LeCoultre - vintage

Jerry Treiman

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Is there a source for identifying LeCoultre models? I have inherited three nice LeCoultre wristwatches and would like to know if there is a model or style name/number for them.

This one has a calibre 480/CW movement, serial number C3788. The 10K gold-filled case has a threaded back, brand L&K.
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gatorcpa

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Unfortunately, there is no definitive guide to these US national production LeCoultre models. Jaeger-LeCoultre in Switzerland only produced the movements. They kept no record of what happened to them after they were sold to Longines-Wittnauer, who was the US distributor at that time.

From the late 1940's through the 1960's, LeCoultre watches were advertised quite heavily in US magazines like Time and Life. You can try the link below which should bring up links to some vintage advertisements:


Maybe you can get lucky and find a picture of your watch in one of the ads which will give you the model name and original price.

The movement serial number looks to be X63788, the "X" being another digit which is hidden by the case screw. From the style of the case and dial, I would say this an early to mid-1950's model. These JLC cal. 480 movements were very high quality and are capable of excellent timekeeping when properly serviced.

Hope this helps,
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Jerry Treiman

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From the late 1940's through the 1960's, LeCoultre watches were advertised quite heavily in US magazines like Time and Life. You can try the link below which should bring up links to some vintage advertisements:

LeCoultre - Google Search
Maybe you can get lucky and find a picture of your watch in one of the ads which will give you the model name and original price.
Found it! Life Magazine, April 19, 1954.
“Nautilus”, a “dress-sport” watch, dust-and-moisture-resistant, gold-filled, $71.50

Thanks!
 

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