Stainless Steel Jaeger-LeCoultre Automatic "Disco Volante" with Date. With box and original warranty
Case: large and massive circular case, prominent bezel that features a satin radial finish, recessed winding crown, screw back with integrated pin pushers.
Dial: Blue with applied silver baton indexes, luminous accents, outer minute track, center seconds, aperture for date.
Movement: Caliber 881 G, rhodium-plated, 23 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, shock-absorber, selfcompensating flat balance-spring.
Dial, case and movement signed
Accompanied by a Jaeger-LeCoultre Certificate and Presentation Box. Watch was sold in Singapore in 1972
Diameter: 40mm. Thickness: 12mm
In the 1950's, many watch brands began experimenting with case shapes and designs, many of which would become known over time to collectors by their nicknames. The present watch is an example of a watch design that is known as "disco volante", or "flying saucer" in Italian. The "disco volante" is characterized by a prominent bezel, winding crown almost hidden on the side, and either no lugs or very small, almost hidden lugs, allowing the strap to disappear underneath the case.
The popularity of this case shape carried over through the 1960's and 1970's with updates to the overall design and ultra-thin movements, and continues to have appeal today. These ultra-thin watches provide a stylish alternative to to large sport watches. and shows an appreciation for the horological achievement of an ultra-thin movement. With its large polished bezel, unusual blue dial, and automatic movement, the present Jaeger-LeCoultre "disco volante" has both the design appeal of a vintage watch and the technical accomplishments that continue to drive modern watchmaking.