Who can identify this Maurice LaCroix automatic watch
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    This particular watch Maurice LaCroix came out of a hidden treasure chest a relative of mine apparently has put together over his lifetime. Most of the items in this chest have been ID'ed but this one was the only watch in the collection that came w/a box, a warranty card from a shop that I don't know where it is located (somewhere on this planet apparently) but no other information. Although the picture do not give appropriate credit, the watch is in very fine condition, except the wrist band. The watch itself does not have any scratches and only very mild scuff marks on the clasp on the bottom of the wrist band. The wrist band itself is worn out, split in several areas and dried out, thus needs to be replaced (I believe storing it in an extremely dry climate for a long time killed the leather). I could not find a model name for the watch and am not sure if the serial # 57620 means anything. Here are the facts that I do know:

    Watch has a blue leather wristband (looks like a stamped crocodile)
    Automatic Movement
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    Bought around January 2001

    That is all I know. If any of you could tell me the model and original MSRP value, I'd be tickled.

    Thank you in advance
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    Re: Who can identify this Maurice LaCroix automatic watch

    My guess as to original price, 895 USD.

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    Re: Who can identify this Maurice LaCroix automatic watch

    Masterpiece Rectangulaire, ref. 57620, nicely decorated movement ETA 2000 (ML 57).

    A lot of variations were avaialble, on strap, on bracelet, roman and arabic numerals, steel and bi-coloured, ref. 57664 was 18k yellow gold.

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    Re: Who can identify this Maurice LaCroix automatic watch

    Thanks much. I figured out that it is a Maurice Lacroix Les Mecaniques Masterpiece, Rectangular as also pointed out by Mike Stuffler. I just found a receipt that coincides w/the time the watch was bought in Germany, showing about 1200 Euros. Looks like the buyer got a bit ripped off, eh?

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    Re: Who can identify this Maurice LaCroix automatic watch

    Something does not match here. The Euro was introduced January 1st, 2002.
    So
    A) it was not bought in 2001
    B) it was bought in 2001 and price was in DM (not Euro)
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    Re: Who can identify this Maurice LaCroix automatic watch

    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    Something does not match here. The Euro was introduced January 1st, 2002.
    So
    A) it was not bought in 2001
    B) it was bought in 2001 and price was in DM (not Euro)
    It is not uncommon to write in the wrong year after Jan 1. It might be a simple mistake.


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    Re: Who can identify this Maurice LaCroix automatic watch

    Quote Originally Posted by jimdon5822 View Post
    It is not uncommon to write in the wrong year after Jan 1. It might be a simple mistake.
    You might consider to read again. The 2001 Invoice in Euro was written before Euro was introduced in 2002.
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    Re: Who can identify this Maurice LaCroix automatic watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Desastor View Post
    Thanks much. I figured out that it is a Maurice Lacroix Les Mecaniques Masterpiece, Rectangular as also pointed out by Mike Stuffler. I just found a receipt that coincides w/the time the watch was bought in Germany, showing about 1200 Euros. Looks like the buyer got a bit ripped off, eh?
    Does it really matter what he paid?
    Why is it important to tell one and all that you think your relative got ripped off????
    Last edited by John MS; July 2nd, 2016 at 20:15.

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    Re: Who can identify this Maurice LaCroix automatic watch

    I was going to say, before I read Mike's definitive answer, that the "m" on the strap probably means that this was a Masterpiece model from ML. Same for the onion crown. In my mind, this is a nice watch worth taking care of.

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    Re: Who can identify this Maurice LaCroix automatic watch

    Mike,
    you should be right, price most likely refers to Deutsche Mark. I just assumed Euro, thus the price seems to be not too outrageous...
    Good catch

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