Modernist 1950s 14k Solid Gold LeCOULTRE 17J Watch With 0.75cttw Rubies
Serial #: (from case back)
Year: (approximate) 1952
Case Shape and Material:
unusual 14k yellow gold elongated 2-piece elliptical snap case 33mm L x 24mm W (max) 16mm W (min) in good condition with light scratches. Case is textured with a cross hatch pattern. Case has two peforated gold tubes across each lug filled with genuine tension set rubies. Each tube contains
(1) 4 x 2.0mm round diamond cut natural rubies @ 5pts each = 20pts
(2) 4 x 1.3mm round diamond cut natural rubies @ 3.25pts each= 13 pts
(3) 1 x 1.8mm round diamond cut natural ruby @ 4.5pts each= 4.5 pts
for a total of .375 carats of rubies per tube giving a grand total of .75cttw
of natural ruby. Inner caseback marked "Cased and timed in the USA by LeCoultre". Outer case back marked "14KT". Plain crown.
Lugs: spring bar lugs
Movement: LeCoultre 490/BW movement
Movmt Type: 17 jewel high grade LeCoultre movemnt
good condition, sets, runs and keeps time, however not recently serviced.
Mainspring (runtime): 30+ hours
Dial: tiny 8mm x 8mm off white metal dial with raised dot hour markers except raised pyramid markers at 12, 3,6, and 9 in good condition . Signed "LeCoultre" under the 12 position some wear to finish at edges which is hidden by bezel for the most part.
Hands: tiny gold baton hands, very good
Crystal: new acrylic crystal
Band: long goldtone link band with safety chain with foldover clasp fits wrist sizes to 7 inches.
Box: faux leather gift box with gold stamping
1950s LeCoultre manual wind Modernist watch in 14k gold in good condition keeping time and ready to wear. Exceptional abstract/modernist case design.
Rubies have been tested by a GIA gemologist. Insurance appraisal available.
Non acceptable returns:
After dropping the watch it no longer runs.
The watch looked more silver in color in the photo
you said it was 17 Jewels but its only 7 Jewels
you said it was 18K solid gold but its 18K plated
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