A rare and fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “reverse panda” black dial, tachymeter scale, with a possible American bezel prototype

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  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: 2643
    Case No: 283’199
    Model Name: “Shark Deep Sea”, "Great White Shark"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 72, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Jaeger-LeCoultre pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Further delivered with Jaeger-LeCoultre Extract from the Archives confirming its production date in circa 1969.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in the late 1960s, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s reference E 2643 was a multi-dimensional timepiece on many fronts. Sold as the “Shark Deep Sea” in the United States and the “Vogue Chronograph” in Europe, the American model including three interchangeable bezels for traditional diving, 60-Minute counter and World-time indication. The large oversized case had a sporty modern style and by changing the bezel the watch could go from dive tool watch to gentleman’s travel companion.

    The present example is referred to collectors as “Great White Shark” due to its unusual white aluminium 24-hour bezel fitted with a few rare examples made for possible inclusion for those examples sold to the United States. This example was clearly destined for the US, with its “LeCoultre” signature on the dial and VXN import code on the movement. It is possible that so few were made only a handful were sent to retailers and this is one of those very few.

    In excellent overall condition with unpolished case and well preserved dial, this is an opportunity to own chronograph with a mystic that may not necessarily be unlocked.

  • 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. 2643
A rare and fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “reverse panda” black dial, tachymeter scale, with a possible American bezel prototype

積家,「Shark Deep Sea, Great White Shark」型號2643,精鋼計時腕錶,備測速刻度黑色錶盤、可能為早期原型的美式錶圈,約1969年製。附後補證書

Circa 1969
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$62,000 - 94,000 
€7,000-10,700
$7,900-12,100

sold for HK$68,750

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020