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Hi,

My father-in-law passed away recently and we found, buried in a box, a watch. It says Jaeger-LeCoultre. I'm pretty good with Google, but I cannot seem to find this version.

I'm hoping that someone more knowledgeable than me about these things, which is pretty much any of the regulars to the watchtalkforums.info forums, could share some useful information about it.

Sadly, the settings on the camera were changed, but I didn't realize it at the time. The best of the photo's I took are up at dropbox. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fb7st6yoqq3dqx6/rIppM6W1Id

I really wish the pics were better. Just for the sake of saying so, on the darker of the two faces, the vertical bars could very well be part of the initials J L, and beneath them is the name It says Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Odds are that it's a fake since I cannot find any reference of it anywhere, then again, I haven't a clue. The last watch I bought was a Timex Indiglo in 1993...

Thanks for any info!

Paul
 

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Well, I searched Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso 18966585 and the first sites came up with "fake watch" I think your suspicions are right.

It is a shame that one of my favorite watches in the world is so common to fake. I'm even more sad to hear about your father-in-law passing.
 

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Your search results are interesting unto itself. A search of Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso 18966585 with Google yields zero results. Bing yields 2,960 results, but none of them are referencing fake watch. Even fake-watch.net doesn't have this model. I would think that watch forgers would not create a new design for a brand...

If the Jaeger Lecoultre website was working, I'd contact them directly. Anyone have an email address for them?
 

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It's not that bad a photo...I think it's the watch.

First, you are right about the dark bars on the black dial. It is supposed to be a skeleton representation of the JLC logo. But I could find no such dial in my search either, using JLC Reverso Duo (which is what that is "supposed" to be). And NEVER underestimate the counterfeiter. They are always looking for new ways to fool the buying public. "I would think that watch forgers would not create a new design for a brand..." If the forger thinks that a new design will attract more customers, he's gonna do it!!!

GABatGH, that number you researched is probably not real, therefore no results would show. It also looks like a poor etching job as opposed to the quality engraving that JLC is known for.

Speaking of quality, I agree with ~tc~ about the finish inside the case. It looks very amateurish.

I did stumble upon one case picture, posted by a legit brick & mortar luxury watch dealer located in Airmont NY, just outside NYC. It doesn't quite look like the one from the OP.



By the way, the seller PhotoShopped the numbers from the case back on purpose before posting the image. It is too easy for a thief to take a real serial number from a real watch and file a fraudulent insurance claim for his "lost or stolen" watch.
 

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Thanks for all the replies.

I didn't really realized *how* bad the pics were. I'll get my hands on the watch in a few weeks. I'll take more pics, ensure that they're better, and then make a new post here.
 
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