Jaeger-LeCoultre. Master Control. Chronograph. Mecaquartz. Wait...what?
This guy took us a little by surprise when we pulled it out of the collection of its original owner. Quite frankly, we had never seen one before, and it took us a bit to figure it out. But in that time we grew so fond of it we're still seriously questioning whether or not we should list it. What we have here is an incredibly hard to find Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph from the late 1990s. This little beauty catches attention everywhere it goes - mostly due to its stunning case design, svelte craftsmanship reminiscent of much more expensive timepiece. Featuring a steel case coupled with a striking black dial and mated to a brown crocodile strap with deployant clasp, this unusual JLC is most certainly not something you'll see every day.
Adding to the unique nature of the timepiece is the JLC Calibre 630 Quartz movement, a high end, 25 Jewel manufacture movement with mechanical chronograph mechanism, known as "Mecaquartz". These unusual movements were primarily supplied to other manufactures (notably IWC), but Jaeger-LeCoultre made and sold a limited number of timepieces with their own name on the dial. What Mecaquartz offers is the precision timekeeping of a quartz movement and the brilliant functionality of a mechanical chronograph, a very cool combination. Furthermore, the small size of the movement allows the entire timepiece to be sized-down from their fully mechanical counterparts, making the piece perfect for dress wear.
As with any high-end timepiece, the beauty of this piece comes from the culmination of fine detailing: Black gloss dial with triple subsidiary registers, polished hour markers with luminescent plots, outer tachymetre scale, red-tipped steel hands, date function with red numerals, barrel pushers, and display back all work together to make this one of the best looking modern LeCoultres we've ever seen. We've looked for others like it and turned up a few in Europe, but none with this stunning steel case/black dial combination, and certainly none at this price!
So come and get it, before we change our minds.
For us vintage snobs, modern Panerai can be a tricky subject. They are either a home-run swing and hit, or, well...the opposite. This little beauty, the PAM00000, is very much the former.
With beautifully clean lines, perfect proportions, a manual winding Calibre OP I movement, and the most classic of Luminor design, this is everything a Panerai should be.
This particular Luminor dates from 2011 is in fantastic condition over all, and has had just a single owner since new. , This piece comes complete with its full kit: Inner and outer boxes, paperwork, and two genuine Panerai straps. If you are looking for a large, elegant modern timepiece with classic dive watch styling, look no further!
If you haven't already noticed, we at analog/shift have a real preference for vintage timepieces over their modern counterparts...
That said, every so often we come across a new timepiece that truly blows our skirt up; be it because of aesthetic design, innovative manufacture movement, history of the brand, some indescribable X-Factor that just "does it" for us, or some combination thereof. That's exactly what happened when we stumbled across this incredible Senator Sixties by Glashütte Original...just look at this thing!
The Senator Sixties may be our favorite piece to ever come out of GO - which is saying a lot as we have the utmost respect for the brand, as well as German-made watches in general. This stunning piece is finished with a galvanized silver dial with stylized arabic numerals, luminescent hour markers, and rose gold hands. The magnificent Calibre 39-52 in-house manufacture movement is visible through a display back. The brilliantly proportioned slim steel case has a diameter of 39mm, and comes paired with a genuine black Louisiana Alligator strap.
This particular example is in like-new condition and comes with its full kit of box and papers, straight from the hands of its original owner. Like we said at the beginning, we don't generally get excited about modern wristwatches - but when it comes to this guy, can you blame us?
One of the coolest parts about wristwatches are the variety of specialized tasks they can be designed for - be it diving, aviation, motorsports, yachting, or even measuring how much time you have left on your parking meter. If you can think of it, chances are someone has figured out how to make a wristwatch to suit the lifestyle and environmental needs of its wearer.
In 1956, Rolex unveiled the Milgauss, an anti-magnetic wristwatch designed for use in places with strong magnetic fields such as research laboratories, power plants, and medical facilities. Named for its ability to withstand fields of up to 1000 gauss, the Milgauss became an industry standard anti-magnetic timepiece along with its counterparts - the IWC Ingenieur and the Omega Railmaster. The relatively unusual nature of its specialization makes vintage versions an interesting collector's piece, but the model is still in production today, and the latest versions are truly striking.
In fact, we'd go so far as to say the V-Serial Milgauss, such as the example we have presented here, may just be our favorite modern-era Rolex. With its classic Oyster case design, dial detail, and unmissable lightning-bolt seconds hand, this is a supremely cool watch! While many buyers tend to go for the green crystals variant, these sharp white, orange, and black details make this example is truly striking, the kind of timepiece that is just hard to stop looking at...
We are a couple of guys based in New York City with a passion for bespoke style, substance, and authenticity. Admittedly, we appreciate ALL well-crafted and precious things, from fine single-malts to handmade cordovan bluchers, but we have a special and earnest love for the world of vintage goods, in particular, the world of vintage and luxury timepieces. We love the stories and histories vintage watches contain and the unparalleled craftsmanship with which they were made, often harkening back to an era when raw value was respected and a firm handshake was unflappable. Most importantly, we enjoy them for the works of wearable art that they are. We've had it with digital...we are 100% analog.
Our goal is to find and bring to market a small collection of exceptional vintage and contemporary timepieces. All of our items are hand-picked by our team, representing horologically interesting, important and desirable pieces. Essentially, we scour the market for the best available wristwatches, authenticate them and present them to you in an honest and straightforward manner.
We are here to help you buy a watch — not sell you one.