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    vintage Le Coultre powermatic

    just sent my powermatic for service before i change to a new strap.
    wonder how many people have it, and why are there so many different looks?
    please do post your powermatics if you have.
    is the 481 powering powermatics and futrematics only?

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    Re: vintage Le Coultre powermatic

    Here's my Powermatic. I think it's a redial:





    The cal. 481 was only used in the Powermatic, never in the Futurematic. It was made from about 1948 through the mid 1960's. LeCoultre usually did a couple of new models per year and these all had a choice of several dials. That's a lot of different combinations. They were also made in 14K gold, gold filled and steel. This doesn't include models marketed outside North America that were branded as "Jaeger-LeCoultre". These had Swiss made cases (including 18K gold), but again only used the cal. 481 movement.

    The Futurematic was only made from 1951 to 1961 in relatively small quanties. It used cals. 497 (most common), 817, 827 and 837, the last two being very rare. It also had a power reserve feature, but unlike the Powermatic, could not be manually wound. The Futurematic also had a rotor lock when fully wound to prevent damage to the mainspring.

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    Re: vintage Le Coultre powermatic

    here's one of mine:

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    Re: vintage Le Coultre powermatic

    both very nice!

    mine is still at service...will post it when its back!

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    Re: vintage Le Coultre powermatic

    Quote Originally Posted by gatorcpa View Post
    Here's my Powermatic. I think it's a redial:





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    The Futurematic also had a rotor lock when fully wound to prevent damage to the mainspring.



    Hope this helps,
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    Cool.
    Strange they needed a 'rotor' - guess you mean 'bumper' lock. John Harwood did it with a friction patent.
    Look at the difference between a Harwood 'bumper' and these?

    Thanks for posting it
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    Re: vintage Le Coultre powermatic

    Very cool, and relatively inexpensive pieces.

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    mine before the strap change and
    service... the dial looks strange..
    empty.. is it a re-dial?

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    Re: vintage Le Coultre powermatic

    LeCoultre Automatic - 481 Mid 50s. It looks nearly like the LeCoultre which James Dean wore!

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    Re: vintage Le Coultre powermatic

    [QUOTE=nome93;6396714]LeCoultre Automatic - 481 Mid 50s. It looks nearly like the LeCoultre which James Dean wore!

    thats another interesting story. some article said he wore the futurematic. then he also had a pocket watch by standard... so... kind of confused..

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    Re: vintage Le Coultre powermatic

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    Quote Originally Posted by nome93 View Post
    LeCoultre Automatic - 481 Mid 50s. It looks nearly like the LeCoultre which James Dean wore!

    thats another interesting story. some article said he wore the futurematic. then he also had a pocket watch by standard... so... kind of confused..
    I have never heard he wore a futurematic, only powermatic! Dean also wore a pocket watch which was at the same time I reckon.

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