-LeCoultre)

Model: Power Reserve Automatic ref. 6844; solid 14K gold with original presentation box; Swiss Made circa approximately 1958

Case: Solid 14K yellow gold case with fancy lugs is approximately 33mm excluding the winding crown

Strap: Vintage new old stock (NOS) 11/16" brown genuine leather strap with yellow gold-tone tang buckle

Movement: LeCoultre cal. 481 self-winding automatic bumper movement (17 jewels) with power reserve display (40 hours); 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning white dial with applied gold-tone hour markers and 3-6-9-12 Breguet numerals; original gold-tone dauphine hands; original blued-steel sweeping-seconds hand; power reserve indicator at 12 o'clock (40 hours); solid 14K gold case with fancy lugs (rare); domed acrylic crystal; cool caseback inscription; includes original green LeCoultre presentation box

Condition: Fantastic condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and light use; solid 14K gold case is thick and sharp and appears to be unpolished; crisp 14 gold caseback features professional inscription as presented to the original owner on Christmas of 1958; attractive white dial with light patina; a few minor superficial scratches on the domed acrylic crystal

Other: If you're looking an interesting and affordable vintage dress watch in solid gold from a big brand, look no further than this LeCoultre Power Reserve Automatic. This particular example is special because it retains its personal caseback inscription that reads, "Love Norah 12/25/58" and comes in its original LeCoultre presentation box. We can imagine the lucky recipient opening this extraordinary gift nearly 59 years ago and how excited they must have been winding up that power reserve indicator for the very first time... The power reserve increases as the wearer winds the crown or shakes the watch and the disc goes into a red warning area when only 10 hours or less are left on the mainspring. The vast majority of these power reserve models came in gold-filled/plated cases making this solid gold example all the more collectible and desirable.

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