Already announced in December 2013, but we’ve finally come to see it in the flesh during the SIHH 2014 in Geneva last week. The Reverso is perhaps the most iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece and since a few years it is possible to buy this ‘Tribute to 1931’ or simply ‘1931’ model that comes very close to the original watch from the 1930s. After releasing a few boutique specials of this watch, Jaeger-LeCoultre decided to make this Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 with its pink gold case and chocolate-toned dial available for all JLC retailers.
A while ago we did a hands-on review with the stainless steel version of the Reverso ‘1931’ (which you can read here). The case dimensions of this new pink gold version and more or less similar to the stainless steel version. The manual wound movement is JLC’s caliber 822/2 which is a little bit different than the movement used in the steel model, which is caliber 822. The caliber 822/2 has 19 jewels instead of 21 and consists of 114 parts instead of 134. We don’t know if there are any specific aesthetic differences between these movements.
The main differences remain in the appearance of the watch, using a chocolate color dial with beautiful powdered numeral (’12’) and hour markers. It gives the watch a nice vintage look, especially in combination with the brown calf leather strap with gold-brown stitching. A special note needs to be made with regards to this strap. It is made by Casa Fagliano in Argentina. You might have not heard about them before if you are not into polo, but they are the manufacturer of men’s and women’s polo boots, kneepads and accessories.
As you can see, once you use the Reverso mechanism, you will see the case back of the watch that leaves room for an engraving of initials, words or perhaps a graphic. The inside of the case back shows the gold markings.
This Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 has reference number Q2782560. The watch comes with an 18 carat gold pin buckle. We don’t have information on pricing confirmed yet.
More information can be found here, on the official JLC website.
Ever since he was a young child, Robert-Jan was drawn to watches, even though it were digital Casio and quartz Swatch models at the time. In the mid-1990s, his interest increased when he started to read about mechanical watches in... read more