This is a lovely Jaeger-LeCoultre, Mark V11, Manual Wind Wristwatch, which dates to 1942 and was issued to Royal Airforce Pilots & Navigators. It is running very well and accurate to within 1 minute per day. This model is the rarer Mark v11 with the thicker case, of which it is estimated by Zaf Basha that less than 1000 were produced.
It has the very reliable Calibre 450/1 movement, which is in excellent cosmetic condition and running order, bears serial number 143336 and is signed Jaeger-LeCoultre, Swiss.
The 35mm (incl crown) Stainless Steel Case is signed “Acier Inoxydable – Swiss” and bears serial number 92882. It is 8mm deep, 42mm from lug to lug and is in very good condition. The back is signed A.M 6B/159 . 9401/42. It is fitted to a 16mm Brown Leather Strap and measures 235mm overall. (25.4mm = 1 inch)
The 27mm Dial is in nice original condition and has crisp Arabic Numerals. It is signed LeCoultre and has a sweep seconds hand. The original set of Blued Steel Hands is in very good condition and the overall look of the dial is very attractive and pleasing. ( there is a light track around the centre, which appears to have been caused by a dropped hand dragging at some point and which provides a double sunk effect)
This rare 6B/159 will be of interest to the discerning Military Watch Collector, comes from a collection which I purchased recently and has not been on the market in many, many years.. (Ref: L664.)
It is listed at €995 – OPEN to OFFERS
LeCoultre is one of the most renowned of the Swiss Makers and their accomplishments are noted in 19 pages (L18-L36) of detailed information by Kathleen Pritchard in her publication “Swiss Timepiece Makers -1775-1975”.
Mark VII pilot watches – see link to Le Coultre website below:
During Second World War, Jaeger-LeCoultre manufactured several models of military watches for the allied armies, including the Mark VII pilot watches which were so accurate they were used as aerial navigation instruments by the Royal Air Force and the US Army Air Corps.
For further detailed information on the Cal 450 Movement family see Dr. Ranfft’s site at :
See further data on these models at :- http://6b159draft.blogspot.co.uk/
The excellent book by Zaf Basha, “Jaeger Le Coultre – a Guide for the Collector” estimates the production numbers for model JLC 6B/159, at less than 4.000, making them quite rare. Of the 4000, less than 1000 of the the thicker cased models, similar to the one I am selling, were made.
The S&H WORLDWIDE IS €11.00 for Registered (and signed for) Priority Airmail.
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