Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 14, 2017

LOT 443

JAEGER LECOULTRE, CAL. 101, PLATINUM AND DIAMONDS Jaeger-LeCoultre, case No. 552455. Made circa 1935. Fine and elegant, platinum and diamond lady's wristwatch with back winding and articulated integral platinum bracelet, all links and clasp set with a double row of round diamonds. Accompanied by the Jaeger Lecoultre extract from the archives

CHF 15,000 - 25,000

HKD 120,000 - 200,000 / USD 15,000 - 25,000

Sold: CHF 27,500

Two-body, polished, case back with 2 screws,. Matte silver with painted dart indexes. Blued epee hands. Cal. 101, rhodium-plated, 15 jewels, lateral lever escapement, monometallic balance, self- compensating flat balance spring.

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Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Case and movement signed, bracelet punched. DIAM. mm. THICKNESS 6 mm. Approx. overall length 155 mm. The calibre 101 was introduced in 1929 and at the time was celebrated as the smallest watch movement ever made, measuring 14 x 4.8 x 3.4 mm. The Duoplan movement itself was the idea of Paris watchmaker Henri Rodanet, an ingenious wheel train layout that allowed the movement to retain its timekeeping properties yet could be made in very small sizes for lady's watches. This particular example is extremely rare due to the fact that it is cased in platinum and still bears its original Edmond Jaeger stamp on the platinum clasp. Similar in design to the famous Jaeger gifted to her majesty Queen Elisabeth II, the watch would have been purchased by extremely wealthy socialites and would have looked fantastic at a fabulous cocktail in the HEIGHT of the Art Deco period.