Jaeger-LeCoultre Cal.P480/C 18ct 1951


100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed

A Very Lightly Used & Carefully Owned Example

33mm, 18ct Yellow Gold Case, Excluding the Crown

Beautifully Restored Ivory Cream Dial with Original Restored Dauphine hands

Very High-Grade, Hand-Wound Cal.P480/C Movement in Spectacular Condition

High-Quality Hirsch Regent Lizard Strap with JLC Gold Plated Buckle

All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition

Presentation Box Included, As Shown in Photographs

VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee

VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty*

Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery

Free UK Special Delivery

Sold 2nd Dec '20
VGW Reference: JLC791
Price £3,500 Sold


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Since its founding in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has had a highly inventive history, developing over 1,249 mechanical calibres, registering over 400 Patents and playing a tremendous role in the development of the industry as a whole. Whether it is the world’s first keyless watch, its Calibre 101, the Futurematic, the Memovox, or the iconic Reverso, it would be difficult to imagine a historical account of watchmaking without the mention of Jaeger-LeCoultre.

It is not commonly known that Jaeger-LeCoultre, in addition to producing movements for its own watches, has also produced movements for a number of famous watch houses such as Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, and IWC. Indeed for most of the 20th Century, Jaeger-LeCoultre even supplied bare movements to the great firm of Patek Philippe. The company has always been a true ‘Manufacturer’ of the finest quality watch movements and Jaeger-LeCoultre has always manufactured all its own movements. This is unusual because very often, high-end brands such as Rolex, Patek Phillippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin would buy in movements for particular needs. For example, in 1967 when Patek Phillippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin needed an ultra-thin automatic movement, it was to Jaeger-LeCoultre they turned, to produce one for them. Furthermore, the exquisite Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 920, is still in production and in use today by both Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet.


Here we have a most elegant example of a gentleman’s classic early 1950s, 18ct dress watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre in fully restored condition. The watch is a good size for the period at 33mm and has the most elegant slimline case making the watch only 8mm in depth, including the lens. This watch also has a very highly regarded Jaeger-LeCoultre movement which is very accurate and reliable, making the watch perfect for special occasions or with care, everyday use!

The Dial

The classic ivory cream dial has the most elegant and attractive applied yellow gold spearhead hour indices, which add a certain luxurious touch to the dial. These are complemented by the original restored Dauphine hands, which are in superb condition. The dial has a very clean, simple and understated look. One can tell, even with a superficial glance, this is a vintage gold watch of the highest quality. The subsidiary seconds dial at 6 completes the ensemble beautifully.

The dial is simply signed ‘Jaeger-LeCoultre’ with ‘Swiss’ at the very bottom of the dial. The lens is a new original replacement, having been fitted as part of the restoration.

This is the original dial which has been restored to the very highest standards by the UK’s foremost dial restorers.

The Movement

The watch has its all original ultra-high quality, 17 jewel, Calibre P480/C hand-wound movement. This movement is very highly regarded for being particularly accurate and reliable, making this watch perfect for either evening wear or everyday use.

The movement has been fully overhauled and serviced by our watchmaker. This involves complete dismantling to each of its component parts, ultrasonic cleaning, microscope inspection and replacement of parts as required, only with new JLC originals, then careful assembly and oiling ready for careful calibration and final testing.

The watch is now running perfectly having been calibrated and timed at +10 seconds per day which is outstanding for any watch of this age. The watch has a runtime of 43 hours from its fully wound state which shows the movement is particularly strong and running well within expected parameters. It is now ready for many more decades of faithful service and we are therefore more than happy to offer this watch with our 12 months’ warranty.* and to assist with servicing again in around three years time.

The movement is signed ‘Jaeger-LeCoultre Co’ and ‘Fab Suisse’ with the calibre number P480/C and the movement serial number 825149, dating the year of manufacture to 1951.

As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.

The Watch Case

The 18ct yellow gold watch case is in excellent condition, having received a careful inspection and very gentle and sympathetic clean and polish. This was all that was required to bring it back to the condition you see here as the watch has obviously been very well cared for. There are no dings, scratches or other marks visible to the naked eye. The three-piece case is of the most elegant design. It is very slim at 8mm in depth, including the lens. At 33mm in diameter, including the correct unsigned JLC crown, this watch is slightly larger than the more typical 32mm of this period. The lugs follow the contour of the case and curve gently back, and are an attractive feature.

Inside the case-back is all correctly marked as expected, with Swiss 18ct hallmarks, ’18ct 0.750′, ‘SWISS’, and with the Firtree LC Jaeger-LeCoultre branding. The case- back carries the external serial number 601962. This number is clear, indicating the watch case has not been over-polished. Also, importantly, the case-back is of full thickness and has never been engraved.

As ever, our normal advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

The Strap & Buckle

A new, high-quality black Hirsch Regent lizard strap has been fitted, along with a gold plated JLC buckle. However, if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin, but can also obtain most types and colours from our partners at ‘Watch Obsession’ within 48hrs. Please take a look at their huge range of 19mm straps if you wish.

Box and Papers

Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures, and hallmarks are all correct, dating this watch to 1951. Detailed particulars will be included with our purchase receipt and 12 months’ warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will be provided at the time of sale along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.

As with all our watches, this watch will be sold under our 14 days no quibble sale or return policy.

The presentation box shown in the photographs is included in the sale.

In Conclusion

This is exactly the kind of watch we love to find, restore and offer for sale. It is many more times more stylish than the modern equivalent watch and even though it is now over a half-century old, it is still completely fresh, reliable and practical to wear as your everyday watch should you wish, but mostly it is a thing of beauty. Some would say, ourselves included, a work of art from one of the most prestigious names in Swiss watchmaking. Should you wish to view it this way, it is also an excellent investment and heirloom piece and as each year goes by and the world market for vintage gold watches grows ever greater, limited supply and high demand from the Far East, means prices will climb ever higher!

This is a beautiful example of a classic vintage watch from one of horology’s most famous names and one which if treated with care, will remain an excellent investment as well as be something to use, wear, treasure and enjoy. It will provide excellent reliability as well as a sound financial investment, as long-lasting as the watch itself!

A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring them to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post sales care and service. This approach means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well-known stores in West London which are highly successful charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.

We are happy to accept PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would like to pay by UK cheque or by UK bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.

If you have any questions please call on our Landline 0207 727 7095 or Mobile 07515 949250 or if calling from overseas, on Landline +44 207 727 7095 or Mobile +44 7515 949250.

Please note, we also welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss.

We will also be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.

Please take a look at our other fine Vintage Gold Watches.

Thank you.