1950 Jaeger-LeCoultre Cal.478 Dresswatch

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Truly beautiful piece by Jaeger-LeCoultre offering elegant design, very wearable size and lots of charm. It features solid yellow gold case in very wearable 36 mm size, precise and well-known manual winding Cal.478 and minimalistic, yet eye-catching dial decorated with railway track for sweep seconds hand. True vintage watch for true adicionado.

The watch went through complete service in May 2017.
Technical warranty: 1 year.


  • 18k yellow gold 2-body case with snap-on case back. High-polished finishing. Correctly signed "LC" and with Swiss gold hallmarks.
  • Professionally polished to factory specs. Sharp lugs.
  • 36 mm (without crown) / 42 mm (lug-to-lug) / 18 mm (between lugs)
  • Original yellow gold crown
  • Service acrylic crystal


    • Precise manual-winding movement with sweep seconds
    • Cal.478 signed "Jaeger-LeCoultre"
    • Nickel-plated, 17 Jewels, 18000 A/h, 402 hours of power reserve
    • Serial number: 941895
    • Fully serviced in May 2017


    • Original untouched silverish dial with raised golden numerals at quarters, raised golden hour markers. Fine condition showing ageing over the surface and minor spotting.
    • Signed "Jaeger-LeCoultre" at 12 o'clock. Signed "Swiss" at 6 o'clock.
    • Original non-luminous hands in outstanding condition.

    Delivery set:

    • The watch with generic leather strap and generic gold-plated buckle
    • Suede leather watch travel case
    • Our company’s warranty certificate, invoice and general terms and conditions.

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    Category: Jaeger-LeCoultre

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