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Jaeger-LeCoultre The Collectibles Collection Offers Historically Important Watches for Sale

Jaeger Lecoultre The Collectibles Book

A while ago now we used our regular focus on underrated vintage models to highlight the all-too-often forgotten Jaeger-LeCoultre Futurematic. It’s a watch that I now own, which given the latest news I’m pretty happy about. That’s because Jaeger-LeCoultre themselves are now highlighting some of the most collectible models in their history with the…Jaeger-LeCoultre The Collectibles series. Well, at least the watches are inventive.

Jaeger Lecoultre The Collectibles Duoplan 1932

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duoplan / Polaris Snowdrop

The collection of 17 museum pieces ranges from the miniscule Duoplan with it’s incredible calibre 101, to weirder, 70s watches like the Polaris Snowdrop, a big, chunky block of gold. Of course, there’s also a Reverso, in particular a 1931 original with a rare blue dial. It’s an important collection and while not as extensive as the historical collections of other brands, offers a glimpse – and accompanying coffee table book – into why Jaeger-LeCoultre watches should be a lot more sought-after than they perhaps are.

Jaeger Lecoultre The Collectibles Futurematic 1957

Jaeger-LeCoultre Futurematic

As I alluded to, one of the pieces featured in the collection is a Futurematic, which is useful because The Collectibles book acts as a reference guide to the different variations that were available. Mine, for example, was made for the American market, as denoted by the font and wording on the dial. It’s fun, in an incredibly geeky way. I love it.

So why just 17 watches in the collection? Simple. After winnowing out the non-key pieces at one end and the unobtainable ones at the other, these are the landmark pieces whose removal would alter the story of Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Jaeger Lecoultre The Collectibles Savoir Faire (2)
Jaeger Lecoultre The Collectibles Savoir Faire

However, perhaps more important is that while the 17 pieces in the book aren’t for sale, a capsule collection of 12 restored watches is. In a similar vein to what Vacheron have been doing for years now – and to a much lesser extent Rolex’s pre-owned service – the concept is to offer desirable pieces that you can trust to be authentic.

Jaeger Lecoultre Memovox Automatic The Collectibles 1968

Jaeger Le-Coultre Memovox Automatic with ‘Lapis’ dial

These pieces are restored, but with a nod to their heritage. So everything is kept original, patinas are maintained and they’ve simply been given a new lease of life. Given how pristine some of these pieces are, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s team did some damn fine hunting. Highlights include a fantastic aqua Memovox Polaris II, a tortoise Reverso with an unbeatable tropical-adjacent patina and the Memovox Automatic Calendar with its so-called ‘Lapis’ dial. It’s not lapis; that’s age.

For their provenance and quality, they’re also not too badly priced. The Polaris II is priced at £23,500, the ‘Lapis’ at £29,800 and that breath-taking Reverso at £37,300. Sure, they’re not cheap, but they shouldn’t be. They’re horological relics.

Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso 1933

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

If none of these models are to your taste, I wonder about your sanity. But also, don’t worry too much as the saleable Collectibles will be regularly updated with new drops. Potentially they’ll be themed around a model, decade or era of Jaeger-LeCoultre, but for now we’ll have to wait and see what shakes out.

At the very least, it’s given my Futurematic a bit of buzz.

Check out the full Jaeger-LeCoultre The Collectibles collection here.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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