Reverso | steel

Regular price

Click for 360° view

Reverso | steel

Regular price

Introduced in 1931, the Reverso came about from a purely functional standpoint. It all stemmed from polo playing British officers stationed in India, who complained to the watch importer, César de Trey, that during games, the glass of their wristwatches were often damaged or broken. Realising that this was a genuine problem, he conveyed the message to his supplier Jacques-David LeCoultre. The latter subsequently developed a solution in the form of a wristwatch that had a swivelling face, allowing the case to be flipped over in order to protect the glass. It is unofficially classified as the ‘first sports watch’.

This example features the more desirable black lacquer dial that is completely original and unrestored. The black dial is accented by gold throughout with apple gilt dart arrow markers, a gilt Arabic numeral at 12 o’clock and dot markers at 3 and 9 o’clock. Finishing the dial off, there is a gilt outer minute track, logo and sub-seconds. The stainless steel case measure at 23mm X 38mm with a polished front and sides, and a brushed back.

Overall, this Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso is in remarkable condition considering its age, with the gilt dial offset against the black still standing bright. It is difficult to come across examples in this condition, as many have deteriorated dials.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
Brand: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Model: Reverso
Movement: manual-winding
Functions: time-only: hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: unrestored dial
Case: 23 x 38 mm stainless steel
Crystal: plexiglass
Bracelet: brown lizard strap 
Year: circa 1947
Box & papers: N/A
This very rare, stainless steel, vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso from circa 1947 is in excellent vintage condition and has been recently serviced. It is guaranteed for both authenticity and mechanical functionality.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.

During a period of adjustment, we are unable to ship watches to the EU. We continue to offer express delivery to all other countries.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on choice of courier and destination. 

Please note that pre-owned goods (in the United Kingdom) are subject to a marginal rate of VAT, which can not be reclaimed. For further information, please see here.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

A Collected Man

A Collected Man

We offer a bespoke service

Learn More