JLC K881 Vintage - Any info appreciated

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    JLC K881 Vintage - Any info appreciated

    I have posted a similar post on the JLC forum, but perhaps this might be an even better place?


    Hello all,

    I am being seduced by a Jaeger-LeCoultre 60s dress watch which, for a vintage, looks (almost suspiciously) good. Regrettably, I haven’t taken any photos (even though I went today, the second time, explicitly with that aim in mind). That is the extent to which my mind has been captivated, and my heart stolen.

    The watch in question is found on facebook, but I cant post the entire link, so here is the last bit after the fb part: /artisandutemps/photos/a.10151277686223600.473877.155624978599/10155631017238600/?type=3&theater, and on the flip side, to my knowledge, the seller is a reputable dealer here in Brussels.

    I have seen the movement, and all looks legit. It’s the K881, serviced and in what seems to me a good condition. Then again I am no expert.

    I have seen the dial under a loupe, and again, all seems fine: the font, the lettering, the spacing of the logo, both in relation to its elements and the batons, namely the 12, 11 and 1. The symmetry is there, including the wording Automatic and its places. I have researched the piece extensively and even though it is hard to find this exact model (with clean dial), I have indeed found a few and a few others related, some with a cross haired dial.

    The question I have pertains to the inside case back. This is an 18kt gold: the markings inside have the Helvetia hallmark, as well as the 0.75 (no 18k) - in almost all examples I found both numbers are present. This shouldn’t be an issue though. However, also missing is a LeCoultre signature, though there is a LC hallmark, which I believe is just as valid. Well, that is my main question actually: is it? The outside caseback also has the A letter following the six digit number.

    While I realize that the lack of photos from my side will naturally limit the amount and quality of help which can be offered, I would appreciate your thoughts and any other information related to the watch, movement, dial and, most importantly, caseback.

    Finally, apologies if my inadequate research abilities missed obvious answers or other forum entries dealing with this.

    Thanks in advance!

    JLK

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    Re: JLC K881 Vintage - Any info appreciated

    You are going to have to provide photos, otherwise we will be shooting in the dark. I don't use Facebook, and the link provided is useless.

    If you do not know how to capture and post photos from the 'net, find someone who does, and have them help you.

    Also, if the watch is being sold by a dealer, they should have a presence somewhere other than Facebook. Can you provide the name of the dealer?

    Regards,

    Tony C.

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    Re: JLC K881 Vintage - Any info appreciated

    Hey there, thanks for replying.

    Unfortunately, this is the one piece he hasn’t uploaded to his site yet! I’ll check again and link as soon as he does.

    In the meantime, here is the image linked to above:

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    Re: JLC K881 Vintage - Any info appreciated

    Looks OK from that shot. Bear in mind that some Swiss gold watches were cased outside of Switzerland due to precious metal duties. So, you will find differences in those cased, for example, in France, or South America.

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    Re: JLC K881 Vintage - Any info appreciated

    That’s very helpful information, though the case did have the Helvetia hallmark, meaning the case is Swiss (right?). What is worrying me is the lack of a Le Coultre signature inside the case back. It is slightly suspect, since all the examples I have found from the era have one, including 9ct gold ones meant for the British market (with the DTE casing).

    I will do my best to obtain more photos.

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    Re: JLC K881 Vintage - Any info appreciated

    Looks just dandy so far.

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    Re: JLC K881 Vintage - Any info appreciated

    Hello all: here is an update with more photos!
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