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JLC Refreshes Its Master Control Range

Jaeger LeCoultre has refreshed its Master Control range for this year. Here’s the details from the press office.

With its 40-millimetre diameter, outwardly sloping bezel and dynamically curved lugs, the Master Control case exudes a relaxed and understated elegance. On the dials, Jaeger‑LeCoultre’s designers have reinterpreted the Maison’s classical codes in a streamlined and modern style, in order to highlight each model’s complications. The applied indexes add refinement, their elongated triangular shape echoed by the Dauphine hands. Uniting the collection, sunray brushing animates the silvery-white background colour.

The Master Control collection features emblematic functions such as the classic date, the triple calendar complication, the legendary Geographic and for the first time a chronograph associated with a triple calendar display and a moon-phase.

With the goal of improving reliability, power reserve and long-term performance, Jaeger‑LeCoultre’s engineers have comprehensively revised and re-engineered its calibres. The improvements, include a silicon escapement, a redesigned barrel and various energy-saving enhancements. The result is an increased power reserve to as much as 70 hours and an enhanced overall performance and reliability. Like all Jaeger‑LeCoultre timepieces, the Master Control watches carry an 8-year warranty in addition to the 1,000 Hours Control certification.

There is a new French made leather strap option, which is designed to gain a patina over time. The Master Control range starts at £6000, with the rose gold – called Pink Gold by JLC – starts at £23,000.

Sir Stirling Moss JLC Watch & Automobilia Sale

Silverstone Auctions are proud to introduce a unique and exceptional collection of personal items belonging to the late Sir Stirling Moss OBE, complemented by a selection of limited-edition collectables and automobilia from the British racing icon.

The collection forms part of Silverstone Auctions final sale of 2020, The NEC Classic Live Online Auction, which will take place on the 13 and 14 November. It features a number of significant, personal items which are offered from a close personal friend of the motorsport legend, and amazingly, are all offered without reserve.

The solid gold, twin bar watch band that Stirling personally designed and had made in 1954 is perhaps one of the most recognisable items in the collection. Engraved with his initials S.M, it was designed to be interchangeable with different watches and to be easily cleaned after each race. Worn constantly over a 38-year period, it was on Stirling’s wrist for so many memorable moments including three victories in the Monaco Grand Prix and his victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia. The watch that was fitted to the band at the time of gifting to the vendor is a 1956 Gold Jaeger LeCoultre alarm watch and is simply a wonderful piece of Sir Stirling Moss history.

In the 1970’s Stirling parted with most of his trophies to an American collector. However, in 2010 the vendor of this collection discovered one of them at Pebble Beach, the 1951 Daily Express Tourist Trophy which Stirling had won at Silverstone, and as such brought it home. The trophy has been hand-signed by Stirling and included as part of the sale is a photo of him doing so, as is a race programme from the day he won it.

Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions Managing Director commented, “It is an honour to offer such a unique and remarkable selection of items that were part of the late, great Sir Stirling Moss’ life. He was a true racing icon, having participated in over 500 races, these personal items represent a significant piece of his history. Accompanying the personal articles are a number of limited-edition and signed memorabilia items which complement the collection, with there being 50 Lots overall”.

The completely unique items in the collection also include one of just four race helmets that Sir Stirling wore during his professional racing drive career. Of those four helmets, two were manufactured by Herbert Johnson Ltd. and this is one of two helmets that were built for him by Patey Helmets. Circa 1958, it was worn both in period and occasionally until 2007, totalling a phenomenal 49 years ownership.

An item that was from the very end of Sir Stirling’s career is the race suit he wore on the day he retired. Worn in 2011 at Le Mans whilst racing his newly restored Porsche, it was after qualifying that he announced his retirement from 60 years of incredible racing. A book with images of him wearing the suit will accompany it as part of the sale.

The Sir Stirling Moss OBE Collection will be offered on Saturday 14 November at 12:00 GMT, you can view the collection in full on the Silverstone Auctions website here. To register to bid in the sale, contact Silverstone Auctions on 01926 691141 or email bid@silverstoneauctions.com. Bidding will be available by phone, online or via commission on the day.

New JLC Reverso One Is an Art Deco Masterpiece

The Reverso is a true classic watch design. The novelty of flipping the watch had a practical aspect back in the 30s of course, when it was wise to protect a beautiful watch from the smog, dirt and general hard knocks of an analogue era. Here’s the latest from the Jaeger le Coultre press office;

The new Reverso One ladies’ watch. Inspired by the first elongated models that were so popular in the 1930s, this new feminine expression of the Reverso One reveals itself. With its rectangular case, iconic gadroons, (nope, we don’t know what gadroons are either – Ed) elegant Arabic numerals, Dauphine hands, and two rows of brilliant-cut diamonds surrounding its lacquered dial, it offers signature Jaeger-LeCoultre Art Deco style.

Inside there is a battery powered, quartz movement, which also features 43 jewels. You don’t need them in a battery movement, but JLC are giving you them anyway. It’s a beautifully made piece of jewellery as much as it is a watch of course. The perfect gift for some ladies costs just under £4800 and frankly, we advise that you check that your beloved has actually heard of JLC before buying one. She may well prefer a Rolex.

Why? Because she can show off a Rolex, or a Cartier, to her friends. But a JLC sadly means very little to most dedicated followers of fashion, it is instead, a watch brand for watch movement aficianados. Different thing altogether.

More here.


Gardiner Houlgate Auction 21.10.20: Rolex, Ball, Omega & More

Gardiner Houlgate has another watch auction coming up and the star of the show is a 1961 Rolex Submariner, with the 3-6-9 dial, which is estimated to fetch over £150,000. It’s got the original box and paperwork too, which is very unusual for a 60s Rolex as many people simply chucked that stuff away back then.

UPDATED: The watch sold to a collector based in Hong Kong for £210,000 by the way!

Several watch collections are being sold at this auction, which suggests that some old collectors are thinking now is the time to cash on a lifetime’s collecting and relocate to a country like Sweden where the fun Police won’t arrest you for singing Boheamian Rhapsody.

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual with a starting price of £1500 is very fair and if you’re hankering after your first Rolex then that could be the one. Having said that, this model from 1978 is in need of a clean and service, judging from the photos. No box or papers either.

Other rare stuff? Bulova Accutron, which is working. Plus a couple of Derby Swissonic digital quartz models. Will the early quartz models ever achieve the prices that mechanicls do? Probably not, but they do have their fans and for a few hundred quid you could get into the game.

There are two Jaeger le Coultre models that caught our eye; an 18K Day-Date gold automatic with a starting bid of £720 is tempting and a bumper automatic for about the same money is also excellent value. Ball watches are growing in popularlity so it will be interesting to see how much the Engineer II and Fireman Ionosphere make. The Fireman has the full set of paperwork and box with it too, again starting bid of just over £700.

There are military watches, modern Omega, Zenith, TAG, IWC, vintage pocket watches and more. Online bidding only of course, no actual physical auction.

More details here.


Jaeger le Coultre Master Ultra Thin – Kingsman Edition

The Kingsman movie franchise has proved fairly successful, although your writer finds it a bit too comic book. But there’s no denying that the Kingsman ballet-level fights are enlivened by some dashing fashion details.

Jaeger-LeCoultre have teamed up with the studio to create a watch that is very much old school, Savile Row suit. The sort of timepiece that Colin Firth would recommend you purchase over a single malt down at the club perhaps.

It’s powered by the JLC calibre 849 hand-wound movement, housed in an 18-karat rose gold case – notice the etchings on the back, signifying this is a limited run of 100 pieces. Part of the ‘Master Ultra Thin’ collection, this ‘Knife’ edition features a relocated crown nestled between the top lugs, and has a discreet cutout in the alligator strap.

Having the winding crown at 12 o’clock sets this watch apart, but is it that practical? Price is just under £27,000, so yeah…definitely one for the gentleman spy with an Amex Gold Card and MI6 luncheon vouchers. More at the official JLC site here.

News Bites: Discount Codes, New JLC Movt and 40% Off Deep Blue

We thought it was time for a quick round-up of various watch related news items;


The Portuguese watch brand has a summer Sale on right now, so if you are on the email subs list then you can unlock discounts on the RRP website price, until 6th July, using code; FMDJUL20.


The famous Jaeger le Coultre brand has a new Cal 956 movement in its Memovox model. This has an alarm function upgrade so you can set the hour for the alarm, or set a given number of hours, whichever you prefer. It’s also a slimmer movement, with a new peripheral mounted gong inside the case, and it features a JL cut-out rotor to power the automatic winding, which is decorated and polished – you can view this voia the see-thru caseback naturally.



Get 40% off the list prices at Deep Blue, today only.

Yes, just apply a 4th July special code; BLUE at checkout – and that gets you a very nice reduction in price. The Seiko powered auto Master 1000 Deep Blue dive watch is already good value at $249, so another 40% is definitely worth having. You may have to pay extra shipping for EU delivery of course.


The well known UK High Street jewellery chain has a Sale on right now, with a maximum of 50% off some watches. We spotted some nice Citizen Eco-Drives and Bulova models (also owned by Citizen) with 50% off, plus a handy £130 off a Mondaine SBB Backlit model, which is a decent price if you’re a fan of the Swiss Railyway inspired design.






JLC Master Control Memovox; Collectable Complications

There’s no arguing with the fact that if you buy a Rolex GMT II for £9000-£15,000 you’ll always have an investment asset on your wrist. Or in your safe more likely. But is the same true with a Jaeger Le Coultre Master Memovox? No, definitely not. Fact is most watch collectors – and more importantly watch retailers – don’t think JLC is equal in resale price to a comparable Rolex GMT II.

JLC’s big marketing problem is that their brand doesn’t impress other self-made men, there I said it.

JLC master control memovox timer CASEBACK

This is kinda strange, since a JLC is a rare watch compared to the Rolex, which is a volume manufacturer turning out over 1 million units a year. Then there’s the in-house movement, which on this new Master Memovox is revealed in its miniature glory via the caseback. Look at that bob weight, it’s pure sculpture. The screws. The beautiful chamfered plates and jewel work. Having looked inside a couple of Rolex watches I have to say it isn’t as impressive in the details.

Tech stuff? You get a 28,800vph running speed, 24 jewels and just 7.4mm in height. This is a modern movement, housed inside a 40mm case. Ideal dress watch dimensions we think.

You can get the new 2020 Memovox Timer model with a blue dial and the timer feature, which is different from the basic set the alarm at 7am funtion on the entry level Master Memovox.

It’s an extra three grand for the timer alarm function, which sounds agreeably soothing as it taps the inside of the case, but you may think is decadent luxury or an essential deal-breaker, depending on whether you rigorously time your bsuiness meetings. JLC have a long history in alarm complication watches, so perhaps that’s a good reason to collect them, plus the Memovox Timer is a limited edition – 250 pieces.

Here’s some advice on setting the little striking alarm from the JLC press kit;

To wear the new Master Control Memovox Timer means not only to master time, but to predict and anticipate it. The timepiece can now be adjusted in two ways: Either by means of its iconic triangle to set the alarm time (useful as an alarm clock, to mark the end of a meeting, a new appointment); or by means of its unique timer, the hand of which ends with a red Jaeger-LeCoultre logo that stands out at first glimpse. A function to measure the time you have left before catching a train, a plane.

The blue Memovox Timer with groovy countdown function costs £13,900, while the non-complicated, more basic set-the-hour alarm Master Memovox retails at £10,300.

More here at JLC.



New Watches: JLC Master Control is One For The Watchmakers

We have a soft spot for Jaeger le Coultre watches here at the Northern Watch Co. It started with a 1940s bumper automatic that was discovered lurking in an antique shop in Ireland a few years back. A thorough clean-up and that watch was a runner again – the mark of quality engineering we say. Innovations like the Reverso and Powermatic, with its handy reserve display once made JLC a premiership level watch brand.

Those days are gone to be blunt, but the Jaeger name still means build quality, in-house expertise and beautiful finishing. As an investment JLC might not have the appeal of a Rolex GMT or Royal Oak, but if you simply love watchmaking, then the range is always worth a look.

The Master Control Chronograph, which features a triple date calendar and moonphase dial display is one of those rare technical feats that not every watch collector will appreciate – unless they try to take one apart and re-assemble it again. Certainly beyond the skill of most of us. However, the resale value of a JLC like this – which costs a hefty £12,900 RRP – compared to say a Rolex Submariner Batman, is pretty appalling. You’re going to lose TAG F1 percentages basically – about 40% in year one, maybe another 15% over the next three years of ownership. That’s a big hit financially.

The other thing to consider from JLC’s marketing point of view is that again, we have a very simple, clean dial design. It is slightly underwhelming for the money and the fact is, some people who DO have 13K or more to spend on a wristwatch actually need poor people to gasp in awe at the huge chunk of bling on their wrists. I’m not one of those impressed by enormous cases and multi-featured bezels and buttons as found on some Breitlings. But you can’t argue with the sales stats – big flashy watches do sell.

Here’s the press info from Richemont below;

JLC master control chrono 12900
Chrono version retails at £12,900 and that is a big problem for many watch enthusiasts. You have to be dedicated to love the JLC brand.

Since it was introduced in 1992, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Control collection has been defined by technical rigour and stylistic restraint. In 2020, La Grande Maison relaunches the collection, drawing inspiration from the classic round watches of the 1950s, such as the Futurematic, PowerMatic and Memovox models, and adding a dash of 21st-century flair. Rather than paying homage to a single historic reference, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents a range of timepieces featuring some of its most emblematic complications.

jaeger le coultre master control side view

When launched in 1992, the Master Control line was the first of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s collections to benefit from its pioneering ‘1000 Hours Control’ certification – which inspired the collection’s name.

A demanding process that tests the entire cased-up watch (not just its movement), it set a new benchmark when introduced and has continually evolved in response to technological advances, to remain one of the watch industry’s most stringent testing protocols. Naturally, with this background, the Manufacture’s engineers have comprehensively revised and updated all of the movements, increasing power reserves to as much as 70 hours and enhancing overall performance and reliability. Like all Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces, the Master Control watches carry an 8-year warranty in addition to the 1,000 Hours Control certification.


jaeger reverso blue
The Reverso is arguably just as influential design as the Cartier Tank, but few mainstream watch consumers seem aware of it.


In the 1940s and ’50s Jaeger-LeCoultre was renowned for its triple calendar moon-phase movements, and the new Master Control Calendar brings that tradition into the 21st century. With a case measuring 40mm x 10.95mm, it is offered in either steel or Le Grand Rose gold®.


The finely balanced classical layout of the dial is retained, with the dates marked around the periphery, indicated by a red-tipped hand, the days and months displayed in the upper part of the dial, and the moon-phase set within the small seconds subdial in the lower part.

But there is a fresh new twist to the date display: as well as updating Calibre 866 with the same performance-enhancing improvements made to cal.899, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s engineers have added a delightful new jumping complication. Every month, the date hand makes a 90-degree leap from the 15th to the 16th, in order not to obscure the moon-phase display.

Alternative triple date chronographs? If you’re on a budget then a nice example of the Omega Moonwatch from the 1990s could be a wise investment at about £1800-£2200. How about something truly rare? An Angelus triple date chronograph from the 1950s might cost you about 3K for a really nice example. It’s more delicate than an Omega Speedmaster perhaps, but arguably forms part of the inspiration for the modern JLC Master Control Chronograph.

How to Spot a Fake Jaeger le Coultre Vintage Watch

You may be new to vintage watch collecting and totally baffled by the wide range of models and limited editions, different dial colours, hands, winding crowns, case designs, straps etc. There can sometimes be over 100 variations on a basic design like a Seiko 5, or an Omega De Ville can have an extended family of models, that evolve over 40 years.

But there are often fairly obvious clues to spot a fake from a genuine old Swiss watch and it’s worth carrying a loupe around, or enlarging photos online to see details.

Take this JLC automatic on ebay recently. Looks like the real JLC logo on the dial, nice script, although the scratched glass obscures it somewhat? But look again at the header image above – specifically at where the number 6 is located compared to 12 and 9 – bit wonky eh?

You think JLC would have let a watch with those dial errors out of the factory? No way.

Take a gander at this pic, which shows the back.

fake jlc 2

See thru casebacks are rare on older JLC watches, but the giveaway here is the crude oscillating weight, with JL stamped in it. It doesn’t even sit straight on the mounting screw, there’s a bigger gap on the left side. The finishing on the screws looks too cheap, too low rent for a JLC watch.

If you look at a real JLC see-thru watch, you will also notice how beautiful the finishing on the metal is, plus the engraved script on the rear of the watch.

It is often the same story with fake Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Cartier, TAG or other watches. The logo script, the dial lettering and the second had sweep are all perfect. Fakers know that people look at what’s right in front of them.

JLC genuine see thru
Genuine JLC – compare this to the heap of rubbish above.

But feel the metal, the fit and finish. Does the metal bracelet feel loose, easy twist? Not good, although older Rolex bracelets are poorly made in my view and so a genuine one can feel like a 20 year old Sekonda sometimes. But check the pins that secure the buckle, the strap to the case etc – are they all identical, or do some look messed with? Does the winding crown look a perfect flush fit on the case? Because it should be, even on a 50 year old watch, that’s how the Swiss made them.

Look inside at the movement and you should see well finished components, plenty of rubis there – unless it’s some budget built watch like a Josmar or basic Sicura. Screws and automatic rotors should look well polished and fitted to a mere micron or two of clearance.

In older Omegas the movements often have a beautiful burnished, coppery tone, so anything that’s a different shade, like a balance bridge, could indicate that a part or two has been replaced.

Study pictures online, read watch books. Knowledge is power baby.