LeCoultre Postcard: #2 Ladies wrist watch

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Today I like to share another postcard from the LeCoultre 1936 series I have. Again, it started with a postcard…

And ended with a watch!

This postcard entered my collection several years ago.

An old black and white photo of five ladies watches, I guess that most male watch collector would not think much about it…

To me it is a very appealing card, it may look like a random photo of some watches but if you look closer you can see that the way the watches are arranged, you get a lot of information about each watch in one single picture!

LeCoultre postcard – five ladies watches

All three wrist watches have all very different lug types and here you get a good look at all of them.

The different lace strap and the buckle…

The integrated lugs with what looks like five laces side-by-side with some early version of “folding buckle”…

T.W.O ring watches, one square, one round…

And then there is the round wrist watch with a “ring” around it – I find all of them extremely cool, but so far I have only been able to locate this round watch.

All of the watches except this last one have 12/6 or 12/3/6/9 dials with sword hands. My watch have the same hands but different dial than in the photo.

Looking at the hands and dial I get an inverted Geopysic feeling. The hands have the same profile shape as the Geophysic hands and the 12/6 have a similar font face…

LeCoultre postcard – round ladies wrist watch

The “ring” is 22 mm on the outside in diameter and 2 mm thick. The watch case is 16.5 mm in diameter and 5 mm thick, not including the glass crystal.

Both case and ring are made of stainless steel.

As you might have noticed, the watch is completely symmetrical with no crown on any side – makes it more elegant, more jewellery like!

Instead a traditional crown on the side, the crown is located on the back. Similar as to the Futurematic, but with the difference that this crown you lift to set the time instead of the classic “Slide – do not lift” which is written on the Futurematic crown.

LeCoultre postcard – back-wind movement

Even if the crown is located on the back, it is not a Duoplan movement inside. As the case shape indicated, it is a round movement inside, the Calibre 402 “Back-wind”.

Difference between the Calibre 402 and the Calibre 496 is the lack of shock protection on the former.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 496 – movement specification

The movement number of this watch correspond to 1936, so no “Kif Flector” in this movement as it is pre-1.281.000.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 496 – movement specification

The lugs are attached to the ring in a way so that they can move up-and-down, but not sideways making it shape nicely around the wrist.

Not that I will ever wear it, but I need to find a more elegant 8 mm strap to complete the watch.

LeCoultre postcard – round ladies wrist watch 1936

Yes, another watch which entered the collection due to a postcard…

What can I say, I love postcards! If you do as well, make sure to have a look at this one: LeCoultre Postcard #1