Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 25, 2023

LOT 137


EUR 2,000 - 4,000

USD 2,200 - 4,400 / HKD 17,100 - 34,100 / CHF 2,000 - 4,000


Sold: EUR 4,680

A fine, rectangular reversible, 18k gold, manual-winding wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial with black Arabic numerals, blued steel hands.

Grading System
Grade: A


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Jaeger-LeCoultre, Switzerland

Model Reverso Grande Taille

Reference 270.1.62

Year Circa 2000

Case No. 1730131

Material 18K Yellow gold

Bracelet Leather

Buckle JLC 18K yellow gold buckle

Caliber 822, 21 jewels

Dimensions 42 x 26 mm.

Weight 68 gr (approx.)

Signature Dial, case and movement

Accessories Outer box, box


Case-back engraved in taille-douce (fine-cut) with a coat-of-arm.


After a polo game one day in India, Swiss businessman César de Trey (1876-1953) was challenged by the British officers he had been playing with to design a watch that would resist the rough treatment inflicted on it during the practice of their favourite sport.

Upon his return to Europe, de Trey discussed the challenge with Jacques-David LeCoultre (1875-1948), director of the LeCoultre & Cie manufactory in Le Sentier (Vallée de Joux, canton de Vaud); the firm had been founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre (1803-1881).

Together with the Parisian firm Jaeger, which had been founded in 1880 by Edmond Jaeger (1858-1922), they created the “Reverso” watch.

The case, designed by French engineer René-Alfred Chauvot, was first patented in France on March 4, 1931 (No. 712 868). It was reversible, and was made up of a mobile portion containing the movement that pivoted within a frame to which the bracelet was fixed. This allowed the watch’s face to be rotated, or reversed, thus protecting the glass.

In December 1931, César de Trey, who had bought the rights of Chauvot’s patent, and Jacques-David LeCoultre together founded a distribution company called “Spécialités Horlogères” (first in Lausanne and then in Geneva), to sell the “Reverso” as well as the other watches made by LeCoultre & Cie and Jaeger, Paris. The distribution house purchased the patent. In 1937, the company took the name Jaeger-LeCoultre.

By 1931, the Wenger firm of Geneva was entrusted with the production of the cases. While LeCoultre & Cie was developing several calibres destined for ladies’ and men’s “Reverso” watches, “Spécialités Horlogères” used a series of movements produced by the Tavannes Watch Co. (in the canton of Bern). Many of these watches were sold by the E. Gübelin firm in Lucerne.