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    Vintage Watch Identification

    Hey everyone - I'm trying to learn as much as I can about this beautiful timepiece, which just came into my possession. It has been in my family for a couple/few generations. I'd love to learn more about it (actual age, model, movement, etc.) but there isn't much for me to go on. Any and all help is appreciated! I am almost positive the bracelet is not original, but I am prepared to be surprised by anything and everything.

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    Bump? Would appreciate some guidance/direction. Even if you don't know about this watch, where can I go to find more? Happy to do the digging!

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    Doing a bit more of my own research and will share my findings...

    If this article (https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/ja...s-watchmaking/) is to be believed, then this watch is a LeCoultre (not a Jaeger LeCoultre) and predates the two watchmaking houses joining forces around the turn of the century, as the two were introduced to one another in 1903. I suppose it is possible that this piece was made after 1900 and was not labeled under the partnership.

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    OK, a bit more information... https://www.montredo.com/en/watch-ma...ger-lecoultre/

    This article indicates that the LeCoultre branding was not limited to pre-collaboration pieces, but was repeated in the 60s and 70s as a means of getting around export/import issues that watchmakers faced.

    Given the deco styling of this watch, I am not convinced that it is from the 60s/70s, but there remains more information to be unearthed! I have also finally gotten around to getting in touch with JLC directly. Will continue to post about the exploration as I learn more...

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    Have a watchmaker remove the caseback and get a cal #. Thats your best bet to determine vintage if you don't know the model ref.

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    Re: Vintage Watch Identification

    Quote Originally Posted by Manosar View Post
    Hey everyone - I'm trying to learn as much as I can about this beautiful timepiece, which just came into my possession. It has been in my family for a couple/few generations. I'd love to learn more about it (actual age, model, movement, etc.) but there isn't much for me to go on. Any and all help is appreciated! I am almost positive the bracelet is not original, but I am prepared to be surprised by anything and everything.

    Thanks!
    This is really cool :)

    Bring it to a watchmaker or service center. Should learn a lot from movement and case-back inside like stated above
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    $260 to retrieve data only from the archive. My journey may end here unless anyone can help identify this watch...

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    Re: Vintage Watch Identification

    Quote Originally Posted by Manosar View Post
    $260 to retrieve data only from the archive. My journey may end here unless anyone can help identify this watch...
    Any compitent watchmaker can open the back for you if you are unwilling to do it. (easy pry-tab model)
    Google wattchmakers/watch repair in your area and read some reviews.

    Snap some pics of movement and any inside caseback hallmarks.

    Should definitely be cleaned/ serviced anyway.
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