Jaeger-LeCoultre - 1880 Ladies Solid 18k Gold with Hand Painted Enamel Bird Scene on Back of the Watch
This is a solid gold ladies watch. The blue and gold combination on the dial is incredibly striking. This is an absolutely one-of-a-kind collectable quality masterpiece.
Edition: One of a kind.
Condition: Excellent. Like new.
Item Number: 1858
Dial: Stylish new hand-crafted perfectly looking enamel dial with big roman numerals and gold track, five minute divisions, subsidiary seconds at 6 in perfect condition, signed LeCoultre.
Case: Solid 18k gold case consists of a four-piece solid gold case, new dome mineral glass face.
Origin/Model: This wristwatch is a pure 1880 antique and a legitimate work of art. This watch has been immaculately preserved and serviced.
Movement/Mechanism: Originally created as a pocket watch this exquisite peice was converted into a ladies wristwatch using the authentic and original 1880 LeCoultre movement. Every detail has been meticulously considered right down to the preservation of the original 9k gold hands.
Brand: The watch is fitted with a 16mm genuine black leather band with a satin sheen and a mild grain finish, with a gold tradition buckle that matches the watch’s case.
Box: Your watch will be delivered in one of our own signature collectible wooden watch boxes. Or if you prefer, this watch can be delivered to you in a modern Jaeger-LeCoultre box.
Shipping: Free shipping on all order. Two-day delivery anywhere in the United States for all purchases over two thousand dollars and ground delivery for all other orders.
Directions: This is an antique watch. Different antique watches use different mechanisms to wind and/or set the time. If you are not familiar with these, or it is unclear to you how to wind or set the time on your particular watch please contact us for specific instructions prior to attempting wind the watch or set the time to prevent damaging the watch.
Servicing: This original movement of this beautiful wristwatch has been beautifully preserved, astoundingly so considering the age of the piece. The mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
Protecting and Caring for Your Watch: All antique watches are mechanical, and as such should be treated with extra care. You should be careful not to expose an antique watch to the wear and tear. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear it often, or even every day. The best thing for something that is mechanical is to be used regularly. It does mean extra care should be taken not to drop it or expose it to water.
Antique watches are generally not waterproof as this technology was not in general use until the mid-20th century. You should therefore protect your antique watch from exposure to moisture.
If your watch becomes wet it should be dried as quickly as possible. This should be done using a hair dryer, opening all covers and gently blow drying the movement, dial, covers, and crown. This will eliminate or at least reduce the build up of any rust. Be careful not to turn the speed of the hairdryer up too high or hold it too close to the watch. A strong hair dryer held too close to a watch could blow a hand off the watch.
If your watch becomes exposed to salt water you should immediately spray your watch with purified water to remove all salt before drying the watch. If salt is left inside the watch it will combine with moisture in the air over time and begin to rust metal the components of the movement and other parts of the watch.
Winding any mechanical watch too tightly may break the mainspring, so be mindful of when you begin to feel resistance as you are winding your watch. Avoid winding the watch with force or aggressively.
When you are adjusting the hands of your watch, move them in a clockwise direction only. It is possible that counter-clockwise adjustments may damage the movement. If you do decide to make counter-clockwise adjustments make them for minutes, not hours.
We recommend that every two to three years you have your watch serviced, primarily to oil the mechanisms within the movement.
If for any reason dust or dirt makes its way into the watch, allow the watch to run down completely. Don’t wind the watch again before having it serviced by a qualified watch repair expert. Dust will absorb and remove the most important lubricants and cause the movement components to wear down.
If a need arises to clean the case, dial, crystal, etc., we advise you use a cloth that does not leave fibers as these may get caught and left behind in the movement.
Keep your antiques watch away from magnets. Strong magnetic fields may affect the accuracy of your watch since some vintage watches were made including iron-based components
Antique watches typically keep time accurately within about five minutes per day. If you experienced a various significantly greater than that, please contact us (or a watch professional for diagnosis). We see this very, very rarely with our watches, but should it occur it is not cause to be alarmed.
If you are flying a high-altitudes regularly with your antique watch you may wish to have it oiled more than every two to three years. The extreme temperature changes that accompany high altitudes can cause the oil viscosity to decrease more rapidly than usual.
The Story: Jaeger-LeCoultre is a a luxury Swiss watchmaker founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre. The brand has over one thousand movements and is renown for a seemingly endless run of inventions. In 1903, for example, the French Navy’s watchmaker Edmond Jaeger challenged Swiss watch manufacturers to produce the ultra thin movements he had developed. Jacques-David LeCoultre, the founder’s grandson, accepted the challenge which ultimately led to the birth of the thinest pocket watches the world has ever seen.
The company LeCoultre was officially renamed Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937. Today Jaeger-LeCoultre are rare, expensive, and coveted by the rich and famous around the world. Anything signed simply LeCoultre dates to prior 1937 and has special value to collectors.
Every Watch Has a StoryTM is in no way affiliated with Jaeger-LeCoultre and does not claim to be. We simply love their products and make them available to our customers who enjoy surrounding themselves with the best of the best.