Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso - vintage


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Basic Info

Movement Manual winding
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Lizard skin
Year 1947
Condition 1 (mint)
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United Kingdom, London
Price £6,500 (= $7,937)
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Movement Manual winding


Case material Steel
Case diameter 23 x 38 mm
Waterproof Not Waterproof
Material bezel Steel
Glass Plexiglass
Dial Black
Dial numerals Arabic numerals


Bracelet material Lizard skin
Bracelet color Brown
Clasp Buckle
Clasp material Steel


Small Seconds, Only Original Parts


This very rare, stainless steel, vintage Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso from circa 1947 is in excellent vintage condition and has been recently serviced. It is guaranteed for both authenticity and mechanical functionality.

Introduced in 1931, the Reverso came about from a purely functional standpoint. It all stemmed from polo playing British officers stationed in India, who complained to the watch importer, César de Trey, that during games, the glass of their wristwatches were often damaged or broken. Realising that this was a genuine problem, he conveyed the message to his supplier Jacques-David LeCoultre. The latter subsequently developed a solution in the form of a wristwatch that had a swivelling face, allowing the case to be flipped over in order to protect the glass. It is unofficially classified as the ‘first sports watch’.

This example features the more desirable black lacquer dial that is completely original and unrestored. The black dial is accented by gold throughout with apple gilt dart arrow markers, a gilt Arabic numeral at 12 o’clock and dot markers at 3 and 9 o’clock. Finishing the dial off, there is a gilt outer minute track, logo and sub-seconds. The stainless steel case measure at 23mm X 38mm with a polished front and sides, and a brushed back.

Overall, this Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso is in remarkable condition considering its age, with the gilt dial offset against the black still standing bright. It is difficult to come across examples in this condition, as many have deteriorated dials.

Our preowned watches have all undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, polished, resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards.


All watches are either covered by a full, or a limited twelve month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery by Next Day. All of our parcels are fully insured.

If ordering from outside the UK, your watch will be dispatch the same day with DHL Global Express. Delivery is expected by the end of the next working day. However, delivery time may depend on customs clearance.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

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