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    Please help identify 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Hi, I am reposting this. I originally posted it on the JLC forum but didn't get any responses.

    I am trying to help a friend of mine who recently inherited this poor condition, but very beautiful JLC gents watch, from his late grandfather. He believes it is from the 1940s. He'd be interested to know what model it is, precisely when it might have been made, or any other relevant information.

    If anyone can tell me anything about this, please post below.
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    My friend has expressed an interest in restoring the watch, depending on the cost (he is not a collector) in the future, so if anyone can recommend a good independent service in the UK who might be able to handle this, or might know the typical charge JLC would levy for such a comprehensive job, I am sure he would be very grateful for advice.

    I should add, I am aware that JLC will look up to details if he sends them the caseback number. He has already asked them, but they have quoted 250 EUR just to look in the archives, so he is keen to find out what he can through other channels first.

    Thanks very much for giving this your time.


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    Re: Please help identify 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre

    The watch is not likely to have any particular model name, like most examples from this era, and the design really doesn't give very clear clues about when it was made. The most useful information will come from what is inside the case.

    In terms of restoration, other than the dial, the watch just needs some cleaning up and a movement service, which can be done by any competent watchmaker. The dial has obviously sustained some damage, and this is not something that can easily be repaired. Either your friend should live with it as-is, or else he will have to go down the rabbit-hole of having it completely refinished.
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    Re: Please help identify 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Thanks Dan, this is really useful


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    Re: Please help identify 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Check the edges of the dial at 3, 6, 9 and 12 for a small notch. If there is one. Dial has been refinished previously.

    Seems odd to have a sweep hand, but no minute markers on the dial

    If refinished. Can have redone while watchmaker cleans the movement

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    Re: Please help identify 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Quote Originally Posted by DON View Post
    Check the edges of the dial at 3, 6, 9 and 12 for a small notch. If there is one. Dial has been refinished previously.

    Seems odd to have a sweep hand, but no minute markers on the dial

    If refinished. Can have redone while watchmaker cleans the movement

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    The picture above shows the bezel cap off. I don't see a notch where one would be.
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    Re: Please help identify 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Here's another I found like it, just a different case.

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    Re: Please help identify 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Quote Originally Posted by bsshog40 View Post
    The picture above shows the bezel cap off. I don't see a notch where one would be.
    You can see the white of the dial, but the darker edge worn away by the bezel makes it a little harder to see and it's just a tiny mark.

    It's done, so the refinisher knows where to line up the dial when applying the printed numbers

    Could be original, but as mentioned. Odd to have a sweep hand and no minute markers

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    Re: Please help identify 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Quote Originally Posted by DON View Post
    You can see the white of the dial, but the darker edge worn away by the bezel makes it a little harder to see and it's just a tiny mark.

    It's done, so the refinisher knows where to line up the dial when applying the printed numbers

    Could be original, but as mentioned. Odd to have a sweep hand and no minute markers

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    Yes sir, I have seen the notches before.
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    Re: Please help identify 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Quote Originally Posted by bsshog40 View Post
    Here's another I found like it, just a different case.
    Difference is. No sweep hand. If his watch only had two hands. I wouldn't have mentioned it, but some two handed watches have minimalist dials keeping the overall look simple

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    Thanks everyone, there's a lot of useful feedback here
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