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Vintage 18K Gold Jaeger Chronograph: Ref: 12556


Pre-owned Jaeger Vintage 18K Gold  Chronograph: Ref: 12556

Simply stated, this Jaeger vintage chronograph is in remarkable condition, which is not unusual for an 18K gold watch as the previous owners often treated a solid gold watch delicately.  The 18K gold hallmark is visible on the case side, as are the brush marks, which together with the sharp edges suggest that this watch is unpolished.  The golden dial reflects the same level of care, as it is untarnished and shows practically no aging, although under magnification there are minute markings on the outer edge near the 60 on the minute track.  The various hands are bright and unmarred, with the brilliant blue hands of the chronograph and sub-registers shining when seen at the right angle.  Powered by a Universal caliber 285 movement that is made for and marked Jaeger, this is a robust and well-made movement that also appeared in the acclaimed Universal Geneve uni-compax.

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Manual Wind Mechanical


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Item ID0004561
Model #12556
Model NameVintage Chronograph


Founded by Antoine LeCoultre in Le Sentier, Switzerland in 1833, the company became known as Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937 when Edmond Jaeger joined Antoine LeCoultre.  At the outset, LeCoultre was a man of science interested in technology and innovation. In 1844, Antoine LeCoultre invented the micron, which he used to maintain accuracy in his production to the millimeter. His watches became known for their high quality and accuracy.  Even his precision measuring tools became an industry standard.  Soon after in 1847, he invented the keyless watch.  Strange to modern ears, but there was a time when a person needed a key to wind their watch.  You can thank Antoine LeCoultre for not needing to carry an extra key.

Awards followed, but it was after his son Elie LeCoultre joined the company that they changed from a small family workshop into the company’s first manufacture in the Joux Valley.  In 1903, a watchmaker based in Paris named Edmond Jaeger challenged Swiss manufacturers to develop and produce the ultra-thin movements that he had invented.  LeCoultre accepted the challenge, which led to the thinnest pocket watch in the world in 1907.  A collaboration began when the French jeweller Cartier, who was one of Jaeger’s clients, signed a contract with Jaeger for exclusive rights to Jaeger’s movement to be used only by Cartier.  At the time, those movements were created by LeCoultre. Their joint ventures continued until they joined and officially became Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937. From 1932 to approximately 1985, watches for the American market were cased in cases produced in North America and sold under the name LeCoultre by the company Vacheron-LeCoultre.  After 1985, Jaeger-LeCoultre was adopted uniformly worldwide.

One fact should remain, that Jaeger LeCoultre (JLC) is known for producing high quality, innovative watches and movements.  So much so that the highest quality watchmakers in the world purchased movements from Jaeger LeCoultre.  There is no higher accolade than the one paid by your peers.