Measuring only 20mm, the size of this watch case is everything but big. The diameter of the glass is even smaller, only 10mm. But this watch is not about the dial, functions or movement, this watch is all about the looks. An early 1950’s Jaeger LeCoultre exclusively for women, elegant women. This Jaeger LeCoultre can be defined as a cocktail-watch. A watch that was worn by women on special occasions to finish her impressive outfit. This piece is extraordinary in many ways, definitely for the time in which it was made.
It is difficult to explain how much impact the Second World War had on all aspects of life. It was not as simple to waltz into a store and buy as much sugar, butter or meat as you like. You also couldn’t fill up your gas tank whenever you wanted. Many items we take for granted today were scarce back in the day, meaning you could only buy the amount the government allowed people to buy, this was simply necessary for many people to survive. The second world war had just finished, East and West were divided, and luxury items were simply not appropriate. But not to all people, this was a piece of jewellery for the elite.
Decorated with 98 gems with a total of 3,39 carats, this already is much more than your average piece of jewellery. Combine this with the 18K watch case and white gold mesh bracelet and you’ll have an exquisite piece destined for a wealthy wrist. No diamonds are missing and the white gold has developed a nice patina. Not the average type of watch in the sober post-war era.
Luckily times have changed and so has society, this watch is available for anyone now. Any lady will still impress the whole ballroom with this Jaeger on her wrist.
Visit our store in the Reestaat, Amsterdam, and come see this beauty.