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1 of 500: Rose Gold Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso Septantième

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I am beginning to think I’m going to have to create a neo-vintage cateogory here. Some of my very-favourite pieces come from the era of modern watchmaking, but pre-instagram. I really quite enjoy the obscure corner of Chrono24 that these pieces have faded to. It’s easy to forget that JLC was producing icons since well before #redbarcrew began. Today, we have one such watch. This 70th anniversary is easily in my top 3 Reverso references and that should say something (if you know how deep my love for the model runs).

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In 2001, JLC celebrated 70 years of Reverso. The piece they released in honour of the landmark year featured an 8 day power reserve, a precious metal-based movement, larger 46.5×29.5mm case, and a grande date. The result was a confluence of haute complication and traditional watchmaking. The watch was released when Hodinkee was just Ben Clymer and his Ranchero pissed off in a UBS office. Modern watch collectors are only just now waking up to what a lovely and ground-breaking reference the Septantième was. The artful guilloché dial, reminiscent to me of a Lange 1 or Patek 3712, just gets more beautiful the more you stare. I would be torn between this lustrous rose gold or platinum. I don’t think you could go wrong either way.

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The example here is well-preserved. The case is only very-lightly marked. It has been worn, but at a glance you’d struggle to tell. Its dial and movement appear to have just left Le Sentier, Switzerland. It comes with a full set. As examples go, I feel confident that this condition is a green light. One would be hard pressed to find a more tasteful celebration of traditional, yet high-tech, Swiss watchmaking.

Find this Reverso Septantieme here from L’Ecrin on Chrono24 for 38302 USD.

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