A very rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial, tachymeter scale and rotatable telemeter bezel, accompanied by original presentation box and two additional bezels

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  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre
    Year: Circa 1968
    Reference No: E 2643
    Case No: 296'177
    Model Name: “Shark Deep Sea” or “Vogue Chronograph”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 720, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Dimensions: 40mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by its original Jaeger LeCoultre presentation box and two additional bezels

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jeager LeCoultre’s Reference E 2643 was launched in the late 1960s and was marketed as the “Shark Deep Sea” in the U.S., and as the “Vogue Chronograph” in Europe. The “LeCoultre” signed-dial on this example indicates that it was made for the American market. This unusual diving chronograph is housed in a massive case measuring 40 mm in diameter. Featuring broad, angular lugs, the masculine lines and case dimensions, combined with its modern styling, make it difficult to believe this watch is nearly a half-century old. The matte black dial featuring a tachymeter scale along the outer edge, with its white sub-dials, gives it a sporty aesthetic with great legibility. The present watch can be considered a chameleon, as the watch can adapt to the wearer's needs by changing the bezel. Swapping the fitted telemeter bezel with the additional, supplied 60-minute bezel, the watch can be used for more casual wear. With the world time bezel, it becomes a great travel watch. This early example of LeCoultre’s “Shark Deep Sea” is further enhanced by its original, excellent condition. Accompanied with its original presentation box that prominently presents the supplied alternative bezels, it’s a rare and uncommon ensemble for the collector.

  • Maker Bio

    Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Swiss • 1833

    Not all companies in the watchmaking field have been able to stand the test of time quite like Jaeger LeCoultre, also known as the "watchmaker's watchmaker." Founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre and originally named LeCoutre, the firm provided watchmaking's top brands, such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet, the high-grade, unfinished mechanical movements with which they completed their watches.



    In the early 1900s, Cartier's watch supplier Edmond Jaeger sought out LeCoultre's help in creating the world's thinnest watches. The collaboration resulted in the creation of Cartier's earliest Tank and Santos watches, all housed with LeCoultre movements. The duo decided to merge in 1937, and the firm officially became the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand by which collectors know and adore it today. Some of the firm's most significant and important timepieces include the Reverso, the Memovox, the Atmos clock and, among modern watches, their Master Complications.

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Ref. E 2643
A very rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial, tachymeter scale and rotatable telemeter bezel, accompanied by original presentation box and two additional bezels

Circa 1968
40mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€7,300-11,000
$8,200-12,400

sold for CHF27,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
+41 22 317 81 89

The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016