SOLD - Jaeger (Jaeger-LeCoultre) - Extremely Rare Solid 18K Gold Compax UG 285 Chronograph
Before the famed house of Jaeger-LeCoultre, there was Jaeger and there was LeCoultre & Cie. Although the two companies collaborated since the early 1900s, it was not until 1937 when the two officially announced their alliance and became Jaeger-LeCoultre. This magnificent chronograph represents a very short time period in which Jaeger was not yet Jaeger -LeCoultre, and the birth of the Chronograph wrist watch with two pushers (1934). A tough to find collectors piece, this chronograph, circa 1934-1936, houses a historically significant chronograph movement developed and manufactured by Martel Watch Co. and most commonly seen in the Universal Geneve or Zenith Compax of the same period. Significant because it is the first chronograph wrist watch movement with three registers and two pushers - the classic layout we all have come accustomed to. It's unknown how Jaeger got their hands on this chronograph movement, but it is likely they purchased the movements in small quantities from Universal as some are noted to carry the Universal caliber number. This movement is not numbered (which is very rare), is labeled "Jaeger" and appears to be a Universal Gevene Caliber 285. The 285 was the first three register chronograph with two pushers according to many records. A beautiful, robust column wheel chronograph, this Jaeger is in excellent near mint condition, including its original solid 18k gold case which measures approximately 34MM in diameter not including the crown or pushers. This watch comes on a new genuine lizard strap size 20 (20MM between the lugs) with a regular men's length and gold tone buckle. The caseback is engraved "J.J. Shank" "Hollywood". Overall, this piece will capture the heart of even the most exclusive collectors or provide a solid investment grade accessory for the sophisticated watch enthusiast.