Jaeger Stainless Steel Oversized Chronograph Reference 224105, Circa 1950s


This is a stunning and rare example of a 38mm Jaeger chrono that was made side by side with Universal Geneve Compax in the 1950s.  The case dimensions 38mm diameter by 13mm thick were avante-garde for the period.  The watch features a blue tachymeter scale in mint condition.

One of the interesting features of the dial is the Fab Suisse imprint on below 6 o’clock.  The stamp is rare and shows that this particular watch was made for export to the French market. In 1930-1950s this notation was mandated by the French as one of their measures of consumer protection. We are not sure what protection this feature extends, but certainly it makes the example less common.  The reference was produced in very low numbers to begin with, and since large chronographs were not popular in France, the Fab Suisse dial makes our example stand out.

The movement of the watch is the famous UG 285 which ran the Compax models of the 1950s, but is co-signed Jaeger in our piece. This caliber, which endured for 40 years because of its quality of production and pocket watch standard of accuracy, is absolutely spotless and free of any watchmaker marks.

The movement, dial, case and dust cap are all signed and are in original pristine condition. Also included is the soft iron anti-magnetic inside cover.

Given the recent run-up in watch prices, this timepiece is a great buy in my opinion.

Description: hand-wound Chronograph

Movement: UG Cal 285, column wheel chronograph

Jewels: 17

Frequency: 18,000

Hairspring: Breguet


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