A piece of the puzzle falls into place!

May 24, 2010,02:39 AM
 

Since the examples I have found didn't come with any box or papers I didn't know that it was a reference 555. Good to know. I think it is great that when you visit the museum you can look at it and say that specific example was once yours.Very cool! Please check your PM's.

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A brief profile of an oddity from JLC

 
 By: rovermark : May 23rd, 2010-22:48
Introducing one of the strangest watches ever produced by Jaeger Lecoultre: The Master Quartz LED, also referred to by JLC as the Master Quartz Digital. It features a quartz movement that displays the time using a light emitting diode (LED) display. With ...  

Disco or Funky, Rovermark?

 
 By: amanico : May 23rd, 2010-22:59
Superb post and very interesting reading. What a great journey in the 70ies! With this watch, we're somewhere between " Star Wars " and " Saturday Night Fever ", indeed. Shaped like an UFO, the Red Leds added a lot to the interest of this kind of watches.... 

An easy question. Disco AND Funky!

 
 By: rovermark : May 24th, 2010-02:32
I also wanted a LED watch when I was a child. I remember being quite impressed by them at the time. One of the fun parts of being an adult is that sometimes we get to make our childhood wishes a reality. Thanks for the comments.

Wanted one too.

 
 By: marcelo : May 24th, 2010-19:02
I was crazy about them - it was magic to see the person pressing the button and the time showing. Nevertheless, my first quartz watch was an LCD. Just recently I've found my first watch ever is hand wound (1976 ~ 1977) Very nice post and funky JLC, BTW! M... 

But.....

 
 By: MiniCooper : May 25th, 2010-10:44
who did not wear one my friend? seikos, casios, timex... etc..... all digital with red leds..... cheers

Cool watch!

 
 By: pv45 : May 24th, 2010-01:36
I have a certain affection for LED watches, reminds me of my youth! Would love to own one.

Go for it!

 
 By: rovermark : May 24th, 2010-02:35
They can often be found for very reasonable prices and are a lot of fun for the money.

Great post! A few more pix:

 
 By: GregB : May 24th, 2010-02:14
Great article! I've been lucky enough to have owned 2 of the JLC Master Quartz 555 LED watches in NOS condition with all original boxes and papers. One of the watches (the one shown in pictures below) was sold last year to JLC for their Heritage Gallery f...  

LOL, Your collection probably puts mine to shame

 
 By: GregB : May 24th, 2010-03:32
BTW, I responded to your e-mail. Sorry for the delay. Greg

A piece of the puzzle falls into place!

 
 By: rovermark : May 24th, 2010-02:39
Since the examples I have found didn't come with any box or papers I didn't know that it was a reference 555. Good to know. I think it is great that when you visit the museum you can look at it and say that specific example was once yours.Very cool! Pleas... 

Picture of the Back & Serial for Mark

 
 By: GregB : May 24th, 2010-03:10
Mark, Regarding your PM about the back & serial number, I thought it might be good to include another picture for you in the public forum. The correct back indeed does have a serial beginning with "A" and 5 digits, as you suspected: I haven't had the oppo...  

Thanks for the confirmation.

 
 By: rovermark : May 24th, 2010-13:30
I was pretty sure that the case back was correct, but comparing it with a known good example confirms it. Congratulations on having eight pieces in the Heritage Gallery. I thought having one in it was cool. Eight is amazing!

Scans of the Manual for Mark

 
 By: GregB : May 24th, 2010-03:22
Mark, Here are the scans of the manual for the watch that you requested in PM. I though others in the group might also be interested....  

Thanks again, Greg!

 
 By: blomman Mr Blue : May 24th, 2010-10:43
For sharing your information with us! Best Blomman

Thanks for posting these Greg.

 
 By: rovermark : May 24th, 2010-13:25
Unfortunately these reveal that my watch has an incorrect movement (based on the setting instructions)! Luckily one of the Wittnauers I have has the same movement referred to in the instructions so it looks like a swap is in order.

Wow, Greg!

 
 By: blomman Mr Blue : May 24th, 2010-10:42
I think many of us here dream of taking one or two watches with us home from the Heritage Gallery… But you actually put one there – super cool! Congrats!!! Best Blomman

Groovy post, man!

 
 By: respo : May 24th, 2010-05:41
This whole thread is really interesting and fun to read. The 555 is actually kind of cool looking, IMHO. Well, it kind of answers the question, "What was JLC doing in teh 70s?" Thanks for posting this. Perfect reading for a gloomy Monday morning. respo

The JLC/Wittnauer connection...

 
 By: watchme : May 24th, 2010-06:00
From the 30's through the 70's, JLC sent watches to the US in parts, to be cased-up by Wittnauer, then badged "LeCoultre," since the "Jaeger" name was being used by another party and couldn't be used by JLC. That changed, of course in the late 70's early ... 

I was aware of the GP connection.

 
 By: rovermark : May 24th, 2010-13:53
The information on Wittnauer makes sense. Thanks. The JLC and GP connection is interesting. While JLC was a part of the Beta 21 project I believe that they only used it in one watch, the 1970 Master Quartz. By 1972 they were sourcing their quartz movement...  

Thanks for info on the GP sourcing of the Master Quartz

 
 By: GregB : May 24th, 2010-14:26
I stumbled upon a mechanical Master Quartz in NOS condition a few years ago (pictures below), so I couldn't resist the purchase. I'm not generally a quartz fan, but the watch is quite attractive and intriguing. I had never realized that G-P supplied the m...  

Here is an example of a GP 352

 
 By: rovermark : May 24th, 2010-15:04
...  

SUPERB COOOOOOL...

 
 By: Stefan : May 24th, 2010-07:09
... WOW it is really eye-opener... if wearing this retro watch and walking along streets, i am sure it will be attracting a lot of attentions, especially from those young people. never seen this mode before, such look with gold color case and bracelet is ... 

Glad you like it Stefan.

 
 By: rovermark : May 24th, 2010-13:58
It's funny you mentioned how young people would respond. A younger friend of mine who has no real interest in watches always asks me where "his" watch is. He really wants me to sell this one to him. I've told him that the next time I see one available I'l... 

Thank you, Rovermark!

 
 By: blomman Mr Blue : May 24th, 2010-10:36
For an electric post! I have seen this watch a couple of times but never paid any real attention because of the battery… Very interesting, thank you! Best Blomman

I'm generally not interested by watches that need batteries but...

 
 By: rovermark : May 24th, 2010-13:14
The Master Quartz LED is one of the exceptions. I really wanted (and didn't get) a LED watch as a child. Since I collect JLC, once I was aware of its' existence it became a must have.

Very interesting post!

 
 By: peregrino : May 24th, 2010-14:20
A nice little piece of nostalgia! Funny and scary at the same time. JLC made in Mexico... God damn!!! I will certainly continue to enjoy winding my watch every morning. Best, Rob.

Very interesting.

 
 By: VMM : May 25th, 2010-09:10
That's a cool JLC. Not my kind, but cool. Thanks for sharing. Vte

Great post....

 
 By: MiniCooper : May 25th, 2010-10:42
As Nicolas said, it brings back memories..... Cheers