The watch company LeCoultre was founded in 1833 by the brothers Charles Antoine LeCoultre and François Ulysse LeCoultre in Le Sentier in the Vallée de Joux. The former was a brilliant craftsman who invested all of his energy into developing new manufacturing processes and production methods. His Millionometer of 1844 made it possible for the first time to measure mechanical components to the thousandth of a millimeter. His crown winding mechanism, developed in 1847, dispenses with the winding key then required by all other watches. At the 1st World Exhibition in London, LeCoultre won his first gold medal with a pocket chronograph, thanks to this new invention.
The company grew steadily, bringing all functions of watchmaking in-house for the first time. By 1860, LeCoultre already had 100 employees and came to become a dominant manufacturer of movements and watches. The company, now led by the sons of the founder, began building repeater watches, chronographs and calendar watches and provided complicated watch movements to other companies. About 1890 the number of different LeCoultre watch movements had already reached 125
By the turn of the century, LeCoultre was the leading manufacture of the Vallée de Joux. The company's leading position was due to the following masterpieces of watchmaking
- 1903: The flattest watch movements in the world mechanical movement with height 1.38 mm, chronograph movement with height 2.8 mm, repeater with height 3.2 mm
- 1929: The smallest watch in the world with 74 parts and a weight of only 0.9 grams
In the year 1903 Jacques-David LeCoultre, grandson of founder Antoine, in Paris meet the Alsatian Edmond Jaeger. This partnership brought LeCoultre to the luxury watch market. After decades of friendly relations with the manufacture, the company name was officially changed to Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937. Fearing anti-German sentiment due to World War II, the LeCoultre name was retained in the U.S. market.
Jaeger-LeCoultre became and remains a leader in the development of so-called form movements, in which the form of the movement, if necessary, takes advantage of the entire form of the case. For instance, rectangular watches can have wheels and gears pushed to the corners. Another noteworthy development was the 1925 launch of the Duoplan watch, which boasted sensational accuracy and the possibility to exchange the entire movement in minutes. The term, “Duoplan”, refers to the fact that the movement is constructed on two levels. Thereby the balance wheel at the lower level can be made larger and thus ensures greater accuracy. Another milestone was the 1928 launch of Atmos, a desk clock fitted into a glass globe, which derives its winding energy solely from changes in atmospheric pressure and temperature
Drawing inspiration from the 1968 Memovox Polaris timepiece, the Polaris Date watch in steel is equipped with a calendar and a rubber strap; it is water resistant to a depth of 20ATM. Bringing a contemporary touch to the Grande Maison tradition, it will delight modern day explorers
In House Caliber 899A/1
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Why buy from The Second Hand Club?
Impeccable Authenticity: At The Second Hand Club, we understand the significance of owning genuine luxury watches. That's why we employ an exceptionally thorough authenticity process. Our team of seasoned experts meticulously examines every timepiece, scrutinizing its provenance, components, and craftsmanship. You can trust that each watch in our collection is 100% authentic, allowing you to invest confidently in horological masterpieces.
Comprehensive 24-Month Warranty: We believe in the enduring quality of the watches we offer. To provide you with peace of mind and demonstrate our commitment to your satisfaction, we provide a comprehensive 24-month warranty on all watches purchased from us. Our warranty covers any mechanical defects, ensuring that you can enjoy your timepiece with confidence and assurance.
Unbeatable Prices: At The Second Hand Club, we are dedicated to making luxury watches accessible to all enthusiasts and collectors. We strive to offer the most competitive prices available anywhere, ensuring exceptional value for your investment. Through our meticulous sourcing methods and extensive industry network, we are able to curate an extraordinary collection while keeping our prices highly competitive.
Advanced Horological Advice: We pride ourselves on our passion for horology and our extensive knowledge of the craft. When you choose The Second Hand Club, you gain access to an advanced level of advice on horology and collecting strategy. Our knowledgeable team is equipped to provide expert guidance, helping you navigate the world of luxury watches. Whether you're seeking insights on complications, historical significance, or investment potential, we are here to assist you in making informed decisions.
Curating Fascinating and Unique Collections: Our passion extends beyond individual timepieces; we take pleasure in helping our customers curate truly captivating and unique collections. With our deep understanding of the market and the rarest watches ever made, we can assist you in assembling a collection that reflects your individual style and discerning taste. Whether you're starting your collection or looking to expand it, our expertise and personalized approach ensure an extraordinary journey into the world of horology.
Choose The Second Hand Club to immerse yourself in a world of horological excellence. From our meticulous authenticity process and comprehensive warranty to our competitive prices and advanced horological advice, we are committed to providing an unparalleled experience. Let us guide you as you embark on a remarkable journey, curating a collection of extraordinary watches that will captivate and inspire for generations to come.
What payment methods do you accept?
At The Second Hand Club, we accept a variety of payment methods for your convenience.
You may choose to pay using your American Express, Visa, or Mastercard credit cards.
In addition, we also accept wire transfer payments. To encourage this method, we offer an attractive 3% discount for all transactions completed via wire transfer. This is part of our commitment to providing a seamless and accommodating experience for all of our esteemed customers.
What about trades or selling my watches?
When it comes to selling or trading your valuable watches, The Second Hand Club offers an exceptional consignment experience. Here's why you should consider consigning with us:
When you choose The Second Hand Club's consignment program, you gain access to our global network, unparalleled expertise, and a streamlined process designed to deliver exceptional results. Entrust your luxury timepiece to us and let our dedicated team work diligently to ensure you receive the maximum value for your watch, all while enjoying a hassle-free and rewarding consignment experience.
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Do you provide warranty on your watches?
At The Second Hand Club, we are committed advocates for the exceptional quality of our curated selection of pre-owned timepieces and mechanical objects. In the event of an unexpected issue, we remain committed to addressing it promptly and effectively. Our client's trust and satisfaction are paramount to our entire team.
Each pre-owned watch in our collection has been meticulously examined using non-intrusive methods to confirm their mechanical integrity. Where necessary, servicing has been performed to guarantee they align with our highest standards for timekeeping precision and functional performance.
Unless explicitly indicated, our pre-owned watches are protected by either a comprehensive or a limited warranty for a period of twenty-four months. However, this warranty does not cover damages resulting from accidents or misuse. Given their vintage status, pre-owned watches may not withstand the same conditions as brand new models.
Return & Refund policy
At The Second Hand Club, We have a No Return & Refund Policy ("Policy") that applies to all purchases made through The Second Hand Club and outlines our obligations and procedures concerning returns and refunds.
Please note that this Policy represents the entire agreement between you and The Second Hand Club regarding returns and refunds. By purchasing a timepiece from The Second Hand Club, you acknowledge and agree to this Policy in its entirety.
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