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    Vintage JLC

    Hi all,

    I'm looking for a bit of help if anyone is willing and able please.

    I just made my first move into the the world of vintage and, after researching for a long time, jumped at something rather impulsively. My question regards the movement which was described as a caliber 478/C; I read this should have hacking but the problem is, now I've got it in hand, the watch doesn't.

    This is the watch and movement:





    Is that movement a caliber 478? If so, does that mean that movement isn't actually in the watch? (I'm not sure how I'd open it up to have a look).
    If not, what movement is it and should it be in the watch? I wondered if it was the similar(?) 470. If it is, would that negatively affect value?

    And finally, does everything (else) look correct?

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    Chris

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    Re: Vintage JLC

    bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: LeCoultre 478

    From the data in the link the 478 does not say it is a hack movement. The 488 of that family is listed as hacking. The pic almost looks to be a 470 under the balance. there was a 470 per the data...no idea of the difference.
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    Re: Vintage JLC

    Great stuff, thanks for that link thoth. Not sure how I haven't come across that with the searches I've done; hopefully that's correct and what I found (watch-wiki.net/index.php?title=JLC_470) isn't.

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    Re: Vintage JLC

    Dr Ranfft is usually spot on with his data. He posts here regularly. Some one else here may chime in as well as we all tend to have specialties. Except me....I tend to be a general watch junkie who does this for fun.
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    Re: Vintage JLC

    What You found is also correct. Watch-wiki says that hacking was added to 488 :)
    The Functions section probably has an error
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    Re: Vintage JLC

    Quote Originally Posted by laikrodukas View Post
    What You found is also correct. Watch-wiki says that hacking was added to 488 :)
    The Functions section probably has an error
    Thanks. I presumed the following from that article meant the 478 also hacked, like the 488: "The 478 added shock protection and a swan neck regulator but was otherwise similar to the 488".

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