Jaeger-LeCoultre 20007 "Calatrava"

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“Simple, yet beautiful” would be a good summary of Jaeger-LeCoultre reference 20007.

All brands have them… The time only, classic design, modest size…

If this reference would have been from another brand it would have been called “Calatrava”… But since it is from Jaeger-LeCoultre it has no real model name. It is simply reference 20007!

Or maybe T.W.O-triple-o-seven with a licence to be elegant!

Jaeger-LeCoultre 20007 – with a licence to be elegant

As you can see, the 20007 is a classic looking watch. Time only with a central seconds sweeping hand.

Silver sunburst dial, black Ebony hands and index… Modest size – 34 mm in diameter.

Very typical for its time – second half of the 1960’s.

Jaeger-LeCoultre 20007 – typical looks for its time

The 20007 belongs to the 20000-series with monocoque cases which were released around 1967.

Even if the exterior is not very extravagant, they were marketed as waterproof, antimagnetic and shock protected.

Surprisingly, all of the 20000-series were made in 18 carat gold, but only a few were offered in stainless steel.

What differs with the 20000-series from many other watches from the late 1960’s is that all of them have manual movements and no date functionality – two of the big developments of wrist watches from the 1960’s.

Here is a scan from the 1967 Jaeger-LeCoultre catalogue featuring some of the 20000-series:

1967 Jaeger-LeCoultre catalogue – featuring the 20000-series

Inside is the manual movement, Calibre 885.

The 20007 will never be a “Grail” or an “Icon” but I think it is an important part of the Jaeger-LeCoultre heritage.

These kinds of pieces is the “glue” that links the more famous references together!

Jaeger-LeCoultre 20007 – sharp lugs

I should mention, this one belongs to my wife’s collection – she called dibs on it before I could blink!

The condition is outstanding, the dial is spotless, the case and lugs are sharp as razors. All I could do was to say… “Yes dear, of course dear”…

But even if not mine, I had to complete it!

Another lesser known reference from Le Grand Maison…

Stay tuned for more “undiscovered” Jaeger-LeCoultre references!