1940s Jaeger Lecoultre Square Stainless Cased watch, tear drop lugs, Cal. 417/3B. Recently serviced.
This is a rare and attractive Jaeger Lecoultre watch from 1943-1945. The stainless steel case is in wonderful condition with very minimal wear. The Tear Drop lugs give this model real beauty and make it a simple yet elegant dress watch for either a gent or a lady.
The dial is in excellent condition with a cream outer section and silvered grained and lacquered centre. This subtle two tone is incredibly smart. The dial is clear with Arabic numerals and a square sub-second dial.
The movement is a calibre 417/3B that has 17 jewels and a beautiful gilt finish. It is in excellent condition both cosmetically and mechanically, having been recently serviced.
Measuring 25mm x 25mm this would have originally been a Gentlemens watch. However now it is considered unisex. The small diameter and length should not put anyone with a wrist over 7 inches diameter off. The Tear drop lugs give this case an increased presence with a lug to lug measurement of 34.5mm. This means it wears larger than it appears. The watch is modelled on my 7 inch wrist.
Recently serviced and functioning perfectly, this is an excellent dress piece to add to a collection, with beautiful design and a high grade movement.
The crown is a later replacement.
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An original dial in excellent condition with cream exterior and internal silvered square. The centre has an excellent brushed finish with a clear lacquered shine.
The hands are original and maintain the thermally blued colour. Overall they aren't bent and are in good condition. They have some slight corrosion in areas.
The crystal is a brand new replacement and is in perfect condition with no scratches.
The crown is a later replacement from a Technos watch. It fits the profile and shape of the crown found on other models of the same design. It is in perfect condition.
The case is Stainless Steel and in very good condition with no dents or deep scratching, only light surface scratches.
The Stainless Steel case back is in very good condition. It has a couple of very light surface scratches. It maintains its original graining.
A new 16mm genuine leather strap.
A 17 jewel Jaeger Lecoultre 417/3B movement dating to approximately 1943-1945. The movement has a beautiful gilt finish and is in excellent condition both cosmetically and mechanically. The movement has just been serviced. It is functioning perfectly.
Case width: 25mm
Case width with crown: 27mm
Case length: 25mm
Lug to lug measurement: 34.5mm
Case depth: 8.5mm
Lug width: 16mm