Wednesday, 29 September 2010

My "new" old watch: vintage LeCoultre Futurematic


on my recent travels, my friend took me to a vintage watch shop in singapore. tucked away in a quiet little corner of town, that shop really is a treasure trove. rows upon rows of vintage watches, the first watch that caught my eye was the above lecoultre "futurematic".

we spent an hour in the shop last thursday, then went home to do some research. friday i went back, decided that's the piece for me. first manufactured in 1953, it is widely reported that this is one of the very first automatic watches to be produced universally. boldly named "futurematic", because they believed that watches were going to be made this way from then on. apparently the project was loss making as the watch was overly complicated to make at that time. jaeger lecoultre only produced this watch for 5 years. despite jaeger and lecoultre coming together to form jaeger lecoultre in 1937, my watch was still branded "lecoultre" as they were manufacturing it for the US market.

so this watch was made for the US market, somehow found it's way to the vintage shop in singapore, and it's now half way round the globe with me in london.


a little birthday treat for myself, or any excuse/reason for it. it's a little blemished, a little scratched, a little dirty but i wouldn't want it any other way.


and the wonders of the internet: someone scanned a copy of the repair manual and put it online. not that i know how to repair the watch, but i am loving the scan and typography. and little did i know that vacheron constantin, jaeger lecoultre and longines were all interlinked in those days.

i l00o00ve my "new" old watch.




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18 comments:

  1. u looked abit tan....which is nice

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  2. welcome to the JLC Club!

    http://deluxeduck.livejournal.com/146446.html

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  3. Nice to have you back.. Where in Singapore did you visit for this beauty

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  4. melvin: thanks. it was a ground floor shop at sunshine plaza along bencoolen road. well worth a visit.

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  5. nice buy, u always picked the nicest thing.. very suave..

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  6. May i know how much u invest on this piece of art?

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  7. wow wow wow / I have only one q
    how much ?

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  8. Really, really nice. I like it very much. Where did you buy it?

    www.thefashiongalleryroom.com

    Charlie

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  9. Absolutely Gorgeous !!!!! congrats .......

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  10. thats a classic!love the strap and the watch itself.a keeper for life!
    cheers from berlin

    www.trendzeta.blogspot.com

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  11. The repair manual is as gorgeous as the watch. Great finds.

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  12. I remember fondly my father and his Futurematic, exactly like yours except later w/ the inappropriate Twistoflex band. An otherwise austere man, in that era it must have been a rare indulgence. His trusted old serviceman had it to a few sec./month accuracy. Later, a replacement face looked off, but still may have been genuine. Then, it vanished, and instead some nameless quartz deal was there on his wrist. Nowhere to be found in his inventory, and I can't believe it is gone; I may yet have to purchase one, and imagine it just might be his anyway.

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  13. anon: thanks for sharing the story. part of the reason i love vintage pieces, is because every piece comes with a story. i am so sorry that the watch was misplaced, hopefully someone else is carrying the story on.

    it's a beautiful watch, i am glad i am starting my story with it.

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  14. 请问你这个表当时买成多少钱啊,谢谢

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what's he wearing?