Lot 205

Jaeger-LeCoultre military issue open faced pocket watch in a miniature grandfather clock housing

Description:

Jaeger-LeCoultre military issue open faced pocket watch in a miniature grandfather clock housing. Round chrome plated brass 51 mm case with plexi glass. White dial with Arabic numerals, stylised blued hour and minute hands and an outer one minute track. Subsidiary seconds hand at 6 o' clock. Dial signed Jaeger-LeCoultre. Case stamped with the British military broad arrow and serial numbers 6E/50 A16527. Weight 95 grams. Currently in working order, however, Grand Auctions does not guarantee the working order or accuracy of any watches sold. Together with a miniature lacquered grandfather clock display housing inlaid to the front with mother of pearl. Height 325 mm. This pocket watch belonged to Sergeant Gaston Berlemont who was navigator in an RAF Lancaster bomber during the war. Pocket watches by the best manufacturers were reserved for those who needed their superior accuracy the most, such as navigators and bomb aimers. It should be noted that the crazing on the dial is due to the different contraction rates of the paint and the backing to which it is applied, rather than to any ill use. As such, it can be considered part of the natural ageing process of the piece.

Auction Date: September 2012

Estimate:

£200 - £300

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