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    Jaeger lecoultre help

    hi
    going through some inheritance stuff earlier and i found a watch by jaeger lecoultre, which i was quite surprised by.
    But i dont know if its real, and if it is what the model is, and if its worth anything (apart from sentimental value, ie.e do i need to put it under household insurance etc)
    It is engraved on the back as it looks like it was a retirement present, presented in 1959. the only model numbers on the back are 8298.
    I have tried to ask jaeger lecoultre direct via their website by have had no response :(
    I have attached some links to pics if anyone can help it would be much appreciated.
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    sorry about poor quality of the shots !
    jason

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    Re: Jaeger lecoultre help

    Don't wind it! Get it serviced now! It's a keeper. JLC is one best makes
    out there.

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    Re: Jaeger lecoultre help

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    Don't wind it! Get it serviced now! It's a keeper. JLC is one best makes
    out there.
    hi
    why dont wind it ? i have done already :S and it works fine :)
    where do i get it serviced ? some specialist ? how will i know its real / model etc ?

    cheers

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    Re: Jaeger lecoultre help

    Go to their website and look for an AD. You could contact Righttime in Denver or Stoll & Co. in Dayton, Oh. Be prepared to spend at least $400,
    it'll be worth it.
    Quote Originally Posted by jtritton View Post
    hi
    why dont wind it ? i have done already :S and it works fine :)
    where do i get it serviced ? some specialist ? how will i know its real / model etc ?

    cheers

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    Re: Jaeger lecoultre help

    took it too a jewllers and it is real but aparrently as its so ols its only 9ct gold instead of 18ct gold like the newer ones, so they were unable to give me a valuation :(

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    Re: Jaeger lecoultre help

    Don't be put off by the 9ct gold. Its harder wearing then 18ct gold so its probably the reason the watch is in as good shape as it is with respect to the case. JLC is in every sense from the top tier of watch makers. They can't value it because they don't handle many of them in any given year. You need to seek out auction results for similar models to work out what the market will pay for a good example of that model. In very rough terms one could place a ball park value of $2k as a starting point and work up or down from there as you accumulate evidence. Ebay has no less then 171 items for sale as I write. There are other high end auction sites on the net that might narrow your search. You could start here, only 82 screens of items for sale...the link won't hold my search so you have to input 'jaeger lecoultre' and put in a $ value range like 1 to 2500 will give you the right sort of result...

    http://catalog.antiquorum.com/catalo...list&s_batch=1

    Good luck.
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    Re: Jaeger lecoultre help

    Jason,

    What a pleasant surprise to find a JLC like this.

    It is almost bound to be real - but the way to tell for sure is to take it to a watchmaker and ask him to take the back off. The movement (and possibly the inside of the case back) will be marked.

    Yes you probably do need to note the details on your household insurance.

    Unfortunetely the engraving on the case back most likely lessens the monetary value of the watch. Usually the only exceptions to this are engravings that for one reason or another add interest to the watch such as a well-known or famous person, or perhaps a rank and name on a military watch etc. However, if the watch has sentimental value to you, you will probably not be selling it and the engraving is a bonus.

    Regarding the 9K case, to generalise; 9 carat watches were very often sold in the UK and "British" countries such as NZ and Australia. They were often concurrent with 18 carat examples but less expensive. (Watches sold in the US were often 10 carat or 14 carat but these were not usually sold in the UK).

    I think the big issue with your watch though is the dial. From your pics it appears to be aged and the question you may face is whether or not to have it restored/repainted. If you do have this done you will lower the monetary value of the watch; if you don't you may think it does not look as good as it could. if the watch has sentimental value and if you are in doubt, don't restore the dial. Once done it cannot be undone.

    If/when you have it serviced, tell them not to change the hands or crown - keep them original.

    Good luck,
    Alan
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