So, another version of the Jaeger-LeCoultre reference 390 / LeCoultre reference 2406 surfaced – and of course I like to share it here for reference!
The following watch and photos – credit: @vintage_watch_longines
This is a LeCoultre 2406 Asymmetric “DeLuxe” – the base is the same as my 2406 but in a more luxurious package.
The case is not gold filled but solid 14K gold. On the bezel is the cross hatch pattern I was mentioning in my earlier report.
And then we come to the “DeLuxe” part – brilliant cut diamonds decorates index 3, 9 and 12!
Here in Europe there are many collectors which are not very keen on having diamonds on the dial of a men’s watch – I think you need to go back to the time before wrist watches to find that fashion here, not even sure if I can recall diamonds to be in fashion on men’s pocket watches here in Europe either…
On ladies watches diamonds have always been popular – I guess Marilyn Monroe was singing the truth…
In other parts of the world fashion and culture are more welcoming of diamonds on a men’s watch!
Something that we also see today, several brands have started to include diamonds on some of their finer men’s watches as well…
Inside is still the Calibre 438/4CW – note the “VXN” import stamp and “UNADJUSTED” which is characteristic for most U.S. market LeCoultre watches. You can read more about it here: U.S. market part 3
Based on the movement number, this watch is from 1961:
The inside of the case tells the story – Cased and timed in U.S.A. The case is made locally by the Star Watch Case Company, in 14K gold – reference 2406:
If you just joined these asymmetric reports – here are the T.W.O previous reports:
Wooden Beam 2020: Jaeger-LeCoultre 390 – LeCoultre 2406
Quick followup: The Jaeger-LeCoultre 390 Asymmetric
A big thank you to @vintage_watch_longines for letting me add this beautiful version here!
If you have a similar watch to any of the watches I report on here – feel free to contact me if you like to include it on my blog.
Stay tuned for more!