BIRMINGHAM, UK – Fellows will offer a rare, early and historically important Jaeger-LeCoultre Perpetual Calendar wristwatch (estimate £15,000-£20,000) in the upcoming Watch Sale on Dec. 1.
The movement, based on the 11U caliber used in early Reverso models, is signed Jaeger-LeCoultre, and the 18K gold case has punch marks for Edmond Jaeger with import marks for Geneva and for London 1938.
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Fellows Auctioneers exhibited choice lots from their December auction at London’s Saatchi Gallery as part of Salon QP on Nov. 12-14, where there was interest especially in this early Jaeger-LeCoultre model.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre brand name was first used in 1937. Until then the watches were either LeCoultre or Jaeger. To mark this, “a superb rectangular wristwatch calendar [that] celebrates the official birth of Jaeger-LeCoultre” was produced, according to History of Jaeger-LeCoultre (thewatchquote.com).
While the relationship of this particular watch to that piece is not confirmed, it should be noted that the production of a Jaeger-LeCoultre-signed full perpetual calendar this early would have been a significant undertaking and not part of standard production.
Adrian Hailwood, Fellows director and watch specialist said, “Rare watches such as the Jaeger-LeCoultre perpetual calendar shed more light into the lesser known parts of watchmaking history.”
For specialist information regarding this lot, contact Hailwood at 0121 212 6304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.