Jaeger-LeCoultre watches smash records at auction

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Two Jaeger-LeCoultre watches broke auction house records when they smashed pre-sale estimates at Antiquorum in Geneva earlier this month.

The lots were a steel Reverso with red lacquered dial made in 1947 and signed LeCoultre Reverso and a Geophysic chronometer made in 1958 on the occasion of the International Geophysics Year.

The 1947 Reverso became the most expensive vintage Reverso to be sold at auction when it realised a final sale price of CHF50,000 (£33,605), beating pre-sale estimates of between CHF8,000 and CHF12,000 (£5,377 to £8,065).

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The Geophysic chronometer likewise smashed its pre-sale estimates, which were the same as those of the Reverso, to bring in CHF36,250 (£24,363). Antiquorum described the watch, which was gifted to the crew of the US Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine who did a trip to the North Pole in 1958, as “a key player during this era”.

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